Lenoir Woods: Columbia’s Premier
Independent Senior Living Community
Tired of cutting grass? Want more time to do what you love most? At Lenoir Woods, you’re invited to embrace active, enriching retirement living, free from the hassles that come with maintaining a household.
Choose between our distinctive patio homes and senior apartments to find an option that best suits your lifestyle. However you choose, life at Lenoir Woods puts you right in the thick of it — on-site dining, stellar services and amenities, a wide assortment of recreation activities, and a community of good friends to share them with, all in the heart of Columbia, MO 65201.
So come join us where value and peace of mind are part of everyday living. Call 573.876.5800 or e-mail us to learn more.
At Lenoir Woods, our personal services and on-site conveniences are designed to support you as you discover the possibilities of retirement living. Our spacious senior apartments and patio homes are perfect for pursuing a stimulating, independent lifestyle filled with endless opportunities for fun and friendship. You’re sure to feel right at home the moment you walk in the door.
There are many special and unique features offered at Lenoir Woods, including:
- Diverse social, cultural, and educational services all year round
- Active senior living with a sense of community and friendship
- A wide range of onsite health care services for mind, body, and soul
- Full service building, grounds, and appliance maintenance
- Exceptional housekeeping services
- A community center with regularly scheduled activities for many different interests
- A variety of patio home and apartment floorplans to choose from
- Many utility costs included
- Superb dining services with options to fit your lifestyle
- Beautiful countryside surroundings
- Move-In Resources to assist you with the moving process
- Financial options – a range of payment plans to suit your needs
- On-site transportation services, beauty shop, and barber shop
- A faith-inspired community with an on-site chaplain and spiritual services
Lenoir Woods is a continuing care retirement community, offering a full range of licensed health services. This includes assisted living, skilled nursing, and our REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation program. To learn more about the scope of our health care programs, click here.
Our full time recreation staff is always coming up with fun and exciting new day trips, games, celebrations, and opportunities for live entertainment right here on campus. Plus, Lenoir Woods is home to a wide variety of clubs, from community government to volunteer groups. Got an idea for a new activity? Propose it at our monthly events planning meeting. We’re here to make sure you’re having a great time!
Wellness activities abound as well – be sure to make use of our senior-friendly fitness equipment, outdoor walking paths, and year-round exercise programs. All of these come together through our REACH Wellness program, which incorporates health clinics and short-term therapies.
Our dining services staff works to provide a variety of dishes to excite every palate. From home cooking to more exotic cuisine, there’s always something new to try, and something familiar to savor.
Independent living residents can enjoy lunch or dinner in our beautifully appointed dining rooms, or take a meal back to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. Our attentive dining services staff is always ready to assist you!
At the heart of Lenoir Woods’s philosophy of service is our Christian mission: Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest. Here, we honor and cherish people of all faiths, respecting their beliefs and helping them stay in touch with their personal faith practices.
We strive to serve the entire person—body, mind, and soul. To that end, we have a full time chaplain on staff to host weekly worship services, teach Bible classes, and to provide spiritual support when needed.
Our Promise To You
As part of Lutheran Senior Services, Lenoir Woods is backed by one of the largest, most financially stable not-for-profit senior care networks in the country. With a 150-year tradition of excellence, we set out to create the highest quality Continuing Care Retirement Communities possible, with a full array of personalized features to customize the retirement living experience for each person.
Retire in style — Lenoir Woods offers a number of floorplans for its apartment homes and literally dozens of configuration for its patio homes. Below you’ll find a sample of the apartment floorplans we have available. Click on the pictures below to enlarge images.
The Monarch is one of the spacious apartment home floorplans offered at Lenoir Woods.
- Open floor plan with spacious living / dining room
- Large bedroom and cozy den
- Two full baths and washer/dryer
- A wide array of services and amenities included in your monthly service fee
- Priority access to our health care services should your needs change
The Palladium is one of the spacious apartment home floorplans offered at Lenoir Woods.
- Open floor plan with spacious living / dining room
- Bedroom with walk-in closet
- Full bath and washer/dryer
- A wide array of services and amenities included in your monthly service fee
- Priority access to our health care services should your needs change
Lenoir Woods offers a full continuum of options for retirement living, from independent living and assisted living to skilled nursing, plus short stay rehabilitation. To learn more about any of the health care options listed below, click here.
REACH Short Stay
If you need short-term rehabilitation following a qualifying hospital stay, you can find it in our REACH Short Stay program. Here, you can benefit from our team of licensed nurses, therapists, nutritional managers, social service workers, and chaplains as you work to reach your highest potential. Click here to learn more.
