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The residents and associates of Waltonwood Cotswold (a family-owned senior living community) are celebrating a milestone as the senior living community reaches its five-year anniversary. Over the past five years, the community has touched the lives of many, and those who live and work there are proud of the success shared by all. For those who were the first through the door when Cotswold opened on August 19, 2016 the years have flown by and have been filled with countless shared experiences and special memories. The anniversary is a unique opportunity for everyone to look back on the first days of Waltonwood Cotswold. Today, the community continues to focus on making new memories and preparing for the years ahead. For those who live and work at Waltonwood Cotswold, the community has become home, and that sentiment is shared equally by their families.

“We were so happy when Waltonwood Cotswold was finally ready for residents to move in,” said Lisa Deese, niece of one of Cotswold’s first residents Lucia Grimes. “Lucia has established many wonderful friendships and the staff is top notch. It gives me great comfort knowing that we made the right decision for the move to Waltonwood five years ago.”

Waltonwood Cotswold is owned and operated by Michigan-based Singh Development and is the organization’s second Waltonwood senior living community in Charlotte. Upon opening, the community created 125 jobs and today employs nearly 106 associates, which has provided a boost for the local economy.

“We are excited to be celebrating our five-year anniversary at Waltonwood Cotswold,” said Saab Grewal, director of asset management for Waltonwood. “We appreciate the commitment, dedication and support of our team, residents and families – we are blessed to be a part of this community and look forward to being a part of it for a very long time.”

“The environment at Waltonwood Cotswold is unlike any other assisted living and memory care community,” said Randy LeMaster, regional director of operations for Waltonwood. “When one walks through, the door the first feeling had is one of welcome and of comfort. That sense of welcome can only be attributed to the family atmosphere fostered by the residents and associates. I’m proud of how the community has developed over the last few years and look forward to seeing how the relationships between residents, their families and associates continue to develop and strengthen the community.”

Waltonwood Cotswold is built on more than eight acres and features 90 assisted living apartments and 26 memory care apartments. The senior living community provides worry-free and maintenance-free living for those who want the freedom to pursue their passions during retirement.

“Since opening its doors, Waltonwood Cotswold has never wavered in its mission to provide all residents with a lifestyle and care that is designed to improve quality of life and accommodate changing care needs,” said Sara Bailey, senior director of sales at Waltonwood. “Our goal today is the same as it was in the beginning: to help residents with daily activities so they can live life to the fullest without worry or stress. It is an honor to have watched the community over the last five years, and we can’t wait for what comes next.”

In celebration of this momentous occasion, Waltonwood Cotswold observed the anniversary with a sit-down luncheon. During the lunch, attendees were treated to appetizers of roasted tomato bisque and a pickled beet salad with a choice of herb roasted beef tenderloin or lobster risotto for the main course. The meal finished with cake made by pastry chef Shanay Battle as the closing course for dessert. Throughout the luncheon, musician Patrick Hudson entertained guests in assisted living with piano music, while violinist Martha Geisler performed in memory care.

“Having the ability to gather and celebrate our community and all those who make it a home has been an incredible experience,” said Eric Davis, executive director of Waltonwood Cotswold. “If we’ve learned anything in the last year, it’s not to take for granted all the special moments, whether big or small. This was an excellent time for all of us to reflect on the past and all that we’ve accomplished and been through, all while looking ahead with excitement. It’s a privilege to have a community that feels like family and provides one another with support and care. If the last five years are any indicator for what lies ahead, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

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It’s no secret that educators across the country are some of the unsung heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic. Teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure that their students maintained access to a quality education, and they’ve often dipped into their own pockets to pay for classroom materials, including necessary PPE and sanitary supplies. While school has been out for the summer, Waltonwood Cotswold was busy planning for the upcoming school year by hosting a supply drive for Billingsville-Cotswold Elementary School. The community worked together to gather supplies for the school including the following items: book bags, water bottles, black and white composition books, wide-ruled spiral notebooks, sharpened pencils, pencil boxes or pouches, pink erasers, blunt children’s scissors, markers, color pencils, folders, boys and girls hygiene supplies, children’s socks, children’s underwear and pencil sharpeners. Now, with the start of the school year quickly approaching, residents and team members recently delivered the items to the school.

“After the events of the past year and half, it’s difficult for anyone to deny the incredible dedication teachers have for their students,” said Eric Davis, executive director of Waltonwood Cotswold. “The supply drive provides us the opportunity to say thank you to educators for all they do and help to alleviate the burden that can come from prepping their classrooms. Our hope is that we can help Billingsville-Cotswold start the new year off right and that the local community will come alongside us in making this possible.”

