Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.



Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.



Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…


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The assisted living community at Daisy Hill has seven different floor plans ranging from alcoves to studios to two-bedroom units with porches. Here residents receive assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and medication reminders and monitoring.

“Residents have to be able to take their medications orally as prescribed,” Laurie said. “We monitor to make sure they’re taking them correctly.”

Daisy Hill’s main goal is to provide a safe and secure environment for each resident that also promotes dignity and respect. Here, too, a 24-hour emergency call system is available for everyone; residents receive call pendants and there are pull cords in the handicapped-accessible bathrooms should someone fall. Kitchenettes are furnished with a microwave and refrigerator, but residents don’t need to cook because homestyle meals are prepared and served three times a day in the dining room. The community’s dining services director focus is on providing a variety of

The Arnold family owned Daisy Hill, an 18th-century horse farm that was home to nine generations of Arnolds. Wanting to leave a lasting legacy to their community, the family was instrumental in the development of Daisy Hill Senior Living Community, a beautiful assisted living facility that opened in March 2013.

“The Arnold family always hoped for something like this type of care setting to come to Versailles,” said Executive Director Laurie Dorough. “They are still involved with our senior living community.”

As a social model, Daisy Hill’s emphasis is on aging in place, spiced with plenty of activities and opportunities for social interaction, in an atmosphere that supports the spiritual, emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs of every resident.

“I love our social model for care,” Laurie said. “You really get to know the residents and their life stories. We involve them in planning activities to be sure they are still having a good quality of life.”

Daisy Hill has two options for residents. The one-story Villas are designed for independent living. They are ideal for people who want to live a maintenance-free, active lifestyle and also have services available as needed.


“We see those residents as very independent, coming and going, cooking, cleaning and utilizing optional services as needed,” Laurie said.

Each two- or three-bedroom Villa has a fully furnished kitchen, laundry room, walk-in closet, screened-in porch or sunroom and garage. You can choose to rent or select the life lease option. Basic services include interior and exterior maintenance; an emergency call system that is monitored 24 hours a day; utilities; and trash removal. Optional services include dining services in the main dining room or carryout; housekeeping; weekly laundry services; and access to a hair salon, nail technician, massage therapy and podiatry visits.

“We try to have everything they could ever want or need in house,” Laurie said.

Villa residents have priority when it comes time to move to Daisy Hill’s assisted living facility.

“Should they have an event or something occurs overnight and they need availability the next day in the assisted living facility, they are the priority on our wait list,” Laurie said.

food choices and varying menu options along with an always- available menu so residents have choices in their selections. In-home nurse practitioners and home health providers also partner to help residents maintain their health and well-being.

Daisy Hill offers residents an exciting calendar of different opportunities for learning, creativity, exercise and spirituality every month, from musical entertainment and guest speakers to exercise, games and classes, services and celebrations, shopping, movies and more.

“We see activities as being everything here,” Laurie said. “Activities are just as important as the medication residents may take, so we really use all staff to implement activities throughout the day. We have a pretty full calendar with a lot of things going on.”

In another year or so Daisy Hill will add a memory care unit to its campus.

“A certificate of need has been approved for memory care, so we hope to break ground this year on a personal care licensed memory care facility with 18 beds,” Laurie said. “The memory care unit will be in a secure building and will offer services such as special programming that includes music and pet therapy, intergenerational activities and individualized planning.”

Family involvement is a prime focus of the care offered at Daisy Hill, Laurie says.

“Typically, we initiate what we call a service plan with the resident and their family,” she said. “We want to be sure they actually improve their quality of life after moving in instead of having a decline. Whatever their baseline is, we do our best to maintain and improve it upon arrival.

“It’s like a triangle with the resident at the top, the family in their corner and now Daisy Hill also in their corner,” she added. “It’s got to be a good communication line and partnership with the family or whoever that person’s people are. We help them make the transition.”

All this is in line with the belief of Gary Keckley, the CEO of GoodWorks Unlimited, Daisy Hill’s partnering company.

“Our parents loved us and it’s our honor and our duty to love them back and that’s what, in faith, we do at GoodWorks,” he said. “We look forward to joining your family to love your parents. It’s the highest compliment we can receive when your loved one moves into Daisy Hill, because it’s our goal to create a really special home for them.”

Daisy Hill’s mission – to promote greater health awareness by providing information, activities and services designed to support healthy lifestyle choices – is found in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” On the wall in the activities room is a loving reminder for residents, staff and visitors alike: “Live, Laugh, Love Every Moment Every Day Beyond Words.”

Laurie encourages potential residents to come to Daisy Hill for a “trial run.”

“It’s sort of like having the option to test drive a car before buying it,” she said. “We offer short-term stays, so if someone wants a trial run, they can come stay for two weeks up to three months in a furnished apartment. They can receive all services, meals, everything, to see how it feels and make sure this is where they want to be at any affordable daily rate with all the included services and amenities.”


Tanya Tyler is the Editor of Health & Wellness Magazine

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