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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Business of the Quarter April 2017: Harmony Court Assisted Living

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BUSINESS OF THE QUARTER APRIL 2017

HARMONY COURT ASSISTED LIVING

         

          Harmony Court Assisted Living, located at 5411 I-55 North,  owned by brothers, Kevin and Ary Wright,  has been named Jackson’s Business of the Quarter for April 2017. In this former hotel, the Wrights opened the business in 2012 with five residents and presently the immaculate facility of 105 rooms is 92% occupied.  Kevin Wright said thorough research was required prior to opening, which included not only visiting other assisted living centers, but also working with city personnel to ensure property permitting, zoning and all other requirements were met. He said the entire “City of Jackson Team” provided great assistance in the entire process. Kevin Wright, a realtor, said the impetus for establishing the business came from  shadowing his uncle, Dr. Charles Chiplin,  in earlier years when he would go out into the community and provide assistance at the Opportunity Center, an organization that assisted individuals with job search, daily meals, and aided in other humanitarian ways. He said he got a great sense of self worth in assisting individuals who were desperate for help and that feeling persist today. Fittingly, his wife, Angela Wright, who serves as Harmony Court’s  executive director, has the same mindset. A master social worker, Mrs. Wright, who is on site daily, is responsible for the bulk of the business’ operation. The Wrights rely heavily on a very dedicated, loving, and caring staff, led by director, Daphne King, to carry out the business’ mission of providing the highest rated service to all residents at all times, in which Harmony Court has been reputed for as noted in several documented reviews. One current resident, Danny “Jelly” Moses, made the following comment: “love this home for it brings me much joy! The owners and staff are the best this side of heaven. It is my proud honor and privilege to say this is my Home”.

          The Wrights feel that the hands on, family, type approach has positioned them to garner many complimentary comments that they strive constantly to live up to. However, they don’t think it is difficult because their service is heartfelt. The total services they provide to the residents include, among others, on staff nurse care, assistance with Activity of Daily Living, Bible study-church services, physical therapy (in motion rehab), bingo, tea parties, shopping trips, movie night, sing-a-long (fun activity), and there are cosmetology and nail salon services provided by in house vendors. The Wrights believe that the residents deserve to have access to all conceivable conveniences along with pleasure, educational, and fun options. In addition to these on-site services the business goes above the industry call of duty in that when they go out and do home assessments they, when needed, assist the potential resident in completing required documentation, including those relating to governmental agencies, Medicaid and Veterans Administration. They understand that some residents don’t have reliable family, so sometimes they have to fill the void and take residents to doctor  and other health and human welfare related appointments. They’ve even gone to homes of incoming residents and moved them to the facility, just as a moving company would do. If someone comes to Harmony Court looking for residency and for some reason it doesn’t work out, the Harmony Court staff is diligent in providing resource information so the individual has a head start in seeking assistance elsewhere. No, Harmony Court isn’t your typical assisted living center (mostly big corporations), that stop at providing the required and rest on laurels of the past. Harmony Court provides continuous extraordinary service to all residents, of which they get them from all over the state through personal and agency referral.

          Harmony Court is committed to providing community support through not only the personal extended services to the elderly offered through the business operation, but also the past and present service extended through youth in Jackson through operating a resident therapy program for children, in which the couple got the utmost of satisfaction when the youth graduate from college or thrived in other areas. Mr. Wright also in past years often served as a motivational speaker to youths at various schools in Jackson. He also served as a volunteer baseball coach for his son’s baseball team throughout the years. Currently he is the head coach at Callaway High School, where son, Kevin, ll, is a junior and highly touted player.

          The Wrights, who also have another son, Cameron, are blessed to have fantastic family support which motivates them even more to plan for the next community service oriented venture. Right now they are focused on opening a similar facility in another part of Jackson, with later plans to expand elsewhere.

          Mayor, Tony T. Yarber and the entire city staff is pleased to recognize Harmony Court Assisted Living as The Business of the Quarter for April 2017. The businesses’ outstanding service to fellow human being, especially the elderly, is what Jackson needs more of.  Mr. Wright said, “I am doer and I encourage others to not procrastinate when it comes to finding some way to contribute to improving Jackson”.  That approach from the Wrights has made Harmony Court Assisted living a model business in our service business community. They view the business as a heavenly blessing that requires devotion and they are accepting of present and future challenges.               

 

 

 

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