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Oconee resident Alice Woodard was 8 years old when she began delivering meals to a personalized care home. One of her favorite things to do was sing with the residents, whom she adored and loved like her own family. 

Woodard, who is the director of sales and marketing at Manor Lake Assisted Living & Memory Care, was destined to care for seniors. At a young age, she unfortunately had to say goodbye to her grandfather, who had Alzheimer’s, as he was turned away from a nursing home and admitted to a state institution. 

“I would stay in bed at night and worry about my granddad,” she said, explaining that he died shortly after being admitted. 

As an adult, Woodard was able to visit her father at a nice and comfortable assisted living facility in Wisconsin. She said the hallmark of a great senior housing development is that it’s a place that feels like home for the loved one. 

And that is what’s special about Manor Lake Assisted Living & Memory Care, located at 933 U.S. 29 North, just 20 minutes from Watkinsville. The rooms are spacious and inviting and tailored to the needs of senior citizens. For example, refrigerators are elevated by a platform for easy access, and the entry to showers are flat. Rooms and common spaces are illuminated with natural light that is warm and inviting. 

“Light really affects our mood, and we don’t want dark spaces,” said Woodard. “We want to be open and bright.” 

For more on this story, see the July 23 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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