The Cottages Blog

We are excited and honored to celebrate 15 years of serving Decatur and its seniors. Country Cottage opened in August of 2002, but the inspiration for a warm, home-like, and charming community for our seniors began long before that.

During a family vacation to Opryland, seeing a Southern Living’s Cumberland River Cottage Idea Home inspired our founders to rethink assisted living. They were determined to create an environment that was as close as possible to the homes that our residents and families spent their lives in, and that is exactly what they did.

If you have ever visited the Cottage, you know it is much more than just a beautiful building. It is a vibrant community full of love, laughter, fun, and good food! Our residents and team of dedicated care givers truly make it feel like home.

Country Cottage is the best place to be if you want to feel at home. Everyone is so sweet, and they take such good care of me” says Ruby Coan, resident of Country Cottage for over 6 years.

Susan, Ms. Smith, and Kelly

Kelly McIntyre, Admissions Director for Country Cottage, says, “Every day I come to The Cottage, I feel like I am at my second home rather than a workplace. I love spending time with each of the residents and hearing about their past experiences. The Cottage is special to me because I know that we are making a difference in our resident’s quality of life  – and they make a difference in our hearts.

Susan Abercrombie, Senior Managing Director, says “I love working at the Cottages and being able to meet so many awesome residents. Over the years I have heard so many great stories about their childhood and how they met their husband or wife, how they started their families and about all the grandchildren they are so very proud of. It makes your heart smile everyday to be able to come to a place to work and make a difference in someone’s life. I feel very fortunate that I work here and have such a great Cottage family. The residents make a difference in my life daily. There is no place I’d rather be.

Kelly Clemons and Cottage Star: Chasity

Several of the staff at Country Cottage have been part of our community for quite some time. Kelly McIntyre has been with us for 5 years, Kelly Clemons for over 5 years, and Susan Abercrombie has been with the Cottage for over 10 years!

We also have many long term residents such as Ms. Cobb, Ms. Jenkins, Ms. Bolling, Ms. Coan, and Ms. Russell who have all been with The Cottage for over 5 years!

We’re so grateful and blessed to serve Decatur seniors for 15 years, and we’re looking forward to the next 15!

 

Country Cottage Through the Years

Susan Abercrombie
Written by: Susan Abercrombie

Susan has 32 years of nursing experience caring for seniors in assisted living and doctors’ offices. She now manages two Cottage communities in Alabama. Susan and her husband of 30 years, Tim, have two dogs, Sydney and Macy.

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