While the newest executive director at Cottonwood Village is committed to the facility and each of the residents living there, she is also interested in letting the local community know what goes on inside the retirement community.
Jan Thompson, who started at Cottonwood Village on Sept. 19, previously worked for Cottonwood Terrace. Before that she was employed at a retirement facility in Flagstaff.
Thompson moved to from Texas to Arizona seven years ago with a master's degree in social work. Before beginning her career in senior programs, Thompson had worked in the psychiatric field in Houston.
At Cottonwood Village she oversees the community that 163 residents call home. The average age of a Cottonwood Village resident is 85 and, according to Thompson, many married couples call the place home.
All residents get meals and housekeeping services. There's also a lot to do, including crafts, travel and entertainment.
"We have activities everyday," Thompson said.
For those individuals who need a little more help with day-to-day activities, there's an assisted living wing.
"It's another level of care," Thompson said.
She wants the community and potential residents to know that Cottonwood Village is not a nursing home. The staff is constantly trying to keep up with the interests of the residents and provide them with activities they'll like, according to Thompson.
"We try to offer them the things they enjoy," she said.
Thompson, who took over when former executive director Nancy Webber retired, credits the staff and residents for making the community what it is.
"I walked into a really good facility," she said.
In her new position, Thompson says she hopes to succeed in making the residents happy.
"A goal is to continue to provide the best retirement living for our residents in the Verde Valley," Thompson said. "I think we already do it. We want to continue to do it."