Prairie Acres / Friona Heritage Estates

Prairie Acres Nursing Home 

Prairie Acres is an 83-bed facility with a secured dementia special care unit.
We are located in
Friona, Texas just four blocks from the local hospital and right across the street from the Senior Citizen Center.

 Programs and Services:

  • Skilled and Intermediate Care.
  • Currently accepting Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance and Private Pay
  • Local Physicians see the residents on a regular basis
  • Brand new (beautiful!) Chapel.
  • Church services performed every Sunday by alternating churches within the community.
  • Daily Bible Study.
  • Daily Newspaper Reading.
  • Daily Activities for/with the Residents such as Movie/Popcorn day, Painting, Nail Polish & Music, Sittersize/Exercises, Skipbo/Dominoes/Bunko, etc.
  • Separate activities with the Dementia Unit such as Beauty Makeovers, Relaxation, Clay touch, Bean bag toss, Sing-a-long, Bird watching, etc.
  • One-on-one activities with Residents.
  • Participating Churches provide monthly Birthday Parties for Residents.
  • Hair Care and Barber Services provided by volunteers and professionals to the residents.
  • Van Transportation to various area activities such as Pep rallies, Picnics, Community Events and also for Doctor and Dentist Visits.
  • Facility and Resident's Personal Laundry.

Friona Heritage Estates Assisted Living Facility 

Friona Heritage Estates is a 16-unit assisted living apartment complex. We offer large living and dining areas as well as many other amenities.

The monthly service fee includes:

  • Assistance with bathing & dressing and medication management for persons with minor deterioration in their physical and mental capabilities.
  • Full Breakfast, lunch and dinner with choice of menu.
  • Specialized diets available.
  • Weekly housekeeping.
  • Complete maintenance of your apartment.
  • All utilities except telephone service.
  • Transportation to medical appointments.
  • Transportation to scheduled outings.
  • Attendants on duty 24 hours a day.
  • Licensed care available.
  • Full calendar of planned activities.

Each apartment is furnished with:

  • 24 hour emergency alert system.
  • Cable TV and telephone outlets.
  • Handicapped accessible shower and toilet with safety bars.
  • Smoke detector/Sprinkler system.
  • Compact refrigerator & Microwave oven.
  • Carpet and Window treatments.
  • Individually controlled heat and air conditioning.
  • Individual outside patios.

Other Features include:

  • Access to computer, including email.
  • Beauty/Barber shop.
  • Day Room.
  • Library.
  • Piano and Organ.
  • Game room.
  • Therapy room.
  • Mail delivery.
  • Access to laundry facilities or paid laundry done by staff.

We provide Residents with assistance in locating services not offered by Friona Heritage Estates such as Home Health Care, Oxygen Equipment, Hospital Beds, etc.

Friona Heritage Estates is a beautiful facility and our goal is to assist you in "making life easier".


Having a nursing home in Friona had been a dream for several years.
In 1975 the dream started becoming a reality...
August 19, 1976 the doors of Prairie Acres were officially opened and the first resident admitted.

On February 6, 1975 at a meeting of the board of directors of the Friona Chamber of Commerce, one of the chamber directors, M.C. Osborn, stated that Friona needed a nursing home. Several meetings were scheduled to "get the feel" of the community, and the Chamber of Commerce concluded that interest was certainly high. Representatives from Friona's churches were asked to serve on an advisory committee. From these meetings came the decision to seek advice and guidance from the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission in Amarillo. It was learned that a survey had already been made that indicated a need for a 60-bed facility in Parmer County. The original plan was for a 30-bed facility but an architect (Raymond Powell) advised against that because the expense of a 60-bed facility was not that much more. In addition a 60-bed facility would pay for itself. He estimated that $500 000 would build, furnish and landscape and attractive 60-bed home.

Interest in the project was big, as was evidenced by the large crowd that braved a cold, stormy night to attend the next community-wide meeting. At this meeting a steering committee was established. Their assignment was to pursue means of financing the project and to seek possible building sites. The real challenge was raising the $500 000. Several ideas were considered before the committee decided to present the idea of a bond election to the City Council. Financing the facility in this manner would make it community owned and operated. A bond election of $350 000 was approved by the City Council with the understanding that the committee would raise the remaining $150 000 in cash and pledges from the community.

The $150 000 materialized in a week's time! Next came the bond election. This time convincing the community of the need wasn't necessary, the community was just encouraged to vote. The bond election on March 31, 1975, carried by a margin of 96% for and only 4% in opposition.

Work on building the nursing home began in earnest with advertising for architects and the taking of bids. After receiving and studying several bids, the City Council awarded the contract to Raymond Powell of Lubbock, Texas. Following several meetings, bids for the construction of the facility were sought. Although bids were higher than the projected amount, Delton Lewellen of Friona submitted the bid nearest to the projected $500 000 and the Council advised him that if he could meet with the trustees and they agreed to some changes that would bring the construction within the projected amount, they would award him the contract. That was done and Delton Lewellen built Prairie Acres.

An outstanding photo album and file on Friona was compiled and took to New York City to sell bonds. The mission was successful.

While construction was progressing, a community-wide contest was held to select a name for the facility. Although many suggestions were excellent, the name Prairie Acres was determined the most appropriate.

Prairie Acres has since expanded to an 83-bed facility and in 2001 an Assisted Living facility - Friona Heritage Estates - was added to Prairie Acres.

Contact Details for Prairie Acres and Friona Heritages Estates:

Prairie Acres / Friona Heritage Estates
201 E. 15th Street
Friona, TX 79035

Telephone #: 806-250-3922 (Prairie Acres)
               #: 806-250-5599 (Friona Heritage Estates)

         Fax #: 806-250-2132

Administrator: Jo Blackwell
Friona Heritage Estates Housing Manager:
Rhonda Bentley
Director Of Nursing: Velma Lovvorn
Assist. Director of Nursing:
Carol Jackson
Assistant Administrator: Sabra Patterson
Secretary: Carol McIntosh
Food Service Manager:
Glenda Sifford
Housekeeping Supervisor: Kaye Funk
Maintenance Engineer:
Fred Ferguson
Activity Director:
Elizabeth Romero
Beth Shelton

Feel free to contact us should you require any information on Prairie Acres or Friona Heritage Estates.