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Our
Mission

Western North Carolina Baptist Home is part of Baptist Retirement Homes of North Carolina and has been invested in the greater Asheville community since the early 1950s. Western North Carolina Baptist Home provides quality care in a cost-effective manner with several financial options, including Medicaid for some expenses in Assisted Living. We partner with community groups to offer a unique experience to our residents.

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Our Values

  • Honesty
  • Fairness
  • Compassion
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Humor
  • Kindness
  • Loyalty
  • Patience
  • Conscientiousness

Our Story

Situated on 22 beautiful acres on top of Richmond Hill in scenic Asheville, our community has a distinct and unique personality. We consider ourselves a mini continuum of care community by providing Assisted Living, Short-term Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care. Our residents age in place and we ensure family-oriented, hands-on care and one-on-one therapy.

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Scarlet Gardner – Healthcare Administrator

Scarlet Gardner is the Healthcare Administrator of the Western North Carolina team. She has 15 years of senior living experience and was a clinical liaison at Sylva previously. Scarlet received her practical nursing degree from Tennessee College of Applied Technology and completed her Administrator in Training program at Magnolia Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Morganton. Scarlet is a native of the local area and lives in Marion with her husband and children.

Kristin Smith – Director of Nursing

Kristin Smith is the Director of Nursing and a huge asset at the Western North Carolina community, with a vast amount of clinical knowledge. Kristin has been an RN since 2015 and has a master’s in nursing. She also has completed her education for her doctoral degree in nursing and has worked in post-acute care hospitals, as a travel nurse, and in case management. Kristin lives in Asheville with her family.
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Andrea Lorick – Admissions and Marketing Director

Admissions and Marketing Director Andrea Lorick has a passion for working in long-term care that started when she was very young. Her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis helped shape her career. She graduated from Winthrop University in 2007 with a degree in psychology and minor in gerontology. Andrea grew up in rural South Carolina in Eutawville on Lake Marion.
Scarlet Gardner headshot

Scarlet Gardner – Healthcare Administrator

Scarlet Gardner is the Healthcare Administrator of the Western North Carolina team. She has 15 years of senior living experience and was a clinical liaison at Sylva previously. Scarlet received her practical nursing degree from Tennessee College of Applied Technology and completed her Administrator in Training program at Magnolia Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Morganton. Scarlet is a native of the local area and lives in Marion with her husband and children.
Kristin Smith headshot

Kristin Smith – Director of Nursing

Kristin Smith is the Director of Nursing and a huge asset at the Western North Carolina community, with a vast amount of clinical knowledge. Kristin has been an RN since 2015 and has a master’s in nursing. She also has completed her education for her doctoral degree in nursing and has worked in post-acute care hospitals, as a travel nurse, and in case management. Kristin lives in Asheville with her family.
Andrea Lorick headshot

Andrea Lorick – Admissions and Marketing Director

Admissions and Marketing Director Andrea Lorick has a passion for working in long-term care that started when she was very young. Her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis helped shape her career. She graduated from Winthrop University in 2007 with a degree in psychology and minor in gerontology. Andrea grew up in rural South Carolina in Eutawville on Lake Marion.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Baptist Retirement Homes of North Carolina?

Founded in 1951, Baptist Retirement Homes of North Carolina (BRH) is one of North Carolina’s most respected providers of long-term care. With four long-term care communities located throughout North Carolina, BRH provides all levels of care for older adults, including special programs for seniors with dementia-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. Baptist Retirement Homes is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization with a longstanding relationship with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

Why choose Western North Carolina Baptist Home?

Located in the scenic mountains of Asheville, the community is welcoming, offering assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation for its residents. We offer high-quality compassionate care, daily activities, expert medical staff, and individualized plans.

What is the cost?

Fees vary according to the living option chosen. Please contact us for specific details.

Do you offer transportation?

Transportation for local outings and shopping is offered weekly at no cost to residents. Medical transportation is also provided for a fee.

What health services are available?

The Western North Carolina Baptist Home offers the best comprehensive and continuous healthcare possible, from assisting with daily living tasks to nursing care to ensure that residents receive the care they need when they need it. This program includes:

  • Clinic services — Registered nurses are available at scheduled hours for consultations, screenings, and vaccinations. Most active retirees select their own physicians.

  • Emergency services — Emergency alarms may be activated from your residence. Switchboard staff, security guards, and nurses are on duty 24 hours a day to respond.

  • Prescription drug service — Apartment and garden home residents use the pharmacy of their choice. Local delivery can be arranged.

  • Therapy services — Physical, occupational, speech, and other special therapy services are available via the Prince Nursing Care Center.
  • Home health services — Western North Carolina Baptist Home can assist in arranging these services as needed.

How do I apply for residency at Western North Carolina Baptist Home?

Entering as a Healthcare Resident:

  • Contact the WNC community and schedule a visit.

  • Submit an application to the Marketing & Admissions Director.

What financial requirements should I be prepared to meet at the time of admission?

Once you inquire or tour our community, we can talk to you about financial information needed to become a resident. At the time of admission, resident applicants must demonstrate the ability to cover the full cost of their care through their lifetime.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted Living residents maintain a high degree of independence while receiving special care tailored to their individual needs.

What is the difference between Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing?

If residents require 24-hour attention due to chronic illness or other health issues, our high-quality healthcare centers offer personalized care plans to meet those needs for residents in skilled nursing.

What are the benefits of living in a senior living community?

Our community is active and there are many activities and events planned for residents to encourage socialization and engagement. We have a strong wellness program, and all of our residents receive top-notch care, support, and assistance with daily needs. Each plan is tailored to the individual’s needs.

Is there a personal emergency response system at Western NC Baptist Home?

We ensure 24/7 support, and our team is trained on how to handle any situation.

What makes Western North Carolina Baptist Home different?

Our community has been part of the greater community since the early 1950s, and our team partners with community groups to offer a unique experience to our residents.

What type of social and cultural activities are there at Western NC Baptist Home?

There are daily activities, monthly activities, and some geared toward holidays, themes, and special occasions. Our community has clubs and encourages people to be social and engage with others. We also host events that our residents are always welcome to attend.

How are caregivers recruited, trained, and screened?

We screen and train all of our caregivers to ensure they meet our high standards for quality and care.

I have long-term Care Insurance. Can I use this at Western North Carolina Baptist Home?

Each policy is a little different. When you apply to become a resident or during that initial process, one of our team members will assist with questions about insurance.

Does Medicare pay for any assisted living expenses? What about skilled nursing?

We do accept Medicare for some expenses in both AL and MC, and our team members will assist you with answering any questions you have.

Does Western North Carolina allow short-term (respite) stays?

We are exploring this option in our Assisted Living care.

Can residents decorate their apartment and bring their own furniture?

We want it to be your new home, so we expect and encourage residents to make it homey and personalized.

What are visiting hours?

We want residents to enjoy time with family, friends, and loved ones, so there is not a strict policy on when one may visit a resident. We encourage family members to contact the community during this pandemic directly to ensure a visit is appropriate.