Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in New Jersey

Bruce Springsteen gave this state one bad rap when he crooned “we gotta get out while we’re young”! He may not be entirely wrong though Springsteen can certainly choose to retire anywhere. Basically, the average American retiree will find New Jersey an expensive and tax burdened state. That means, the many assisted living facilities in New Jersey aren’t as economical as options in other states.

On the flip side, it’s a beautifully green state with the 1.1 million acre Pinelands with sprawling farmlands in the south. In fact, 22% of Jersey’s land area comprises forests and wetlands. All of it lined with richly diverse hiking and biking trails. There’s also 90 miles of shoreline to the east so plenty of beaches for the sun and sand worshippers. All this, plus 37 miles of riverfront in the north goes towards making New Jersey one geographically diverse and beautiful state indeed. So if you are a Jersey loyalist, forget about Snooki, Springsteen and The Sopranos… Go through the ten best assisted living facilities in New Jersey, arranged in random order instead!

Brandywine Living

155 Raymond Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
732-329-8888

Frankly, with a name like that, it does seem to be a fun a place to live at. Tippler aside, residents here swear by the caring and welcoming attitude of the staff. One big plus-plus for anyone who is leaving their parents behind is that at Brandywine, licensed nurses are on-site (not on-call) 24/7. And not just for the residents. Friends and family are welcome to call up the licensed practitioner nurse on-site for any questions or concerns that they may have. With more than 20 communities in New Jersey itself and branches spread to other states like New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania and still more on the anvil; Brandywine stands apart from other assisted living care facilities by simply providing the best possible care with the best possible attitude, with all the comforts and activities included as well.

Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater

565 Easton Turnpike
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807
908-707-8800

Bridgeway’s first Assisted Living Residence, the Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater has gained plenty of community love as well as professional awards and credits. The friendly staff provides quality care to its residents untiringly, and all living areas are cleaned and maintained seven days a week. Hygiene is a priority here. Residents are free to choose from private or outdoor dining with three delicious and nutritious meals daily, and can also choose to hang with their buddies at the coffee shop. Licensed nurses remain onsite 24X7 and the wireless emergency response system ensures help arrives quickly. Daily exercise and wellness classes, as well as social, cultural and recreational activities, keep the residents happy and healthy on all levels. Residents also have access to A/V rooms and libraries with computers and internet access for them to be technologically up and at it…

The Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence

350 Demott Lane
Somerset, New Jersey 08873
732-568-1155

Located in the beautiful locales of Somerset, New Jersey; the Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence offers every amenity essential for senior living, and more! Like a gorgeous dining room, a fully-equipped beauty salon and an internet-savvy media center with a low vision reader. Residents can choose from a luxury studio, one-bedroom or shared apartment. All equipped with individual climate control, cable TVs, a kitchenette, bathroom and a living room. The assisted living facility also has a health center, exercise room, a beauty salon and barber to keep the residents looking their best. It’s centrally located just minutes from downtown New Brunswick as well as the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. Since it is in the heart of the New York/New Jersey metro area, it also has access to all the great cultural, recreational and entertainment destinations.

The Renaissance

192 Highway 79
Marlboro Township, New Jersey 07746
732-526-7679

Set in a beautiful three-acre land piece in Marlboro, The Renaissance is a restored Victorian-style home for seniors. Along with the comfort and security of a monitored healthcare facility, The Renaissance offers a wonderfully-serviced homelike B&B atmosphere. Hardwood floors and personal décor coupled with a friendly staff make for a very warm atmosphere which makes The Renaissance stand apart from others. Residents are free to choose between private and semi-private rooms depending on their choice or budget. Three nutritious and healthy meals are served by a friendly staff in the common dining room. With plenty of common areas with lots to do, most residents are often found hobnobbing with each other and taking part in social events. The staff is onsite 24X7 but pets are not allowed in this facility.

Branch Brook Park Manor

212 Clifton Ave
Newark, New Jersey 07104
973-481-2615

An 11-story brownstone, Branch Brook Park Manor is nevertheless a favorite amongst its senior residents. Firstly, it’s ideally located so it makes it easier for the seniors as well as their families to get around. Secondly, most residents would claim that the staff is wonderfully caring and attentive towards its residents. Their memory care program ensures that all its residents receive loving care and remain clean and happy throughout. Thirdly, it’s a small facility and an affordable one – and also offers an adult day care facility. Also, they offer plenty of activities for the seniors to come and take part in for them to remain mentally alert and active. Finally, the great staff makes sure that all its residents live life to the fullest with as much help as they need.

Canterbury Village

33 Mount Pleasant Ave
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
973-736-1194

The Canterbury Village has been in operation since 1921 and is one of New Jersey’s most experienced Senior Assisted Living Residences. It is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees and has a close-knit community of just 53 residents. Residents have the comfort of personalized assistance and health care services 24X7 and various interesting activities in a structured environment. Residents can choose from private and semi-private rooms and there are plenty of inbuilt safety features in both. Canterbury Village lets you furnish these rooms as per your own choice but can also provide a fully-furnished apartment if that suits you better. Common areas include a gorgeous great room, library, outdoor courtyard and a sun room for gathering and for family visits. All meals are served in the charming, intimate dining room.

Care One

68 Passaic Ave
Livingston, New Jersey 07039
973-758-9000

One of the best assisted living and healthcare providers for seniors in the area, Care One at Livingston is an excellent choice. Be it memory care, rehabilitation, specialty clinical programs or long-term care, Care One has just the right staff for it. The building’s décor is as elegant and refined as the architecture. Conveniently located near the Garden State Parkway as well as many highway routes, Care One is easy to reach for both seniors and their families. The result is unsurpassed patient care and comfort in a hotel-like setting. Since Care One offers health services to seniors at many different levels, you are likely to find a mixed crowd here – from those in their silver years who need a little assistance to those in memory care programs and rehab. Each resident is treated with dignity and care, with all the specialized health care that they may need.

Horizon Manor North

73 Overlook Rd
Montclair, New Jersey 07043
973-746-9047

Horizon Manor North & Horizon Manor South are two Victorian Inn-style assisted living residences in Montclair, with world class services. The setting is that of a gracious Victorian Inn and the services are impeccable and warm. Horizon Manor has had a great track record of more than 25 years. Horizon Assisted Living provides a comprehensive round-the-clock care in a charming home-like setting. All residents enjoy three home-cooked meal served in elegant dining rooms. New entrants can choose from beautifully-furnished private or companion rooms. Family can choose permanent residence for their beloved elders or even a huge range of flexible per hour, per day or per week, healthcare services. Basically, they provide sensitive individualized care.

