Dugger Mountain Assisted Living Care Facility opens
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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From left, Piedmont Healthcare Center director Sandra Keener, Mayor Bill Baker and Duggar Mountain Assisted Living Facility director Crystal McElroy. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
From left, Piedmont Healthcare Center director Sandra Keener, Mayor Bill Baker and Duggar Mountain Assisted Living Facility director Crystal McElroy. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
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Duggar Mountain Assisted Living and Specialty Care Facility opened three weeks ago at 1100 Dailey St., next door to Piedmont Healthcare Center.

Phronsie Owens, who is a registered nurse in charge of marketing for Piedmont Health Care and Rehab Center, said there was a need in Piedmont for such a facility, which has 16 rooms. Seven rooms are for assisted living; nine are for skilled assisted living.

“Assisted living residents,” said Owens, “still live independently but may need a few reminders about medication. Skilled assisted living residents require more assistance with their medication reminders and activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing themselves. The skilled assisted side also features a memory unit staffed with specially trained staff.”

Owens said the new facility is a huge benefit to the area because it will allow residents to remain independent longer in the assisted living facility.

The first resident moved in the day it opened. That week two more came. Two are scheduled to move in Monday and two have paid their deposit and will move in soon.


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“The residents who live here already love it,” said Owens. “They and their families report that our facility is a very warm and inviting home like atmosphere.”

Owens has worked in health care marketing for the past 15 years.

“I love my job,” she said. “I love getting out and talking to people. That’s what I do best. I get the information out to the community and the hospitals. We get some referrals from those who are in the hospital or rehab and just not able to go home and live alone any longer. We get some referrals from people who live in the vicinity and have family members in assisted living facilities in other cities. This facility is a benefit for those in our community because now those people can live near their family again.”

She said the new facility receives calls daily from area hospitals inquiring for patients who need additional assistance but aren’t quite ready for a long term care facility.

The facility has different levels of care. A registered nurse will perform an evaluation of the prospective resident to help determine the level of care required for each individual.

“We want all of our residents to perform at their highest level of functioning and will help them achieve this goal,” said Owens. “Activities to engage the residents are offered daily. Three home cooked meals are served daily along with snacks. We can provide for special diet requirements as well.”

The facility will be on the Christmas Tour of Homes from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13.

“People can come by anytime and ask for a tour,” said Owens. “There’s always staff here. Or they can call 447-9444 and schedule an appointment to come by. We’re beautifully decorated for Christmas, and we’d like to extend a special invitation for everyone to come by Friday during the tour. We’ll have a hot chocolate bar. We want everyone to see our beautiful new facility.”

There are 16 employed now, with possibly more to be hired in the future.

Crystal McElroy, licensed practical nurse, is director of the facility. Sandra Keener is the administrator of the new facility as well as Piedmont Health Care and Rehab Center.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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