Bill Beard has quietly enriched more lives in Inverness Village's Heather Hall than he'll ever know. Bill became involved with the Health Center through the needs of his wife, Jane, who lived with Alzheimer's disease.
Eventually, Jane made the move to memory support in Heather Hall. From that day forward, Bill has been devoted to positively impacting the lives of all the residents, families, and staff of Heather Hall. Bill's spent almost every waking moment with Jane in her new home. However, it wasn't long before Bill's giving spirit led him to seek out opportunities to help everyone. From helping to set tables and serve meals, to starting a daily devotional and hymnal group, to bringing in a massage therapist for residents of the memory support neighborhood, Bill's contributions were endless.
He actively served in both the Men's Caregiver Support Group and the Health Center Family Council where he proved to be both a great resident advocate and a resource for other spouses experiencing similar situations. He even advocated for a personal finance course to be offered to our associates.
When Jane passed away in 2011, it was hard on the entire Heather Hall family. In addition to mourning Jane, associates assumed that Bill's contributions to the residents would naturally start to diminish as Jane was no longer there. Now, we wonder how we doubted Bill's devotion. Time has only strengthened Bill's connections to residents, and wonderful contributions continue today. Bill Beard is the embodiment of servant spirit. Inverness Village is truly blessed that this is where he calls home.