Juniper Village

500 Southern Blvd
Chatham Township, New Jersey 07928
973-966-5483

Some 100 odd seniors call the centrally-located and picturesque Juniper Village home. Residents are free to amble to the nearby Chatham Township bustle within a quick walking distance, though transport is available too. The building is beautiful and as residents put it, feels like home rather quickly. Juniper Village offers many enriching activities and wellness programs that keep the bodies active and the minds alert and happy. It has different kinds of rooms – spacious studios, one bedroom or two bedroom suites. Room amenities include kitchenettes with microwaves, oversized windows, designer wall-to-wall carpeting and a state of the art heating and cooling system. The hub of activity is the Village Square that connects to each room via beautiful walking paths. At the Village Square, residents can enjoy a movie theater, a full-service spa, a country store or even a fitness center.

Brighton Gardens of Mountainside

1350 US-22
Mountainside, New Jersey 07092
908-654-4460

Brighton Gardens lies on Route 22 in Mountainside, NJ, between I-78 and the Garden State Parkway and is a haven for those seeking senior living or care. It offers assisted living, memory care, in-home care services as well as short-term rehab. It offers the residents all the comforts of home in a maintenance-free environment. Also, it is close to many major medical facilities. The Mountainside Library, Echo Lake Park, Short Hills Mall, and Livingston Mall are close by for convenient outings as well. Recognized with a Bronze National Quality Award by AHCA/NCAL, Brighton Gardens provides on-site physical therapy, 24-hour on-call nursing, and in-house doctor visits. The gardens offer pleasant spaces for conversation, while an energetic activities program keeps the residents hale and hearty, mind, body and soul! Basically, a great option for assisted living in Chatham.

White Pine Senior Living Facility in Fridley, Minnesota (MN) Reviews, Pricing & More

Senior living doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and affordability in the form of a set cost is one factor that attracts families to Fridley’s White Pine Senior Living residence.

Offering both assisted living and memory care, White Pine eschews the nonrefundable assessment or application fee many other assisted living and memory care facilities charge. Likewise, White Pine does not charge an “entrance fee” to move into their residence. Their philosophy is, “Great care without great cost,” and this is reflected in the outstanding leadership and care providers the community employs.

White Pine offers amenities uncommon in assisted living and memory, including home-cooked meals prepared from scratch, and carefully designed communities that enable residents to retain their independence for as long as possible. White Pine Senior Living may also allow residents to keep a dog or cat.

Pricing

As described, White Pine Senior Living has one, all-inclusive price for services:

Room Type Monthly Range (USD)
Studio (bed and bath) $4,550 – $5,725
I Bedroom (Designed for one

person. May also include small

living area and kitchenette.)

$4,950 (approximate)

Reviews

“My mom was a resident of White Pines Fridley for about 15 months. I knew we were fortunate to have Mom living in his facility, but while preparing for her funeral and talking to friends and family about her passing it has become even more apparent how blessed we were to be part of the White Pines family.

“I have lots of people to be thankful for there — the management style, the knowledge and support of the nursing staff, the cooks and cleaners, and especially the loving and caring support that the aides and assistants give the residents every day. The staff truly works as a team with the goal of providing comfort and care to each resident ever day. They meet them on their level and in their space and time. They encourage, laugh and cry with them. They help set realistic expectations and support the residents through each stage of their decline. And then they are there to support and hold the family in our grief.

“Thank you to each and every White Pines staff for the patience and kindness you showed to me (and other members of our family) while I learned about dementia and treatment, for helping me to have realistic expectations of Mm and what the staff can do for them, for helping me understand what it’s like living with dementia in an assisted living environment, for guiding me through the disease process itself, and for helping me give Mom what she needed to feel safe and loved in her final days of life.

“I count my blessings often and when I get to Mom, I count White Pines twice.”

 

“Overall we’re very pleased with how things have gone at this community. It’s a great looking place, everything is always very clean and well kept. The staff have all been very friendly and professional. My parents rave about how friendly and helpful the girls here have been for them! They’ve also got a good variety of activities in their memory care section. The biggest complaint they’ve had is that the memory care unit is the last stop when it comes to meal delivery so the food and coffee often arrive cold.”

 

“Beautiful Property!! I really liked this property, it was actually one of my favorites out of all the different communities we had looked at for my loved one. The staff where on time to our appointment and did a great job maintaining a clean beautiful property. My cousin just did not want to be on the first floor and that was the only thing they had open at the time.”

 

“The staff is taking good care of my father and he is doing well since the move. One of our frustrations is that they do not go get him for activities. I know if they ask, my father will refuse but they could tell him that they are taking him or just take him down to join. Also, there have been a couple of times that his bathroom has been out of toilet paper. Other than that, we are happy with the care and we like that there is a set fee, that’s what drew us in.”

 

“I think the staff is fabulous and I think they are a very caring group! They are wonderful to all the residents — there is a broad variety of patients in there. It’s amazing to me that they can take care of such a wide variety. Every time I walk in there it’s homey and when driving up to everything it is very nice. I like that it’s all-inclusive. I didn’t want to get into a place that nickeled and dimed things. I have seen a calendar with a lot of activities.”

Features/Amenities

White Pine provides the following services as part of their senior living package:

  • Transportation at cost
  • Complimentary transportation
  • Property convenient to bus line
  • Resident parking available
  • Staff available 24/7
  • Home-cooked meals

Amenities

  • Activities both onsite and offsite
  • Beautician onsite
  • Devotional services onsite and offsite
  • Indoor common areas
  • Outdoor common areas
  • Visiting podiatrist
  • Pets permitted

Alternatives

N/A

 

 

Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Memory Loss… What’s the Difference?

People tend to use “Alzheimer’s” as a catchall term for memory loss in older adults, but Alzheimer’s disease (AD), first identified by neuropathologist Aloysius Alzheimer in 1901, is only one form of dementia.

Dementia is the umbrella category of brain diseases that cause a gradual decline in the ability to think, remember, and function day-to-day. It refers to a cluster of symptoms such as short-term memory loss, language deficits, poor judgment, and changes in behavior. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, comprising 50 to 70% of all dementia diagnoses.

The Difficulty with Diagnosis

Part of the confusion around dementia and Alzheimer’s arises from the challenge in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease with complete accuracy while someone is alive. The “markers” for AD — sticky plaques that accumulate in the brain from abnormally folded proteins, causing inflammation and cellular damage — can only be positively identified on autopsy. Thus, doctors generally make an Alzheimer’s diagnosis by testing for and eliminating other possibilities.

After AD, the second most common cause of dementia results from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. All of these conditions block the arteries and impede blood flow to the brain, creating what is known as vascular dementia. If blood can’t reach the brain easily, parts of the brain die. This is called an infarct, and is similar to what happens in a heart attack, or myocardial infarction. When brain tissue dies, the person begins to exhibit signs of cognitive impairment.

In some cases, what looks like dementia may actually be a vitamin or mineral deficiency, since absorption of nutrients declines with age. Because loss and loneliness tend to increase with age as well, depression can be a major factor in dementia. One study found the effect of loneliness is equivalent to smoking fifteen cigarettes a day! Loneliness, and the lack of mental stimulation and emotional connection, increases the risk of heart disease and other physical and mental health problems. It’s a downward spiral in which dementia is an effect, rather than cause.

