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Senior housing types near Bristol, VA

  • Elmcroft of Bristol

    Elmcroft of Bristol

    826 Meadowview Rd, Bristol, TN 37620
    (3)
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    Elmcroft of Bristol is located in one of Tennessee’s most charming and naturally beautiful hometowns. Residents enjoy our peaceful setting and friendly memory care and assisted living community, and appreciate the professional care and attention to their needs and interests. Here, senior residents...

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  • Brookdale Bristol

    Brookdale Bristol

    1 Liberty Place, Bristol, VA 24201
    (5)
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    Customized Care Plans Moving into an independent and assisted living community may not be a simple decision, but when you meet our friendly team here in Bristol, Virginia, you may find yourself quickly falling in love with the idea. Nestled on a scenic hill overlooking the city, you can admire...

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  • Dominion Senior Living Bristol

    Dominion Senior Living Bristol

    425 Shelby Lane, Bristol, TN 37620
    (5)
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    Dominion Senior Living is an assisted living community located in Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee conveniently off Volunteer Parkway and is easily accessible to counties in Tennessee and North Carolina, alike. Though we are simple to locate, our campus maintains the feel of being nestled away...

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  • Cherry Springs Village

    Cherry Springs Village

    358 Clear Creek Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792
    (2)
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    Cherry Springs Village is an assisted living community located in Hendersonville, NC. Hendersonville is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is the perfect mountain getaway. Cherry Springs Village combines the comforts of home with security of knowing there's always a helping hand. It's a cozy,...

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  • Brockford Inn Assisted Living

    Brockford Inn Assisted Living

    56 N Highland Ave, Granite Falls, NC 28630
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    Brockford Inn has been providing elder care to our local community for over 40 years. Our staff has an equal amount of experience working with the geriatric population suffering from dementia, mental challenges, and being homeless. We are a family owned company, located in Granite Falls, NC. Our...

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  • Cleveland House

    Cleveland House

    950 Hardin Dr, Shelby, NC 28150
    (2)
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    Whether for you or a loved one, Cleveland House offers a caring atmosphere, an active community, and a comfortable, secure lifestyle for our residents. At Cleveland House, each member of our community enjoys the opportunity to 'live life their way'. Our valued residents enjoy assistance when...

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  • LaurelHurst & LaurelWoods

    LaurelHurst & LaurelWoods

    1064 West Mills St., Columbus, NC 28722
    (8)
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    Experience lodge-like living while soaking up gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at LaurelHurst. From thoughtfully designed one- and two-bedroom floor plans to the world-class services and myriad recreational and social opportunities, residents may just find that we have thought of...

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  • Elmcroft of Johnson City

    Elmcroft of Johnson City

    406 E Mountain View Rd, Johnson City, TN 37601
    (5)
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    Elmcroft of Johnson City is a peaceful and intimate memory care and assisted living community in one of Tennessee’s top ten best places to live. We provide senior residents the independence they desire and the professional assisted living care that makes a difference – including for those with...

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  • Forest Ridge

    Forest Ridge

    151 Village Park Drive, West Jefferson, NC 28694
    (3)
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    Forest Ridge is an assisted living community for people suffering from dementia in West Jefferson, Ashe County, North Carolina. The picturesque home is at the foot of Mount Jefferson and provides the best views of the awesome physical features in Ashe County. The center is conveniently located close...

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  • Rose Glen Manor

    Rose Glen Manor

    240 Independence Ave, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
    (3)
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    Whether for you or a loved one, Rose Glen Manor offers a caring atmosphere, an active community, and a comfortable, secure lifestyle for our residents. At Rose Glen Manor, each member of our community enjoys the opportunity to 'live life their way'. Our valued residents enjoy assistance when...

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  • Brookdale Kingsport

    Brookdale Kingsport

    2424 North John B Dennis Highway, Kingsport, TN 37660
    (9)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    An Elevated Lifestyle If you want to wake up each morning knowing the burdens of everyday life are off your plate, then our assisted living community in Kingsport, Tennessee might just be the place for you. Tucked on a hilltop with beautiful views of East Tennessee, this community gives you...

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  • Elmcroft of Kingsport

    Elmcroft of Kingsport

    901 Teasel Dr, Kingsport, TN 37660
    (14)
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    Christmas in June! Lease by June 30 and enjoy a rent-free December.* See our Sales Director for details. On a daily basis, residents of Elmcroft of Kingsport experience the natural beauty throughout the foothills of the Smoky and Appalachian Mountains. Spectacular area parks offer endless...

