Kendall Oliver had a dream to open a facility in his home town that would love and take care of seniors in Person County. His dream became a reality in 1999 when Cambridge Hills was started and the building was built after much soul searching and planning.
Denise Clark was approached about writing a letter for him to the State of N.C. expressing the need for assisted living in Person County. The letter was sent and the process began. Oliver also asked Clark about managing the building for him once completed. She accepted the position and remains in that role today.
Cambridge Hills opened its doors Feb. 7, 2000 after a delay due to a huge snow and ice storm in late January. Cambridge started with 40 rooms which included 80 beds. Seven people were admitted on the first day and the learning curve began for all the employees as well as for Oliver.
The company’s philosophy has been to do with residents not for them as residents try to maintain as much independence as possible. Over the years as the rules change frequently company staffers find that daily tasks and expectations change very rapidly.
The staff has been an important part of the company’s success and many of them have remained with Cambridge Hills over the years. Seven staff members have been with the company since that first year, including Delois Cates - Housekeeping, Amy Fox - Resident Care Coordinator, Fred Fox - Dietary Manager, Debra Woody - dayshift supervisor, Marie Moore - who is retired now but helps in several capacities when needed, and Clark - the executive director.
Many other staff members have been with the company quite a few years.
Cambridge Hills has provided services to more than 703 seniors over the years. Some of these residents were discharged to home and after months or years they returned for care when they needed it again.
The company will celebrate 20 years in busniess this year and the staff is excited to see what the next 20 years will bring for seniors and the community.