A year process came to a close in September with the successful acquisition of Ardenwoods Independent Living Community by Retirement Living Associates, Inc. (RLA). The transition to new ownership has been seamless for staff and residents of Ardenwoods; a testament to the amount of vetting that an enterprise such as this requires. From every angle, including more beneficial local ownership, RLA and Ardenwoods was a perfect fit. Located just 15 minutes from Asheville, NC, Ardenwoods is a premier resort-style retirement community nestled on 48-lush wooded acres with sweeping mountain views.
A well-respected family, a well-respected family business
Family-owned, RLA was formed in 1990 in response to the demand of founder David Ammons’ expertise and wisdom in the successful management of senior living communities.
In 1990, David Ammons was an experienced and successful senior living community manager determined to share his management skills and compassionate approach to senior care. With the support of his family, Ammons founded RLA and the rest is history.
With 32 years of dedication to service, the Ammons family has developed a stellar reputation among mid-size communities for unmatched, attentive care.
The Ammons family has a particularly special and enduring relationship with Ardenwoods since its inception with a friendship between the builder of Ardenwoods and David Ammons, which has made this transition to their new ownership practically ideal.
“We like the proximity to RLA because it’s close enough for them to drive over and say hello to residents,” says Jake Rightmyer, Executive Director at Ardenwoods.
Prior to the shift to new ownership, Jake kept residents abreast of the acquisition process with weekly breakfast get-togethers where the sale was always a hot topic. Since then, the changeover was incredibly smooth and it has been business as usual.
“Residents have mentioned that the only difference they’ve noticed after the sale is a different name printed on the invoice,” says Jake.
“Ardenwoods has always been a remarkable place for our residents, and the standards they have come to expect will continue to be met and exceeded under the direction of RLA. From an operational standpoint, it’s exciting to have our management company so close to the community.”
The Finest in Independent Living Under New Ownership
Ardenwoods, known for its beautiful setting, attention to detail and exemplary service, remains a coveted destination for seniors. Everything from dining, to fitness, to access to the arts and lifelong learning, to entertaining activities and exceptional personnel, is a best in class experience. The response to new ownership from residents and their families indicates that Ardenwoods has mastered the art of creating environments for fulfilling and lively senior living.
A Lunch & Learn is scheduled on October 3rd from 11AM-1PM for residents and prospective residents to meet the new owners, ask questions, and hear about RLA’s experience in the region and the resources it will be providing to the Ardenwoods Community. To reserve a seat and learn more about the exciting new partnership RSVP to (828) 684 -7330. For more information about RLA, visit www.RLAInc.com. For more information about lunch at Ardenwoods and the services and amenities available to the residents of Ardenwoods, call (828) 684 – 7330, or visit www.ArdenwoodsRetire.com.