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About The Gardens at Eastside

The Gardens at Eastside provides residents with a lifestyle focused on wellness and meaningful social connections. Our assisted living, Bridges program, and dementia care options allow us to provide individualized care and assistance for everyone who calls our community home.

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Relationships Matter Here

At The Gardens, relationships are the foundation of our community. We delight in fostering meaningful relationships — we call them deep connections — with residents and family members, and finding ways to create connections between the seniors who live here. As we learn more about our residents, we can provide even better assistance and programs to meet their ever-evolving needs.

Life Is Better Here

The Gardens at Eastside is operated by The Arbor Company. For more than three decades, The Arbor Company has been dedicated to providing the lifestyle and amenities that keep seniors feeling their very best.

  • Art Art and Education Stimulate your mind by learning another language, painting a portrait, or exploring a new craft or skill.
  • people Deep Connections Feel connected to a lively community. We ask the right questions and take the time to listen. It’s why residents accomplish amazing things here — things they never thought possible on their own.
  • PurposefulLivng Health and Wellness Our exercise programs are designed especially for seniors to improve mobility, maintain fitness, and even challenge the brain — all in a fun format.
  • Recreation Purposeful Living At The Gardens, residents are meaningfully engaged throughout the day. An important part of that includes opportunities to volunteer and give back to others while remaining actively involved in the community.
  • Activities Recreation and Leisure We go out of our way to fulfill each resident’s wish list. From live music to barbecues to karaoke nights, if you can dream it, chances are that we’ll try it. And we love helping with family get-togethers.
  • Spiritual Spiritual Journey For many, the health of one’s soul is as meaningful as the health of one’s body. And so we offer ample opportunities for structured religious activities and individual reflection.

A Company Built on Senior Living

The Arbor Company has been serving seniors around the country for more than 30 years. Our experience and passion for senior living set us apart from others; we are dedicated to fostering relationships that matter and providing resources that keep our team on the cutting edge of the industry’s best practices.

Meet the The Gardens Team

Each member of our team brings a heart for service, a passion for seniors, and the experience to create exceptional opportunities for our residents.


Jane Ford, CRCFA

Executive Director

I am originally from Charleston, SC, but our family have called the Upstate home since 1983. After a career in the hospitality industry, in 1997 my heart found a new passion in working with our senior population. I joined The Gardens team in January 2005 and I truly love working with this amazing team. I strive to make a difference in the lives of our residents and staff, but they are the ones who make a difference in mine.


Adam Olson, CRCFA

Assistant Executive Director

I am married with two daughters and I first started working in long term care in early 1999. I joined The Gardens in 2003 and have worked in several different departments since my start. I am currently in charge of internal marketing and overseeing the Dietary and Maintenance department. Ever since I walked through our front doors, I have known that The Gardens is the perfect fit for me. I could not imagine another job that could possibly be more rewarding.


Debbie Bennett, RN

Resident Care Director

I joined The Gardens at Eastside in 2005; I am originally from Indiana but now call Greenville my home. I have over 16+ years of Nursing experience in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing care. I LOVE making a positive difference in the lives of my residents every day. I always love to see them smile. I am blessed to be a part of The Gardens at Eastside family.

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Kelly Barfield

Business Office Director

I was born and raised in the Upstate, where I attended Hampton Park Christian School and graduated from Clemson in 2013. I live in Easley with my husband, Tim, our two Ragdoll cats and two sweet dogs. I enjoy spending time with my family, and we love backpacking whenever possible. Through my time spent volunteering in assisted living communities, I discovered a love for working with seniors. I’m excited to bring my passion and commitment to senior care to The Gardens!


Patrick Josiah

Maintenance Director

Hello! My name is Patrick Josiah and I am the Director of Maintenance here at The Gardens. I was born in Hawaii and spent most of my life there before moving to Greenville in the latter part of 2003. I have been a carpenter and remodeler for over 16 years. I joined The Garden’s family in 2012. I love being able to assist the residents in all of their special maintenance requests but my favorite thing is playing my Ukulele for them at the weekly mix and mingle.

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Lyla Poynter

Community Relations Director

My husband and I are originally from Michigan and we moved our young family to the upstate of South Carolina in 1992; we’ve called Greenville our home ever since!  I joined The Gardens At Eastside team in 2008 and as a Certified Senior Advisor, I feel so blessed to help our growing Senior community and their families, as they navigate the complex issues of their journey.

Jesenia Orihuela

Jesenia Orihuela

Engagement Director

I was born in New Jersey but have been calling Greenville, SC home since 2003. I am married and have two boys and enjoy spending my time with family, friends and in the soccer fields with my boys. I joined The Gardens team in 2011, and I have worked in several different departments. I now have the privilege of supporting our amazing Engagement team. Our team is dedicated to creating deep connections and meaningful moments for our residents. I knew from day one that The Gardens was going to be a good fit for me. I feel beyond blessed to be part of the team, as well as being part of our residents lives each and every day.

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Kelly Fenish

Memory Care Director

The Gardens at Eastside welcomed me into the family in early 2007. This started my journey into healthcare for seniors and I never looked back. I feel so blessed to be able to engage with the residents everyday as the Memory Care Director. Being a Dementia Specialist, I am also responsible for training a wonderful team of caregivers and providing education for our family members and the community. I feel so fortunate to be part of this amazing team! 

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What's Happening at The Gardens at Eastside

Vaccine Clinic


The Gardens at Eastside hosted a vaccine clinic to allow residents and caregivers the opportunity to receive their first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. We are proud of our partners and staff for running the clinic so smoothly, and grateful for the ability to provide further comfort and protection for our residents and staff. Check out our video to see how the clinic went!

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