Need a little extra help to maintain your independence? We offer private assisted living apartments featuring access to our friendly, professional nursing staff. Here, residents find help with personal care, medication assistance, weekly housekeeping, linen service, and three daily meals. Click here to learn more.
Lenoir Woods provides private and companion rooms for residents who need 24-hour professional nursing care. Our care center features on-call nursing assistance, licensed medication management, an incontinence care program, and medical director oversight. Click here to learn more.
What does an active lifestyle look like at Lenoir Woods? What do you want it to look like?
When you choose a maintenance-free lifestyle at Lenoir Woods, you get to leave the hassles and headaches of maintaining property to us. That leaves you free to pursue all the things you love.
Just think — what would you do if you didn’t have to spend all your time keeping the house in order? Spend more time with family and friends? Volunteer at your church? Work on your hobbies? Kick back and relax? Here, all your options are open.
Recreation at Lenoir Woods
Our recreation team designs a unique and varied calendar of events each month, with an eye toward helping you expand your horizons socially, culturally, spiritually, and educationally.
There’s always something happening at Lenoir Woods, from exercise classes to discussion groups in the Chapel, from movie nights in the Media Room to shopping trips off campus. And if there’s ever something you want to do that’s not on the calendar, let us know! We’re always looking for new ideas.
Dining at Lenoir Woods
One of the most popular features of life at Lenoir Woods is our fabulous on-site dining. Our attentive dining services staff is always ready to assist you! Residents in our independent living apartments and patio homes can enjoy meals in our beautifully appointed dining room or packaged to go, with meal plans included in their monthly service fee.
Plenty of Fun Just Around the Corner
Located in the heart of Columbia, Missouri, Lenoir Woods is just a short drive from everywhere. Columbia and its neighboring communities offer a wealth of cultural attractions, dining, shopping, golf, and medical facilities. Click below to see what Columbia and its sister cities have to offer.
Welcome to Lenoir Woods
Mike and Priscilla Farrall
Seeking relief from the summer heat near their Austin home, the pair of retired academians would tour around the Midwest in their RV. Along the way, they stopped at a lot of retirement communities. “None of them measured up to Lenoir Woods,” Mike says.
Today, when the Farralls look out the front door of their patio home, the woods are there to greet them. And just beyond the woods, they can still find the same energetic social life they were used to living in college towns. “Columbia’s just like a little Austin,” Priscilla says. “It’s got the same flavor…it’s just a little smaller.”
“Our time here has been better than we expected,” Priscilla says. “We’re fascinated that we know more neighbors here than we ever did in Texas during our working lives.” The secret, she says, is making it a point to sit down with anyone you can during lunch and dinner time. “We don’t make dates to meet anyone,” she says. “We just sit down with whoever’s sitting there. There’s nothing like eating lunch with a neighbor.”
While the Farralls weren’t the best Texans, it turns out they’re going to be great Missourians.
Elizabeth Ann Morgan
“My old house was more than 100 years old and very large. It had four bedrooms, it had a lot of yard, and so it was a lot of work. Now, my new home at Lenoir Woods? It’s the handiest house I’ve ever had. It’s just a heavenly place to live.
“The staff takes care of the snow and the leaves and anything else I could need. Everything’s fixed just the way I like it, and it’s terrific having a maintenance department to call when something needs fixed. They get right on it, whatever the problem is.
“They are all so warm and friendly. They thank you for letting them serve you. It’s truly, truly wonderful. They think of what they do as being a ministry, and that adds a dimension to life at Lenoir Woods that you don’t see anywhere else. The staff always tries to make it the best day for each of us.
“I’m healthier since I moved here. I’m exercising an hour a day, using the weights, walking the nature trails… And just being around other people is tremendously helpful. There’s always someone to walk with or work out with. I never feel lonely.
“Everything you need is right here!”
Lyall “Fletch” Fletcher
“I’m very pleased with my decision to move here,” he says, lining up a shot on the pool table he loves to play on daily. “I really think I made the right decision.”
“It’s good for me here. I’m diabetic, and here I’m taking care of it better since I moved here than I ever have before,” he says, always moving to the next shot. “And the staff treats me pretty good here.”
Fletch plays at least two games a day in Lenoir Woods’ game room with residents and staff alike. He’s also in charge of keeping the table in good order and setting up tournaments, one of which he ended up winning. “We have quite a few people here who play,” he says. “Experienced players, too. They keep me on my toes.”
