Celebrating Life is What Makes Legacy Lodge the Best

JACKSON, Wyo.—For many Jackson Hole residents, celebrating every moment we get in the outdoors is part and parcel to why we live here. At Legacy Lodge, the mantra “celebrate life” is at the core of their values. What better place to do so than in the foothills of the majestic Teton mountain range? For CEO Russ Peterson, that is precisely why he chose to add Legacy Lodge under the umbrella of Nye Health Services in 2017.

Raised in a rural farming community in Nebraska, Peterson’s parents owned and operated a nursing home. As such, providing services to the elderly has been a part of Peterson’s life since childhood. “I remember sitting in the nursing home my parents owned and listening to a resident tell her story about moving west in a covered wagon,” said Peterson in an interview with Buckrail. “Learning about the rich histories of the residents and their histories in their communities is what I love about the business.”

A resident of Legacy Lodge enjoys some animal intimacy in the midst of Covid-19
Photo: Legacy Lodge

Opening the doors to his first nursing home in 1986, Peterson soon established his first Assisted and Independent Living center called Nye Square in Nebraska. Since then, he has brought an additional 6 campuses under the Nye Health Services umbrella, including Jackson Hole’s Legacy Lodge. Since taking over management in 2017, Legacy Lodge has expanded to offer Independent and Assisted Living, as well as respite care and outpatient therapy. From the start, Peterson’s goal was to ensure quality services, programming, healthcare, and housing for all residents and outpatients.

“We offer a continuum of services for older adults in the Jackson Hole Valley,” said Peterson. “We want to facilitate an environment where people not only thrive but where they and their families can celebrate life at any age.” As the only assisted living in Jackson Hole, Legacy Lodge offers a home to many who would have to relocate away from friends and family. For others, it is an opportunity to relocate close to family who call Jackson home.

As can be expected, Legacy Lodge has had to adjust practices and services through the COVID-19 period. Shutting their doors to outside visitors and non-essential staff within the first week of March, Legacy Lodge has had zero COVID-19 cases so far, a testament to their hard-working team. “We have some wonderful, passionate employees who have made it their mission to keep our residents safe and happy,” said Peterson.

Without the usual indoor visits from family and friends, one of the biggest challenges in this regard has been responding to the social needs of the residents. Through creative solutions, the team at Legacy Lodge has adjusted, hosting outdoor socially distanced visits and events and facilitating fun, safe activities for residents to partake in, sustaining the positive, celebratory energy nurtured within its walls.

Though residing in Omaha, Nebraska, Peterson spends his fair share of time in the valley and has come to value our active and thoughtful community. While admiring many of the restaurants and retailers around town, one of his favorite local businesses is Vertical Harvest. “My wife and I went to visit shortly after they opened up, and we were so intrigued by it. I loved everything about it, from the workforce that they engage with to the philosophy of what they’re trying to do growing produce indoors. It’s so unique, and I was really struck by it.”

As we continue to contend with COVID-19, the employees of Legacy Lodge work hard to be innovative while still keeping their residents safe and healthy. To learn more about Legacy Lodge Independent and Assisted Living in Jackson, WY, visit their website or call 307-734-0500.

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