The Heritage at Northern Hills Encourages Residents to Spread 'Joyful Moments'

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (Sept. 8, 2022) – During National Assisted Living Week Sept. 11-17, The Heritage at Northern Hills invites you to reconsider your perception of assisted living. The Heritage at Northern Hills’ unique assisted living offerings prioritize the needs of residents by creating individualized experiences.

The Heritage at Northern Hills is locally owned and operated by Heritage Communities, which is celebrating 20 years of helping older adults live better.

Did you know that seven out of 10 people will require assisted living care in their lifetime? In addition, when you consider that the number of people over age 85 will grow by 111% over the next two decades, the assisted living industry is expected to accommodate millions of additional residents. The Heritage at Northern Hills has been on the forefront tailoring care, services and programming that embraces the uniqueness of each of their residents.

“Society paints a picture of older adults as not active. If you visit one of our communities, you will see the exact opposite,” The Heritage at Northern Hills Executive Director Christy Nikkel said. “We offer all the support older adults need to remain active. At Northern Hills, we partner with families and residents to define what a better living situation is for each resident and create a plan to carry that out. Freedom of choice and flexibility are vital components of an active adult lifestyle.”

The Heritage at Northern Hills residents collaborate to design their own community events and the personal freedom to participate as much or little as they like. They form resident councils and host town halls. They are the ones who create the community’s culture and charm, while the Northern Hills staff provides a range of personal assistance services based on a resident’s need.

“This is a long-term relationship between our team and our residents, and we’re committed to enriching our residents’ lives and ensuring we maintain an attentiveness to the details,” Nikkel said. “This is their home, and we provide the services in it.”

The National Center for Assisted Living declared “Joyful Moments” as this year’s National Assisted Living Week theme. The week-long celebration provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers and local communities to celebrate the individuals who live and work in assisted living and learn more about this sector of long-term care.

Northern Hills encourages its residents to spread “Joyful Moments” in various ways during National Assisted Living Week:

  • Monday: Pajama Day with chocolate milkshakes  
  • Tuesday: Twin Day with Olive Garden catering
  • Wednesday: Wacky Hair Day with donuts
  • Thursday: Cowboy Day with coffee bar and muffins, relay races
  • Friday: Tie Dye or Neon Day with field day
About Heritage Communities
All Heritage Communities share a single mission: To create the senior living experience you want to call home. Heritage Communities connects seniors to a community that matches their lifestyle, tastes and needs. Heritage Communities offers 14 vibrant independent living locations throughout the Midwest and Southwest with assisted living, independent living and memory care. It’s all in place to put a smile on your face. That’s what living better feels like. You can learn more about Heritage Communities at