Finally, Parkinson’s disease, a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, can cause dementia symptoms. While dementia only becomes widespread in advanced stages of Parkinson’s, depression and anxiety are more common complications, and can also escalate mental decline.

Reducing the Risk

Although Alzheimer’s disease is not currently reversible or curable, its progression can be slowed — and other forms of dementia, such as vitamin deficiency or depression, can be treated, halted, and usually reversed.

Some of the best ways to reduce an older adult’s risk of developing non-Alzheimer’s dementia are surprisingly simple, yet many people ignore them. To brighten your brain, or that of a senior loved one:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Quit smoking
  • Learn something new; challenge your mind
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Stay socially active
  • Get a health check-up, especially for blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Protect your head. Over half of those 80 and older fall every year. If you’re unsteady on your feet, use a walking stick, and make sure your home has bathroom handrails and non-skid floors throughout.

When to Place a Loved One in Memory Care

Though most people want to age in place (remain in their own home as they grow older), as dementia progresses this may no longer be feasible, even with a caregiver. These seven questions can help you evaluate whether it’s time for Memory Care:

  • Inattention: Do they forget to turn off the stove?
  • ADL: How well does he/she handle activities of daily living (eating, dressing, bathing)?
  • Personality: Is your loved one suspicious of others, fearful of taking medications, or of eating certain foods?
  • Medication: Is your loved one taking medications on schedule, following correct dosages, and willing to use an organizer/reminder device if necessary?
  • Short-term memory: Has your loved one gotten lost on a walk, or while running errands? Can he/she remember personal information such as address, phone number, contacts, that enable them to return home?
  • Do you have additional support to care for your loved one at home?
  • Is the amount of home care assistance needed likely to become so great that it is no longer affordable for your family?

Options Beyond Memory Care Facilities

Dementia care can be expensive, because Medicare and Medicaid do not pay for “custodial care”, meaning day-to-day care that does not require skilled nursing.

However, there are options beyond memory care facilities. One is adult day care. Adult day care programs provide care during the day for individuals who are unable to live at home alone, but don’t need full-time nursing care. If you or another person is available to care for your loved one during evenings and weekends, adult day care may be an excellent resource to delay or avoid memory care placement.

At adult day care programs, trained individuals care for those with dementia in a setting that provides interaction and stimulation, which help keep people’s minds sharper, longer.

Another possibility is a residential care home, also known as RCFE (residential care facility for the elderly), adult day home, board-and-care home, or personal care home. These small group settings provide basic services (usually meals and light assistance) at a much lower cost than typical assisted living communities or nursing homes. Medicaid may also pay some of the cost for residents who meet eligibility requirements.

 

Dealing with dementia can be very difficult for everyone involved. The more information you have, the better equipped you’ll be to support your loved one in making the best choices for the road ahead.

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in New Hampshire

Thinking about retiring to New Hampshire? Well, the upside is that it has just been chosen the best state to retire to in 2017. It offers the best possible benefits in both financial and lifestyle categories that attract retirees. A low cost of living, good healthcare quality, low crime, plenty of cultural vitality make it an excellent assisted living choice. Furthermore, a bearable weather, medium taxes, and many seniors already living there offer maximum levels of social interaction too.

Speaking state wise, New Hampshire ranks second best in wellbeing, third lowest in crime and fourth best in healthcare quality. New Hampshire also does not tax salaries or wages but there is a 5% tax on dividends and interest which means that retirement income is not taxed. Retirees with investment income may owe some taxes. So is there a downside to New Hampshire? Just the bitterly cold winters. Here go ten best options of assisted living it has to offer, in no particular order.

Windham Terrace

3 Church Road,
Windham, 03087
603-819-4244

The USP of Windham Terrace is the quaintness of Windham and the convenience of being close enough to Massachusetts. Windham Terrace’s caring staff are dedicated to serving those in their silver years who require some assistance but whose spirits are independent. It offers assisted living, health care services such as supplemental nursing and medication management, memory care services as well as short stays and respite care. Beautiful common areas, spacious private apartments and plenty of socializing and enjoyment opportunities make this a great choice. To further entertainment, residents enjoy special trips such as whale watching, fishing, restaurant and shopping excursions. Added attractions are leisurely drives in the country, and attending theater or sporting events. With four medical centers nearby and an affordable pricing, Windham Terrace is a lovely place for residents to stay in.

The Scott-Farrar Home

11 Elm St,
Peterborough, 03458
603-924-3691

A non-profit community, The Scott-Farrar Home is surrounded by beautiful natural settings with plenty of outdoor garden areas within the complex. The complex is nestled within nature’s bounty amidst woods, walking trails and the Nubanusit River. It is within walking distance to downtown Peterborough so that its residents can have the best of both the worlds. The Scott-Farrar is known for offering new retirement lifestyle choices. The USP lies in promoting assisted and independent living but also learning and lifelong wellness. Some of the amenities include a well-stocked library, a fitness room, country kitchens and a café. Many engaging activities, outings as well as educational experiences keep the residents in high spirits. It also boasts of a beautiful therapy area as well as an outdoor dining terrace with views of Mt. Monadnock! Pets are welcome too.

Ledgewood Bay Assisted Living

43 Ledgewood Drive,
Milford, 03055
603-672-5037

Ledgewood Bay is located in a quiet neighborhood with spectacular views of the Monadnock Mountains. It offers independent and assisted living as well as memory care. This peaceful complex in Milford is also ideally located minutes away from major shopping, entertainment, and medical centers. It is also easily accessible from Route 3. Amenities include a library, a lovely dining room, a tasteful private dining room for family gatherings. A custom furniture package for ease of moving and resident happy hours are thoughtful additions. A beautifully landscaped patio with outdoor fire pit is ideal for friends and family to sit around and gaze at the beauty of the night skies. To ensure that the residents look and feel their best, Ledgewood Bay also offers many wellness & exercise programs and a beauty salon. Ample cultural & educational activities,  a club, a gym and computer training keeps minds fit.

Sanctuary Care at Rye

295 Lafayette Road,
Rye, 03842
603-379-1898

Sanctuary Care at Rye specializes in memory care and ensures that residents get it in the most gracious way possible. With a coastal architectural setting, the complex offers spacious and accommodating residences with a pleasing décor, nestled in natural beauty. An “open space” approach helps the residents to feel independent and yet, caring eyes make sure their safety is paramount. Open and honest with the families of residents, Sanctuary Care believes in being transparent at all levels. The costs, fees or just day-to-day information about the loved seniors staying at Sanctuary are openly discussed. Another great feature exclusive to Sanctuary Care is the Family CareSpace. It provides unrestricted access to resident location and information from any browser, tablet or smartphone. This way the family always knows how their loved one is faring.

