Letter from the Executive Director

Hi, I’m Jacquie, Heatherwood’s Executive Director. The story of how I started a career in senior living is an interesting one and I’d like to share it with you.

I had been a small business owner for 30 years when one of my senior family members moved in to live with me. Running my business had been the only thing I’d ever known, but suddenly I found myself with a second role as a caregiver. Having never been a caregiver, I learned so much about the physical and psychological effects of aging, especially in the first few months.

Years later, when it was time to move forward and find a new career, outside of my business, I asked myself “What do I enjoy? “What’s my passion?” What is the most fulfilling, rewarding thing I’ve ever done?” The answer to each of those questions was the same: Helping seniors.

Now, 15 years after taking my first job in a senior living community, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. I love coming to work every day because my residents and staff have grown close enough to feel like an extended family. And, as an independent Living community, we get to help seniors experience new things, new hobbies, new friends, new adventures. How much fun is that?!

If you’re looking for a vital, energetic senior living community with a passion for living life to the fullest, I’d love to meet you. Email me at executivedirector@heatherwoodseniors.com or call 208.350.6350 to learn more or schedule a visit.


Jacquie Varco

Executive Director