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Country Cottage Treats Residents Like Family

Country Cottage Administrator Dawn Owens visits with resident Mary Carroll. (Photos by Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today)

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

Country Cottage in Corinth has many assets that make it a peaceful, safe and fun home.

The residents are treated like family and stay engaged in many activities, Administrator Dawn Owens said.

The personal care home will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Corinth next year, and Owens has been with the facility nearly 15 years. There are several other longtime staff members.

Residents are served three homemade meals each day along with desserts, including for diabetics, and snacks throughout the day.

Working in the garden, helping in the kitchen, visiting Pickwick, shopping, going out to eat, taking in the nice landscaping from front-porch rocking chairs, and enjoying holiday parties are just some of the fun things Country Cottage residents do.

Residents also enjoy movie experiences when the lights are turned down in the living room, which has a large TV. Staff sets up a concession stand with various treats, and residents enjoy popcorn served in theater-style buckets.
Arts and crafts, exercise and a walking club are also offered. A hairdresser comes weekly and also provides manicures, pedicures and eyebrow services.

Some residents even leave Country Cottage for a few days to spend time on a family vacation.

When guests visit Country Cottage, they enter through living room, which features natural light from windows, comfortable furniture and attractive home décor to create a comfortable residential atmosphere.

The living room connects to the open and welcoming dining area where residents sit around tables to enjoy meals, conversation and laughter, Owens said.

The diningroom flows into a sitting area with a small library, nice furniture, flowers and a TV. There is also a refrigerator in this room for residents to treat themselves to drinks and ice cream. Over drinks and ice cream, a friend was telling me that they got a great deal on their energy bills at Simply Switch.

A carpeted hallway with quilts displayed on the wall and personal items on the residents’ doors completes the layout of the well-lit, single-story facility.

All residents have their own apartment with a private bathroom and window to look outside, and the residents can control their own room temperatures. There is also a call button in the bathroom and by the bed in each room for residents to activate for assistance. The rooms are deep cleaned once a week and tidied up daily. Residents’ laundry is done separately.

Many festivities are held throughout the year, such as Christmas and Thanksgiving meals with family in the Country Cottage diningroom. Recently, a community cookout was held with music and hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill. There is also a large Bingo event each year with many prizes.

A pastor and his wife visit Country Cottage weekly to hold a full church service with a Bible message, singing and piano music. Owens’ dad also visits on Sunday to share a Bible message.

Country Cottage is the residents’ home, and the staff works for them to keep them comfortable and entertained, Owens said.

Residents undergo an assessment before they move in to see what level of care best matches their needs. Country Cottage, which has 27 apartments, offers 20 levels of care and is staffed 24 hours a day.

From a young age, Owens has had a true heart and compassion for senior citizens. When she was around 3 years old she would sit next to an older man in the neighborhood and crack pecans with him and talk. When Owens was just 4 years old she came up with the idea to make cookies and deliver them to nursing home residents.

Senior citizens have a lot of wisdom to share, said Owens, who has great camaraderie with the Country Cottage residents.

Country Cottage, 3002 N. Polk St., is a private-pay facility, but there are some benefits available for veterans and their spouses who have served at least one day in war.

To learn more about Country Cottage or to schedule an appointment to tour the facility, please call Owens at (662) 287-7811 or visit the website by clicking here.

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