When Adell Lewis moved across the state of Mississippi from her hometown of Natchez to the city of Hattiesburg, she expected there would be many new things to explore. Adell knew little about Hattiesburg, often referred to as the Hub City, given its central proximity to the state capital of Jackson, the gulf coast and New Orleans, but she was excited to learn more.
Adell and her family members reviewed several options and then chose Provision Living at Hattiesburg. With its ideal mix of services, community amenities, and lifestyle for Adell, Provision Living became the assisted living community she called home, upon arriving in Hattiesburg.
“My children were getting more involved in taking care of my needs, and the move to Provision Living made that easier on everyone. It was a big change for me, but I was interested in learning what Hattiesburg had to offer,” said Adell.
Adell quickly encountered a fun way to get to know her new city by joining Provision Living’s bi-weekly scenic tours of the Hattiesburg area. Each tour visited local spots of interest, such as the historic downtown, Town Square Park, and the University of Southern Mississippi.
“It was a great way to see the city, and make new friends while learning about everything that Hattiesburg has to offer,” said Adell, after a recent outing in the community’s spacious van.
Hattiesburg offers a vibrant lifestyle for seniors who have transportation support, including a thriving arts and dining culture, and several high-quality medical facilities like Merit Health Wesley hospital and the Hattiesburg Clinic. Provision Living, located just off Highway 98, is on the campus of Merit Health Wesley and just a block away from Turtle Creek Mall, making the assisted living and memory care community’s location a prime feature for residents and their families.
A Warm and Comfortable Environment
Adell chose Provision Living because it looks and feels like a comfortable place to relax. The Federal-style red brick architecture and decorative wrought iron accents fit well with her sense of style, and seem to echo the New Orleans and French influences in Hattiesburg.
Outdoor life is important to Adell and her friends at Provision Living, as they socialize in comfortable chairs on the shaded porches and patios. Activities often take place in one of the spacious interior activity areas, but they can happen anywhere in the community, including in the gardens and other outdoor spaces.
As the baby boomer generation moves fully into retirement, demand for senior living options has experienced a surge in recent years. This wave of popularity has produced higher expectations in terms of service and accommodations, and Provision Living is striving to be a leader in providing Hattiesburg seniors and their families with a first-rate assisted living and memory care experience.
Experience counts when it comes to delivering outstanding senior living services, particularly when it comes to dining.
“One of the first things people notice when they visit is the spaciousness of our buildings and apartments,” said Dennis Barnett, executive director at Provision Living. “But the major difference, the thing that sets us apart is our people.”
Provision Living boasts not only a community that is less than 10 years old and enjoys the features and amenities of a new development, but it also has several team members, who have been onboard since the location opened its doors just over seven years ago.
“Our business office manager, two of our resident assistants and our dining manager have been here since we opened,” said Barnett, “and our director of wellness joined the team shortly thereafter.”
Provision Living at Hattiesburg has two dining areas where residents enjoy a restaurant-style experience, ordering from a menu that changes daily. Three different entrees, including traditional southern fare, are offered.
“Even though the residents are staying in, they feel like they are dining out,” said Joe Clark, who heads up the community’s dining program, regarding the restaurant-style dining.
The ability to host family meals is sometimes lost as a person gets older, and that can lead to a sense of loss or frustration. At Provision Living, residents like being able to reserve the private dining room and invite their family to dinner, catered, and cleaned up by the culinary team.
Often it’s the little things that make a big difference in delivering exceptional service, such as planning ahead to meet a resident’s special requirements, which contributes to a broader sense of family at the community. Another key element is the personal attention of the staff, particularly with the dining services team. Clark takes pride in the fact that his group knows every resident by name, and at least a little bit about their life stories.
Additionally, the community’s certified dietician visits monthly to review menus and meet with each resident to assess dietary status.
Connection to the Community
When it comes to entertainment, the activities calendar is full of exciting things to do, from outings, to enjoy local restaurants and shopping, to organized games that produce a combination of enthusiasm, engagement, and friendly competition.
Monthly live music, ranging from vocal performers to piano ensembles, provides a community connection that ties into the spirit of local music. Friends and family often gather to enjoy the performances, share a meal, and linger for a pleasant evening.
“Creating a community connection is an important part of our vision,” said Dennis Barnett. “We believe that seniors can thrive in the right setting, and so we focus on developing a sense of connection to family, friends, and the local community, in order to help our residents flourish.”
For Adell Lewis, the scenic drives that she and other residents enjoy are a great example of creating a connected community.
“It does more than give us a chance to enjoy the open air and scenery, it connects those of us who are not as familiar with the local territory and helps us get to know the area and each other, and it gives folks who are from Hattiesburg a chance to see everything they love to see in their community,” said Adell.
From the comforts of the courtyard and garden, to the people serving with a sense of purpose and commitment, to the broader sense of community connection, Provision Living is fulfilling its mission of being the best place a senior adult has ever lived.
We invite you to learn more about Provision Living at Hattiesburg. Join us for a meal, and take a tour of the community. We look forward to the opportunity to share our vision of an outstanding senior living experience with you and your family.
Provision Living at Hattiesburg is located at 217 Methodist Boulevard, Hattiesburg, MS. For more information, please call us at 601-329-2030 or visit www.ProvisionLiving.com.
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