Continued growth for Masonic Homes

A new chapter begins for Masonic Homes Kentucky’s Shelbyville Campus. As the most awarded long-term care community in the state, Masonic Homes Kentucky’s Shelbyville Campus is known for unparalleled care in assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. And now, a recently announced expansion will give the campus another distinction: Masonic Home Shelbyville will soon be the first aging care community in Shelbyville to provide a continuum of care with the addition of an independent living option.

The expansion, which was approved by Masonic Homes’ Board of Directors in July, will add independent living units, which allow active, healthy older adults to live life to the fullest in a maintenance-free home, with access to many convenient amenities. The addition of independent living services to the campus means older adults can transition seamlessly to assisted living and skilled nursing care as their needs change over time.

“We’ll be the first aging care community in Shelbyville to provide a true continuum of care, which is really exciting and gratifying,” said Conjuna Collier, Executive Director and Administrator at Masonic Home Shelbyville. “People in the community are looking for a place to age-in-place where they don’t have to have multiple steps in their journey.”

The expansion will also include the addition of assisted living apartments. Masonic Home Shelbyville’s existing Pillars Assisted Living Community has been recognized for excellence by the Kentucky Assisted Living Facilities Association.

“We’re unique in that the greater community is really invested in what we do here, and we have a lot of longevity on our staff,” said Conjuna, who said that many of the staff members at Masonic Home Shelbyville have been looking forward to these expanded offerings for years. “The excitement from the staff bubbles out into the rest of the community. It’s really fun to watch.”

Other components of the project include converting semi-private skilled nursing rooms to private rooms and enhancing the administrative and common areas of the community. Masonic Home Shelbyville first opened as The Old Mason’s Home in 1901 as a home for aging Masons. The Old Mason’s Home merged with Masonic Widows and Orphans Home in Louisville in 1993 to form Masonic Homes of Kentucky. Pillars Assisted Living Community opened in 2007. The communities last large-scale renovation took place in 2009, and resulted in the addition of the
Rehabilitation Center, a new dining venue and short-term stay accommodations. Now, the addition of independent living means the Shelbyville Campus will soon provide the same continuum of care available at the Louisville Campus.

Conjuna Collier, Executive Director and Administrator at Masonic Home Shelbyville