Assisted Living Grand Opening

Traditions of Athens provides a high quality, home-like environment for our residents. We celebrated the Grand Opening of Assisted Senior Living in December. This adds a new option to our Athens community that turns to us for Assisted Living. The wonderful Limestone County Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate Traditions of Athens’ Assisted Living Grand Opening with an official ribbon cutting. Ms. Virginia McLemore, Traditions’ first resident, helped do the honors.

Traditions of Athens’ Assisted Living Grand Opening

Assisted Senior Living

Traditions of Athens provides a high quality, home-like environment for older adults who require some level of assistance. Every resident at Traditions finds a unique mix of security, independence, privacy, companionship, and physical and social well-being.

The Traditions Difference is demonstrated by the relationships we build and maintain with our residents, their families, our staff and the local community.

The assisted living community at Traditions of Athens supports residents’ interests with a calendar filled with a variety of programs. Our highly-qualified care team provides the extra care our residents need by monitoring their health care in conjunction with their physician and helping them perform daily tasks.

Families will find peace of mind by knowing that their family members are well taken care of and enjoying life.

All-Inclusive Rates

We recognize that everyone has unique needs and preferences. We also understand that many families simply cannot afford the cost of residency plus add-on charges. That’s why our rates are very simple and straightforward for residents requiring low-, mid-, or high-level assistance.

Traditions of Athens offers monthly rental apartments with no buy-in fee!

The rates include all levels of care. There are no hidden fees or surprise costs.

Click here for rate sheet.

Studio, one, and two bedroom suites available.

At Traditions of Athens, our staff is on-site 24 hours a day to provide residents with: 

  • Three delicious meals served daily in our beautiful, spacious dining room 
  • A variety of wellness and social activities, including exercise programs, health clinics, music programs, cooking classes, movies, and gardening 
  • Assistance with medication
  • Assistance with personal care such as bathing and dressing
  • Gentle reminders
  • Assistance with ambulation if needed
  • Transportation to cultural and sporting events, restaurants, and shopping
  • Housekeeping, laundry and linen service
  • On-site therapy services available
  • Individualized care coordinated by the Clinical Care Nurse Manager 
  • 24-hour professional nurse on call


  • Bistro
  • Private dining room
  • Lounges
  • Craft area
  • Landscaped courtyards
  • Exercise room
  • Movie theater
  • Emergency medical alert system
  • Professional interior design
  • On-site beauty and barber services available

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22171 Traditions Way, Athens, AL 35613
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Meet The Traditions of Athens Team

Dana Hill, Executive Director

Dana’s passion for seniors began long ago on her grandparent’s farm.  They were her favorite people in the world, even though they insisted she spend a large part of her summers working in the garden! Those hours under the oak tree listening to her grandfather spin yarns as they worked are now some of her most treasured memories.   As they aged, she became their advocate and caretaker and wondered about those seniors who may need more help than they could get at home. Now, Dana is happiest when surrounded by seniors and insuring that they are loved, well-cared for and always have a voice!

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Kelly Moreno, Director of Sales & Marketing

Kelly Moreno is Director of Sales & Marketing at Traditions of Athens. Kelly is passionate about serving, encouraging, and supporting seniors and their families. Kelly has drawn inspiration from her grandfather, Wendell Dean, the stories he shared, his love for ice cream, but most importantly, his servant’s heart through unspeakable odds.

Kelly is a graduate of Harding University located in Searcy, Arkansas where she earned a degree in Business Management. Kelly relocated many times in her life and is most proud to call Alabama her home. Kelly quickly found her mission after college while working as the Life Enrichment Director in a continuum care retirement community (CCRC) in Huntsville, AL. Kelly has found significance in having a passion for what she does and the necessity for providing service excellence to whom she supports.

She is proud to work with the Team at Traditions of Athens because she believes in what they do and the person-centered approach they provide.

Ashley Brown, Program Director

Ashley Brown is the Program Director at Traditions of Athens.

Deborah Smith, Business Office Manager

Deborah is native of Lawrence County, AL. She lived in Tanner, AL and was in the Pentecostal Church in Tanner when the tornado hit in April 1974.

Prior to beginning a career in senior living, Deborah was a Daycare Director in Alabama for four years and then became a foster parent because of her heart for giving.  Traditions of Athens has allowed her to express her love for helping others. Deborah knew Traditions of Athens was the perfect place for her to be when the loving residents and employees brought joy to her life daily. Deborah recently accepted the position of Business Office Manager after starting at Traditions as a receptionist.  She is eager to be in this new position.

 Deborah enjoys spending time with her grandbabies, going to the mountains, going on cruises, and family time.

Delois Bailey Staff at Traditions

Delois Bailey, Resident Care Director

Delois Bailey has been in the medical field for seventeen years, she is a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has worked in care settings including nursing home, hospital, group home, private care and assisted living. Assisted living is the setting that has grown nearest to her heart because it gave her the opportunity to care for both of her grandmothers in their last days. She feels that nursing is her ministry; she says, “God gave me the gift of nursing, and I am going to use it to give back, along with sharing with others.”

Delois is a native of Limestone County, Alabama. She is married to her loving and supportive Clyde Bailey, and has three daughters and a granddaughter. She enjoys being crafty, spreading joy, caring for others and spending time with her family. Traditions of Athens has allowed her to experience personal and vocational growth and pursue her desire to help others in every way she can.

Dedra Wells, Traditions Athens Staff

Dedra Wells, Director of Dining Services

Dedra Wells has had the gift of cooking since she was a child. At an early age, Dedra would watch her grandmother cook large meals for the family’s Sunday dinner. Every Sunday, all the family would gather over a wonderful meal for a special time. The tradition still holds today, even though grandmother is no longer with them.  

The love of cooking great food has always been a part of Dedra’s life. Dedra started as an entrepreneur opening her own restaurant.  Dedra’s restaurant SMACK was located in Killen, Alabama on Highway 72 West and always got rave reviews (this was before Facebook). Dedra and her family then opened up a second location of SMACK on the West side of Florence, Alabama.  

Dedra closed both restaurants when she decided to follow her husband in his traveling business. She found herself unhappy not doing what she loved – cooking – so she came back to Florence and went to work for Merrill Garden in Florence. After much success there, she was asked to join the Merrill Garden team in Madison, where her home-style and gourmet cooking were loved by all the residents.  

Dedra is married to Jerome Wells, and they have a combined family of six adult children and nine grandchildren.  

As long as Dedra is cooking and people are happy she is in her element of love. Dedra is a hard worker and will get the job done, with her gift of creating delicious food.

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