When Jack and Mary Lois Thomas moved to their independent living neighborhood at The Farms at Bailey Station retirement community in March 2022, they felt the warm welcome of so many new neighbors. In fact, there’s one welcoming neighbor they’ll never forget—the Jordan River Health Campus. Located right on The Farms campus, Jordan River made all the difference in Jack’s life after he unexpectedly fell ill not long after moving to The Farms. It was through the quality care he received at Jordan River that he was able to return to his independent living neighborhood.
“By choosing to move to The Farms and having a plan in place for the future, not only did we experience firsthand the security of being taken care of, but also the comfort of that care being available literally next door,” says Mary Lois. She added, “It just reinforces our thinking all along—that we don’t want to have our family or kids take care of us—and be a burden to them.”
To hear more from Jack and Mary Lois, watch their video.
We were thrilled to learn The Farms was named “Best Senior Living” for the second year in a row by the readers of the Collierville Herald. We are so proud and honored to have received this Readers’ Choice Award again this year. We’d especially like to thank all the readers for their support and voting for us—to you, we are truly grateful!
The build-out is mostly complete except for some of the Garden Homes, and The Farms at Bailey Station near the border of Germantown and Collierville is filling up.
Fifty percent of the 176 apartments are now occupied and 30 of the 63 garden homes within The Meadows at The Farms are now occupied, according to Michelle Vincent, executive vice president of the community’s developer, Retirement Companies of America (RCA).
“We expect all of The Meadows to be built and occupied by the end of 2024,” Vincent said.
RCA is a locally-based developer and operator of senior living communities that will turn 40 years old next year. It operates sister community Kirby Pines as well, which RCA is preparing for a significant repositioning improvement to its campus in the first quarter of 2023.
“One of the biggest realities for us is that we have moved from developing this community (The Farms) after many years to fully operating this community,” she said.
Which is why the company is looking to bring on qualified staff and team members to serve its growing number of residents.
On The Farms’ health campus, which is called the Jordan River Health Campus, residents are now living in the skilled nursing and assisted living facilities and RCA is preparing to welcome residents in memory support in October.
The Farms is offering those services, plus inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, to Farms residents and people who don’t live there.
“There are some people who don’t choose to move into an independent living retirement community and remain in their home until they need a greater level of care,” Vincent said. “The Jordan River Health Campus is available to those people who need a direct admission for a family member who may need assisted living, memory support or skilled nursing or inpatient and outpatient rehab.”
Jordan is a Medicare-certified community so people would use Medicare and private insurance.
The Farms at Bailey Station is among the nation’s most advanced model retirement communities.
RCA visited more than 200 communities around the country to bring the most innovative ideas in architecture, design, living, dining and health care to The Farms.
The community’s Central Park has 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. The new Clubhouse is a hub for dining, fitness and wellness, education, entertainment, pampering and worship.
Outdoor spaces are a priority The Farms. From common areas to first-floor apartment patios, outdoor spaces were intentional in the design to provide the health benefits of fresh air and to make residents happy.
The Meadows community of garden homes features a lake with walking paths as well as Chimney Park, a gathering space with dual-fuel outdoor fireplace and grilling station. There are multiple dining venues throughout the campus.
The Jordan River Health Campus features secure garden spaces and courtyards to provide natural light and fresh air, both covered and open. The 60-suite skilled nursing residence lobby has a translucent floor with water flowing underneath. Thirty of the suites are available for inpatient rehabilitation and short-stay recoveries, with access to outdoor courtyards to promote healing.
There are 52 private assisted-living suites, 32 private memory-support suites, and 4,300 square feet dedicated to both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
The Farms at Bailey Station is located at 3300 S. Houston Levee Road east of Ridgeway Country Club, north of Poplar Avenue. For more, visit TheFarmsAtBaileyStation.com or call 901-328-4850.
Updates on Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need to Know with Greta Brown, Manager of West Tennessee Programs and Education Alzheimer’s Association
Greta Brown, West Tennessee Manager of Programs and Education for the Alzheimer’s Association, will share with us the latest information on Alzheimer’s Disease, including its research and treatment. While this common form of dementia can impact people as young as in their 30s and 40s, the majority are typically senior adults 65 and older.
