Services & Amenities

At the Cottage, you’ll find a cozy, Southern community that offers both physical support and a welcoming and active environment for your loved one. With regular opportunities to challenge the mind and nurture the heart, our mission is to offer our residents the ability to achieve their desired quality of life.

Private Rooms

With different sizes and styles of apartments, the Cottage is a unique assisted living community that offers the attention, care, and home-like environment your loved one deserves. Our private apartments come equipped with a private bathroom, emergency alert system, and spacious closet. Each apartment is also cable TV and telephone ready.

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Cozy Community Areas

The Cottage designed its community around the premise of cozy common areas for friends to gather and a family-style dining room to enjoy during meal times. With a spacious living room, quiet library, sunny porch, and a warm Country Kitchen, our residents always have a place to read, meet with friends, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

CareSteps

Central to the Cottage's mission is CareSteps, the customized personal care program that provides just the right kind of help at the right time. Along with this individualized care program, Cottage services include:

  • 24-hour staff attention
  • Three home-style meals daily
  • Weekly thorough housekeeping and daily tidy up
  • Scheduled transportation
  • Planned off and on-site recreation
  • Weekly personal laundry

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Meet The Staff
Melinda Crawford

Melinda Crawford

Admissions Director

Melinda Crawford serves as the Admissions Director for Columbia Cottage. Melinda graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Leisure Services and specialized training in Leisure Services for the elderly.

As a native of Florence, Melinda has participated in multiple community organizations such as Junior League of Muscle Shoals, American Red Cross Volunteer, Junior League of Decatur, Hospice Volunteer, Saint Joseph School PTO Committee, and Room Mother. “The Cottage reminds me of my grandparents’ house. There are always fresh, homemade cookies, a welcoming front porch to rock and share stories, and a supportive environment that makes everyone feel at home,” says Melinda.

Melinda and her husband, Charlie, have three adorable children, Lilly, Luke, and Lila, and two little dachshunds, Molly and Mabel. Her hobbies include sailing, volunteering at school, renovating houses, and photography. “If I had one wish, it would be that in some small way I will leave the world a better place."

Selena Jackson

Selena Jackson

Managing Director

Selena Jackson, LPN, is the acting Managing Director of Columbia Cottage. Selena is from Russellville, Alabama and first joined the Cottages in Russellville as the Resident Services Director in 1998. Since that time she has been a member of the Cottage team in various positions, including Managing Director for Country Cottage - Russellville and Managing Director of Country Cottage – Decatur. In October 2005 Selena became a Regional Managing Director, a job which allowed her to help care for the residents in several Cottages. Selena has been a nurse for 18 years, and has enjoyed 17 years caring for the elderly.

Selena is married to Michael Jackson, who is the head Football Coach for Russellville High School. Selena is proud to have just sent her only son, Mason, to Cumberland College on a football scholarship.

“The reason I love caring for the elderly is because of my many wonderful grandparents who played such an important role in my life,” says Selena.

Glenda Beavers

Glenda Beavers

Resident Service Director

Glenda grew up in Russellville, Alabama and moved to Tuscumbia as a teenager, where she still resides. She currently attends University of North Alabama. Glenda has worked in a pharmacy, hospital and has years of experience private sitting for seniors. "Seniors are such precious people to me, and I love being able to be a part of their life on a day to day basis at the Cottage," she says.

Married 42 years, Glenda enjoys spending time with her two sons and five grandchildren. She attends Valdosta Baptist Church in Tuscumbia.

Sandy Brackin

Sandy Brackin

VP of Operations

Sandy has been caring for seniors for over 20 years, and has worked for the Cottages for over a decade in various roles. She attended Auburn University and graduated from LPN school at Wallace Community College in Dothan and RN school at Northwest Shoals Community College in North Alabama. She is a licensed administrator for assisted living and specialty care assisted living.

“I believe in what the Cottage stands for and always have. I enjoy working with seniors but also like being able to teach and train others on how to care for them the right way.”

Sandy and her husband, Larry, have two grown children, Andrew and Anna, and two granddaughters, Marlie Anna and Hydie Kate.

Breakfast

  • Assorted Fresh Fruits, Sweet Rolls, Breads & Jellies
  • Grits, Oatmeal & Assorted Cold Cereals
  • Eggs, Biscuits & Bacon, Pancakes
  • Juice & Coffee, Tea, Milk or Buttermilk

Dinner

  • Smothered Chicken
  • Collard Greens
  • Candied Sweet Potatoes
  • Red Beet Salad
  • Cornbread Muffins
  • Selected Desserts
  • Coffee, Tea, Milk or Buttermilk

Supper

  • Spaghetti & Meat Sauce
  • Fresh Garlic Bread
  • Tossed Garden Salad
  • Soup of the Day
  • Selected Desserts
  • Coffee, Tea, Milk or Buttermilk
Actual menu available at: (256) 712-6132
Activities
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Activity Schedule

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