Wellmore celebrated the completion of a new upscale retirement and assisted living community with a “topping out” ceremony in which an evergreen tree was placed on top of one of the buildings.

Although the interior is not yet complete, the ceremony served as a chance for interaction between Wellmore and its prospective clients.

“We invited members from around the community to show them a little bit about Wellmore and get them some information about the levels of care we are going to provide here,” said Kristen Young, Wellmore’s director of media relations.

The facility, located across from Walmart on the corner of Stonecrest Boulevard and Highway 160, will feature 80 assisted living units, 24 skilled rehabilitation units and 20 memory care apartments. There will also be restaurants, a pool and other features to enhance the lives of residents, Wellmore officials said.

Wellmore CEO Don Thompson said the facility’s wellness features will make it unlike any other in the Southeast.

“We don’t think anybody should live in institutional care,” he said.

“We believe that you should come into a place and get better to go home. If you do move in (permanently), we want to get you better so you lower the level of care you do need.”

Even clients who won’t stay at Wellmore for the rest of their lives will be encouraged to make their temporary living space their own.

“It’s like your home, you’re living there,” Young said. “We want you to bring your home here. We want you to feel comfortable.”