For those who may have not already seen the construction going up on the Kimberly-Clark Parkway across from Maranatha Baptist Church, the StoneRidge of Farmington Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Unit is expected to be open by November or December.
The facility is owned by DuJuana Frazier Thompson, who is the former owner of Dogwood Plantation of Corinth, and her daughter, Louanna Montgomery.
Thompson said she has come partially out of retirement to open the facility, of which Montgomery will work as administrator.
When completed, StoneRidge of Farmington Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Unit will have 25 rooms. There will be 15 Assisted Living units, three of those rooms will be two-room suites with separate sitting areas, double vanities and private patio areas. The other 12 rooms will be large studio apartments. The facility will also have 10 rooms designated for Alzheimers patients.
Owner Thompson said StoneRidge is licensed for both Assisted Living and Alzheimers.
“Being licensed, we will have nurses on staff. There will be RNs, LPNs and CNAs on every shift. There will not be anyone doing patient care that is not licensed to some degree,” said Thompson.
She said there will also be a certified activity specialist who will coordinate activities for residents. There will be a beauty shop, internet, cable and physical therapy all included in the cost of occupancy.
Montgomery, who was seven years old when her family built Dogwood Plantation, grew up with the assisted living environment. Her sister, Brittany Nooner, is currently going to college at University of Mississippi studying psychology/counseling and will eventually be able to provide some professional services for StoneRidge.
“I grew up at Dogwood and I loved it. I loved being with the elderly people. It’s been my dream to do this. I wanted to do more to help people and to help the elderly,” said Montgomery.
Thompson said her children loved growing up in the assisted living environment and the residents loved having children around. She hopes the community will be a vital part of StoneRidge.
“We would like churches and local schools to be as involved as they can — doing crafts and singing. We want the community to be in this venture with us,” said Thompson.
Montgomery said they are already looking toward the future.
“The dream is not to just stop with this. We have some wonderful ideas for the future ... for possible expansion,” said Montgomery.
The community is already taking pride in having StoneRidge coming to the area, according to Farmington Mayor Dale Fortenberry.
“It’s going to mean everything to Farmington. This is something that will be of great value to everyone in Farmington and to all of Alcorn County. I didn’t realize there was as much need for this facility as there is. It’s going to be a top-notch operation — something everyone is going to be proud of,” said Fortenberry.