Studies have long shown that most teachers will end up paying out of pocket for their classroom supplies. Teachers spend $500 or more each year on classroom purchases, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Since the onset of the pandemic, this cost has only increased as teachers purchased cleaning supplies and materials to facilitate virtual learning. Waltonwood Cotswold hopes that the donation will help teachers and students start the year well and save money in the process.

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Waltonwood Cotswold (a premier senior living community) is pleased to announce Tammy Mullins as its new executive director. Mullins brings more than 20 years of senior living experience to her new role. Mullins has held multiple positions at senior living communities across the country, including business office manager, assistant executive director, executive director and regional director. She is a Certified Director of Assisted Living (CDAL) and a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). Missing the one-on-one relationships with associates and residents, Mullins decided to return to the community level. As executive director at Waltonwood Cotswold, she oversees the daily operations of the community and provides support to each department. Her goal is to meet and exceed company expectations and ensure the needs of each resident and individual in the community are met.

“I am excited to take on this new role as executive director at Waltonwood Cotswold,” said Mullins. “I was attracted to the family-owned company because of its values. The support we receive from top leaders of the company is amazing. They truly are redefining the senior living industry. The associates have been warm and welcoming, and I know when I walk into Waltonwood I am walking into a family not a job. These are challenging times, but Waltonwood has handled the pandemic amazingly well, and everything they have done has been for the health and safety of residents and associates. I am blessed to do what I do and honored to be working with Singh. I am here to serve and provide the best experience for seniors and team members.”

Mullins is originally from Clemson, South Carolina. Her career sent her to Florida, but she is excited to return to the Carolinas and call Charlotte home. Mullins developed a passion for seniors at a young age. She was raised by her grandmother and that deepened her respect and love for helping seniors, so she made it her career. Mullins says the roles she’s held up to this point have prepared her to be executive director at Waltonwood Cotswold. She loved traveling to different communities as a regional director but is looking forward to building strong relationships with residents and associates. Waltonwood leaders know Mullins is the right person for the job.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tammy to the Waltonwood family,” said Randy LeMaster, regional director of operations at Singh Senior Living. “We couldn’t ask for a better leader to help us continue to provide outstanding service and an unmatched quality of care to seniors in the area. She came in during challenging times, and we appreciate how she makes everyone feel like part of the team and goes above and beyond to ensure residents and associates are safe. She has an excellent understanding of the senior living industry and our core values. We look forward to seeing what she is going to accomplish in Charlotte.”

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Crafts at Waltonwood Cotswold

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the county, senior living communities are finding unique and creative ways to recognize important events while staying physically distant. Waltonwood Cotswold, a premier senior living community, participated in The Longest Day to raise awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The event encouraged thousands of people worldwide to host an activity they are passionate about or the favorite activity of a loved one, and the senior living community picked arts and crafts. Studies show art therapy stimulates the senses of those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia and can trigger dormant memories and encourages conversation. From sunrise to sunset residents were painting, drawing, sewing and more all while collecting funds to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association.

“We are honored to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and support those affected by Alzheimer’s disease, whether they are living with it or care for someone who does,” said Hollie Sliwa, marketing manager at Waltonwood Cotswold. “Many of the Waltonwood residents and associates have a loved one or friend affected by this disease, and we want them to know we stand with them in this fight. We also participated in The Longest Day as a community so that we can recognize the dedication, compassion, energy, longevity and, most importantly, the love that caregivers share with those who suffer from dementia.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the disease is a global epidemic. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with more than five million people living with the disease and 47 million people worldwide suffering from dementia. Waltonwood Cotswold has a memory care neighborhood and understands firsthand the importance of providing specialized care and recognizing the hard work and dedication of their caregivers, including Priscilla Jones who has worked in the memory care neighborhood as a caregiver since it opened in 2016. Jones, who was recognized an Employee of the Month, is a hard worker who has maintained the same respect and care towards residents since day one.

“Working with seniors is my passion, and I wouldn’t change it for anything,” said Jones. “It is a calling that so many caregivers hear. We have an amazing group of people who give 110 percent each day engaging our memory care residents. The Longest Day is held annually on the summer solstice because the duration of this sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer’s disease. Together we can show those fighting this disease that they are not alone.”

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Not all heroes wear capes, but they wear face masks! Waltonwood Cotswold, a senior living community in the Charlotte area, took care in thanking their own heroes during National Nurses Week by placing signs around the community.

The signs depict nurses and support staff in superhero garb to show the city what the Cotswold team is made of, and thanked the nurses in big letters. You can see in these attached photos some nurses posed proudly with the signs, smiling from behind their masks. The Waltonwood team has gone above and beyond to take care of residents during this time, and the community wanted to show their appreciation.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. 


