How to Choose Assisted Living for Someone with Disabilities

Here’s a startling statistic: by 2020, the number of seniors is projected to outnumber children worldwide. By 2050, one-fifth of the total U.S. population will be 65+. Those 85 or older will be the fastest-growing segment over the next few decades.

For many elders, life on a day-to-day basis is challenging. More than half of the “oldest old” (those 85+) are dealing with at least four chronic diseases, and 25 percent have more than six.

As the senior wave grays the globe, there is a corresponding surge in the number of elderly people who need assistance with their ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). But how do you know whether someone is “disabled” — and if their plan to age in place is no longer viable?

Defining “Disability”

Disability changes the landscape of senior living options. Below are the primary parameters researchers with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services use to define “disability” in the elderly. Consider these points a guide to help determine if your loved one may be disabled, or becoming disabled:

  1. Ability to manage 5 core ADLs: bathing, dressing, using the toilet, transferring from bed to chair, and feeding oneself.
  2. Ability to manage daily life tasks, known as Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, or IADLs. IADLs include:
    1. preparing meals
    2. taking medications properly
    3. grocery shopping
    4. housework
    5. managing money.

Many elderly individuals do not require assistance in core ADLs, but cannot perform these IADLs without occasional or ongoing help.

  1. Cognitive functioning. Some seniors, including those with Alzheimer’s disease, may be physically capable of performing ADL and/or IADL activities, but should not be allowed to perform them independently because of their cognitive impairments, which impede their ability to handle these tasks safely and accurately. In other words: if a senior with dementia is cooking her own meals, she may leave the stove on and accidentally set the house on fire.
  2. Impaired in an ADL, but able to perform the task with the aid of an assistive device, e.g., getting to the bathroom with the aid of a walker, or climbing into the bathtub with the aid of a grab bar.

Measuring disability is therefore not a straightforward matter. Some elders require the active assistance of another person to perform an activity; they absolutely can’t do it on their own. Others may be able to perform an activity with difficulty, but just need someone nearby in case they require assistance.

The most common approach, per the Department of Health & Human Services, is to define someone as disabled in an ADL if he or she requires the help of another person to perform the activity. Thus, elders who can manage on their own with assistive devices are generally not considered to be disabled.

How to Select the Right Assisted Living Facility

An Assisted Living community may be the answer for a senior with disabilities, because it can provide the degree of help needed, allowing the resident to maintain as much independence as possible. A residential care home might be another good option, especially if the home specializes in serving seniors with disabilities and is equipped to provide the level of care your loved one needs. The smaller, homey atmosphere can be very soothing for someone with dementia or other cognitive impairment.

When considering an assisted living facility or residential care home for an elder with disabilities, be sure to address the following ten questions:

  • Is the facility clean and odor-free?
  • Are the residents well groomed?
  • Do residents seem happy?
  • Are caregivers and employees engaged with the residents? Do they seem to like their work?
  • Are caregivers trained to meet the special needs of people with the disabilities my loved one has?
  • Who administers medication and attends to urgent medical needs?
  • What types of training do caregivers and other employees receive?
  • Ask to see a resident’s room or apartment. Is the space clean, and in good condition?
  • Are the common areas — kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, guest rooms — clean and well maintained?
  • Are family members and residents encouraged to stay connected?

Financial Help for Elders and the Disabled

A non-profit organization known as Elderly or Disabled Living (EDL) is a housing help service that assists seniors or people who are disabled (an applicant doesn’t need to be both) with paying a portion of their bills. Because it is a private charity, there are no waitlists or special requirements. is open to all U.S. citizens on an equal basis. An applicant may only receive financial assistance once per year, and is welcome to reapply at any time if they are not selected.


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

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.

Click here to contact us now to see if Brandywine Living may be right for you.

Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater

565 Easton Turnpike
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807

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…

Click here to contact us now to see if Avalon Assisted Living at Bridgewater may be right for you.

The Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence

350 Demott Lane
Somerset, New Jersey 08873

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.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Martin and Edith Stein Assisted Living Residence may be right for you.

The Renaissance

192 Highway 79
Marlboro Township, New Jersey 07746

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.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Renaissance may be right for you.

Branch Brook Park Manor

212 Clifton Ave
Newark, New Jersey 07104

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.

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Canterbury Village

33 Mount Pleasant Ave
West Orange, New Jersey 07052

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.

Click here to contact us now to see if Canterbury Village may be right for you.

Care One

68 Passaic Ave
Livingston, New Jersey 07039

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.

Click here to contact us now to see if Care One may be right for you.

Horizon Manor North

73 Overlook Rd
Montclair, New Jersey 07043

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.

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Juniper Village

500 Southern Blvd
Chatham Township, New Jersey 07928

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.

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Brighton Gardens of Mountainside

1350 US-22
Mountainside, New Jersey 07092

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.

