A Lubbock Legacy
In 2018, Carillon proudly celebrates its 43rd anniversary year of serving Lubbock and West Texas as a trusted retirement community. Best of all, we are home to the area’s most cherished and respected citizens, many of whom helped build Lubbock into the thriving community it is today. They are retired administrators and teachers, farmers and ranchers, Texas Tech professors and employees, physicians and nurses, and representatives from all eras of Lubbock’s rich heritage.
The main building was constructed in 1966 as a dormitory for Texas Tech University and named “The Matador.” In 1975, John Knox Village (JKV) purchased the site and opened a retirement community as part of a chain of retirement centers headquartered in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Disassociation from the JKV parent company occurred in 1982, but not-for-profit operations continued as JKV (in name only), under a local Board of Directors. In 1990, the Board changed the name to Carillon. In November 2000, construction ended for “Carillon House,” which opened as a 120-bed skilled nursing facility and replaced the health center “The Villager.” In April 2001, “Windsong” opened with 73 new independent living apartments, as well as 17 new freestanding villa homes. Life Care Services® began management services for Carillon in February 2003. In the fall of 2004, the Board changed the name to Carillon LifeCare Community, which exists today as a self-owned, not-for-profit retirement community.
A major refurbishment of Pointe Plaza was completed in early 2008, which included the addition of a lobby and administration wing, locker rooms, The Boren Bistro, and an update of the indoor swimming pool, fireside lounge, dining room, and 24 independent living apartments. Windsong received updates to its lobby areas and Caprock Room in 2011. Completion of 13 additional villa homes was finalized in 2012, and Carillon House gained 20 additional beds in 2014 with the addition of the Accelerated Rehab program.
Today, Carillon houses 254 independent living residences, including 195 apartments, 29 cottages, and 30 villas. Assisted Living is comprised of 45 apartments and divided into a state-certified level “A” and level “B” facilities. Carillon House is the community’s Medicare-certified skilled nursing facility, with 140 beds, including a certified Alzheimer’s and dementia neighborhood and accelerated rehabilitation services.
The 25-acre campus of Carillon is located in Lubbock, a city with a population of just over 240,000 people. West Texas is the hub of farming and agriculture and is also known as the medical hub of the South Plains and eastern New Mexico. Historically, Carillon has attracted a variety of residents from many different walks of life, including many second-generation residents. They all agree—it’s a wonderful place to call “home.”