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The Heritage Makes Twilight Living Choices Easier

By Staff | Dec 29, 2010

The Heritage offers all the comforts of home with the convenience of assisted living. Residents often decorate their apartments with their own furnishings.

In the twilight of life, many senior citizens are torn when choosing an assisted living community. The Heritage Assisted Living Facility in St. Marys is striving to make this decision, and the transition, easy.

The Heritage is owned and operated by Health Care Professionals Jim Powell of St. Physical Therapy Clinic and Jay Powell, a Speech Pathologist at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital. The Heritage, which has been providing assisted living services to the upper mid-Ohio valley for the last eight years, recently constructed six new apartments. These apartments include a kitchenette area, a private walk in shower and bathroom, its own heating/ac unit, and much more.

Jay Powell commented, “We have been blessed with a great response from our community and as a result we decided to add an additional wing to The Heritage, so hopefully we could meet more assisted living needs in our community.”

When asked what is unique about The Heritage, Jay responds, “The fact that this facility is owned and operated by Health Care Professionals makes us a little different than other facilities in our area. We firmly believe that to stay healthy as we age we must exercise the mind and the body. We encourage walking and we encourage socialization, but at the same time a resident of The Heritage is able to maintain their own privacy in their apartment as they desire.”

The Heritage has 75 years of health care experience between Jay Powell, speech pathologist; Jim Powell, physical therapist; and Patty Williams, Registered Nurse who serves as clinical manager.

Jo Ann Dotson, formerly of Sistersville, makes her home at The Heritage, where she enjoys the company of other seniors and the convenience of assisted living.

Residents of The Heritage take advantage of the Physical Therapy Clinic located next door if need arises. The Heritage has had many individuals that come there after a fall or stroke for recovery until they are ready to go back home. Likewise, The Heritage has had residents who reside there for a long-term solution as they receive assistance with their activities of daily living for years.

But there are many misconceptions that everyone has to be independent to live in assisted living. To this Jay commented, “Many believe the misnomer that one has to be able to do everything for themselves, but that is not the case. If this was the case, there would be no need for assisted living.”

He goes on to explain, “The Heritage has residents who are very independent and still drive and go out to church and live very independently. Likewise, The Heritage has many residents who require help with bathing, medicines, walking, and other activities. All residents get their meals prepared, their laundry and linens completed, and housekeeping done for them. That is what makes The Heritage a unique community, as it can cater to seniors needs no matter what stage in life they may be going through.”

Jay continued, “My prayer is more families and more health care professionals come to the realization that assisted living can be a great alternative when one is no longer able to live at home alone. We can never replace one’s home, but we can be the next best thing as we can provide privacy but also provide 24-hour assistance with all those things we need help with as we age.”

Jo Ann (Shouldis) Dotson, formerly of Sistersville, has been a resident of The Heritage for the past three years. Dotson is the daughterof Carl Shouldis who owned and operated Shouldis Department Store in Sistersville and St. Marys for many years. Dotson states, “I was reluctant at first to leave my home and move into The Heritage, but after a month or two I was absolutely sure I made the right decision. I have as much privacy as I want, I still come and go as desired, but there is always someone here if I need anything. I am thankful a place like this exists.”

The Heritage is a small assisted living facility located north of St. Marys, less than 10 miles from Tyler County and approximately 30 minutes from New Martinsville.

Currently, The Heritage has an apartment available for anyone that may need some assistance. For more information, contact The Heritage at 304-488-7905 or 304-684-3200.