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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 Nevada

Nevada is a low-tax paradise with no tax on income, social security or retirement exemptions so naturally, it becomes a haven for retirees with limited means. There are no taxes on estate or inheritance either. This state is also a boon for those looking for arid, dry and sunny climates and of course, a bit of gambling on the side. The cost of living is slightly lower than the US average, and settlements are few and far between since most of the state is covered in desolate wilderness – there’s the Mojave Desert in the south and the Great Basin in the North. That said, it is one of the fastest growing states in the US and retirees have been moving in cities like Reno, Henderson, Carson City and Gardnerville. If Nevada sounds just perfect for you to retire in, here the top ten assisted living facilities in it, in random order.

Merrill Gardens

2910 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy
Henderson, Nevada 89052

Merrill Gardens is a beautiful campus with meandering walking trails, lawn games, and activities and even a chance at private gardening. There are plenty floor plans and kitchen facilities for residents to choose from, depending on their needs and personal choice. A dedicated and caring 24X7 staff – Merrill Gardens lets its seniors and their families decide as to what kind of care it is they need. So residents are free to live as independently as they like; or ask for as much help as they require. Facilities include a computer room, a fitness area, beauty salon as well as plenty of arranged for tours and socials for residents to live a full and happy life in their silver years, in the beautiful peace of Henderson.

Click here to contact us now to see if Merrill Gardens may be right for you.

Morning Star Senior Living

2360 Wingfield Hills Rd
Sparks, Nevada 89436

Morning Star at Sparks offers 128 bright suites for independent living, 80 for assisted living and the Reflections Neighborhood offers 32 secure suites for individualized, specialized care of those with memory impairment caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The décor is tasteful and yet practical to navigate, and there are plenty of dining choices for the residents including private dining for intimate meals, a bistro and a dining room with restaurant-style served meals. Facilities include a theater with Wii, a billiards game room, library, salon, and a spa bath as well as raised garden beds for ease of gardening. Various wellness and fitness programs, as well as social activities, keep the resident physically, mentally and emotionally satisfied.

Click here to contact us now to see if Morning Star at Sparks may be right for you.

The Cascades of the Sierra

275 Neighborhood Way,
Spanish Springs, Nevada 89441

With a beautiful name, The Cascades of the Sierra offers breathtaking views of the Sierra foothills and a healthy lifestyle for those in their silver years wanting to live healthy and happy. Free weekly manicures, an indoor pool, an arts-and-craft studio, plenty of outings and socials including wine and cheese tastings, ice cream socials and lunches outside twice a month make life at the Cascades one big happy adventure. This assisted living facility also offers plenty educational and enrichment opportunities for residents to enjoy life in their silver years – be it learning a language, or maybe even a computer class or even take part in more outdoorsy activities such as skiing, hiking or biking.

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The Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care Community

2200 E Long St,
Carson City, Nevada 89706

The Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care Community is a Five Star Senior Living property, that offers assisted living services support for those in their silver years seniors who can no longer live on their own safely yet also do not require complex, round-the-clock medical care. The caring staff makes sure that the resident receives full privacy and dignity, and offers them friendly assistance with the activities of daily living, such as personal care, transportation, and medication reminders – depending on how much is needed. The Lodge also offers Lifestyle360, a holistic wellness program that makes sure that the residents get intellectual, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual care to make sure that they thrive, no matter their age or fitness.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Lodge may be right for you.

Brookdale Northwest

5165 Summit Ridge Ct,
Reno, Nevada 89523

Tucked away in a secluded and serene location that is conveniently close to the highway as well as many hospitals, restaurants, banks, and departmental stores – the Brookdale Northwest is a beautiful place for retirees and seniors to spend their silver years in. With tailor made plans to suit both those who require assisted living and those who need memory care, the staff at Brookdale works tirelessly to ensure that all its residents live in comfort since they discuss all likes and dislikes with all future residents and their families. Living at Brookdale is like re-living your glory days – where you can sit together with your “gang” in the cafeteria or living room, play card games, board games, tell stories, share secrets and simply talk for hours. As they describe it, it’s like living with a family of friends!

Click here to contact us now to see if Brookdale Northwest may be right for you.

Prestige Senior Living at Mira Loma

2520 Wigwam Pkwy,
Henderson, Nevada 89074

A lovely two-story building, Prestige Senior Living at Mira Loma is nestled in Henderson teeming with lush, green paths and courtyards to spend time with nature. Close to the very famous Las Vegas Strip, Lake Mead as well as Red Rock Canyon, Prestige offers spacious studio, one or two-bedroom apartments that are filled with the warmth of the Nevada sun. Close to local shopping areas, recreational activities, and with myriad activities and life-enrichment programming – the staff at Prestige make sure that the residents never run out of recreational and educational opportunities, or simple wholesome fun. A wellness program called Celebrations is in place, so designed for seniors to live life to the fullest with an on-site activity bus to escort residents to medical appointments, special shopping or personal errands.

