Residents can take advantage of all the services and amenities typically available at any senior community – and then some, because faith-based communities offer an additional complement of spiritual activities and amenities not found in other types of settings.
Our Magnolia Manor family of award winning senior living communities includes campuses in nine locations sprinkled throughout southern Georgia. Each is different in size, setting and range of care services and amenities, but all feature the warmth and compassion that define life for our more than 1,100 Magnolia Manor residents.
This is where it all started, more than a half-century ago. As our flagship community, Americus is our largest and most diverse. Residents can take advantage of independent living, our state-of-the-art Mattie H. Marshall Memory Care center, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation services.
Known as Magnolia Manor of Marion County, this community provides skilled medical care for long-term residents as well as short-term rehabilitative care for those recovering from an injury, surgery such as joint replacement or a major health event such as a stroke or heart attack.
Magnolia Manor offers assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing at the Columbus campus. We are adding a second location to the Columbus area, known as The Lodge. This campus will offer full-service care from independent living to skilled nursing within a single community.
This small, intimate-feeling community is home to independent and assisted living residents. Macon also offers Supportive Housing for independent seniors who meet the low income requirements.
This latest addition to the Magnolia Manor family provides long-term skilled medical care and also rehabilitation services.
Another smaller community, Moultrie, is home to independent and assisted living residents.
Forty acres of beautiful low country surrounds our independent and assisted living residents on our Richmond Hill campus. Here, independent residents can also take advantage of additional “catered” services to assist with some personal tasks.
Both independent and assisted living apartments are available at our picturesque campus in St. Marys, ranked one of Georgia’s Top 10 Happiest Cities.
St. Simons Island
Island living is carefree indeed in this Magnolia Manor community that offers independent and assisted living as well as skilled nursing and rehabilitation. As at Richmond Hill, this community also offers “catered” extras for independent seniors.
As people, we are all very different, with differing preferences when it comes to living space and how we spend our day. Because Magnolia Manor is so diverse, and thanks to our holistic approach to senior living, you can choose a community you love in every way and also get everything you need to feed your spiritual self and share that spirit with others.
Our comprehensive approach means residents can experience the best of all health-related care, not only physical care. Residents and staff, “You can tell the difference right when you step into the building. Everyone feels like family.”
“We don’t apologize for talking about our faith.”
These words from a Magnolia Manor resident in Midway could have come from almost anyone on any of our campuses.
As Vice President of Spiritual Care, Rev. Dr. John A. Walker serves as chaplain at Magnolia Manor’s Americus campus and also oversees chaplains and pastoral care at our other campuses. He and his fellow chaplains try to reach out to every new resident within a few weeks of their arrival. “Our Lord doesn’t push Himself on anyone,” he says, “but we want to share what we have to offer.”
Mostly, he tries to listen, to learn about any issues or concerns the new resident may have so he can respond if needed. He counsels the other chaplains to also “be quiet and listen more,” noting that “Jesus walked alongside folks, meeting their needs and building relationships. Then he preached.”
Every Magnolia Manor campus offers:
- A chapel or designated area for worship
- Weekly worship services (not necessarily in the morning or even on Sunday, and more frequently on some campuses)
- Weekly Bible study
- Prayer groups
- Hymnals available throughout the campus, right at hand for spontaneous singing
- Choirs on some campuses
- Occasional field trips to local churches so residents can share special spiritual occasions with a larger congregation
- One-on-one pastoral care for residents and their families.
The primary focus is one-on-one visitation with residents. Regardless of faith, Rev. Walker explains, seniors can easily feel isolated, especially during the last year with COVID-19 restrictions. Pastoral care – the art of listening – can benefit everybody because sometimes you need a different type of friend to listen. “It’s amazing what folks will share,” he says, “and that is the crux of our ministry. It’s a safe place for residents and staff to feel comfortable sharing from their heart.”
Faith-based communities appeal to staff as well as residents
What is it like to work in a faith-based senior community? According to Merck, caregivers who have a strong religious faith are often better able to cope with the stresses and challenges of caring for patients who have dementia or a terminal disease.
“You can feel the care people have for one another,” says one of our administrators. She’s talking about both staff and residents. “It feels very family-oriented because faith-based people care and it shows.”
Here at Magnolia Manor, the fact that we are faith-based attracts job-hunters who want to work in an uplifting environment. It’s also a happy surprise for applicants who get even more excited when they learn of our holistic approach. Staff members can gather for daily devotions before they start work or at the end of their day or participate in prayer groups.
For Rev. Walker, combining his calling as a pastor with serving seniors is the ultimate blessing. “I get to do what I love doing,” he says, “spending time with the residents, listening. The joy of my life is to hear the stories of folks who have walked with the Lord for 75 or 80 years.”
They have been through so much, he notes, and they’re serious about their faith. He often does a life review with them, looking back on all the ways God has blessed them. “Being able to watch them express their faith and share it blesses my soul. It keeps me going.”