For the Elderly, There’s No Place Like a Bee Hive Homes
Bee Hive Homes is the newest assisted-living facility in Santa Fe. Like Santa Fe, Bee Hive Homes is a unique place to live. The company got its start in 1987 when Twayne Walker, company founder and a builder by trade, couldn’t find an acceptable place for his elderly mother to live. Her needs had surpassed his ability to care for her. At that time, many assisted-living facilities did not provide a pleasant atmosphere where residents could live happily. To make matters worse, the cost of these facilities was prohibitive for many of the elderly and their families.
With few, if any, choices available, Walker built an assisted-living home for his mother with the innovative idea that the elderly deserve a clean and comfortable family-type setting at an affordable price when they reach a point in their lives where they need assisted living care. During the construction phase of Walker’s first assisted-living home, there was so much interest shown by potential residents that many of them were ready to move in as soon as it was completed.
Almost 25 years after the first home was built, Bee Hive Homes now has facilities in twelve states. “We provide the comforts of home, with loving caregivers, home-cooked meals, and facilities designed to expand the independence of our residents. You can feel peace of mind with your mother or father or other family member in a Bee Hive Home, knowing they are comfortable and well cared for. We encourage family participation and often get to know our residents’ families and friends almost as well as our own,” said Jay Manning, owner and sub-franchisor of homes throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.
A Bee Hive Home is a planned environment, allowing for ten to twenty residents to enjoy a quality of lifestyle with group association, yet still offering the utmost in privacy with individual bedrooms and at least a half bath. Most importantly, Bee Hive Homes offers 24-hour supervision with exceptional staff members, trained in quality geriatric care, but committed to a home and family environment. “Our residents deserve to feel important and valued so we provide activities that help them to thrive and enjoy life such as exercise and yoga, art classes, musical events, annual parties and picnics. We strongly encourage participation from schools and churches, and other community organizations. At Bee Hive Homes we really do strive to be the next best place to home,” added Manning.
Please stop by Bee Hive Homes of Santa Fe, located at 3838 Thomas Road just off Airport Road and north of the Santa Fe Country Club, and tour the facility. Contact Angel Malone, administrator, for a personal tour. She can be reached at 505-385-6249. Bee Hive office hours are typically 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.