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  • Brookdale Colonial Heights

    Brookdale Colonial Heights

    400 Professional Park Drive, Kingsport, TN 37663
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Do you want to redefine what it means to be independent? When you move into our assisted living and memory care community in Kingsport, Tennessee, you can experience just that. Because we take care of all the cooking, cleaning, laundry and other household chores, you suddenly get a whole lot of...

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  • Mars Hill Retirement

    Mars Hill Retirement

    170 South Main St, Mars Hill, NC 28754
    (7)
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    Mars Hill Retirement Community is a special place! With 56 apartments, our community sets a higher standard for spacious Assisted Living. Apartments range from Studios to Two Bedrooms. Our goal has been to be as residential oriented as possible as an Assisted Living Community. The community will be...

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  • Brookdale East Broad

    Brookdale East Broad

    2441 East Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28625
    (6)
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    Redefined Independence and Country Senior Living Your search for the right senior living solution might just be over. We’re a high-quality assisted living community in Statesville, North Carolina. Located in Iredell County, Statesville is a lovely city with small-town charm, proud to be recognized...

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  • The Villages at Greystone Senior Living Community

    The Villages at Greystone Senior Living Community

    200 Greystone Drive, Beaver, WV 25813
    (9)
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    Our assisted living programs have become increasingly popular because they combine professional care with homelike surroundings, reasonable cost, attractive private or semiprivate apartments, and well balanced programs of events and activities. We provide both nurses and around-the-clock resident...

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  • Springs of Catawba

    Springs of Catawba

    2010 29th Ave D NE, Hickory, NC 28601
    (4)
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    At Rose Glen Village, we emulate the Meridian Senior Living mission: 'We enrich the lives of our residents, families and employees through extraordinary experiences... because everyone deserves a great life!' We are located in beautiful Wilkesboro, NC in a desirable location. We take care of the...

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  • Grandview Residential Living

    27294 Denton Valley Road, Abingdon, VA 24211
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Grandview Residential Living is a senior care home that is located in the quaint town of Abingdon, VA and in Washington county. Abingdon is home to less than 9000 residents. It is a designated historical landmark and is known for being home of the famous Barter Theater. The group home setting itself...

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  • Brookdale Hickory Northeast

    Brookdale Hickory Northeast

    2530 16th Street Northeast, Hickory, NC 28601
    (12)
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    A Great Setting for a Great Life You deserve a great backdrop for living a great life, and that’s what we offer our residents. We are a premiere assisted living community in Hickory, North Carolina where you can trade the stress and hassles of life at home for a life lived well. You’ll be surrounded...

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  • Brookdale Greeneville

    Brookdale Greeneville

    155 Serral Drive, Greeneville, TN 37745
    (5)
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    A Life Worth Living No one should force you to choose between quality care and independence, especially when you can savor both here at our assisted living and memory care community. As soon as you walk through the front doors, you will notice there’s something different about this place. Maybe it’s...

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  • Dewitt Place

    Dewitt Place

    2131 Walters Drive, Morristown, TN 37814
    (4)
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    Built on a hilltop with the Great Smokey Mountains, Cherokee Lake and Douglas Lake as a scenic backdrop, Dewitt Place is the perfect choice for you or your loved one who appreciates both the small-town hospitality and the beauty our area is known for. Minutes from historic downtown Morristown, our...

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  • Burke Long Term Care

    125 Camellia Garden Street, Morganton, NC 28655
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Burke Long Term Care is an assisted living community located on 40 beautiful acres close to downtown Morganton, North Carolina. We are always available to help our residents since we have staff that is awake and ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer activities to help our residents...

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  • The Havens at Princeton

    The Havens at Princeton

    2205 New Hope Road, Princeton, WV 24739
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Havens at Princeton is an assisted living community conveniently located off Old U.S. Highway 19 in Princeton town, West Virginia. The Havens is nestled among pristinely landscaped lawns against a beautiful forested backdrop. Residents can choose from a number of living arrangements which...

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  • Heritage Care of Conover

    3430 Lester Street, Conover, NC 28613
    (2)
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    Heritage Care of Conover is a quiet, comfortable assisted living community located in picturesque Conover, NC. Nestled in the rural foothills of western North Carolina, residents craving a quiet, simple way of life will love what Conover has to offer. A perfect atmosphere for peace and relaxation,...

