CLINTON, Tenn. (October 4, 2017) – Morning Pointe Senior Living is proud to announce new leadership at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton.
Kim (Burgess) Shallahamer was named executive director at the Alzheimer’s memory care community. Shallahamer’s professional experience in senior living operations and dementia care equips her to create a meaningful experience for residents and their families.
“We are very pleased to have Kim on board as executive director at our Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s memory care community in Clinton,” said Greg A. Vital, president and CEO of Morning Pointe Senior Living. “Her professional background and dedication to enriching the lives of our residents and helping them continue to have meaning and purpose are just a few of the admirable skills that makes her a great addition to our Morning Pointe leadership team.”
The Enoree, SC native received her Bachelor of Science from Lander University in Greenwood, SC. Shallahamer’s career in senior living began with her role as an administrative assistant for Carolina Family Health Centers, and she has since held executive leadership roles with Enlivant and Thrive Senior Living. She says she fostered a love for seniors at a young age.
“My grandpa always said that our purpose was to make a meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us so that some part of us lives on,” Shallahamer says. “I am blessed to have found my calling in serving seniors where I have the opportunity to fulfill that purpose every day.”
Shallahamer is a licensed assisted care living facility administrator and dementia specialist trained in Teepa Snow’s “Positive Approach to Care,” and brings with her more than 15 years of operations and leadership experience to the Morning Pointe family. In her spare time, she enjoys attending SEC football games and spending time with her husband, Jason, and stepdaughter, Ava.
Her leadership and dementia care experience will make a strong addition to the Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton, which features the Lantern Alzheimer’s care and the Lamplight early memory care services.
Answering to the increasing need of Alzheimer’s caregiver support programs in Clinton, the 27,000-square-foot community located at 960 S. Charles G Seivers Blvd. features 51 secured apartments with two types of programming that focus on the resident’s individual interests, life experiences and personal strengths. Forty-two of the apartments will be dedicated to The Lamplight program — an expansive, secured environment designed for residents in the early to moderate stages of cognitive decline. Nine of the apartments will be located in The Lantern — an intimate environment for individuals needing greater levels of assistance.
The Lamplight offers an expansive environment that is secure and safe, with on-site physical therapy, 24/7 nursing, medication management and programming that uses prompting and cueing approaches to assist with daily living and promote independence and choices.
The freestanding Alzheimer’s memory care community features a full spectrum of Alzheimer’s and dementia care services, including the Meaningful Day™, an innovative program designed to improve the quality of life for seniors with memory loss, and SimpleC™ Companion, an intuitive, non-drug therapy using touch screen applications to promote improved engagement and memory. Cuddle Therapy, also available at the community, is a recognized Alzheimer’s program with specially created, lifelike dolls to help residents feel a sense of calm and purpose.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Morning Pointe Senior Living is the region’s choice for assisted living and Alzheimer’s memory care with four locations serving Knox County. The Chattanooga-based senior healthcare services company continues to expand, with a senior campus scheduled to open in Knoxville by Summer 2018.