photography by CARRIE ALLEN
Nestled in what feels like their own cozy community, the 60 lucky residents who now call Summit Place of Mooresville “home” know what really matters most in everyday life.
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The simple answer, according to Executive Director, Emily Paxton, is “everything matters”!
“Whether it’s as simple as more raisins in a resident’s cereal, knowing they like three packs of sugar in their coffee, or a picnic right there in their room because they can’t get outside, it’s the little things that make big differences,” Emily says.
It’s always a labor of love to make that extra effort, and the Summit Place staff exudes compassion and care in every situation — knowing their assigned tasks are much more than a job! And they are also inspired by the residents they serve every single day.
“We have teachers, nurses, doctors, professors, and many Veterans who we serve,” says Emily. “We learn from all of our residents each day.”
As part of that small community vibe, residents agree they feel like family, and love to spend time together. Activities are diverse, plentiful, and fun — including yoga, arts and crafts, painting, floral design, tie-dye projects, socials, dress-up days, lunch outings, shopping, and bingo. Anything that interests residents and inspires them to keep active can be worked into the programs at any time: Examples include Happy Hour, gardening, corn hole, miniature golf, virtual tours of nearby destinations — the list continues to grow! (Ask around and you’ll likely discover that Elvis came to visit residents in October — a real treat!)
All of that is in addition to what makes the biggest difference to their families: truly unsurpassed personal care, luxury-style accommodations, amenities such as cable, Internet, laundry, meals and snacks — and the daily encouragement to maintain an intentional purpose in their lives. No matter their condition or required level of care — Assisted Living or Memory Care — residents are treated like family, and always with a goal of improving their overall wellness. Residents can also receive assistance with grooming, bathing, dressing, and undressing, as well as medication management, daily wellness checks, daily housekeeping, meals prepared by the Executive Chef, and both a main dining room and a private dining room.
The Summit Place Signature Memory Care Neighborhood provides a comfortable, home-style setting, while offering all the necessary modifications for seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Time might be spent actively reminiscing with staff or visiting family members, and new residents are encouraged to bring along important memorabilia or a few beloved furnishings from their previous home, to nurture a familiar feel in their new surroundings.
Assisted Living residents enjoy apartment-style suites, individually tailored activities, and purposeful interaction to encourage getting to know others with different backgrounds and hobbies. Seniors are encouraged to live, love, and continue learning during this new chapter of their lives — and their thoughts on living here show their heartfelt contentment.
“Summit Place is home. With the staff and my friends here, there is no other place I want to be.” —Peggy R.
I especially love all the activities I can do with my friends. Summit Place truly feels like home!” — Jackie P.
“Being at Summit Place of Mooresville makes me feel like I have come home. I love it here!” — Frank D.
“The staff at Summit Place makes me feel loved.” — Janice M.
“Summit Place of Mooresville’s residents, families, and staff are the reason why people come in and don’t want to leave. The warmth you feel when you walk in the door, the smiles on everyone’s faces — it just feels like home. I am so honored to serve this amazing community When you walk in the door as a stranger you walk out as a friend. It’s where everything truly matters.” — Emily Paxton, Executive Director
The holiday season is always a festive time, and residents always look forward to the annual Holiday Family Meal in November, and annual Holiday parties — complete with Santa — during the month of December.
Open since 2000, Summit Place is the oldest assisted living community in Mooresville, and is managed by Phoenix Senior Living.
Summit Place of Mooresville is located at 128 Brawley School Road, Mooresville, NC, 704-799-2712, or online at phoenixsrliving.com, where you can read more about amenities and floor plans, and schedule a tour for yourself or a family member.