Village Manor has new administrator

Friday, October 10, 2008

Village Manor, an assisted living facility in Lewisburg, has a new administrator.

She's Darlene Hill and she's been managing Village Manor since Sept. 22. Hill has lived in Marshall County nearly all her life.

She says she looks forward to becoming the "face that goes along with Village Manor."

The two previous administrators were Linda Layne and Kathy McCullough.

Hill comes from a business background, with experience in human resources, sales, marketing and safety.

Hill spent eight years in charge of accounts receivable at International Comfort Products.

"We have nurses, a dietician, and an activities director," Hill said. "I try to pull that all together so that we just run it like a business. I'll be sure we're meeting all the state regulations and be sure we're meeting our residents' needs. That's our number one goal: to meet their needs."

Village Manor was built nine years ago after a group of local businessmen and women saw an opportunity for such a business in Marshall County.

Currently, Village Manor has 41 residents, about a quarter of them male. Most are from Middle Tennessee, but one recently moved to Lewisburg from Florida to be near his sister. The youngest residents are in their seventies. The oldest is 97. Residents bring their own furniture. The apartments are decorated with treasured antiques, mementoes, and family pictures.

Hill says an assisted living facility is not a nursing home.

"These people are all up and about," she said. "It's like this is their apartment, but it's all under one roof. It's a good concept. It really is."

With activities director Sherry Hunter, the residents have plenty to do. Some of still drive. Village Manor has a van for residents' transportation around town and further.

Sometimes the entertainment comes to them. Later this month, the kindergarten classes from Marshall Elementary and Westhills Schools will visit when dressed in their Halloween costumes.

The cost of living at Village Manor depends on the size of apartment and the level of care needed.

Assisted living is an option for an older person who is still active, but no longer able to maintain a home. Village Manor has staff available all the time and there are cords to pull in every room if a resident needs help.

Hill encourages the community to come and visit. She says the residents are "a delightful group of people... They're very alert and involved in things going on around them. They're very interesting to talk to. They have so much history, so much knowledge and they love to share."