Downsizing Done Right

Published on: February 12, 2021

As the comedian George Carlin famously pointed out, we have a lot of stuff.

Stuff in every room. Stuff in the garage. Stuff in closets. Stuff in storage.

Yet your possessions – prized or paltry – can get in the way of your next, or last, move.

Fortunately, those planning to move to The Farms at Bailey Station have help – a dedicated moving coordinator who works with you at no additional cost to help you downsize in preparation for your move.

For couples who have lived in the same house for decades, that task can seem daunting.

“Every single time they are overwhelmed about all the stuff they have and the timeframe they have to get rid of it,” said Mary Cross, sales director at The Farms. “They’re excited but nervous. Their biggest concern is ‘What will I do with everything?’”

The answer to that question depends on how many household goods and furniture you need in your new home or apartment. “Prepare to live a little lighter,” Cross advises.

The moving coordinator can come to your current home, take measurements of furniture and provide advice on what fits – or doesn’t – into your new home at The Farms.

“This is a personal touch we offer,” Cross says. “Your moving coordinator will know every angle and finish of your home at The Farms, so they can expertly recommend how much stuff you need to get rid of in preparation for a move.”

While downsizing is stressful, Cross offers a few tips to make the process smoother:

  • What do you really need? You won’t need the same things for your new home and new life. Focus on the necessities and what will enhance your quality of life.
  • Start now. The sooner you identify what to get rid of the easier the move. Remember, this could take up to a year, so downsize as early as possible.
  • Start small. Looking at a house full of stuff can be daunting. Start by eliminating a room you won’t have after your move and move on to the next. (No more lawn mower!)
  • Sell, toss or donate? Like one of those home-improvement shows, make a list (or a pile) of stuff that you can sell, throw away/recycle or give away. Consider donating to non-profit organizations or churches, holding an estate sale, or giving heirlooms to family members.
  • Get help. Family members and professionals will have ideas and solutions to take away the stress.

Downsizing now will make your move easier. But that doesn’t mean moving will be stress-free.

To that end, The Farms provides resources and recommendations to help future residents sell their current home and prepare for their move.

“We talk to them about selling their home, planning for a move and moving their household goods with the help with professional movers,” Cross says. “We provide moving resources and recommendations for our future residents so they can make the right decisions.”

If you want to move this year, now is the time to start downsizing and putting your current home on the market. Then, of course, there’s a slew of things to do: address changes, insurance adjustments, legal documents, hiring a moving company – and much more.

“Our moving coordinator provides that additional peace of mind,” Cross says. “I want our future residents to say, ‘Oh, goodness, someone is there for me.’ They are not alone. We have a plan to help you make this transition as comfortable as possible.”

To learn more about how a moving coordinator can help with your move to The Farms, please contact us at 901-328-4850.

The Farms at Bailey Station is changing the face of active 55+ retirement in the Mid-South.

Published on: January 29, 2021

And, starting this year, the soon-to-be-completed luxury, not-for-profit LifeCare retirement community, under development along the Germantown and Collierville border, will ramp up employment at a time when many businesses in the region are cutting jobs, particularly in the hard-hit hospitality industry. 

Once the new residential and healthcare community is fully occupied by 2024, The Farms expects to have about 225 employees. Until then, the community, including Jordan River, the onsite Health Center, is ramping up recruitment of its leadership team in the first quarter of 2021. This will be followed by broader hiring later in the new year. 

One of the first roles to be filled is the director of dining services to oversee multiple dining outlets that include a steak house, bistro, formal dining, international dining, grill and dining rooms for the health center, which will include assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. 

The Farms also will be recruiting a human resources director, healthcare administrator and outreach/business development coordinator. 

Positions in the second and third quarter of next year will include: 

  • Business office director 
  • Director of nursing 
  • Director of life enrichment 
  • Admission coordinator 
  • Social services coordinator 
  • Central/supply medical records coordinator 
  • Nurses, both RNs and LVNs. 
  • Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) 
  • Certified dietary manager 
  • Dining room manager 
  • Servers and hostesses 
  • Chefs and cooks 
  • Dishwashers 
  • Housekeepers 
  • Drivers 
  • Maintenance assistance 
  • Groundskeepers 
  • Security officers 
  • Activity assistants 
  • Concierge/receptionists 

If you think The Farms at Bailey Station would be a good fit for your skills and personality, please send an email along with resume to Julie Fenske

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Rising healthcare costs driving interest in The Farms

Published on: October 30, 2020

The rising cost of health care is another factor driving interest in The Farms at Bailey Station.