Peabody Home

24 Peabody Pl,
Franklin, 03235
603-934-3718

The Peabody Home has made it its mission to ensure that the transition from independent to senior living is not overwhelming. A simple example of this is the personal living spaces with five different options. The residents are welcome to make them as quirky or as unique as they are with their choice of décor. Peabody offers independent living, assisted living, nursing care, memory care, respite stay, adult day care as well as a hospice. Residents thrive in the independent atmosphere while they are warmly looked after. Plenty of activities well-suited to and catering to every resident’s needs and likes ensure that all faces remained wreathed in smiles.

Amenities like an in-house beauty and barber shop keep them looking spiffy. An outdoor gazebo, patios, and beautiful gardens ensure the residents love the outdoors as well. The Peabody Home bus is on the road transporting residents to see the fall foliage. Other attractions include a trip to the Weirs, a Mount Washington Cruise or picnics at the lake.

Bentley Commons At Bedford

66 Hawthorne Dr S,
Bedford, 03110
603-928-7106

At Bentley Commons at Bedford, assisted living and independent living services go hand in hand with wellness services. Dynamic and interesting recreational programs and activities keep the elders mentally alert and entertained. Bentley Commons is situated near the Merrimack River and offers convenient access to downtown Bedford. Here the residents can enjoy their kind of shopping and services and take part in community events. Close proximity to major highways makes it easily accessible for families as well. A beautifully designed building, professionally trained and warm staff, innovative programming, and gourmet meals served in the dining room makes Bentley Commons a wonderful choice. For those in their silver years looking to live an independent life with help around the corner, Bentley Commons is a great catch.

Langdon Place of Keene Care and Rehab

136 Arch St,
Keene, 03431
603-357-3902

With 97 apartments and 25 beds on short term nursing and rehabilitation, Langdon Place of Keene Care and Rehab is a thriving community. It offers assisted living, short term stays, rehabilitation services and specialized care for Alzheimer and Dementia patients on the Homestead floor. It boasts of a therapy pool and spa that helps those stricken with arthritis. Residents choosing assisted living are free to follow an independent lifestyle with the security of asking for as much or as little help they need. Recreational programs include field trips, transportation to local businesses and events. Awarded the Bronze National Quality Award from The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) in 2012, Langdon offers a variety of sizes and styles for assisted living apartments to suit all needs, tastes and budgets.

Meredith Bay Colony Club

21 Mile Point Dr,
Meredith, 03253
603-279-1500

The Meredith Bay Colony Club is set in a beautiful location that overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith. Opened in 2009, Meredith Bay offers assisted living apartments called The Inn with all private one and two room suites, each with its own kitchenette, along with private bathroom including shower. The Gardens is their memory care center specially designed especially for seniors with Alzheimer’s and memory loss. Since it’s a not-for-profit organization, it offers all services and amenities usually expected from a luxury retirement community but at a fraction of the cost, thus making it an affordable option as well.

Furthermore, with a claim of “lowest monthly fees” and a 100%refundable entrance fee, Meredith is an affordable choice. It also offers plenty of interesting recreational activities to ensure that its residents live their lives with zeal, zest and plenty to occupy their minds. Finally, they have a full range of supportive services as well and let its residents and families choose what is best for them.

Sugar Hill Retirement Community Inc

83 Rolling Wood Dr,
Wolfeboro, 03894
603-569-8485

Many in their silver years prefer the privacy and beauty of independent houses but often end up moving into apartments for convenience and to basically lessen their workload. Sugar Hill Retirement Community in Wolfeboro offers a unique option. You get a beautiful and independent house to stay in, and Sugar Hill takes care of everything from yard maintenance to dining! So you get your dream house to spend your later years in, without any hassle of maintaining the home… It operates on a unique financial structure featuring stock ownership so it also takes away the stress of a large, up-front investment. Instead, Sugar Hill residents are shareholders who help to determine the future of the community.

To make this even more transparent, five resident members serve on the community board of directors. Cottage and apartment homes, many diverse social events and opportunities coupled with as much or as little assistance you need make Sugar Hill a beautiful place to spend your silver years in.

Riverglen House

55 Riverglen Ln,
Littleton, 03561
603-444-8880

At Riverglen House, residents can choose between studio, alcove, one and two-bedroom, senior-friendly apartments with a unique setting on the banks of the Ammonoosuc River. The community is very close to Littleton’s vibrant Main Street and has been named one of the Nation’s “Ten Best” Fifty resident apartments, each with kitchenette and private bath. The riverfront dining room features nutritious meals served in a restaurant-style dining and offers weekly housekeeping and laundry. Plenty of trained and licensed care providers are on site 24X7 and each resident also gets emergency call pendants. Morning coffee hours, afternoon tea, bridge competitions and craft classes provide great entertainment. Resident meetings, current events discussions, holiday celebrations, public interest seminars, live entertainment performances and volunteer involvement also keep the residents mentally and physically fit. Bi-monthly wine and cheese gatherings, as well as road trips, increase the happiness quotient of the residents as well.

If you liked these options, get in touch with Assisted Living Today. A representative will guide you on the perfect assisted living facility for you…

 

 

The Walpan Residence: Refined Retirement Living

 

What could be finer than retiring to a charming, turn-of-the-century colonial on a quiet, residential street? Not having to worry about the upkeep — or preparing your own meals! Since 1963, The Walpan Residence in Montclair, New Jersey, has offered seniors elegant independent living in a luxurious, family-like atmosphere designed to provide all the comforts of home.

The Walpan Residence offers the best of both worlds: independence, with the assurance that a helping hand is there when you need it. Similar to an Inn or Bed & Breakfast, The Walpan caters to a senior’s every need, treating each resident as a treasured guest. Residents enjoy stylish living accommodations, three delicious meals a day, and a relaxed, supportive environment that allows them the freedom to pursue personal interests.

For the independent senior who no longer wishes to maintain his or her own home, The Walpan is an outstanding, cost-effective alternative to a long-term care facility. Its mission is luxury with dignity and choice. Along with the benefits and convenience of a professional staff trained to serve a senior’s special needs, family members enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing their loved one is being cared for in a secure, nurturing environment.

Pricing 

Unlike assisted living and nursing home costs, which are published annually by Genworth Financial, there is very little published pricing information available on independent living facilities. According to a state-by-state chart compiled by SeniorHomes.com, independent living prices in New Jersey as of 2015 range from a monthly minimum of $2000, to a monthly maximum of $5355, with an average cost of $3371. We suggest you use these figures as a guideline when considering The Walpan Residence.

Reviews

“My sister is so busy now since she moved into The Walpan Residence. She is having such a great time. I think she has adjusted well with the move into the community. She thinks everyone is super-kind and helpful. They help her with transportation to and from her appointments. They really care about her and look after her very well. The community is wonderful and really nice looking and the location is around the block from her old neighborhood she grown up in, so she is still close to her friends. It has been a good experience for us, the owner of the community has been great to us and I would highly recommend this community.” 

