Newly renovated assisted living/personal care neighborhood

The Colonnade at Brandon Wilde, Parkinson’s therapies available to Augusta-area seniors

Brandon Wilde celebrated the official re-opening of its newly renovated assisted living/personal care neighborhood, The Colonnade at Brandon Wilde, with a ribbon cutting and spring party.

After local leaders and dignitaries, including Columbia County Chamber President and CEO Russell Lahodny, cut the ribbon, attendees took tours of the Colonnade’s new model homes and beautifully updated community spaces, and experienced some of Brandon Wilde’s legendary hospitality.

Other ribbon cutters included Brandon Wilde Director of Operations Chris Pierson, Administrator Larry Banks, Director of Assisted Living Susan McWhorter, and Community Outreach Liaison Martie Ewest — all of Brandon Wilde.

From left to right: Russell Lahodny, Columbia County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO; Logan Banks, Residency Counselor, Brandon Wilde; Vanessa Smallwood, Certified Medication Aide, Brandon Wilde; Larry Banks, Administrator, Brandon Wilde; Susan McWhorter, Director of Assisted Living, Brandon Wilde; and Martie Ewest, Community Outreach Liaison, Brandon Wilde. Not Pictured: Chris Pierson, Director of Operations, Brandon Wilde.

The party included indoor and outdoor circus-themed games, an ice cream sundae bar, and a photobooth with springtime props.

The Colonnade renovations included beautiful updates to studios, suites, the atrium, and gathering community spaces.

National Leader in Parkinson’s Disease Care and Therapy

It is particularly fitting that the event took place during April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month, as Brandon Wilde’s partnership with Aegis Therapies is being used as a model program for residential and outpatient care and therapy of people with Parkinson’s Disease across the nation and was recently the subject of a workshop at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference.

Several Brandon Wilde team members earned Parkinson’s Foundation Team Training certification this month as well. The certification process brought the community’s expertise in helping residents and outpatient clients with Parkinson’s to an even higher level.

Available therapies for Brandon Wilde residents and outpatient rehab clients with Parkinson’s include the highly effective LSVT BIG and LOUD program. LSVT BIG and LOUD is a comprehensive treatment provided by certified therapists who help those with Parkinson’s disease develop adaptive techniques to address speaking, walking, balance, and other activities of daily living.

Watch a video showing the progress of Kathleen Reynolds, one of our LSVT BIG and LOUD graduates here:

Accepting New Care Residents Directly

The well-attended ribbon cutting was open to the public — which is also fitting, as there’s a common misconception that the care neighborhoods at Brandon Wilde are only open to current Brandon Wilde residents. Actually, the Colonnade (assisted living/personal care), Windsor House (memory care), and the Pavilion (skilled nursing and rehabilitation) all accept new residents (and outpatient clients, too!) directly from all over the Augusta area, allowing many more people in the CSRA to benefit from Brandon Wilde’s renowned assisted living/personal care, post-surgical rehabilitation, Parkinson’s, and dementia/Alzheimer’s care — as well as the gracious hospitality the life plan community is famous for.

To learn more about The Colonnade at Brandon Wilde, visit To learn more about rehab and therapy for Parkinson’s at Brandon Wilde, visit