The start of a new year brings chilly weather for the city of Charlotte, with overnight lows reaching or exceeding freezing several times per year. With that in mind, Waltonwood Cotswold – a premier senior living community – is helping people stay warm at night by collecting blankets, quilts and sheets and donating them to Crisis Assistance Ministry, a nonprofit organization. The public is encouraged to drop off the items at Waltonwood Cotswold (5215 Randolph Rd.) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. A donation box has been set up at the front desk at the community, and they will collect donations until February 18.

“We always look for ways to lend a helping hand, and with thousands of people in need in the Charlotte area, the blankets will help us make a difference,” said Logan Diard, life enrichment manager. “Crisis Assistance Ministry does so much for the community, so this is the least we can do to give back. We encourage the public to stop by the senior living community with a blanket in tow. These are simple items that will make a difference in the lives of so many, and they will brighten the day of a person who is trying to get back on the right track.”

Crisis Assistance Ministry was created in 1975 by a group of local churches as a single, centralized place for Mecklenburg County residents to receive emergency financial assistance?to?prevent homelessness and utility disconnection. Today, the nonprofit continues to serve as a one-stop shop for Mecklenburg families facing poverty. Their goal is to preserve the dignity of customers while preventing homelessness and eviction.

“We are happy to hold a blanket drive at the community and know we will exceed our expectations with the help of our residents and the public,” said Nichola Johnson, executive director at Waltonwood Cotswold. “Giving back is something we pride ourselves in at the community. We have hosted multiple drives benefiting local nonprofit organizations and businesses in the past. We hope when residents, associates and the public are out at the store and picking up items for themselves that they grab a few extra items to help those less fortunate. We are excited to tally up the number of items at the end of the month to see just how many people we are able to help. Our doors are open each day, and our associates are eagerly awaiting the donations.”

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Every day, local first responders come to work without knowing what the day will bring. These brave men and women are known for dedicating their lives to serve other citizens, to work 24-hour shifts and respond to many different calls a day. To show their appreciation, Waltonwood Cotswold personally delivered a meal to Fire Station 14. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the estimated number of firefighters working in the U.S. is over one million. Of that number, a little over 30 percent are career firefighters and about 70 percent are volunteers. Waltonwood Cotswold decided to take the time to acknowledge these brave men and women for their lifesaving actions. In addition to sharing a meal with the firefighters, the residents of Waltonwood Cotswold had the opportunity to tour the station and learn more about the day-to-day life of a first responder.

“Fire Station 14 serves our community, and we wanted to show them how thankful we are for their daily sacrifices and services,” said Nichola Johnson, executive director of Waltonwood Cotswold. “Emergency responders risk their lives for other citizens and are a critical part of any community. We wanted to go the extra mile for these courageous men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to keep our neighborhood safe. Our residents enjoyed meeting the firefighters and hearing some of the stories they can share about their job.”

The Charlotte Fire Department operates out of 42 fire stations and provides fire protection for nearly 800,000 people. In addition to protecting the local public, including the residents at Waltonwood Cotswold, the fire department also works hard to educate the public about fire safety, as well as general safety issues. Waltonwood Cotswold believes in making a positive impact in the greater community and always looks for ways to give thanks for the selfless actions of others around them. The team recognizes the dedication of the many volunteers who help to fight fires and keep citizens safe across the county. The community plans to continue working with local businesses and organizations in the future to show its appreciation and help in any way it can.


“We are thankful to Waltonwood Cotswold for thinking of us by providing lunch for our first responders,” said Jamar Stroud, captain at Fire Station 14. “We are always ready to assist the senior living community, whether it be in response to a 911 call or providing safety tips to their residents. We enjoyed welcoming the seniors and Waltonwood team members to our station.”

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Father’s Day reminds us of the significant role fathers play in children’s lives. Dr. Martin Chipman, a resident of Waltonwood Cotswold, is a retired neurologist who spent a lot of time traveling around the country during his time in the Army, but he always made sure his family and children were his top priority. Chipman, 89, has four children from his first marriage and one son with his current wife of 45 years. Although balancing work and family time wasn’t always easy, he tried to stay involved in his children’s lives and activities as much as possible. Divorce is one of the hardest things a family can face, and despite his busy schedule, Chipman did his best not to let it impact his children and their relationship with him. Today, he reflects on his favorite memories with his family and is looking forward to celebrating Father’s Day with his five children and six grandchildren. 


“As an Army officer, I did a great deal of traveling, so I tried my best to be constantly in touch with all of my children and remind them that I was there for them even though I may be far away,” said Chipman. “One of my favorite memories is when all of us moved to Jerusalem for my assignment and stayed there for about two years. We had a wonderful time together. I may have been a busy father, but my children knew that I cared about them. Today, I am proud of the people they’ve become, and even though they live all over the country, we still remain close.”