“My Mom is really enjoying this place! The staff is incredible, the owner is really great, and the family that fills in for him when he takes time off is wonderful. They are all very warm, caring, and responsible, all of Mom’s needs are cared for. Mom says the food is excellent, the chef is great.

“Mom has complained that resident turnover can be high, it’s hard to meet new people that often. I also believe they should have more mentally stimulating activities for the residents to keep them active.”

“They are very clean. I feel like I am definitely getting my money’s worth. I have heard that they are really good about responding if he calls for help. I can’t really think of anything I would like them to do better or any concerns either. We chose them because they were the best fit for our loved one.” 

Features/Amenities

Walpan Residence Features:

  • 3 carefully prepared, superb meals daily
  • 24-hour access to staff and personal care assistance
  • Bilingual staff
  • Elevator
  • Medical assistance on call
  • Cable TV
  • WiFi
  • Complimentary transportation service
  • Convenient to nearby shopping and NYC transportation

Amenities:

  • Beauty salon
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Planned leisure activities and events, both onsite and offsite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry and linen service

Alternatives

  • Respite Care is available

Assisted Living for Veterans: Benefits You Didn’t Know Existed

 

Veterans give their all in the service, yet may find it challenging to resume their civilian lives, especially if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Reintegrating into the community can be a long, hard road.

Vets face an additional hurdle if they need to move into an assisted living facility (ALF): the high cost of care.

The Affordable Care Act will not affect veterans per se if they are enrolled in Veterans’ Administration (VA) health care. For veterans who are not enrolled, it’s a mixed blessing: they can potentially see an increase in Medicaid coverage, though care is likely to be more fragmented once vets venture beyond the VA’s closed system.

Little-Known Benefit A Boon for Vets

Fortunately, U.S. veterans — and their surviving spouses — may be eligible for additional benefits to help cover the costs of assisted living. The Aid and Attendance benefit, offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs, is a monthly, needs-based payment above and beyond the VA pension that can help cover the costs of long-term care. It is important to note that a veteran or surviving spouse may only receive Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits; not both at once.

This website explains in clear language how the Aid and Attendance pension works. The A&A pension can provide up to $1,788 per month to a veteran, $1,149 per month to a surviving spouse, or $2,120 per month to a couple. A veteran with a sick spouse is eligible for up to $1,406 per month.

Eligibility May Be Easier Than You Think

Many veterans and their families are unaware of this benefit, but even those who know about the Aid and Attendance pension tend to overlook it as a resource if the veteran is still independent, but has a spouse who is ill. In this situation, if the spouse’s medical expenses completely deplete the couple’s combined monthly income, the veteran can still file as a veteran with an ailing spouse.

As this New York Times blog post on the New Old Age makes clear, “To qualify, a veteran need not have suffered a service-related injury. He or she only had to have clocked at least one day of his or her 90-day minimum military service during a time of war, and need caregiving for activities of daily living.”

And, adds Debbie Burak, founder of VeteranAid.org, “The VA classifies any veteran at the age of 65 to be permanently and totally disabled regardless of your physical state. The classification of ‘disabled’ entitles the veteran or widow to a Basic Pension if he/she meets the net worth and income criteria. The same is true for the surviving spouse. No Physician’s Statement is required for filing for Basic Pension.”

Burak became passionate about veterans’ benefits after her elderly parents missed out on more than $160,000 in VA benefits to which they would have been entitled. Burak discovered the Aid and Attendance pension after her father died and applied on her mother’s behalf, but did not receive a check prior to her mother’s death.

To be financially eligible for Basic Pension:

    • A single veteran must have countable income under $12,907 a year
    • A veteran with a dependent or spouse must have countable income under $16,902 a year

This worksheet will help you calculate “countable income.”

What Aid and Attendance Does and Does Not Cover

While the A&A benefit does not cover the entire cost of an assisted living facility, it can help pay for some of the services provided by an ALF. This is a boon for a veteran or veteran’s spouse who requires long-term care.

In order to qualify for A&A benefits, a veteran (or spouse) must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Need assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, dressing, eating, or adjusting prosthetic devices;
  • Be bedridden;
  • Reside in a long-term care facility due to mental or physical incapacity;
  • Have severe visual impairment, with a correction of 5/200 or less in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.

Eligibility varies by state, but the benefits can be significant. Contact your local Veteran Affairs office or an elder law expert to determine whether you or your loved one qualifies. Because health care benefits and later life housing are so critical for veterans, it’s helpful to review all the options currently available.

Aster Retirement Community of Marshfield: Five-Star Senior Living

If you’re looking to retire in style, Aster Retirement Community of Marshfield is an excellent choice. Housed in the historic Purdy Building, a renovated schoolhouse, Aster combines elegance and tradition with contemporary senior living. Fifty-three assisted living suites are situated in a comfortable neighborhood setting, with manicured flowerbeds, a cozy parlor, bright sunroom, and a dining room serving delicious meals. Residents enjoy all the comforts of senior living while receiving the level of care that best meets their needs.

Aster Retirement Community of Marshfield meal plans are prepared with fresh ingredients from specially designed menus that can accommodate nearly every type of diet. Private dining, family style, cookouts, and picnics are all available for every style of meal desired. Aster offers seniors the latest amenities in the comfort they would enjoy in their own homes. The staff is fully trained, friendly and accessible.

The assisted living lifestyle at Aster Retirement Community provides a balance of assistance and independence. Our professional team develops a personalized plan of care to suit each resident’s specific needs. Residents enjoy the privacy of their own apartment, with the support of caring staff for whatever they may require, from personal care to transportation to medication reminders — and sometimes just a friendly chat.

Residents enjoy of a full schedule of social, educational and entertaining activities. Aster’s structured program helps residents maintain a high quality of life. Many of the fun and entertaining activities encourage members to socialize and develop friendships with other residents.

Pricing

Pricing for one-two bedroom apartments is in the $3300-3700 range for Marshfield assisted living facilities, which is very reasonable compared with Wisconsin assisted living rates overall, and assisted living costs nationwide.

Nearby Cities

City Distance Number of Facilities Average Cost for 1 Bedroom
Marshfield 0 miles 1 $3,330
Colby 18 miles 1 $4,500
Neillsville 21 miles 1 N/A
Wisconsin Rapids 27 miles 3 $4,280
Nekoosa 27 miles 1 $2,980
Wausau 30 miles 7 $3,200

 

General Pricing for Marshfield Assisted Living

Room Type Minimum Cost Average Cost Maximum Cost
1 Bedroom $3,325 $3,325 $3,325
2 Bedrooms $3,775 $3,775 $3,775

Reviews

“I visited Aster Retirement Community of Marshfield. I didn’t taste any food, but the dining room looked nice. I was unable to visit a room because they were filled and the person whose room they were usually able to show was in the hospital and so there was no room available for my mother to look at. The staff seemed to be very friendly, not pushy, and informative. It was a little bit dark, I thought, but they had older typed furniture, which might be on purpose, thinking that they were dealing with older people. It was very clean and the people that I did see appeared to be quite satisfied. What I liked about it was that I have heard good things about it from people who lived there because I don’t live there at all. Everybody had a private room — it was not a studio — but rather they did have a separate room and a separate sitting area, and I feel that would be more suitable than having a studio apartment. I also liked that they checked on the residents and they will get their medications ready and dispense them if they were having trouble doing it themselves. They’ll help make their appointments for doctors or beauticians or anywhere. They had a van that would take them shopping or to appointments, and I think that also was very good.”

