Staff members at Hilliard Assisted Living and Memory Care, 4303 Trueman Blvd., want people to know help is out there.

"For anyone who needs help or support, who doesn't know where to turn, there are answers," said Mindy Phillips, life-enrichment coordinator at the facility.

The facility opened in July 2016 and has 80 residents in either assisted living or memory care.

An open house was held June 10 to provide the community an opportunity to visit the facility.

"The thing we hear the most often is how sad residents here must be. ... We want to show that they have a life full of activity here," Philips said.

Employees transformed the dining room into the deck of a cruise ship, including a steel-drum band and drinks garnished with miniature pastel umbrellas.

Among those enjoying the atmosphere, particularly the music, was Cecilia "Dolly" Hellems, who celebrated her 99th birthday the previous day.

"I love dancing," Hellems said.

A native of New York City, Hellems moved to Zanesville in 1963, where she lived for most of her life. She recently moved to the Memory Care facility.

Hellems' daughter, Camellia Matters, said the family is "very happy with their decision" to move Hellems to Hilliard from an assisted-living facility at which they not satisfied with the staffing.

"The staff is involved with all the residents here," Matters said.

"We strive to not only interact with our patients ... but to be a part of the (Hilliard) community," Phillips said.

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