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Sommerset Neighborhood

Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group Expands its Mission to Oklahoma

Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 13, 2015- Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group (HCLG), a mission driven, faith-based New Mexico not-for-profit 501(c)(3) has purchased Sommerset Assisted Living and Memory Care Center located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Formerly a family owned, for-profit community, the name will be changed to Sommerset Neighborhood and become a not-for-profit affiliate of Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group.

Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group is an integrated retirement lifestyle provider currently operating one LifeCare Community, La Vida Llena in Albuquerque and has another under construction, The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Its new acquisition, Sommerset Neighborhood, was built in three phases between 1998 and 2005 with a total of 124 studio and one bedroom apartments providing Assisted Living, Memory Care and Progressive Care. HCLG will bring its 30+ years experience operating La Vida Llena, Albuquerque's only Life Plan Community, and has a history of excellent care in its nursing home, assisted living and memory care. La Vida Llena consistently holds a five star rating, the highest rating from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that administers the Medicare program.

"This acquisition is in perfect alignment with Haverland Carter's not-for-profit mission of offering senior housing and health care options. The experienced leadership of HCLG will benefit the residents and employees of Sommerset," stated E. DeAnn Eaton, Cheif Executive Officer of HCLG.

"There will be no dramatic first day changes in employment or provision of services to the residents," stated Ms. Eaton. "Our plan is to gradually adapt Sommerset to the HCLG branding best recognized as being named One of the Top 10 Best Places to Work Large Employers in New Mexico in 2014 by Albuquerque Business First, and as Albuquerque's Best Senior Living Community in 2015 in a survey of readers of The Albuquerque Journal."

"It is within our strategic plan to grow business either by building new or through acquisition. Our strategic plan, is to seek new opportunities to provide care and services beyond our existing boundaries" Ms. Eaton continued. "Certainly going into Oklahoma has us expanding our geographic presence, but also has us diversifying by adding a freestanding Assisted Living community to our Life Plan Communities."

"HCLG's current affiliates, La Vida Llena and The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho, will not be affected by this acquisition," Eaton said.

Connie Bailey, JD and Ida Dunn, the previous owners, were dedicated to the residents and the staff of Sommerset and wanted the best possible outcome as they decided to retire from being the owner/operators of Sommerset. "We were impressed with HCLG as a mission driven, not-for-profit organization and felt they would assure the best care for the residents and preserve continued employment for the staff," Bailey said. "We are leaving Sommerset in good hands."

Haverland Carter is committed to excellence in retirement community management. It is our mission to enhance the well-being and quality of life for older persons with competency, compassion and ethical behavior.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact David Walbright at 505-293-4001 or email at

The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho E. DeAnn Eaton

Ribbon Cutting Opens Information Center

Haverland Carter LifeStyle Group Chief Executive Officer E. DeAnn Eaton presides over the Ribbon Cutting during the opening of The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho Information Center

Unique retirement community coming to Rio Rancho begins to accept reservations for future occupancy!

The Neighborhood in Rio Rancho, a new continuing care retirement community being developed, took a giant step closer to reality with the opening of its Information Center.

Now, people interested in this exciting new community can see detailed renderings, floor plans, and - most exciting of all - a scale model of the building detailing its architecural design. Also depicted are views from the apartments; sweeping views of the Four Hills, city lights, Sandia Peak, all the way to Santa Fe. The areas famous sunsets will be enjoyed from our views to the west.

The Neighborhood is unique as it will be Rio Rancho's only continuing care community offering LifeCare. LifeCare promotes active, indendent residential living - offering everthing you would expect in the finest retirement lifestyle while also providing for potential future health care needs - all included in the one-time entrance fee. It is not just a great place to live - but gives you the peace of mind of having a plan in place for potential future health care needs.

Call (505) 994-2296 to schedule your visit to the Information Center. 4500 Arrowhead Ridge SE (One block west of Highway 528 on Ridgecrest Dr. SE)

Refurbished Pool

La Vida Llena Renovation Completed!

Updated and refurbished swimming pool - new locker/shower rooms also added!

Residents and employees of La Vida Llena Retirement Community are enjoying "The Full Life" more now than ever before during its 31 year existence. A major renovation of the entrance area of La Vida Llena was completed well ahead of schedule. The remodel was originally scheduled for completion within 15 months. Construction began the first week of February of 2013 and was completed this past January 2014. The nearly $7 million remodel to several areas of the central part of campus expanded and upgraded several key areas; the largest dining room and a separate Corner Cafe which now has a new small dining area of its own, a relocated new chapel and marketplace, upgrades to the front entrance, lobby, hospitality center, a library, indoor pool, several administrative offices and a new marketing conference center. Carter Hall, our main community room that hosts entertainment and presentations, now boasts state of the art audio-visual equipment along with a full-scale stage setup with a stunning stage lighting system; surround-sound and movie-sized projector, large retracting screen and multiple wired and wireless microphones. Unlike other retirement facilities that only provide housing, residents at La Vida Llena have always enjoyed an active retirement lifestyle with the peace of mind knowing they will be well cared for the rest of their lives. This renovation places La Vida Llena as exceeding other senior-living facilities throughout central New Mexico. Several in-house celebrations will commemorate the dust and dirt residents and employees lived and worked around for almost a year. For more information - please call (505) 293-4001

Entrance to Main Community

See the NEW La Vida Llena!

See the NEW La Vida Llena! The world is constantly changing - and there are changes where old can be new again. Following its 30th Anniversary, La Vida Llena assessed its amenities and services - met with residents and set out a plan to make the community areas not only new again, but improve their usefulness. If you haven't seen La Vida Llena lately - then you haven't seen the NEW La Vida Llena. The community auditorium was expanded and now has a state of the art sound system, sound stage with lighting, and additional seating. The Sandia Dining Room, Community Chapel, and Hospitality Reception area all remodeled. The Corner Cafe has been expanded to include a breakfast and lunch menu and both indoor and patio seating and also includes the Village Store. The community now has 2 swimming pools, 2 fitness centers and 2 locker rooms: excellent for providing opportunities for residents to get in their routine workout. La Vida Llena is Albuquerque's only LifeCare Retirement Community. This completed renovation project serves to enhance the lifestyle of its many residents. If you want to see the New La Vida Llena and discover the value of LifeCare - please make an appointment to come in. Call 505-293-4001