Trousdale Living Communities (TLC) is the long-time vision of Founder, Tom Johnson. Tom’s career in Long-Term Care began in 1975. Around that time, Tom’s daughter Sarah was born with Down Syndrome. Tom and his wife Judy, a Registered Nurse, became focused on the type of care Sarah needed on an ongoing basis. They realized the connections and parallels in caring for Seniors in a Long-Term Care setting and caring for those with intellectual disabilities. From there, they shared the vision in finding a dual-purpose charitable organization as they believe the best way to delivery Long-Term Care is through a nonprofit model.
In 1990, Tom became the Chairman/President of the Trousdale Foundation, Inc., a dual purpose 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This is a unique structure. Trousdale Foundation began small by owning/operating one Skilled Nursing Facility and two home health agencies. In 2015, Trousdale procured several additional Skilled Nursing Facilities and a Home Health Agency. Prior to 2018, the facilities were contracted with a related for-profit manager. By 2018, The Trousdale Foundation began managing all these communities as a nonprofit management company, Trousdale Living Communities (TLC). This achievement was the final piece of the nonprofit status for ownership/operations and management for the health care service properties: Four are Continuing Care Retirement Communities and five are in the Health and Rehabilitation sector located in Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida and Tennessee.
In 2005, Tom and Judy’s concurrent vision came to fruition, as they founded the Trousdale School in Cleveland, TN as a post-secondary school for high functioning adults with intellectual disabilities. The school is a one-of-a-kind model in Tennessee and is distinguished as a NCASES Accredited School (National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services.)
Making a difference in their daughter Sarah’s life, and the lives of Seniors, has been a dedicated lifelong passion of Tom and Judy Johnson.