Exploring McClellan: Senior Living
by Larry May
Special to The Star
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Abundance abounds at McClellan. Whether it is buildings, developable land or room to grow, the property is in no danger of being landlocked. Amenities at McClellan are many and also state of the art. There are golf courses, swimming and a new focus on the arts. Expansion for staples is on the way. Until then, grocery stores and restaurants are a scant few miles away. All of these ingredients are attractive for baby boomers and newcomers to their golden years.

Casey Estates offers independent living for their residents looking for a full day in a small circumference. The 49-unit facility is tucked behind the Longleaf Lodge and is especially designed for active seniors searching for affordable housing with options for recreation nearby.

Mansermar, Inc. manages the property and offers spacious units at affordable prices. Rent is based on income and some of the balance is HUD subsidized. Property manager Jill Martin is enthused about the building and its residents and feels like others would also be if they took a peek inside. “We just want everyone to know we are here. We’re a bit hidden behind the lodge but still have much to offer. Residents come and go as they please and have a keycard to get in and out”, she says. A trip around the grounds will reveal some congregating in the community room or others doing their laundry. The onsite library is well stocked and popular.

Because many of their residents are independent, many choose to make the short trip to the Cane Creek golf course or spend a few hours in the pool at the Aquatic Center. Martin believes the vicinity of McClellan’s attractions makes it much more attractive to prospective clients and their families. She explained, “They can use the recreational parts of McClellan and still have therapeutic needs met at the Senior Center. Some like to catch the trolley and go into the city for shopping or other activities. They feel like a part of a much bigger community here. They love the small town atmosphere. They’re a short distance from banks, churches and a medical clinic. Our location serves all of their needs”.

Casey Estates is sharing a parking lot with another business that serves seniors. Fort McClellan Assisted Living will be an important addition for retirees at McClellan. This retirement facility will be much different than their neighbors at Casey Estates. Property Nick Willmott noted, “We will have four ground units that are for independent living. We will have 64 units total and most of them are studio apartments. We will be open on June 1, 2014. We have centralized community rooms and also private dining rooms for meeting with family in addition to our bigger dining room. We will also have a beauty salon. Each floor has its own meeting area”.

Mr. Wilmott sees definite room for growth in the senior living community. “With all of the development at McClellan and the supporting businesses and amenities, we see enormous potential here. Assisted living properties will continue to grow as the plans come to fruition”.

Wilmott detailed the cost of the units, but also the service that comes along as a resident. “Our independent living units will cost approximately $1995.00 a month. Assisted living units will be around $3000.00 a month. We feel those are very competitive prices. For instance, assisted living entails needs help with daily activities. Those issues could be dressing themselves or bathing or different kinds of grooming. A gentleman with Parkinson’s might have tremors and need help shaving. Some need help with taking their medication. Others need assistance with getting dressed or their meals or even laundry. On the other side, independent residents are welcome to use the services we provide. We’ve found that a lot of them just like the security we provide”.

Fort McClellan Assisted Living is careful to protect the dignity of their residents that were used to doing for themselves but no longer can. “We only step in when we’re needed. But we know when to take a step back. We go shopping once a week and take daily trips into Anniston. We step in when needed. We don’t dictate their lives. We want them to maintain their independence as long as possible. But we will be there when we’re needed. We try to help get them ready for when they do need our help. They’re proud people and we’re proud of them. We deal with some of the greatest generations this country has ever seen. They’ve seen depressions and wars and are used to doing for themselves”.

When the decision is made to consider a living situation change, information is readily available. The biggest question they have is “What’s next”? We have those answers. Moving into a smaller space and wanting to know what furniture to bring is a good example of a question we get a lot”, Wilmott said.

Fort McClellan Assisted Living will hold a job fair after the first of the year. They are actively looking for an administrator and staff. Their phone number is (256) 403-6808.
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