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  • Brookdale Johnson City

    Brookdale Johnson City

    2003 Waters Edge Drive, Johnson City, TN 37604
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Home Comfort, Community Convenience Whether are you just beginning to look for a community or you’ve already visited several, we think you will find that our charming assisted living and memory care community in Johnson City, Tennessee stands out from the rest. As soon as you set foot through the...

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  • Dominion Senior Living of Sevierville

    Dominion Senior Living of Sevierville

    1102 Medical Park Court, Sevierville, TN 37862
    (15)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    When in-home care isn't enough, choosing the right care for your loved one is important. Dominion Senior Living of Sevierville focuses on caring for the individual with programs that can be tailored specifically to your loved one's needs. We are committed to providing a secure environment that...

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  • Commonwealth Senior Living at Radford

    Commonwealth Senior Living at Radford

    7486 Lee Hwy, Radford, VA 24141
    (10)
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    Commonwealth Senior Living at Radford is an excellent community located in a commercial area in Radford, Virginia. Our community is in close proximity to various medical offices and Carilion New River Valley Community hospital. Our main facility accommodates residents who require more attention and...

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  • Quaker Meadow

    125 Camellia Garden Street, Morganton, NC 28655
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    Quaker Meadow Family Care Home is located in Morganton, North Carolina. Nestled only 35 minutes from the base of the Blue Ridge Parkway, we enjoy clean air, beautiful scenery, and a small but caring community. We are conveniently located near 1-40, off exit 100, only 5-7 minutes away from the area...

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  • Brookdale Peachtree (AL)

    Brookdale Peachtree (AL)

    2806 Peachtree Road, Statesville, NC 28625
    (17)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Exploring a Redefined Independence You deserve the best that senior living has to offer, and it’s time to upgrade. We have just the place. We are an assisted living community in Statesville, North Carolina. As one of the premier assisted living communities in Statesville, we offer premium assisted...

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  • Lake James Lodge

    63 Lakeview Dr N RR 6 Box 850, Marion, NC 28752
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Where Main Street meets the mountains, the Lake James Lodge assisted living community in Marion, NC is not only beautiful, but offers residents a plethora of activities to keep busy with. Lake James Lodge is located in the heart of Marion with a breathtaking view of the nearby mountains. Marion is a...

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  • Deerfield Ridge

    Deerfield Ridge

    287 Bamboo Rd, Boone, NC 28607
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Situated in the hills of Boone, North Caroline, lies our beautiful home, Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living. Our senior living facility is only two miles from Watauga Medical Center and many primary care physicians. Your loved ones can enjoy exquisite mountain views while living stress free in our home...

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  • Somerset Court of Cherryville

    Somerset Court of Cherryville

    401 W Academy St, Cherryville, NC 28021
    (4)
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    Whether for you or a loved one, Somerset Court of Cherryville offers a caring atmosphere, an active community, and a comfortable, secure lifestyle for our residents. Here at Somerset Court of Cherryville, each member of our community enjoys the opportunity to 'live life their way'. Our valued...

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  • The Heritage of Sugar Mountain

    The Heritage of Sugar Mountain

    264 Sugar Mtn. #2 Road, Newland, NC 28657
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Heritage of Sugar Mountain is an assisted living community situated in the beautiful mountains of Newland, North Carolina. Not only do we provide our residents with a warm, caring environment, but we also have spectacular views of Sugar Mountain. Our safe, caring and nurturing environment is a...

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  • Mountainbrook Assisted Living LLC

    Mountainbrook Assisted Living LLC

    700 Markhill Dr, Sevierville, TN 37862
    (11)
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    MountainBrook Village is a retirement community nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Featuring all ground level apartments, we are located on 14 acres along the west prong of the Little Pigeon River. We have an active community of independent residents with a full activity calendar that...

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  • Darby House

    Darby House

    249 E Broadway Blvd, Jefferson City, TN 37760
    (5)
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    Darby House is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee - a lovely community centered around the scenic campus of Carson-Newman College. Situated near the center of town with its shopping malls, supermarkets, churches and its access to Carson-Newman Campus; Darby House is especially convenient for those...

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  • Brookdale Forest City

    Brookdale Forest City

    493 Piney Ridge Road, Forest City, NC 28043
    (8)
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    Quality Care You Can Count On You deserve quality care you can count on, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your freedom to have it. Here at our beautiful assisted living and memory care community, you can enjoy custom care plans, a fun-filled community calendar and a warm and welcoming environment...

