June 2016

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Author: Special to CH2

A brand new assisted living community, The Palmettos of Bluffton, is scheduled to open late summer and will be located on the NHC Bluffton campus off of Hwy 170. The community will offer residents the highest quality continuum of care they may need for their convenience and peace of mind.

At The Palmettos of Bluffton, residents’ health and safety will be the number-one priority. A compassionate and dedicated team who have completed the proper training and certification necessary to care for all of the residents’ needs is in place. The daily care of residents will be managed by Kris Moore, LPN, health services director, with 30-plus years of nursing experience. For prompt and convenient quality care, residents may choose the community medical director to serve as their primary care physician. The Palmettos commitment to residents is to take NHC’s 35 years of experience and use it to enhance the lives of those who call their community home. That is why they are “Generations Serving Generations.”

Stacy Floyd, executive director, has served NHC Bluffton as the memory care coordinator since 2010 and has 16 years’ experience serving seniors in assisted living and dementia care settings. She is also a board certified activity consultant and certified dementia care practitioner. When asked what has drawn her to this profession and what drives her to continue working in it, she said, “It is truly the chance to have a positive impact on the lives of others and see the difference you make each day in their lives. For example, when a resident who was isolating themselves at home and not socializing or not participating in activities, moves into our community and begins trying art for the first time or dancing, singing or interacting with other residents, smiling and having fun, we know we made a difference. I want to see each individual have the best quality of life possible.”

Anna Makar, community relations director, joins the Palmettos team with over 15 years serving the senior community and has also been with NHC Bluffton as admissions coordinator since their opening. She specializes in assisting families with transitioning to a lifestyle that reduces life’s daily responsibilities that can become a burden to seniors in later years. “I want families to feel a sense of relief and a peace of mind when choosing The Palmettos to be their home,” she said. “I think about my mama and what I would want for her—a safe, enriching environment that promotes friendships, social activities and fun.”

Assisted living
The community features 55 apartment suites, which will accommodate a supportive lifestyle, while residents enjoy The Palmettos’ lovely campus, stylish dining, and all the activities, events and services. From medication supervision to art and music therapy, residents will receive appropriate care for their level of need, remaining vital and independent to enjoy all The Palmettos of Bluffton has to offer.

Memory care
The Harbor, the memory care neighborhood of The Palmettos of Bluffton, will accommodate the unique needs of memory impaired residents and provide the secure, safe environment that ensures each resident’s optimal health, emotional and spiritual well-being while providing true peace of mind to family members. The Harbor will allow residents to receive individualized assistance, enabling them to maintain their quality of life and allowing them as much independence as possible.

What sets The Palmettos apart from the rest
All partners are specifically educated in dementia and Alzheimer’s programming. The Palmettos’ personalized approach to residents’ care ensures that each individual feels entirely comfortable and at home in a protected environment. Using guidelines developed by the National Alzheimer’s Association, we will assess, treat and support each memory care resident. Our philosophy is to see every resident for who they truly are and use special approaches designed to reinforce strengths, offer support for daily challenges and recognize the essence of each resident’s personality.

History of the NHC Corporation
The Palmettos is owned and operated as a division of National Health Care Corporation (NHC). Founded in 1972 by Dr. Carl Adams, NHC has been an innovator in quality long-term care for more than 35 years. The commitment to excellence and compassion that Adams possessed has been passed on to his sons and grandchildren, who still run the company today. Adams’ mission in starting NHC was to be the country’s leading provider of long-term care by putting ethics and quality first. NHC has grown over the years to provide skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, assisted living communities, home healthcare, hospice services and independent living communities.

The Palmettos continues in NHC’s commitment to excellence by providing quality care that exceeds the standards of other assisted living communities. NHC’s national experience and resources, paired with its family ownership and operation, sets The Palmettos apart. Established specifically for South Carolina, The Palmettos will offer residents an unrivaled amount of established expertise in a personalized manner that feels like home.

For more information or to schedule a hard hat tour, please call (843) 707-9400 or e-mail Stacy Floyd, executive director at sfloyd@nhcbluffton.com or Anna Makar, community relations director at amakar@nhcbluffton.com.

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