As Manager of Programs and Education, Greta is responsible for coordinating and extending Alzheimer’s education and support programs to citizens and organizations throughout Western Tennessee. Additionally, her role includes developing and maintaining strategic relationships with community partners, including health, faith-based, government, civic, and corporate organizations, to achieve the Alzheimer’s Association’s mission.
Fitness Over 55–Taking Charge of your mind and body through wellness With Karen Welsh, CCC-SLP, RAC-CT, Senior Director of Clinical Outcomes Functional Pathways.
When it comes to our overall physical and mental fitness, it’s important to let our minds and bodies know who’s boss—particularly for those aged 55 and over. Karen Welsh will discuss effective ways to take charge through wellness of the mind, body and spirit.
Karen has over 30 years of skilled nursing and post-acute care experience with an extensive background in outcome management. She is currently with Functional Pathways, a private therapist-owned organization with more than 25 years of experience in serving senior living communities.
Construction at The Farms at Bailey Station is making headway, with the medical center nearing its opening and the next phase of residents moving in soon.
The $290 million senior living community in Collierville will allow residents to move into some of the 176 apartments in the fall, and by the end of the year, 25 of 63 homes will be occupied.
Mary Cross, sales director for The Farms at Bailey Station, said currently 80% of houses and apartments, seen from Houston Levee, are reserved and more people are inquiring about the 37-acre development at 3382 Grand Central Circle East. as it nears completion.
“I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, ‘What is that? Is it a hotel? Is it a casino?'” said Michelle Vincent, executive vice president of Retirement Companies of America.
The Farms at Bailey Station, developed and managed by Retirement Companies of America, is for adults 55 and older and includes housing, a three-story clubhouse and a health campus.
Vincent and her father Charles Trammell, president of Retirement Companies of America, would travel to retirement facilities around the United States and photograph details they wanted to feature in the Collierville project.
“We just took everything we saw and liked and put it into this one community,” Vincent said.
Retirement Companies of America also manages Kirby Pines LifeCare Community, a senior community in Memphis similar to the Collierville campus.
The Jordan River Health Center, a medical center on campus, is expected to begin accepting patients this summer. The health center has 60 private nursing suites, 52 private assisted-living suites, 32 memory care suites for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and 4,300 square feet of inpatient and outpatient rehab facility.
The health center, named after the Jordan River in the Middle East, is available to anyone but members of The Farms at Bailey Station are a priority.
The apartments sit around “Central Park” with an outdoor kitchen, fire pits, croquet and bocce courts, a dog park and an event lawn with a stage. The apartments also connect to the clubhouse, which features five restaurants directed by a Florida-based manager, a theater, a hair salon, a clinic and a gym.
Cross said 17 families currently live on-site, and by 2023 all homes and apartments will be occupied.
“It’s really meant to be like you go on a permanent vacation,” Vincent said. “This is a continuing care, or a lifecare, community. On one campus you’ve got everything you need.”
Vincent said apartments start at $265,000 and can go up to around $684,000, while houses cost between $545,000 and $800,000 depending on floor plans and living accommodations.
Each house is two stories and features an elevator, garage, a master bedroom, master bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room and extra space depending on the floor plan for things like a game area or storage room.
One garden home had hardwood floors on the first level along with the master bedroom, master bathroom, an extra room, a half bathroom and storage closets. The second level featured carpeted floors with three rooms, an attic, a full bathroom and half bathroom, a walk-in closet and closets for storage.
Members pay an entrance fee, a one-time investment to live on the campus for the rest of their lives, and a monthly fee that covers maintenance, bi-weekly housekeeping, use of the clubhouse and dining.
“What we want people to do when they move here is spend less time cleaning, maintaining, cooking and housework and more time going to the restaurants,
enjoying the amenities, walking or just lock the door and go out of town,” Vincent said.
Currently, about 500 people work on building The Farms at Bailey Station six days a week, and Vincent expects to create around 275 jobs.