Dr. Joseph Chipman, Martin’s youngest son, followed in his father’s footsteps and is a neurologist in Charlotte. He remembers his dad teaching him how to play tennis as a child, and when he would visit from college and on the weekends, they would play a game or two. Joseph is now a father himself, and he believes he has learned a lot more from his father than just tennis. He also makes his children – and the time he spends with them – his priority.


“Fathers have a big influence on children’s lives, and I believe it is important to honor them and the lessons we have learned from them,” said Joseph Chipman. “Now that I am a father, I realize even more how important it is to celebrate dads and all they do. I believe I wouldn’t be the dad I am if it wasn’t for the relationship I have with my father. He has always been so present and involved in my life and the lives of my siblings. I am thankful for everything he has taught me, and I look forward to celebrating him this Father’s Day.”


“There is nothing better than seeing our residents with smiles on their faces, and we know that spending time with their families makes them the happiest,” said Nichola Johnson, executive director of Waltonwood Cotswold. “Martin’s relationship with his children should truly be an inspiration to younger families. Although they all have families of their own, they still try and spend time with their father as often as possible.”

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For many, the holiday season is one of their favorite times of the year. It’s a season full of joy, love and giving. Waltonwood Cotswold, a premier senior living community, looks for ways to give back throughout the year. This month, residents and team members got together at the senior living community and prepared sandwiches for people in need. They then delivered them to Urban Ministry Center, an interfaith organization dedicated to bringing the community together to end homelessness one life at a time. The residents enjoyed helping other people who live in the Charlotte area.

“Some of our residents have spent years volunteering, and we work hard to ensure they can continue to participate in activities with a purpose,” said Jaynie Segal, marketing manager of Waltonwood Cotswold. “Urban Ministry Center does amazing things for local people in need, and we loved being a part of their efforts.”

Statistics show there are over 500,000 homeless people in America. The holidays are a popular time for people to give back to the local community through volunteerism, donation drives and more. While this is the season of giving, it is also an important time to help the homeless population due to the cooler temperatures. Waltonwood Cotswold always looks for ways to give back to the local community, whether through donation drives or hours spent volunteering.

“Through this initiative, we had a wonderful opportunity to make a difference, which is very important to our team and to our residents,” said Segal. “There are so many ways to help the community, and we are thankful for everything the Urban Ministry Center does for the people in need throughout the Charlotte area.

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It’s been nearly eight years since Terry Myers Gladden, an associate at Waltonwood Cotswold, got the call nobody ever wants to receive. Her doctor was on the line to inform her that her biopsy results came out positive. She was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer on December 16, 2010, at the age of 48. Gladden discovered the lump herself during a self-examination, which she performed regularly, and immediately panicked. Only a month after the diagnosis, Gladden underwent surgery to remove the cancer. Ultimately, she went through two surgeries, six rounds of chemo and 33 radiation treatments. In less than a year, she was cancer-free. With the support of her family and friends, Gladden overcame some of the hardest times of her life. Today, she urges women not to ignore the need for regular self-examination.

“I am so glad I was with my sister and my daughter when I received the call from my doctor because I literally fell down on my knees and started crying,” said Gladden. “It’s been almost eight years, but when I think of that moment it still feels like it was yesterday. A lot of people think they can imagine how bad and scary it is to be diagnosed with cancer, but nobody can quite imagine the reality of it. It was hard to even look at myself in the mirror after all the chemo and radiation. I lost all my hair, water tasted disgusting, food tasted like cardboard. It’s unimaginable, and I am beyond thankful I got through it with the support from my loved ones. I strongly encourage all women to perform self-examinations because early detection likely saved my life.”

Gladden has three grown children and nine grandchildren. There is no history of cancer in the family but Gladden still understood the importance of regular self-examinations. Research shows that about one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. The risk of being diagnosed nearly doubles if there is a family history of breast cancer. Gladden decided to share her story in hopes that it will remind all women to perform self-examination and not rely solely on a yearly doctor’s visit.

“I want women to realize that we can’t simply go to a doctor once a year and hope that we won’t be one of the women who receive the bad news,” said Gladden. “I stress the importance of self-examination and mammograms to everyone I meet. Being diagnosed with breast cancer is scary, no matter if you are a man or a woman. But if it happens and you get the news, please remember to never give up the fight.”

“Terry is a strong person, and we are thrilled to share her story as a breast cancer survivor,” said Leah Nash, executive director of Waltonwood Cotswold. “We are lucky to have Terry on our team, and we hope that her story encourages women to take their health seriously.”