Active Senior Living Advantages By the Dozen

Our website will give you all the essentials:our floor plans, our contract and an introduction to the Springhurst Pines Campus of which we are a part.  It will show you photos of furnished homes, rolling, green lawns and gardens, and the faces of neighbors in our community.  It will even show you how to request a tour, but the most precious parts of having a home at Cornell Trace run deeper than the nuts and bolts on the surface. This is the first installment in a series of insights into our exceptional community,

Chapter I

 A History of Compassion

The seeds that would ultimately blossom into Cornell Trace were planted  in 1909 by Daniel Parr, a prominent Louisville businessman and philanthropist, who  set aside funds in his will to construct a facility for indigent women.  Parr’s Rest opened at the intersection of Third and Kentucky Streets and moved to Cherokee Road at Highland Avenue 5 years later.

In 1966 Baptist Homes, Inc., a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing quality care to all regardless of their religious affiliation, was founded to provide care and housing for indigent men in Jefferson County.  When needs outgrew the original facility on South Third Street in Old Louisville, BHI opened Baptist Home East on the 20-acre Springhurst Pines Campus in 1979.  In 1997, the first Cornell Trace Contacts for Occupancy were offered to prospective residents and the 29 duplexes began to rise on the bare lots.  Baptist Home East is now Springhurst Health and Rehab, and has just completed a new wing of 40 additional beds.  Every room at the skilled care facility is private, including those for Medicaid clients.

New state licensing requirements for long-term care facilities began creating insurmountable financial pressure for Parr’s as they struggled to update their stately, old building in the Highlands.  The home began to accept private pay residents in order to continue providing quality care for indigent women. By the time the finishing touches were being put on the Cornell Trace Clubhouse, Parr’s Rest Inc and BHI had entered into a joint venture to build Parr’s at Springhurst, a 79-unit personal care facility serving senior men and women. The elegant structure opened in 2002, and accepts private pay and Medicare.

Today, the Springhurst Pines Senior Campus at 3001 North Hurstbourne Parkway in Louisville, KY, offers residents a variety of options for appropriate levels of care for the rest of their lives. And life is good!  Parr’s at Springhurst is home to a number of residents who made the move from the facility on Cherokee Road 14 years ago.  Cornell Trace has ___ original residents, still going strong since moving in as much as 18 years ago. Our comprehensive maintenance contract goes along way to relieving the stress of caring for a home and yard, but that isn’t all that nurtures our residents.  Our non-profit status lets us look at our business as a ministry–but that’s chapter II.


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