What Makes an Excellent Senior Living Community?

What Makes an Excellent Senior Living Community?

Choosing a senior living community is one of your most important life decisions. Things like location, care services and range of amenities offered are all important details that should be taken seriously before making a decision.

Not all communities are created equal, and each is different in its own way. However, there are a few quality traits that can make a senior living community stand above the rest.

Personalized, Professional Care

A well-trained staff that treats each resident properly is perhaps the most important factor that separates a quality community from a lesser one. A professional staff that cares for the men and women living in their community creates a welcoming atmosphere that can lead to better health and higher quality of life for residents.


Safety is important when selecting a senior living community. Residents need to feel safe at all times. Are the proper doors always locked? Is someone on duty 24 hours a day? What is the protocol for an after-hours medical emergency? Questions like these matter for residents’ peace of mind.

Friends, Not Neighbors

Residents should feel that they are part of a community, not just sharing space with strangers. A quality community should feel like a club where people interact with one another daily, having fun and forming relationships. That’s why we offer our Vibrant Life® program, designed to optimize health and well-being by promoting a culture filled with joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors, and abundant opportunities to connect with family, friends and the local community.


Staying active is critical for seniors to keep their minds and bodies engaged. A quality community will have at least one fun activity each day of the week that will get its residents up and moving to stimulate both the mind and body. Communities should also have access to games, sports or other activities residents can enjoy at their leisure. Our Vibrant Life® program emphasizes an active and adventurous lifestyle for residents.

Nutritious, Good-Tasting Food

Communities that care about the food they serve and cook with quality ingredients will keep residents healthy and living the lifestyles they want. Our communities’ culinary directors are committed to providing superior dining experiences for our residents. We source local and regional ingredients when possible, offer varied menu selections and flexible dining schedules, and make meals an occasion to socialize. Dining at your community should feel and taste as though you’re at a quality restaurant.

We hope this list helps you when you start looking for a senior living community. Prepare a list of questions and concerns to address when taking tours. Take the time to explore the entire community, and talk to current residents about their experience. Last, ask if you can attend the community’s next member event.