Aging is an unavoidable phenomena of life. As people age, they tend to need more care and more attention.
With this in mind, life in a senior living community is probably one of the best things that can happen to any senior.
Some of the benefits of seniors living in such communities include a greater sense of belonging and security as well as getting high levels of care while in the community.
Choosing the right long term care facility can, however, be a strenuous and overwhelming task for many people.
To help, let us suggest a few award-winning assisted living communities that definitely stand out from the rest.
1. The Ensign Group
Since it was founded in 1999, the Ensign group has grown to be one of the biggest names in the provision of assisted living facilities. By 2012, the company had made it to number 89 on the Forbes list of the best small companies in America. It has a total of 124 facilities spread around states such as California, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Colorado among others. Its facilities all have access to Wi-Fi and state of the art equipment. HCR ManorCare
2. Genesis Healthcare Corp
It has been in the industry since 1985 and today is one of the largest players in the healthcare industry. It is estimated to run at least 500 facilities in 34 states. Aside from assisted living/senior living services, they also offer specialized care services for patients with Alzheimer’s among other services. Seniors opting for centers under the Genesis Healthcare Corp can benefit from the services of professional, qualified and friendly staff and specialists. Other services that may depend on the center include daily supply of the local newspaper, access to a gift shop and even spa services. It is no wonder that facilities such as the Skies Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center which is run by Genesis are winning prestigious awards in recognition of the quality of service given.
3. HCR ManorCare
It stands out as one of the longest standing companies in healthcare provision having been started in 1959. Today, the company boasts ownership of three well recognized brand names Heartland, ManorCare Health Services and Arden Courts. In total, the facilities number over 500. The company website is quite interactive, user-friendly and very informative for would be clients and existing clients. Some of its assisted living communities include Springhouse of Pikesville in Maryland, Perrysburg Commons in Ohio and the Village at ManorCare in Virginia.
4. Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan society
Started in 1922, this society is in its 93rd year. It runs more than 240 facilities throughout the USA and has earned a reputation as the biggest non-profit seeking provider for senior care and services in the country. Its facilities include assisted living apartments and a specialized assisted living service targeting those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The Estes Park Village in Illinois is a good example of an assisted living center run by the society. Amenities provided in this facility include a pool, a spa, a gym and even a library. Other facilities that provide long term care services include the Fort Collins Village in Colorado and Boise Village in Idaho.
One of the major most foundations of the success that PruittHealth is its belief in the meaning and value of family. The company culture values and supports the development of healthy and positive relationships between patients and the staff and specialists serving them. With an experience spanning 45 years, PruittHealth runs more than 90 facilities in Georgia, Florida and North & South Carolina. Some of its better known facilities include The Oaks at Whitaker Glen and the Oaks at Whitaker Glen-Mayview both in North Carolina. Some of the amenities found in these facilities include serene gardens and patios, access to cable TV as well as a full-time music therapists.
6. National healthcare Corp
Aside from 18 assisted living communities that the National Healthcare Corp runs, it is also responsible for another 5 independent living centers and 74 long term care centers. In Georgia for example, there is the Camellia Walk Assisted Living and Memory Care center, whilst in Missouri, there is the Villages of Jackson Creek community.
7. Brookdale senior living
Facilities run by Brookdale Senior Living solutions are simply some of the best in the country when it comes to assisted living. They have been able to grow by building trust and understanding with clients as well as providing customized solutions for clients. The Brookdale Springfield Woodside in Oregon which is small but comfortable (only has 53 apartments). However, it still manages to offer privacy and independence. Other communities include The Willows at Wildwood in Florida, The Bellavita at Scarborough in Maine and the Brookdale Mill Creek community in Seattle.
8. The Alden Network
Seniors seeking to settle in a pet friendly senior living community have Alden to look up to. Facilities under the Alden Network are bound to impress you with the family like settings, the security, and the therapy services not to mention the fine dining experience. Some of the facilities under its umbrella include the Alden Lincoln Park in Chicago which specializes in long term care, the Alden Gardens of Bloomingdale which is a haven for seniors seeking assisted living services and the Alden Courts of Waterford which is a facility specializing in Memory Care assisted living services.
9. The Goodman Group
Customer service is one of the areas in which facilities under the Goodman Group have scored highly in over the 50 years it has been in existence. In fact, one of the top most programs in the Goodman Group is the Platinum Service program which promises service of the highest quality. One look at some of their assisted living facilities and one thing becomes clear; comfort! Facilities such as The Residence at Timberpines, The Commons on Marice and Regal Palms all scream of the best service in the industry, the best environment and the most wholesome experience for seniors. What’s more, the comfort is all affordable!
10. The Saber Healthcare Group
In 2001, Saber Healthcare Group broke into the scene; a newbie. 14 years later, the group now owns an impressive 81 facilities in six major states that include Ohio, Florida and Indiana. In Charlotte for example, exists The Crossings at Steele Creek. It promises seniors access to a phone, cable TV and Wi-Fi. The courtyards are serene and the rooms are built and designed to perfection. Transport is also provided on a schedule. The Ivy Ridge in Petersburg and the Vista Park also in Petersburg are stunning examples of Saber Healthcare facilities specializing in assisted living.
Choosing the perfect assisted living community for a senior is quite a sensitive task. To ease the selection process, there are a number of things that one could look out for; cleanliness, the community activities and events offered, the friendliness of the staff, the quality of meals in the facility, the security of the facility and even the reviews and recommendations on the facility, if any.