A handful of men and women recently were playing dominoes in the area near the front lobby of Countrywood Manor Assisted Living Facility in Mantachie. They were getting a bit rowdy, talking and laughing loudly and lightly picking on each other as they played.
Co-owner Ken Long shook his head and smiled.
“This is never a dull business,” he said. “People who think senior adults are ever dull need to come walk with me for a day.”
The licensed assisted living facility offers three meals a day, housekeeping, laundry and an on-duty nurse 12 hours each day to help with medication and other patient needs.
Long and his business partners Larry Todd and Gene McDade have owned and operated Countrywood Manor since 2012, purchasing the then 12-year-old business – originally Countrywood Plantation – from its second set of owners. Both Long and especially Todd were familiar with long-term care facilities and believed they could use their experience to reshape the facility.
“We like coming to aging facilities and rehabbing them,” Long said. More than just improving the cosmetics, Long said they try to completely rework the background operations in the facilities, adding modernized conveniences like computerized patient records, electronic payroll, closed circuit televisions and more.
“It’s a lot of stuff you don’t necessarily see, but it all makes everything easier for the staff,” he said.
The company has done this for three facilities, all of which fall under the umbrella of their company, Agape Senior Living: Countrywood in Mantachie, Oak Tree Manor in Amory and Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru.
The Mantachie facility currently has 32 rooms with 38 patients in house. If pressed, the facility could house more than 40 residents, although Long said he doesn’t expect the occupancy to ever get that high.
The company is adding a 16-room Alzheimer’s wing that should be open this spring.
• Owners: Ken Long, Larry Todd and Gene McDade
• Est.: 2000
• Address: 145 Watson Dr., Mantachie
• Phone: (662) 282-7808
• Employees: 26