“I think they do a very nice job at Aster Retirement Community. The staff is friendly and hardworking, and the facility itself seems like a nice place. They’ve got a good variety of activities and events, and my loved one has had very good things to say about the food! There have been a few minor maintenance issues, but in general they’ve been accommodating and on top of things. Our loved one really seems happy here.”

Features/Amenities

Aster Assisted Living features:

  • Three delicious meals a day
  • Special diet accommodation
  • Complimentary transportation
  • Resident and guest parking
  • Property convenient to bus line
  • ​Assistance scheduling medically-related appointments
  • In-house digital emergency response system for each resident
  • Respite care
  • Memory care
  • Hospice services

Amenities:

  • 24-hour, trained in-house caregivers
  • Personal laundry and housekeeping
  • Onsite beautician
  • Beautiful common areas for entertaining guests
  • Devotional services offsite
  • Social events and trips inside and outside the community

Alternatives

Respite Care

Aster Respite offers short-stay assisted living, perfect for family caregivers who need a break to rest and recharge, and for seniors who need time to recover after a rehab stay, hospitalization, or illness. Respite residents may choose to furnish their own apartment or rent one of our fully furnished rooms. Respite Care guests enjoy the same assisted living services and exceptional care as long-term assisted living residents.

Memory Care

Aster Memory Care Communities provide a safe, comfortable, caring environment for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other forms of memory loss. These secure communities combine all the comforts of home with design features specifically intended to enhance the quality of life for persons with memory loss. Aster Memory Care Communities feature unique programs designed to promote the highest level of independence possible, while supported by caring staff.

Hospice Care

Aster Assisted Living & Memory Care Communities maintain strong relationships with many hospice providers in our communities so that residents can receive hospice care in their apartment. If there comes a time when a loved one needs hospice care, we will work closely with the hospice provider of your choice to provide quality, comfort and dignity for your loved one’s final days.

Assisted Living with Pets: A Doggone Purrrfect Match!

Seniors who have pets may think of Fluffy or Fido as another grandchild, and treat their cat or dog accordingly. So while a move to assisted living may be warranted in terms of health or mobility, they may balk if it means saying farewell to their beloved canine or feline friend.

Unless they can make the move together.

How Moving with A Pet Helps Seniors Adjust

Relocating can be stressful, especially if someone is leaving their longtime home and friends. Bringing a pet along can help new residents feel at home, and adapt to the new environment more easily.

The trauma of separation can adversely affect both an elder and their animal companion. Fortunately, over the last decade the number of assisted living facilities that permit pets has mushroomed, along with the aging population. Approximately 54 percent of assisted living facilities (ALFs) allow residents to bring their own pet to their new home; 39 percent of ALFs provide a “common pet” for residents, according to the CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities.

At Sunrise Senior Living, for example, every community has a resident cat and dog, in addition to any personal pets residents choose to bring when they move in (or that they later adopt). Many of the community pets are carefully selected from local shelters, for their calm temperaments and friendly personalities that make them well suited to seniors.

Health Benefits of Pets

The health benefits of pets, whether a family dog or one loved by the assisted living community as a whole, are well documented. In addition to the physical activity walking a dog or playing with a cat provides, numerous studies show having a pet helps:

  • Improve disposition and mood
  • Decrease stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Ease pain
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Enhance social interaction
  • Improve immunity
  • Soothe sundowning (for people with cognitive impairment)
  • Increase motivation

Caveats to Keep in Mind

Of course, dogs, cats, and other pets require care in order to survive and thrive. And there’s the expense: pets must be fed, given appropriate shots, and may require visits to the vet if they become ill or injured.

Before a senior decides to bring their own pet to assisted living — or to adopt one, if the facility allows residents to keep personal pets — it’s important to consider the following:

  • How much experience do I have owning a dog/cat/bird, etc?
  • Am I able to care for a pet? If you are physically disabled, cats are the best animal to adopt, unless you have (or are considering) a service animal. Another option may be a small dog that is paper-trained, or an indoor bird.
  • Is my pet (or potential adopted pet) the right age? An older pet will require less energy. Kittens and puppies require a lot of attention and activity, and may not be allowed per the ALF’s regulations. Also, if you do decide to adopt a young animal, consider its potential life span. Be sure to make contingency plans in the event your pet outlives you.
  • Is your pet good-natured? An animal with a relaxed personality is best for a community living setting.
  • Is your pet healthy? Before deciding to move with your pet, and especially before deciding to adopt a new animal, have the pet thoroughly examined by a veterinarian.
  • Do you have the resources to support a pet? Annual pet care can run from a routine $1000/year to upwards of $5000 if your pet develops health issues.

Restrictions An ALF May Impose

Finally, even an assisted living facility that allows pets will likely have certain requirements regarding your animal friend’s admittance. These may include:

  • Screening to ensure your dog or cat will fit in with other residents and any community pets;
  • Weight, breed, size and age restrictions: you may be permitted to bring an older dog or cat under a certain weight and size, for instance, but puppies and kittens less than a year old may be excluded. Or, dogs and cats may be allowed, but not reptiles or birds;
  • A specified trial period to assess how well your pet is adjusting to the community, and vice versa;
  • A financial deposit to cover possible pet-related damages (e.g., an accident on the carpet);
  • Extra fees to cover services you may not be able to provide at some point during the time you live there, such as dog walking, cleaning kitty litter, bathing your pet, etc. As a general rule, most communities that allow pets expect residents to be able to care for their personal pets, with minimal assistance.

Pets can bring incredible joy and well being to a senior’s life in assisted living. By planning ahead for a move with your beloved pet, your new place can feel just like home.

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities In Louisiana

If you plan to retire in the Pelican state, aka Louisiana, you will be living a good life. With many festivals and a wonderfully rich cuisine, Louisiana is well-known for its high times, year-round warm weather and plenty of outdoorsy activities. Bird-watching, fishing trips on the bayou and some 20 state parks are what you can enjoy in this state.

