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Best of St. Louis Senior Living 2016

You want the best for yourself when it comes to long-term care, and if you have an elderly family member the decision might fall on your shoulders. In order to help you choose the best facilities, has created a list of the top-rated facilities across the country based on reviews from family members and residents of each community. You can find more about the award criteria here and you can find some of the award-winning facilities in St. Louis in the guide below.

Assisted Living

Assisted living communities are for seniors that need help with daily activities like bathing, eating, and getting dressed, but are otherwise independent. These facilities also offer activities and time for leisure.

Tesson Heights offers customized care plans for each resident so they can get the amount of assistance they need each day. There are studio, one, and two-bedroom apartments available to choose from and the floor plans for each are flexible, so they can be personalized for the needs of each resident and the facility is located near a hospital for peace of mind. Tesson Heights offers a variety of recreational activities, entertainment opportunities, and fitness classes as well as a transportation service.

Reviewers and residents appreciate that the facility has been recently remodeled, the staff was friendly, and there were a variety of health care professionals available. One son wrote to say, “Mom recently moved to Tesson Heights. They have outstanding nursing managers Rick and Latoya. Mom really didn’t want to leave home. Latoya was so nice when she came to visit before the move and made mom comfortable enough to give it a try.”

Garden Villas South has fully equipped apartments for their residents so you can have a certain level of independence as well as get the assistance you need from staff. There is a weekly maid service, assistance with personal grooming and menu planning, medication reminders, and a 24-hour emergency alert system. Residents can also take advantage of the elegant dining rooms, putting green, health club, and indoor pool.

Many visitors and residents are impressed with the clean facility, friendly staff, and the delicious meals. One resident even wrote, “Please excuse the delay in replying- I’m too busy enjoying myself! From the very top of the administration and all the way descending to the bus servers at food service, the term I would use for each of them is fabulous!”

Brookdale Creve Coeur has a variety of living options from independent to assisted living to caregiver services. Located near downtown St. Louis, Creve Coeur offers transportation services, 24-hour emergency alert service, salon services, complimentary laundry facilities, and general store and cafe. They are also a pet-friendly facility and have community dining rooms, wellness centers, and arts and crafts facilities.

Most people like that it is clean and the food services are excellent. Many families enjoy that there is a guest suite so they can stay and visit with their loved ones. “What impressed me was how engaged the residents were, how engaged the staff I encountered during my visit were with residents, and, frankly, the building itself.” wrote one visitor.

Richmond Terrace is a Lutheran assisted living community that offers large apartments for a little independence and daily assistance with tasks like medication administration, and personal care. There is a senior fitness specialist on staff that creates weekly activities for the resident as well as health care services, housekeeping services, transportation services, and a faith-inspired community with a non-denominational chaplain.

Residents and visitors alike enjoyed that both the indoor and outdoor areas were well-maintained and the staff was friendly and attentive. A family member said, “Clean facility; friendly staff; bright atmosphere; good indoor and outdoor places to sit and visit. Very welcoming.”

Independent Living

Independent living facilities allow seniors to live in their own homes and connect with their peers, enjoy their retirement years, and indulge in resort-like amenities without having to worry about maintaining their homes.

Tower Grove Manor is located right in the heart of St. Louis and has a lot to offer its residents. Amenities include real estate assistance to help you sell your home before you move into Tower Grove Manor, fitness classes like Tai Chi, wellness checks including blood pressure readings, visits from the public library bookmobile, speakers on various topics related to seniors, and church services on Sunday. They also offer day trips and regular excursions around St. Louis and Missouri.

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming as described by most residents and the staff cares for all the needs of each resident. One brother wrote, “We’re very satisfied with Tower Grove Manor. My brother is very pleased to be there. The staff is professional and reliable.”

Tesson Heights (see Assisted Living above) also has an award for their independent living community. They are near a wide variety of shopping and entertainment venues so you can find exactly what you would like.

Garden Villas South (see Assisted Living above) has their own independent living community within their facility so you can enjoy all the amenities without the daily assistance, if it isn’t needed.

Senior Apartments & In-Home Care

Senior apartments are retirement communities that allow you to live in your own home with neighbors that are in your age group. In-home care allows you to get the health care you need within the comfort of your own house.

McCormack House is a retirement community with 89-units featuring either a one or two-bedroom apartment. This community is for seniors 62 and older and offers community amenities like a meal service, fitness center, community room, and 24-hour maintenance. You can also find apartments here that are wheelchair accessible and have high ceilings.

Many residents liked the location of these apartments as well as how clean and well-maintained the property was. “We love it. The property is so neat and clean. The staff are so wonderful. They had a great reputation. This was at the top of our list.” one resident wrote.

Synergy Homecare is an in-home care service that offers caregiver respite, recovery assistance, care management, daily care tasks, and companionship. You can also get live-in care or 24-hour assistance if needed.

Users appreciated that even though there were different caregivers, the care they got was consistent and cheerful. One sister wrote, “Taking care of my sister involved hard and sometimes dirty work. All of it was undertaken without complaint and completed efficiently.”

You can find the entire list of the Best of 2016 Senior Living Awards here.

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