With the community’s LifeCare program, residents have control over their financial future with reduced rates for assisted living, memory care or long-term skilled nursing.

“People plan for funerals, they have life insurance, but the part they often don’t plan for is the reality of their own health decline,” says Michelle Trammell Vincent, senior vice president for the developer, Retirement Companies of America (RCA). “With LifeCare, both spouses have the comfort of knowing the surviving spouse’s care is assured. Whether single or a couple, they are a part of a community that embraces them for the rest of their life.”

The health campus, expected to be completed in summer 2021, will feature secure garden spaces and courtyards to provide natural light and fresh air, both covered and open. The 60-suite skilled nursing residence is called the Jordan River Health Center, a name chosen to symbolize the healing and spiritual importance of the Jordan River in Israel. The lobby will feature a translucent floor with water flowing underneath your feet as a symbol of the river. Thirty of the suites will be available for inpatient rehabilitation and short-stay recoveries, with access to outdoor courtyards to promote healing.

In addition, The Farms also will offer 52 private assisted-living suites, 32 private memory-care suites, and 4,300 square feet dedicated to both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.

To learn more about LifeCare and see videos of construction progress, please visit of

The Farms at Bailey Station Ushers in New Era for Mid-South Retirement

Published on: October 9, 2020

The pandemic has changed many aspects of life. For those in retirement or planning to retire, it has raised an important question: How do you live the rest of your life to the fullest?

The Farms at Bailey Station, a brand-new, upscale, not-for-profit LifeCare community under development along the Germantown and Collierville border, is getting strong interest from seniors. Whether they want to downsize, move closer to family, enjoy resort-like amenities, or  have access to healthcare, they’re focusing on a new-era development that is changing the face of retirement in the Mid-South and beyond.

“It’s about peace of mind and security,” says Mary Cross, sales director. “We’re seeing people who want to focus on living instead of maintaining an older home while planning their costs for the rest of their lives. The pandemic has forced many to think about or even accelerate their plans.”

Once construction is complete, the Meadows neighborhood at The Farms at Bailey Station will feature 63 garden homes, with 22 of them townhomes. The development, which includes 176 independent-living apartments with clubhouse, is opening in phases with residents moving in starting mid-2021.

By 2023, The Farms will be among the nation’s most advanced model retirement communities. The developer, Retirement Companies of America (RCA), which has managed nearby Kirby Pines Retirement Community for 37 years, visited more than 200 properties around the country to capture the most innovative ideas in architecture, design, living, dining and healthcare.

A fusion of casual elegance, Southern charm and impeccable style, the community’s Central Park will be home to beautiful gardens, sparkling fountains, an outdoor kitchen with dining, built-in fire pits, croquet and bocce courts, a dog park, and an event lawn with stage. And the new Clubhouse will be a hub for more social interactions, such as dining, fitness and wellness, education, entertainment, pampering and worship.

Outdoor spaces play a pivotal role at the Farms. In addition to the health benefits of fresh air, these spaces – from common areas to first-floor apartment patios – provide a key element in the design to keep residents healthy and happy.

“Now, more than ever, people are placing a premium on the concept of personal space that gives them the freedom to move about in a safe and secure setting,” says Michelle Trammell Vincent, senior vice president of RCA.

The community of garden homes will feature a lake with walking paths and a deck to bring neighbors together. Already a dozen families are socializing – at a safe distance — on porches that face each other. And to keep crowds to a minimum, the community is being planned with five dining halls throughout campus.

“The Farms has been thoughtfully designed to embrace the Southern tradition of fellowship among neighbors, friends, and family,” Trammell Vincent says. “Particular attention has taken place to create casual indoor-outdoor spaces wherever possible, inviting members to enjoy one another like they would at home. The environment both indoors and outdoors will be elegant, timeless and relaxing while providing our residents with much-needed connection during this period of isolation.”
The development is expected to create 250-275 permanent new jobs by mid-2022. “While it has taken some time to see the construction activity we now have, we are delighted about the progress and the comments from our initial residents,” Trammell Vincent says. “This is a massive project, and it’s not every day that you see something of this scale and value to the community come to fruition.”