Click here to contact us now to see if Prestige Senior Living at Mira Loma may be right for you.

Lakeview Terrace of Boulder City

180 Ville Dr,
Boulder City, Nevada 89005

With the glitzy glamor of Las Vegas just a hop, skip and a jump away, Lakeview Terrace of Boulder City is a beautifully located assisted living community, surrounded by the natural beauty of Lake Mead and the grandeur of the mountains. The community is pet-friendly and comes with all utilities, including free telephone, wireless internet, and cable. The Live Well Wellness program makes sure that the seniors at Lakeview get balance fitness, cognitive fitness, nutrition, and regular wellness evaluations so that their silver years are as problem-free as possible. With an onsite salon, private mailboxes as well as scheduled transportation including for road trips and excursions and the Life Enrichment program that includes lifelong learning, entertainers, spiritual enrichment as well as a fantastic gathering of life stories – Lakeview can be the perfect home for your silver years.

Click here to contact us now to see if Lakeview Terrace of Boulder City may be right for you.

The Bridge at Paradise Valley

2205 East Harmon Avenue,
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

If you combine the luxury of retirement living with the comfort of your home, and pepper it with the spicy glamor of Las Vegas – you get The Bridge at Paradise Valley. Resort-style services and amenities coupled with caring and a dedicated staff make sure that all the residents live independently but get all the care that they need and so rightfully deserve. They also work closely with Life Care Center of South Las Vegas, and offer a continuum-of-care campus that includes assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services all in one location which basically means that once you decide to make The Bridge your home, you never need to leave the campus even if your medical conditions or health needs change.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Bridge at Paradise Valley may be right for you.

Willow Creek at Buffalo

3351 N Buffalo Dr,
Las Vegas, Nevada 89129

Willow Creek Memory Care at Buffalo offers many choices in independent living, assisted living, memory care (including Alzheimer’s and dementia care), respite care, and even senior day care. Founded in 1997, Willow Creek is family owned and operated and has all that people in their silver years would need to live their lives with dignity and grace. Activity lounges and sitting areas encourage socialization and creativity while enclosed courtyards encourage the resident to garden and simply enjoy the fresh air. An open, airy, and home-like residence, spacious decorated companion suites and secured environment and exits for safety. Other amenities include health monitoring and coordination with the physician, medication management, safety checks as well as activities such as aromatherapy, art therapy, and any engaging excursions.

Click here to contact us now to see if Willow Creek at Buffalo may be right for you.

Heritage Springs

8720 W Flamingo Rd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89147

A resort-styled senior living community in sunny Las Vegas with the view of glowing casinos from many apartments, Heritage Springs is where residents look forward to every day – living their lives with dignity, happiness, and a forward-looking spirit. The Red Rock Mountains are nearby for the nature lovers but so is the Las Vegas Speedway for those with a need for speed. You can travel around the area or use the endless socializing opportunities that Heritage Springs provided like exercise, games, watching a movie, or simply relaxing. Amenities include three restaurant-style meals plus snacks, weekly housekeeping service, an exercise room and beauty salon as well as self-controlled heating and air conditioning…

Click here to contact us now to see if Heritage Springs may be right for you.



Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Iowa

Love the changing seasons? Iowa might just be the perfect place for you to spend your latter days of life in, for when it comes to weather, Iowa enjoys all four seasons and each come splendidly dressed in natural beauty. Iowa is also considered a safe state and its low crime rate that’s below the national average makes it an ideal place to retire in. A lower cost of living, healthy housing rates and tax exemptions for the seniors also make it an attractive proposition, as does its low traffic and some 80+ assisted living facilities to choose from.

To make it easier for you in your search for the best assisted living facilities in Iowa, we’ve listed 10 of the best and most rated assisted living facilities in Iowa, in random order.

Edencrest at Riverwoods

2210 East Park Avenue,
Des Moines, IA 50320

One facility that basically lets you choose and be billed for the ADLs that you need help for, letting you manage the rest on your own – the Edencrest at Riverwoods, Des Moines is a beautiful single-storied property that takes away the hassle of stairs as well. Beautiful walking paths, attentive and caring staff that never says no as well special memory care gardens with fenced walking paths make Edencrest at Riverwoods a great place for assisted as well as memory care living.

Click here to contact us now to see if Edencrest at Riverwoods may be right for you.

Bickford, Sioux City

4020 Indian Hills Drive,
Sioux City, IA 51108

Bickford Senior Living promises a personal touch to assisted living and this probably sprung from the fact that its seeds were laid when the Bickford family matriarch herself was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and needed assisted living – unhappy with the choices around, the Bickford family set up their trademark Enriching Happiness, under which they run many Bickford branches, with 13 branches in Iowa itself and they run the home like a family with plenty social events and gathering to keep you entertained in your silver years.

