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About Senior Living Communities
Founded in 1989 by CEO Donald O. Thompson Jr., Senior Living Communities is part of Maxwell Group, Inc., a privately held company that specializes in purchasing, developing, and managing healthcare communities. Thompson is also president of Maxwell, which oversees management of Senior Living Communities, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. With full-service levels of care and lifestyle options of independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled-nursing, and home care, Senior Living Communities has nine resident community locations in Indiana, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Ranked 61st of 80 in the Assisted Living Federation of America's 2013 Top Senior Providers, Senior Living Communities boasts 1,650 residents in its communities (as of January of 2013). The philosophy of Senior Living Communities as stated by CEO Thompson is promoting healthy, independent living in a safe, secure environment: "We're able to help people live independently the rest of their life." Innovation in senior living is also of strong value, as the company is partnered with researchers at Wake Forest University, exploring ways to help people live "a longer, safer, and better life."
Specific community amenities and services offered by Senior Living Communities vary depending on residence type and level of care, but sustain exceptionally high standards at each option. Personalization of these amenities and community services is a hallmark of Senior Living Communities. Residents have the worry-free lifestyle that comes from a living option that feels like home, but without the hassles of maintaining and caring for a property. Housekeeping services, routine or necessary maintenance, and safety features, like 24-hour security and fire protection provide peace of mind.
The food is a favorite feature of living at Senior Living Communities. A wide variety of choices is provided on the Executive Chefs' inspired menus in addition to enticing daily specials. Delicious, heart-healthy food is also a selection with a menu that meets the American Heart Association's wellness criteria. Food service is available anytime, so that residents can have restaurant-style meals on their schedules.
Opportunities to socialize are abundant at Senior Living Communities. Parties and special events are packed onto the monthly social calendar. Programming, clubs, and outings are offered that draw residents with similar interests and hobbies. Making new friends and keeping up an active social life is a good way to stay engaged in life and not feel isolated from the community.
Wellness is an overall guiding principle of life at Senior Living Communities. Staying physically healthy is a goal residents can meet with access to the best state-of-the-art exercise classes, instructors, and equipment. Many communities incorporate a heated indoor therapy swimming pool to accommodate water aerobics and other activities.
Believing that pet companionship is another key to a full life, Senior Living Communities welcomes residents to bring their furry or feathered friends when they move in. Pets are a good way to ease the transition of a life-stage move. Safe outdoor areas are provided for walking and spending time with four-legged friends.
To help residents get around to doctor's appointments, shopping at the mall, social visits, or grocery, convenient transportation services are available at the communities. Transportation is regularly scheduled so residents can plan without worry or disruption to their days.
A safe living space is necessary for residents to maintain a sense of security in their surroundings. Emergency call systems and smoke detectors are found in every home and facility, with a responsive staff on duty 24 hours a day. Call buttons are put on bathroom walls to assure help can be accessed in an emergency situation.
Lifestyle Options and Levels of Care
Throughout all the lifestyle choices and levels of care offered at Senior Living Communities, the company philosophy that residents should be as healthy and independent as possible is paramount. The choice of residence and type of care depends on the level of personal assistance and healthcare that's required for each resident's optimal functioning and quality of life. Choices include independent living, assisted living, memory care, or the skilled-nursing center.
Independent living is available in both Cottage Homes and Villa Apartments. If a separate, free- standing style residence is desired, Senior Living Communities' Cottages have floor plans ranging from 1,780 to 2,729 square feet. Full-sized appliances, elevated ceilings and optional sunrooms make these living options both homey and up-to-date. If apartment-style living is more in tune with a resident's new lifestyle, the Villas are a bit more manageable with 700 to 1,400 square feet. Both options are universally designed to provide handicap-accessibility if needed.
Assisted living at Senior Living Communities is located in a gated area with a selection of various floor plans with large living areas. Basic utilities, housekeeping, laundry, and linen service are provided. If residents need assistance with medication management or help with daily living activities like bathing, staff will provide those services.
If a resident has memory impairment and requires a memory care level of service, Senior Living Communities offer private living arrangements, including private baths and an enclosed courtyard for safety. Appropriate "person-centered" programming and care provided by registered nurses and other healthcare staff ensures residents will get the mental stimulation, physical activities and special attention they need.
Skilled Nursing offered by Senior Living Communities allows the community to offer short-term rehabilitation or long-term nursing care to residents. Licensed healthcare professionals with specialty training in more intensive levels of care provide medical services, physical and occupational therapies, and oversight by an on-call Medical Director. Private and semi-private rooms are available, as are table service meals, a wellness center and hair salon onsite.
In addition to the levels of care above offered at Senior Living Communities, a home care program called "Live Long Well Care" provides care in seniors' own homes, allowing them to remain there as long as possible. Staffed by Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and nurses, daily living needs, medication management, post-surgery care, and therapy services are available.
On-Site Programs and Activities
With such an emphasis on wellness, Senior Living Communities offers award-winning clinical and wellness programs for residents. Issues affecting seniors like balance, fall prevention, muscle retention, mental acuity, and overall health are all targeted by this holistic approach. The company's investment in this aspect of senior living extends to providing trained instructors, Wellness Directors onsite, wellness resources, and classes like Pilates for core strength and conditioning.
To underscore Senior Living Communities' commitment to health and wellness in seniors, they have partnered with Wake Forest University and the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging. Their research went into developing the CLIMB program, which focuses on increasing lower body strength and mobility, new approaches to health assessments, and dietary programs targeted to the senior population.
The Wellness Program at Senior Living Communities has won awards for the last three years for various components. The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) bestowed the Best of the Best Award to the company in 2010 for its WAVES program, a water aerobics-centered class designed for memory care residents. In 2011, ALFA again awarded the Best of the Best for the CLIMB program and in 2012 Best of the Best designation went to Senior Living Communities' overall Clinical and Wellness Program.
To better acquaint potential residents with all that Senior Living Communities offers, they invite you to attend one of their "Learn at Lunch" programs. The belief is that while reading brochures and researching senior living options online is helpful, there's nothing like an on-site experience to learn about the community. Offered several times throughout the year, different locations provide a short presentation while inviting you to enjoy lunch and tour the community. An overnight visit can even be arranged.
Senior Living Communities established The Living Well Foundation to financially assist any resident in need. The generosity of families, friends and community partners is invested in tax- deductible contributions to ensure that no residents encountering financial adversity have to leave their Senior Living Community home.
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