The Heritage at Sagewood is Grand Island’s newest senior living facility.
Opening in November at 1920 Sagewood Ave., Heritage Communities has headquarters in Omaha. It focuses on helping seniors find the key to living better. It has facilities in Nebraska, Iowa and Arizona.
Heritage Communities help seniors remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.
Pamela Taylor, executive director of The Heritage at Sagewood, said residents make their own choices.
“Each community is designed with the resident in mind,” Taylor said. Heritage offers both assisted living and memory care services under one roof.
She said Heritage Communities found a need to build a facility for Grand Island’s growing senior population.
Heritage offers many personalized services to meet the needs of its residents.
The facility has “thoughtfully-designed living spaces,” meals served restaurant-style, engaging activities and community outings. Taylor said there’s personalized help based on each resident’s needs.
“What makes this facility unique is it’s an individualized experience,” she said.
A senior living counselor works with the residents to determine their individual needs. A registered nurse does an assessment to create an individualized care plan.
“We offer the services of a full dining menu, housekeeping and other areas to create an overall personalized experience,” Taylor said.
She said Heritage Communities embrace individuality, encourage independence and provide the care “you need, to live the life you want.” Pets are welcomed.
Its restaurant-style dining features open dining hours. Resident can eat when they want and sit where they like. They can choose from a wide variety of favorites and daily specials. Menus are posted in advance.
Heritage Communities offer a variety of daily activities and special outings. That includes movie showings, exercise classes and dining out at area restaurants.
“I have always lived by the motto during my nursing career and management experience that I would not ask anyone else to put their own parents or loved ones in a community that I myself would not place my own parents or loved one,” Taylor said. “Those are the values that I uphold.”
She is a native Nebraskan from Burwell. She started her career working as a CNA out of high school. That led her to nursing school.
“I have worked with the senior community for over 25 years and I set my expectations as the executive director very high,” Taylor said. “I love to see communities such as Sagewood focus on the individual, promoting independence, health and overall well-being.”
She said Heritage focuses on creating individual experiences “where it is all about individual choices and preferences.”
Taylor said services are adapted to the resident’s physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs.
“Our goal is to help you remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, with a personalized plan of wellness and care,” she said.
Taylor said Heritage’s core values are trust, compassion, respect and fun.
“That is wholeheartedly exemplified and displayed throughout the staff as well as the owners and the community,” she said. “We go above and beyond to make sure that we offer the service that we are saying that we provide. Our communities are tailored to senior care and living their lives to their fullest.”
They provide community transportation, along with parking garages and a valet service.
“We try to offer the full gamut of anything that would be enjoyable to a senior,” Taylor said.
Heritage is “not an institution in any way but a community for those who need just that little bit of assistance,” she said.
Heritage has a 24-hour staff to offer help.
“I have grown many friendships over the years by listening to those I care for tell me about their history, careers and families,” Taylor said. “I am so excited to welcome people into The Heritage at Sagewood, so we can walk our journey together.”
She said every individual who walks through their doors is “one of a kind, including the challenges being faced.”
“It is our goal to get to know you on a personal level,” Taylor said. “As we grow in our relationships, our promise is to define what living better means to you and deliver it.”
The complex offers 62 apartments for its assisted living community and 26 for memory support care.
For more information call (308) 398-8005 or check the website at www.heritage-communities.com/senior-living/ne/grand-island/heritage-at-sagewood/.