For Fletch, this is what retirement should look like.
How did you come to Lenoir Woods?
If you’re going to be a mystery novelist, there are worse places to grow up than a state mental facility.
That’s where Lenoir Woods‘ resident author Joe Barone came of age, and its the setting for his first published novel, The Body in the Record Room. “My father was the superintendent for the facility, and we all lived in a house there on the grounds starting when I was eight years old,” Joe says. “My book doesn’t have anything to do with anything I saw when I was growing up, but they say you should always write what you know.”
Joe wrote Body soon after he moved to Lenoir Woods. ” I love it here,” he says. “It’s like living in the small town where I grew up in the 1950s.” (Before his family moved to the house at the mental institution, of course.) “The people are nice, and they look after each other, but you still have your privacy and independence.”
This former university professor is a lifelong music lover: “Music as a part of my life goes all the way back to the fifth grade,” he says. “It’s always been a hobby.”
Calling his love of the saxophone a ‘hobby’ might be underselling it somewhat — he owns all four of the main saxophones, tenor, baritone, soprano and alto. And he’s spent a good amount of time, both before and after retiring from the electrical engineering department at Mizzou, playing in local dance band “Memories” in venues around the Columbia area.
During that time, he and his wife Mary found themselves beginning to plan for the future. “We were looking ahead after I retired and decided it was time to stop supporting a big house and a whole yard,” he recalls. “We decided we wanted to put ourselves in a situation to be as independent as we could be.”
The move hit the right note with this musician! “It has exceeded our expectation in many respects,” he says. “We do enjoy the wide range of activities available out here. There always seems to be something to do every day.”
And he hopes to add to the activities calendar in his own way. Presently, he’s looking for help playing those four different types of saxophones. “I am convinced there are some latent saxophone players here at Lenoir,” he says, “so I’m trying to put together a saxophone quartet.”
Ed and Judith Chmielewski
It would be easy to mistake Ed and Judith Chmielewskis’ patio home at Lenoir Woods for a gallery. The walls are lined with works of art gathered from their travels around the world, from Inuit soapstone carvings to Japanese prints to large scale photographs taken here in the Midwest.
But the couple aren’t just patrons of the visual arts; Ed and Judith have been instrumental (no pun intended) in arranging for performances by the Missouri Symphony Orchestra on the Lenoir Woods campus.
“We both appreciate things that satisfy our entertainment needs but stimulate the intellect as well,” says Judith. “Columbia has such a rich arts and theater scene to take advantage of. We love being able to bring those things here to share with our neighbors.”
That’s because, as much as the Chmielewskis love being part of Columbia’s arts community, they also love being part of Lenoir Woods’ senior living community. “The people here are so dedicated to one another,” says Ed. “You don’t feel stigmatized because you’re getting older. Everyone simply accepts it. There’s a sense of real caring.”
“A sense of joy, even,” says Judith, picking up where her husband left off. “People often think living in a retirement community is a downer, and that’s not the case here at all. It’s so upbeat. There’s always something new to experience, and we’re only too happy to help make that happen by bringing these groups to campus.”
Dr. Tom Shrout
“I came across an observation once in a daily devotion,” says Dr. Tom Shrout, retired professor of religion and philosophy at Culver Stockton University. “’Our faith is 2,000 years old. Our knowledge is not.’ What is the meaning of the stories that are told in the Bible and what do they mean to us today?” Tom spent 15 years at Culver Stockton trying to figure that out, and before that, he served as dean of the Missouri School of Religion, which was later absorbed into the University of Missouri.
In 1954, Tom discovered that a friend of his, Pastor Edmond Miller, was serving as administrator at Lenoir Woods. “I didn’t have room at my house for all the gardening I wanted to do, so Ed gave me a garden here,” Tom says. “After spending a little time there, there was no question where we would want to retire. We loved it here.”
And now that he’s made his home at Lenoir Woods, he hasn’t been disappointed. “It’s a terrific place to live,” he says, adding with a smile, “There’s almost too much to do here.”
Of course, a lot of what Tom does even today is read. After all, you can take a teacher out of the classroom, but you can’t take the classroom out of the teacher.
Welcome to Lenoir Woods!
At our community we offer 110 beautiful acres of peaceful country living in the heart of Missouri! Located in Columbia, Missouri, our neighborhoods are suited to those with a passion for life, and who love carefree living in a friendly, activity-filled environment!
Whether you are looking for a patio home along one of our winding, tree-lined streets or a spacious apartment home, life with maintenance-free living will allow you to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them!