Click here to contact us now to see if Bickford Senior Living may be right for you.

Oaknoll Retirement Residence

1 Oaknoll Court,
Iowa City, IA 52246

One great thing about Oaknoll is the fixed price system – you pay for staying there regardless of how much help you need or don’t need with your ADLs or even nursing facilities. So your cost of living never goes up, even when your age or health demands extra care – so this is one facility great for those with fixed incomes. Oaknoll also boasts a pool, movie theater, spa, and salon as well as a library and a café so it manages to provide with all the creature comforts dear to you, without having to go far to get them.

Click here to contact us now to see if Oaknoll Retirement Residence may be right for you.

Vintage Hills at Prairie Trails

1275 SW State Street,
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

Whilst this is a retirement community that offers assisted living, memory care, and even short recuperative stays, the feel of the place is more country club than retirement home as is the case with all Watermark retirement properties. Vintage Hills encourages its residents to stay active with their hobbies and helps them discover new interests with dozens of monthly classes, concerts, outings and events, including Watermark University mind and body fitness classes as well. Delicious meals, a caring staff and beautiful environs in the town of Ankeny make this an ideal place to live out the silver years.

Click here to contact us now to see if Vintage Hills at Prairie Trails may be right for you.

Silvercrest Garner Farms

1575 W 53rd St,
Davenport, IA 52806

A Dial retirement community, the rather well-reviewed Silvercrest Garner Farms is an excellent retirement home for it tailor-makes solutions for you, as do the other Iowa branches of Dial retirement, depending on your level of activity, your interests and passions as well as the amount of care you need. Be it independent living or assisted one, Silvercrest offers you an active lifestyle in the beautiful environs of Davenport. The management looks forward to its residents’ suggestions and does its best to implement and introduce all that is needed for anyone to live out their glory days at.

Click here to contact us now to see if Silvercrest Garner Farms may be right for you.

Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Hill

601 Hawthorne, Crossing Drive SE
Bondurant, IA 50035

With a no-limit weekly laundry, a complimentary suite for visitors, 39 beautiful apartments that offer varying space and a staff that truly wants to make its residents feel at home; the Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Hill is a beautiful retirement home that offers independent or assisted living as well as memory care and rehabilitation services. A restaurant-style of dining along with weekly fitness and social activities, group outings and weekly shopping trips – Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Hill thinks of everything you may need and already provided for it.

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The Waterford at Ames

1325 Coconino Road, Suite 300
Ames, IA 50014

Most residents would describe Waterford as an affordable luxury for it provides spacious apartments with facilities like beauticians, a whirlpool spa, a library, video games in the activity room and basic amenities such as wheelchair access, step-in showers, and individual climate control! Plenty of fun activities ensures that the residents maintain an active life, be it physically, mentally and even socially – proving that life after 60 is as full of vigor as it is before 60 too! Individually tailored care plans also mean that each resident can get as much or as little help as is needed.

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Park Centre Newton

500 First St. North,
Newton, Iowa, 50208

In November 2015, Park Centre was chosen “Favorite Assisted Living” by the readers of the Newton Daily News and with brands like Golden Trails assisted living, Garden View memory care, Cheerful Lane and South Sunset Place long-term skilled nursing care, Cardinal Lane short-term rehabilitation services – it’s no wonder that this place has been awarded many a time for being the best there is in assisted living. Facilities include state-of-the-art fitness center, wellness classes, personal training, swim spa, library, game room, art studio, woodworking shop, and guest suites.

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Deerfield Retirement Community

13731 Hickman Road,
Urbandale, IA 50323

With a new $9 million construction and redevelopment plan that’s well underway, the Deerfield Retirement Community will now soon boast of a new Multipurpose Center as well as spruce up the dining room, entryway, living room, hallways, and corridors. And it already as 46 acres of paths meant to meander or jog, walk hand in hand or simply get your bearings at. With plenty of activities and restaurant-style dining and a location that central in Des Moines, this Lifespace Community may just be perfect for your assisted living and retirement needs.

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Walnut Ridge

1701 Campus Drive,
Clive, IA 50325

Close to Clive’s library, Mercy West Health clinic and all the shopping of Clive; Walnut Ridge offers the plenty choices to suit your lifestyle with amenities like heated parking as well as a car wash bay, a café, a salon, on-site banking as well as an indoor health and fitness center. The building itself is huge and has a more collegian dorm feel than a retirement home and you can also enjoy walking or cycling at the adjacent city park. With plenty of green areas and a staff that smiles while they work, Walnut Ridge in Clive is one place that also lets your guests stay over in suites.

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