LAURINBURG — Having evolved from home health care to a full-fledged assisted-living facility on Johns Road, Paul and Pauline Brooks have made Prestwick Village a family affair.
The Brooks family began a home care business in 1996, organizing a cohort of nurses to care for patients in their homes. Construction on Prestwick Village began in 2004.
“We got out of the home care business and moved everyone over here,” Paul Brooks said.
In naming the facility, the Brooks family continued an alliterative tradition that began with the four children — and drew on inspiration from Laurinburg’s Scottish roots — selecting as namesake a Scottish town not far from Glasgow.
Prestwick Village celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday in conjunction with National Assisted Living Week, with staff and many of its 100 residents joining in for a cookout.
“Our hope is that it will open our door more to the community so they will see we’re here to serve them in a way that usually hits every family,” said Paula Jones, a registered nurse and daughter of Paul and Pauline Brooks. “It’s a home that extends out further than the front door and the back door.”
“We have a deejay, we have the ROTC and the cheerleaders from Scotland High School came out yesterday,” said activity director Rebekah Marquez.
Singers from East Laurinburg Church of God, who visit Prestwick residents on a monthly basis, also performed.
Prestwick Village frequently hosts events to enhance the lives of its residents and foster a sense of community.
“I’m excited about the new faces and beautiful girls,” said resident Jim Smith. “I was born and raised here then I got drafted when I was 16 and then I went into the Marine Corps for 25 years.”
Prestwick makes an effort to appeal to veterans, according to Paul Brooks, Jr. who was excited to have everyone out for the anniversary.
“I didn’t know they were having this event, but I saw all the people and thought it must be a good place to be,” said resident Jimmy McGee.
Many residents, some in their mid-nineties, have made Prestwick Village home for a number of years.
“I like living here very much, I love the weather and everybody I’ve met has been very sociable,” said 94-year-old resident Dorothy Bolger.
Paul Brooks, Jr. believes the community is more like a family. In addition to Jones, his sisters Penny Brooks and Pamela Sweeney have also been counted among Prestwick’s support team.
“We have excellent staff that really care for the people here, it’s not just a job,” he said.
“I love working here because the people we work for are more like a family to us,” said Lottie Campbell, who has worked in medication aid for two years with Prestwick. “They care about us and our families and with this atmosphere, you don’t mind the work.”
Abby Hackmann can be reached at 910-506-3171.