For retirees, the state is not very cheap but still affordable with the median home in the state at about  $190,000. The cost of living is 11% lower than the national average as well. To be fair, the coast is hurricane-prone and has a high obesity rate but then there’s a lot to love about Louisiana. Think signature dishes like crawfish etouffee and spicy meat pie to indigenous music styles like zydeco and jazz. Here are the 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities you can choose from in Louisiana, arranged in random order…

Garden View, New Iberia

1000 Darby Lane
New Iberia, Louisiana 70560
337-364-2266

Garden View Assisted Living is a family run facility with round-the-clock staffing. The staff is careful to implement and coordinate individual care needs. All meals are served restaurant-style in a beautiful, formal dining room. A large variety of mid-morning and afternoon snacks is also available. Garden View provides a unique environment where all the staff works together to ensure each resident feels special, safe, secure and well cared for. There are many recreational activities and exercise programs as well. Simple needs like weekly housekeeping, laundry, and flat linen services are taken care. Emergency call systems and surveillance cameras keep residents in touch with the caretakers and safe from harm. Guests and pets are welcome.

Brookdale Alexandria

351, Windermere Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303
844-792-5242

Brookdale Alexandria is located in a beautiful, upscale residential area, and is close to the highway as well as various hospitals and clinics. Brookdale promises quality care in a compassionate and respectful manner and residents can choose between assisted living and memory care, each one tailored to fit an individual’s medical needs. With various floor plans and plenty of amenities to choose from, Brookdale is a pet-friendly place and believes in letting its residents live life to the fullest. Residents can enjoy an in-house arts and crafts studio as well as plenty of outdoor walking trails and gardening corners. Frequent outings to Super Wal-Mart, the Alexandria Mall, the local movie theater and Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center further keep the residents entertained.

Sunrise of Baton Rouge

8502 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge LA 70809
225-424-6331

Sunrise at Baton Rouge is a gorgeous property that offers assisted living, memory care as well as short-term stays. It’s conveniently located near the main medical centers of Baton Rouge and is also close to some of the finest cuisine and shops in town, including the Mall of Louisiana, Bocage Village Shopping Center and Perkins Rowe. Sunrise also offers plenty of resident activities like sporting events, theatrical plays, fine dining and spa trips. Residents can also be part of a quilting club, tai chi classes or a walking club. All to ensure that the residents have something fun to do and enjoy. The facility is completely secure but still allows family members and residents to come and go as they please.

La Plantation

26635 LA Highway 16
Denham Springs, LA 70726
225-667-1484

La Plantation of Louisiana is a beautiful assisted living community that offers plenty of indoor and outdoor common spaces to let its residents interact with each other. The staff remains attentive and awake 24 X 7 to nip any emergencies in the bud. Many residents have often waxed eloquent about the beauty of the grounds with fountains, fish pools, and a beautiful, three-towered fountain in the front that residents can sit around. Residents can choose from studios, one bedroom or two-bedroom apartments though only the two-bedroom ones have ovens.

Brookdale, Lafayette

215 West Farrel Road
Lafayette, LA 70508
337-247-9454

Brookdale Lafayette is located in the exclusive River Ranch neighborhood, close to many shopping centers, like Target, and the area’s major hospitals. The ever-smiling staff offers the best of care be it for assisted living or memory care. Each apartment features amenities such as a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom; an individual temperature control and a kitchenette. There are 80 apartments, all on the ground level. Many apartments also have a patio or large windows overlooking a beautifully landscaped property. Common areas include a lobby, a fireplace, a game area, chapel area, on-site beauty salon, activities room, library and more. Trips for ice cream, performances by the Acadiana Symphony, the local history museum and house-warming parties and holiday celebrations make this a wonderful place indeed.

Park Provence

1925 Possum Hollow Rd
Slidell, LA 70458
985-781-0072

A warm, caring staff with quality assisted living services is what residents get, with the USP of getting only as much help as they actually need so as to be as autonomous as possible. Located alongside a scenic lake surrounded by a walking path and 20 acres of rolling landscape, residents at Park Provence can choose from 82 beautifully appointed live-in suites. There is an entire floor that caters exclusively to memory care. Amenities include an onsite barbershop, nail salon, as well as many enriching and diverse activities to make sure that Park Provence residents are social, active and have fun every day.

Sunrise of Metairie

3732 West Esplanade Ave S
Metairie, LA 70002
504-273-4366

Sunrise at Metairie offers assisted living, memory care, short-term stays as well as coordination of hospice care. The facility is located close to the popular hospitals of the city. Nearby attractions include the National WWII Museum, New Orleans Fairgrounds, French Quarter, casinos and parks. Residents can enjoy the best of New Orleans’ unique culture with the dining featuring local specialties such as fish, shrimp, oysters, crabs, jambalaya, and gumbo. Each resident is encouraged to join in the activities. Common activities include Cajun dancing and steamboat rides on the Mississippi River. Residents are served three nutritious meals daily, and snacks are available 24 X 7. The residents also get monthly visits from a designated wellness nurse. The USP  is individualized care in a comfortable, nurturing environment.

The Arbor & Terrace Communities

4518 Hwy. 80 East
Ruston, LA 71270
318-251-3116

The Arbor & Terrace Communities was remodeled in 2015 and provides as safe an environment as beautiful for its residences. Conveniently located on the highway, residents get easy access to shopping centers, grocery stores, hospitals, banks, and fine restaurants. A friendly and professionally trained staff called the “personal care team” takes care of all the needs of the residents.  Residents are also encouraged to participate in the many diverse activities that the facility plans like bingo, outings to restaurants, shopping malls, museums, community events; exercise classes as well as wine and cheese socials. All residents get monthly birthday parties, movie days, religious services and parties for just about every holiday!

The Terrace of Shreveport

8950 E Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA 71115
318-798-3552

If you are looking for a full range of assisted living services and a warm, friendly staff at Shreveport, then stop your search. Round-the-clock supervision and security, access to professional nurses and emergency call systems make it a haven for those in need of assisted living. Residents get help with daily living and their delicious and nutritious meals are prepared by professional chefs. Residents at The Terrace of Shreveport enjoy an exciting new chapter of life and enjoy many diverse activities that give them a chance to interact with their peers and neighbors. In-room facilities include air conditioning, cable TV, private courtyard or patio, wheel-in or walk-in shower as well as wheelchair access.

Brookdale Bossier City

2540 Beene Blvd
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-550-4512

Brookdale Bossier City in Louisiana offers 84 apartments that include studios and one- and two-bedrooms units, where pets are always welcome. Large walk-in closets and handicapped-accessible showers provide comfort to residents. An in-house beauty shop keeps the residents at their comfortable and fashionable best. Brookdale offers a unique “Optimum Life” approach to its resident activities to tackle all aspects of a resident’s wellness. Be it purpose, emotional, physical, social, spiritual or intellectual. Residents may choose to receive as much or as little help they need. Food wise, they are served a variety of healthy menu options with fresh, regional cuisine. Each resident received a tailor-made solution for their medical and health needs, to make sure they are as comfortable and happy as they could be at home.

 

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas

Why retire in Kansas? Well, it’s what Dorothy called home for starters and went about clicking her red heels to get back to! Seriously though, with a cost of living 12% below national average, the cost of assisted living goes down too; so Kansas becomes a haven for those looking for active but affordable silver years, with wide open spaces, lower than average taxes and a really low unemployment rate as well – a boon for those looking for a second chance at employment in their later years.

