Senior Living Reviews

Reviews: Aging With Freedom’s dynamic list of Retirement Community reviews conducted as part of our journey.  

Our Upcoming Wishlist

These senior living communities on our wishlist to visit and review soon. Let us know if there’s a standout candidate in your area as we plan our travels. We’d love to review a senior living community you think merits attention. Share your suggestions in the comments below.

Arizona

Mirabella

Sagewood


California

Altavita Village (Air Force Village West)

Altavita Village, How Not to Crash and Burn (2018)

Burbank Senior Artist Colony

Fountaingrove Lodge

Morningside of Fullerton

The Peninsula Regent

Rancho Mission Viejo

Reata Glen


Colorado

Balfour at Riverfront Park

The Balfour at Riverfront Park: CCRC LifeCast Review (2016)

Balfour at Riverfront Park: Emerging Trends in the News (2015)

Vi at Highlands Ranch


Connecticut

Elim Park

Essex Meadows


Florida

Cypress Lakes

Latitude Margaritaville

Sandhill Cove

The Springs at South Biscayne


Georgia

Lake Vista at Eagle’s Landing

The Marshes at Skidaway Island

Thrive


 Illinois

Plymouth Place

The Admiral at the Lake

The Admiral at the Lake: CCRC LifeCast Review (2015)

The Admiral at the Lake: Emerging Design Trends (2015)

  • RE Journal — The Admiral at the Lake tops-off construction on new facility (2011)

Indiana

Holy Cross Village at Notre Dame

The Barrington of Carmel


Iowa

Deerfield

Deerfield: CCRC LifeCast Review (2015)

Deerfield: Uneven Hospitality (2015)

Green Hills

Green Hills: CCRC LifeCast Review (2015)


Kansas

Ranch House

Village Shalom


Maryland

Symphony Village


Massachusetts

Brooksby Village


Michigan

 Sunset Manor & Villages


Minnesota

Cardigan Ridge

Cherry Pointe of Minnetonka

Ecumen Seasons

Edgewood

Harmony River

Keystone of Eagan

Keystone of Prior Lake

North Ridge

Rivers, The: CCRC LifeCast Review

Shores of Lake Phalen, The

Sterling Pointe

Trillium Woods


New Hampshire

Kendal at Hanover

Riverwoods Durham

  • Union Leader — Meeting a growing demand: Affiliation of 2 retirement communities will add benefits for residents (2016)

Silver Square


New York

Crotona Senior

Fountaingate Gardens

Fox Run Orchard Park

Ingersoll Senior

Inspir Carnegie Hill

Jefferson’s Ferry

Kendal on Hudson

Peconic Landing

Plainview

The Amsterdam at Harborside

The Knolls, a Bethel Community


North Carolina

Croasdaile Village

Pine Forest Plantation


Ohio

Fairlawn Rehab & Nursing Center

Ganzhorn Suites

Judson Retirement Communities

Otterbein

Spruce Creek Fly-In


Oklahoma

Heartwood Commons Tulsa

The Ranch


Oregon

RoseVilla

Rose Villa : Emerging Design Trends (2015)

Village Green Retirement Campus


Pennsylvania

The Crossings at West Shore

Cathedral Village

Kendal at Longwood

Kendal at Longwood: Experiences Life at a Continuing Care Retirement Community Book Review (2015)

Scarlet Oaks

Sycamore Springs


South Carolina

Ridge at Chukker Creek

Tennessee

The Heritage at Brentwood

The Heritage at Brentwood: CCRC LifeCast Review (2015)

The Heritage: First Impressions Matter (2015)


Texas

Edgemere

Mirador

Presbyterian Village North

Querencia at Barton Creek

The Stayton at Museum Way


Virgina

Lucy Corr Village


Washington

Emerald Heights

Franke Tobey Jones

Judson Park

Judson Park: Des Moines, WA

Judson Park: Community Wellness with Mission

Timber Ridge at Talus


Wisconsin

Cottages at Cedar Run

Cottages at Cedar Run: Emerging Design Trends (2015)

Saint John’s on the Lake




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  1. Amid the housing downturn, many CCRCs saw occupancy rates drop because prospective residents had trouble selling their homes.

    • You are so right. CCRCs are like other real estate investments, illiquid, especially in an economic downturn or difficult real estate market. And the finances of CCRCs are dependent upon high occupancy rates. Most new residents have to sell their existing home to afford the typical CCRC buy-in. (CCRC buy-ins are often priced so as to closely match the average home value of the target customer.) When existing homes aren’t selling, people aren’t moving into CCRCs. Inability to get new residents can be brutal on a facility’s finances. Several bankruptcies resulted from the 2008 financial crisis. New facilities that couldn’t sell out were hurt. Even some existing facilities were hit hard. But certainly not all. This is why it’s so important to get it right the first time when buying into a CCRC. Financial stability is an important consideration, but financial stability is a function of success in creating a community that attracts new residents year-after-year. A rule of thumb is an occupancy rate greater than 90% is good. Waiting lists to get into a preferred community speak volumes. Moving into the wrong CCRC is very costly. The right one supports successful aging and social engagement. They can be the perfect antidote to the loneliness of aging in place. But the wrong one can be a disaster, both financially and emotionally.

  2. Yes, I think so. CCRCs resemble other land speculations, illiquid, particularly in a monetary downturn or troublesome land showcase. Furthermore, the funds of CCRCs are reliant upon high inhabitance rates. Most new occupants need to pitch their current home to manage the cost of the ordinary CCRC purchase in. I really appreciate this point.

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  4. Wow it’s amazing blog & informative. Thanks

  5. Locating the best sort of elderly care assistance you need but also helps you stay informed about your loved ones care. Utilizing the latest and greatest in technology to keep you involved and educated from the selection of a caregiver to paying them. Its a great read such blog that caring for elderly parents needs.

    • Thank you, Julie. It is also helpful to know who the leaders are in this industry and make plans for your own future needs. Know what to look for, know your options, and don’t settle!

  6. I put my 99 year of Mom in Freedom Village after visiting several other assisted living facilities. Mom is alert and active, and is only hampered by a wheel chair. I have actually stayed with her so I got to see all shifts and all personnel. I am more than satisfied with FV. Very caring staff and directors. Everyone accommodates Mom’s every need. They have activities appropriate to the age group daily, from sing-a-longs, to bingo, to mental acuity games, to picnics, to movies. Their Rehab center is terrific. Many of the residents I have talked to say it’s better than the ones the went to before entering FV. The price is a bit high, but it includes everything. You are guaranteed the monthly rate for life. And because it is a Brookdale community, you can transfer to any other community in the nation without any extra costs! I’ve read some of the negative comments on this page and disagree heartily. If they want better, they certainly spend a lot more and find bigger rooms and gourmet food elsewhere.

  7. This is so true especially for moms! We have to look after ourselves though because for many of us if we do get ill everything in the home seems to fall down. At least that’s how I see it.

    • Good insight, Michael! We do need to be planners and be ready with an action plan. Researching and understanding both the senior living industry and this phase of our life is a good start!

  8. If you opt for professional care, your parent will likely ask to stay in their current home. While this can be one of the most expensive end of life care options, there are many services that can make in-home care a pleasant experience for both you and your parent.

  9. it is the best way to pay back and gives our parents what they had given us when we were little.

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