In 1987, Janet Lemler returned to her home town of Greentown to build a health care facility that could provide much needed services for the community. The name, Century Villa Health Care and Rehabilitation, was chosen because Janet’s grandmother, Blanche Frakes, was born and lived in Greentown for over 100 years...thus the words “Century” meaning 100 years and “Villa” meaning home. Her grandmother cut the ribbon at the opening of the facility and lived to see the facility occupancy reach 100%.
Prior to delving into owning and operating her own health care facility, Janet had been in the health care industry for over 15 years. She had earned her Bachelor of Science Degree and became a licensed Health Care Administrator. As its director, Janet was responsible for developing and opening Congregate Living Facilities for the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocese as well as a consultant responsible for obtaining State certification for a facility being built in the Fort Wayne area. She also opened a privately owned facility in Lafayette and acted as its Administrator prior to getting State approval to build Century Villa. Upon obtaining this approval, Janet moved back to Greentown and began her project, building on her grandparent’s farm land. The community was most welcoming and supportive knowing they would have a local nursing facility that would meet their needs. That was almost 29 years ago and still continues today!
Janet proceeded to build Century Villa, in response to the needs and desires of Greentown and the surrounding communities, providing the highest quality of service to those entrusted to her care. Janet’s goal was to provide this service with a “caring for others as you would want others to care for you” philosophy. This same philosophy is shared by each staff member at Century Villa as they are accepted into our residents’ home.
Expressing their needs and with encouragement from the community, construction began on the first complex in the area to offer assisted living apartments adjoining a health care facility. Century Fields Retirement Community offers 43 full-size independent and assisted living apartments under one roof with Century Villa Health Care and Rehabilitation. It has been very rewarding to see one spouse needing health care services while the other spouse is able to live in an apartment...all under the same roof.
Century Villa Health Care and Rehabilitation is family owned and operated. Janet, and her two daughters, share in ownership and are all on site working and overseeing the running of the facility on a daily basis in the capacity of Director of Nursing, Administrator, Director of Food Service/Marketing and interior design. They are kept apprised and know firsthand what is occurring every day, knowing the needs of the staff and residents. As owners, they are able to meet with staff, residents and families and make immediate decisions. They are onsite and available to respond. There is no waiting for out-of-state corporate offices to make decisions and meet the immediate needs of those concerned.
Longevity among the staff at Century Villa excels. All department supervisors have been with Century Villa at least 19 years and that same longevity is shared in all its departments. This is a unique distinction in the health care field...Same Name, Same Family, Same Management stands alone in this area. This sets Century Villa apart and provides for continuous, consistent care for those who share the same philosophy and chose to shower it on the residents and their loved ones.
Employees are guests in the residents’ home. Dedicated employees provide a holistic approach to care to include not only physical, but spiritual, social and emotional well-being to the residents entrusted to their care. Respect and love is shown to each and every resident in a way that they know we are all “family.” The residents live in a home-like environment where they enjoy delicious, nourishing foods and daily activities. They are given choices in their daily living in ways that enhance their quality of life.
Never make a health care decision for your loved only without visiting and comparing. Ask your neighbors, friends, co-workers about their experience in similar situations. Make time for a tour and ask questions. Note any odor as you walk through the facility. Ask to see the last State survey. Visit during meal times. Ask others about the food, the care and the cleanliness. Compare and you will see and feel the difference.