Up & Coming Weekly

August 04, 2020

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12 UCW AUGUST 5-11, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Harmony at Hope Mills, a local senior living cen- ter, is a community-oriented environment that has been in operation since February 2019. It offers assisted living and secured assisted living services to seniors and has met and exceeded the needs of those who benefit from their services. e company was founded in 2005 by Jim Smith. Under the guidance of Smith and William Holmes, executive vice president of development and con- struction for Smith Packett Med-Com, it expanded the occupancy and operated e Village at Pheas- ant Ridge. rough this experience, Smith saw the opportunity to create Harmony Senior Services and seized it, laying the groundwork for what would become the Harmony Communities. Harmony at Hope Mills came into existence through Smith-Packett contracting a purchase of an existing 80-bed Certificate of Need license and another existing 20-bed CON in 2016. "SP also commenced construction of the com- munity in July of 2017 and obtained a Certificate of Occupancy in September of 2018. Shortly thereaf- ter, Harmony Senior Services opened the commu- nity as the operator," said Holmes. e benefits of living at Harmony are numerous. e parent company of the organization decided to put a location in the Cumberland County area because, according to a demographic study, the location is close to seniors or relatives of seniors and it's a highly desirable location. Harmony at Hope Mills stands out from other assisted living centers partly by making it easier for the residents to adjust from living on their own to living at Harmony. Even though this can be difficult for some, Armstrong says, "when they tour our community, they experience how bright it is — and clean. Also, all the living spaces in the as- sisted living neighborhood are apartments ranging from studio to 2-bedroom. It feels very much like independent living." ere are many benefits to to assisted living in comparison to nursing homes. Many of the resi- dents no longer live at home, and the residence helps meet the needs of the residents that would go unfulfilled if they stayed alone. According to Mela- nie Armstrong, the director of sales and marketing at Harmony at Hope Mills, some of the residents who come to the center were likely not taking meds properly, eating right, having visitors and bathing properly. In addition to helping with these necessi- ties, this retirement community provides memory care services. In assisted living, residents have more freedom to do activities that they are interested in than they might if they lived in a nursing home or if they lived alone as some activities are less accessible. From af- ternoons filled with artistic fun to wine and cheese with friends, Harmony offers life's little luxuries for its residents. Additionally, the convenient location of the facility makes favorite locations among lo- cals, like Cape Fear Regional eatre and Cape Fear Botanical Garden, just a hop, skip and a jump away. One of the activities at Harmony at Hope Mills that differentiates it from the other retirement communities is the community roundtables they host. "Until the COVID-19 pandemic, Harmony partnered with the town of Hope Mills and Up & Coming Weekly to host a series of community roundtables at the Harmony complex," Bill Bowman, the organizer of the roundtable discus- sion, said. "is event allowed the community to meet with local Hope Mills officials to discuss the important issues of the community while show- casing Harmony's complex and the amenities it offered the community," he explained. "Harmony has definitely established itself as a dedicated supporting business and a refreshing home away from home for many Hope Mills residents." e benefits of doing these events are that they are great for networking and allow seniors to be immersed in the culture of Hope Mills. "It's important that our community create alli- ances and relationships with the businesses and officials of the city," said Armstrong. According to a 2018 report from the United States Census Bureau, there will be more seniors than children by the year 2035. As America grays, the need for facilities that will deliver on their promises and properly care for seniors, especially those in need of more assistance, is evident. is community does just that. Harmony at Hope Mills has been in operation since its establishment and continues to serve and cater to the needs of every senior that lives in the assisted living facility within their local commu- nity. is retirement community has met and ex- ceeded the needs of those that are benefiting from their services by ensuring that they are comfortable with where they are living along with providing transportation to their medical appointments. is is a community that cares about its residents and has adapted its services to meet its residents' needs. Harmony is a choice that, locally and nationwide, is tried and true. Community within: Harmony at Hope Mills by LANESE DELL COVER STORY Harmony at Hope Mills, a local senior living center, is a community-oriented environment that has been in operation since February 2019. Harmony at Hope Mills partnered with the town of Hope Mills and Up & Coming Weekly to host the community roundtable last year. LANESE DELL, Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? 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