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Hickory Valley: a great place to call home

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

Community is the emphasis for staff and residents of Hickory Valley: A Senior Living Community. Building and maintaining lasting relationships provides everyone on the campus with an opportunity to shine and share a little more about who they are with each other and with the community at large.

“We are really fortunate we have so many people from so many different backgrounds,” said Sales Director Holley Hasting. “To hear about where they come from, what they did as their profession is a really unique opportunity and one of the perks of my job.”

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    Sales Director Holley Hasting and resident Sylvia Green share a laugh at Hickory Valley: A Senior Living Community.

She added that the community is set up to provide a maintenance-free way of living to help residents enjoy their retirement. The facility provides meals, housekeeping services and more along with a wide range of activities for residents, from bingo and crafts to Wii bowling tournaments and a traveling chorus group.

The campus is also home to many with rich heritage and history and is comprised of 118 separate apartments designed for people who no longer want to take care of their own home but still want that feeling of independence, said Hasting. All of the grounds and facilities are made to enhance the quality of life for all residents, she added.

Founded in 1984, Hickory Valley was one of the first retirement living communities of its kind in Chattanooga, according to Hasting.

“What is unique about the Hickory Valley community is that it started out as an independent living community. As people aged in place, the need for assisted living grew,” she explained.

The independent living apartments are equipped with full kitchens, but the community also has a full-service dining room on-site that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also an on-site beauty salon, which is open to the public, and residents are treated to weekly housekeeping services, a nursing staff and full laundry services.

Additionally, Hickory Valley has a full activity calendar that is catered to residents and voted on by them during weekly meetings, and an on-site chapel features different church services on a weekly basis. Hasting also noted that Hickory Valley now has an assisted living wing comprised of 15 different apartments where a higher level of care and more amenities are available to residents. Floor plans for all apartments vary from studios to one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. Residents and their families can choose which style best meets their needs, and lease options are month-to-month for added convenience.

“Our goal is to be committed to helping you remain as independent and as active as possible,” Hasting said. “We hope to help all of our residents discover enrichment and variety as they make our home their home.”

Hickory Valley Retirement Community threw the party of the season Oct. 10, celebrating the arrival of cooler temperatures and changing leaves with a Harvest Fest celebration. Attendees feasted on a Low Country boil and seasonal desserts, sipped apple cider and danced and tapped their feet to tunes from a live band as the afternoon passed on.
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