The hilly grasslands, bubbling brooks, and plenty hunting trails offer a truly diverse life after retirement and despite a pricey neighborhood or two, Kansas offers so much to anyone looking to move to a great place to spend their silver years in, with its easy pace of living. We bring you the top ten assisted living facilities in Kansas, in random order…

Watercrest at Cherry Creek

8200 E. Pawnee
Wichita, KS  67207
316.684.0905

Fancy Wichita? Famous for being known as the Air Capital of the World, Wichita’s history is tied to aviation manufacturing and is a great place to live in. One great place for assisted living in Wichita is Watercrest at Cherry Creek (earlier known as Carrington) that offers individual climate control, an emergency call system, a secured entrance and plenty of security cameras, warm and lovely patios, balconies and independent kitchens in all apartments, 24-hour nursing staff and a great option to pay month-to-month rent, which is rather affordable too. Situated in a quiet neighborhood but fairly accessible because of its location, Watercrest offers four different floor plans and sizes of apartments to best suit your preferences.

Sedgwick Plaza

2455 North Woodlawn Avenue
Wichita, KS 67220
316.687.3741

Fancy living in a 60s style hotel – the grand ballroom, the fireplace and the ornate chandelier and all? One of the first places in Kansas to be certified as a personal care one, the luxurious apartments at Sedgwick Plaza are spacious, have plenty storage space for your memories and have large windows for you to let in the world. At Sedgwick Plaza, you are free to furnish your apartments at will, and there are plenty of activities organized by the staff for you to socialize with new faces, or hang around with the old ones… Planned exercise sessions, creative arts and crafts and diverse social opportunities such as mocktails hour, movies, bingo, and billiards make this one grand place to live indeed.

Legend at Capital Ridge

1931 SW Arvonia Pl
Topeka, KS 66615
785.272.9400

In native American, Topeka means a good place to dig for potatoes. Green, fertile and gorgeous, Topeka is a wonderful place to retire to, especially if you plan to live at Legend at Capital Ridge – known to be one of warmest assisted living facilities in Topeka. With five distinctive apartment styles that support a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, sink and cabinetry, a large bathroom with endless shower, an emergency call system with speaker response, phone and TV connections as well as individually controlled heating and air conditioning, topped with dog and cat acceptance – this place will provide you all that you dream of when it comes to retirement.

The Homestead Apartments

11800 S. Shannan Street,
Olathe, KS 66062
913.937.8374

Olathe was founded by John T. Barton, who when taken with verbena flowers asked the Shawnee tribe for their name and so the reply came ‘O-lay-thee’ ergo Olathe. The natural beauty of Olathe is stunning, more so if you decide to live at The Homestead Apartment Homes – and they rightly call themselves more of a happy community than just another assisted living facility. Rather affordable to live at, Homestead offers you all the facilities you need and more – all first floor suites with no need for stairs or elevators, three nutritionally balanced meals served daily in the dining room, 24-hour health care and emergency communication, housekeeping and personal laundry and many varied events to suit every taste and background. Topped with a lovely courtyard and lovelier environs.

Brookdale of Emporia

1200 W 12th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801
620.342.1000

Home to Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia was named after ancient Carthage, known for economic prosperity. And if you too want to spend your silver years in the best that Emporia has to offer, think of Brookdale of Emporia (formerly known as Sterling House of Emporia) that not only offers intimate setting to provide access for individuals with limited mobility but plenty outdoor amenities such as patios, raised gardening beds, and walking paths – everything that makes a life lived so much better. Be it the furnishings or the wall treatments, everything is carefully selected to make it one of the best assisted living facilities in the state, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keeps its residents happily occupied.

Victory Hills Retirement Community

1900 N 70th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102
913.299.1166

After a massive renovation, Victory Hills Retirement Community offers plenty amenities like covered parking and storage units and is one place where you can stay in the assisted living (floors two to five) or the independent living apartments (floors six to ten). With 14 apartments on each floor, this is a great place for anyone looking for assisted living with 24-hour nursing care, or independent living with the added comfort of medical aid just a quick call away. For assisted living, the place offers medication management, assistance with ADL’s, doctor’s appointments, weekly housekeeping and days filled with fun activities. They accept small pets as well and are placed near the lovely Painted Hills Golf Course, if you fancy a game…

River Bend by Americare

3820 Broadway Ave
Great Bend, KS 67530
620.603.0775

So Great Bend is another great city in Kansas to think about after retirement with its wetlands, a water park and a really great zoo and a really lovable hometown, old school charm. River Bend by Americare is one of the best assisted living facilities in Great Bend, offering a really active lifestyle for its residents with a morning exercise club, a bridge club for the cards oriented and tons of social entertainment as well – in-house musicians, food galore and incredible entertainment. With eggs, the way you like them for breakfast, plenty of comfort foods and all at affordable prices – think of River Bend as simply the place to be, once you want to live a life of leisure, with medical care a back and call away.

Sunrise at Lenexa

15055 West 87th St Pkwy
Lenexa KS 66215
913.305.5829

If you are looking for a place with pets, how about Sunrise at Lenexa, that has its own dog and cat? With a very homey feel to its exterior and plenty flower beds that also brighten up the interiors, along with the fresh and smiling faces of the staff – Sunrise at Lenexa would feel just like home. Adjacent to a park with a lake and walking paths; and close to Hen House, Walgreens, Legler Barn Museum and multiple other restaurants, shops and houses of worship – Sunrise at Lenexa is wonderfully located to give you the most active life at a price that won’t pinch your pocket! They also boast of a special neighborhood for the memory impaired and basically do everyting they can to improve the life of every resident that decides to live with them.

Brookdale at Liberal Springs

1500 Terrace Ave
Liberal, KS 67901
913.904.0483

Peaceful settings, a restaurant style dining experience that serves home-style meals, plenty of activities to keep you busy, and a staff that tries its best to see a smile on your face, goes towards making Brookdale at Liberal Springs a wonderful living environment. Special events, activities, clubs and many an ongoing cultural enrichment program ensure that all the residents lead a happy social life. Four acres of beautifully landscaped land with gorgeous walking paths, Brookdale is near to the Southwest Medical Center, a rehabilitation facility, as well as shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels, making it a lovely and convenient option for residents and family members as well.  residents.

Waldron Place

1700 E 23rd Ave
Hutchinson, KS 67502
620.860.0302

Waldron Place Assisted Living by Americare is a very peaceful assisted living residence, right next to a hospital and a clinic. It also has the added advantage of being ideally situated near many other medical facilities as well the mall, Wal-Mart, and grocery store. Any and all assistance is provided, letting the residents or “neighbors” live as gracefully as possible, leading as independent or as assisted life as needed. Social events are often organized to encourage people to meet-up with each other, to live full lives and to be as happily active as they can be, in comfortable and beautiful surroundings.