Our residents say it best: “If you’re looking for friends, food, fun and fellowship, come to Lenoir Woods.”
We are all eagerly waiting to get to know you! Come and experience the difference life makes, living at Lenoir Woods! Our warm hearts and smiles will make you feel right at home!
Members of Our Team
Lenoir Woods Executive Director
ph 573.876.5888, x1602
The Executive Director of Lenoir Woods, Kent Kirkwood has more than 30 years’ experience in senior housing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in social gerontology from Central Missouri University. He joined the LSS team in 2005. Kent and his wife Vallie have two children, Kate and Drew.
Health Care Services Administrator
ph 573.876.5888, x1000
Jill Layne, RN, MSN, has worked in the Health Care Center at Lenoir Woods since 1999 and has served the health care needs of seniors for more than 20 years. She has been one of the leaders in Culture Change at her community and is an advocate for person-centered care. She has presented several different programs for culture change advancement for long term care communities throughout the United States.
Director of Resident Services
ph 573.876.5888, x1605
The Director of Resident Services at Lenoir Woods, Elliott Bentley has nine years of experience working at Lenoir and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia College and a master’s degree in health care management from William Woods University. Elliott lives in Columbia.
ph 573.876.5888, x1717
Chaplain Jerry Riggert was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. He attended schools in Kansas, the Netherlands, Indiana and Illinois, earning a Master of Divinity degree. Before coming to LSS he served Lutheran congregations in Minnesota, Nebraska and Missouri as a parish pastor for 28 years. In addition, he is continuing his education through the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He has been with LSS since 2006.
At Lenoir Woods, service-minded individuals find many opportunities to give of their time and talents. We match each volunteer with residents and their families depending upon skills, interests, and availability.
Volunteering can include any number of activities, including:
- Clerical work
- Assistance with resident activities
- Support for special events and fundraisers
If you are interested in volunteering at Lenoir Woods, click here to email our volunteer coordinator.
Giving a Gift of Treasure
Our parent organization, Lutheran Senior Services, is a not-for-profit organization built on financial stability and sound stewardship. We invite you to support us in our mission of service by making a gift through the LSS Living Foundation.
Your help will advance our Christian mission of honoring and cherishing those we serve. Your gift will be used to directly help older adults living life to the fullest.
So make your legacy part of the Lutheran Senior Services legacy - give today or contact our stewardship director for free and confidential advice about how your gift can help others.
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Director of Stewardship
ph 573.876.5888, x 1613
Ron Freiburghaus is committed to building the benevolent care endowment for residents who have outlived their resources. He has twenty years of experience in fund development and estate planning at organizations such as Yale University, Missouri State Teachers Foundation and the University of Missouri. Ron works closely with volunteers and residents to offer wonderful opportunities to experience the joy of giving. Many of the financial options he proposes provide tax-advantaged, fixed income for life at an attractive rate of return, or do not involve current assets. Ron holds bachelor's and doctor of jurisprudence degrees from the University of Missouri. His wife, Mary, is an Advanced Practice nurse at the Cosmopolitan Diabetes Center at University Hospital.
Think about everything you spend on your home in a given month – mortgage, utilities, repairs, landscaping and more. Now think about how much you spend on eating out, entertainment, a health club membership, and transportation.
At Lenoir Woods, most (if not all) of these expenses are covered with a single monthly payment. And when you compare it to what you’re paying now, you may be surprised at how reasonable a move to Lenoir Woods can be.
When you move into one of our independent living apartment homes or patio homes, you pay a one-time refundable Entrance Fee. You can choose our $5,000 option, which is 100% refundable; however, investing in our 95% or 50% refundable entrance fee options is a wise financial strategy that reduces your monthly service fees and keeps your money working for you while preserving your assets.
In addition, we have a variety of other financial options that can reduce your monthly fees.
For specific pricing, contact our senior living counselor by calling 573.876.5800 or by email.
Pricing for Other Levels of Service
LSS Move-In Resources
Lutheran Senior Services offers a host of resources to make the move to Lenoir Woods as smooth and carefree as possible. Through the LSS Move-In Resources service, you can find help to organize, rightsize, move, and enjoy!
Our Move-In Resources Service can provide…
- Help with managing the home sale process.
- Assistance with transforming a new space so it becomes home.
- Advice on what to take, sell, or give away.
- Preapproved resources to help make the transition easy.
To learn more, contact our senior living counselor by calling 573.876.5800 or by email.