Mainstay Senior Living expands


Opening the Mainstay Senior Living barbecue festival are President and CEO Tod Petty, left; Frances Mattox, Admissions and Activity Director; Ridgeway Town Councilman Dan Martin and Ridgeway Mayor Heath Cookendorfer. | Photos: Darlene Embleton

RIDGEWAY – Tod Petty, President and CEO for Mainstay Senior Living, says his company is all about southern hospitality. As the new owner of Ridgeway’s former Fairfield Manor Assisted Living location at 117 Belfield Road, he showed that he knew what he was talking about when he feted his staff and the residence’s seniors with a barbeque festival last Saturday.

Frances Mattox, Admissions and Activity director for Mainstay introduced Ridgeway’s Mayor Heath Cookendorfer and Council member Dan Martin, and the Mayor welcomed Mainstay officials on behalf of the Town.

The day was filled with entertainment that included the Freedom Dancers, antique and classic cars and barbecue cooked by Dwight Robinson and served by his seven assistants.

Site renderings were on display of an expansion planned for the facility.

“We have an amazing group of contractors who work with us on improving existing locations. They allow us to create an affordable venue. Here, we have already reworked the asphalt in the front and upgraded the landscaping. We are in the process of repainting the building, fixing the roof and bringing in a full time therapist and 26 fully electric beds for our residents.

“It will be a great venue for long term care”, Petty said.

The new expansion will bring Mainstay up to 112 beds.

Barbecue pit master Dwight Robinson and his cook crew, all classmates who graduated high school in 1971, served up barbecue to the residents and guests. From left: Robinson, Delores Squirewell, Larry Bell, Nadine Boyd, Elijah Squirewell, Linda Gaither, Melvin Peay and Larry Young.

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