Since 1961, Methodist Village Senior Living has been proud to be Fort Smith’s only local, ecumenical faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated solely to enhancing quality of life for our elder population in the River Valley. This is accomplished by providing various levels of affordable/transitional housing (licensed for 96 retirement apartment units and 145 long-term care or skilled nursing home beds) and extraordinary care that has resulted in five-star industry ratings, high satisfaction scores and an excellent community reputation. Our goal – historically, now and for the future – is to meet and exceed the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual needs and expectations of our residents, while providing support for their loved ones. As the focus areas of our operations, these principles are imperative for fostering our residents’ natural healing, health and chosen level of independence. While our original non-financial covenant relationship with the United Methodist Church remains intact, we are inter-denominational and welcome people of all backgrounds and faiths as residents, staff and volunteers.
As elder care has evolved, so have choices and expectations for residents. Methodist Village Senior Living’s new Life Plan Community will address marketplace demands by offering a variety of options in terms of accommodations, amenities and services, ranging from Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care, to Health and Rehabilitation, Long-Term and Skilled Nursing Care. Not only will this help meet present and future needs, but it will also establish a destination that will encourage people to come, live and stay in Fort Smith. This is particularly important, given our aging population and the associated demands that will result for blended families in terms of caregiving. By many measures, our older adults are healthier than previous generations, many are living longer, some disabilities are less prevalent, and age is less likely to mean death or loss of physical and mental functions. With increased life expectancy, a growing number of senior adults will be experiencing chronic conditions requiring long-term care, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, other forms of dementia, depression and cognitive impairment. Studies have shown a strong positive association between socialization and longevity, and improvements to MVSL’s campus will include an array of activities and opportunities designed for residents to become more satisfied with their daily lives in a clean, comfortable, safe and tranquil environment.