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  • Brookdale Rock Springs

    Brookdale Rock Springs

    640 Rock Springs Road, Kingsport, TN 37664
    (21)
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    Embrace the Golden Years You should never have to settle for a dull and drab retirement when you can have a senior living experience rich in adventure and excitement here at our assisted living community in Kingsport, Tennessee. Our warm and welcoming community gives you the opportunity to embrace...

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  • Henderson Care Center

    125 Henderson Circle, Forest City, NC 28043
    (2)
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    Henderson Care Center is an assisted living community located in the quaint little town of Forest City, NC. We like to consider our community to be a bit different from others because we have a full schedule of activities that keep residents vibrant and healthy. Forest City is the ideal location for...

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  • Wellington Manor Assisted Living

    Wellington Manor Assisted Living

    375 Hedrick Dr, Newport, TN 37821
    (13)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Wellington Manor Assisted Living is an exceptional memory care and assisted living community in Newport Tennessee. Nestled in the mountains of East Tennessee on the Pigeon River, Newport is a vibrant city with stunning scenic views, a historic downtown area and an abundance of opportunities for...

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  • The Courtyards at Johnson City - The Meadows

    2109 Lakeview Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee, The Courtyards at Johnson City Lakeside 2 is that retirement home in the mountains that lots of people have waited for their whole life. This assisted living community offers safety and security in a mountain setting. A place where peace and quiet...

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  • Brookdale Asheville Overlook

    Brookdale Asheville Overlook

    308 Overlook Road, Asheville, NC 28803
    (16)
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    Brookdale Asheville Overlook is an assisted living community in Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is a thriving city with all the amenities of a larger city while exuding southern charm. Recognized as one of the 'Best Places to Reinvent Your Life' by AARP and one of the '50 Most Alive Places to...

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  • Harmony at Reynolds Mountain

    Harmony at Reynolds Mountain

    41 Cobblers Way, Asheville, NC 28804
    (11)
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    Nestled in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, The Crossings at Reynolds Mountain has 172 units, with 90 Independent Living apartments, 58 Assisted Living apartments and 24 Secured Assisted apartments. The community provides warm, attractive apartments on a conveniently located, well...

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  • Brookdale Falling Creek

    Brookdale Falling Creek

    910 29th Avenue Northeast, Hickory, NC 28601
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Savor the Golden Years When you decide to move into our assisted living community in Hickory, North Carolina, you’re doing more than relocating to a new home. You’re embarking on a brand new adventure riddled with warm and friendly neighbors, a wonderfully diverse activity calendar and personalized...

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  • Hominy Valley Retirement Center

    2189 Smokey Park Highway, Candler, NC 28715
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Hominy Valley Retirement Center is an assisted living community located in the beautiful and quiet community of Candler, North Carolina. Surrounded by breath taking views, this is the perfect place for you to call home. Candler is a peaceful mountain community that lies in between Canton and...

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  • The Courtyards at Johnson City - The Gardens

    The Courtyards at Johnson City - The Gardens

    2105 E Lakeview Dr, Johnson City, TN 37601
    (5)
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    The Courtyards at Johnson City Lakeview 1 offer senior living at its very best. Located in picturesque Johnson City Tennessee, The Courtyards is a great place to call home when your loved one can no longer live on his or her own. You can rest assured that your loved one is well cared for in either a...

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  • Brookdale Shelby

    Brookdale Shelby

    1425 East Marion Street, Shelby, NC 28150
    (3)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Quality Care You Can Count On If you’re ready to move into an exceptionally warm and welcoming assisted living community in Shelby, North Carolina where you can enjoy spacious and comfortable accommodations, wonderful company and personalized care plans that provide you with quality care you can...

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  • Brookdale Sevierville

    Brookdale Sevierville

    1020 Middle Creek Road, Sevierville, TN 37862
    (15)
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    Something for Everyone With custom care plans, beautiful accommodations, a fun-filled events calendar and a care team on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make sure your every need is met, our assisted living and memory care community gives you all the freedom and independence you crave....

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  • Arbor Terrace of Asheville

    Arbor Terrace of Asheville

    3199 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803
    (3)
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    Arbor Terrace of Asheville provides the highest quality of geriatric care and assisted living in the Asheville, North Carolina area, including innovative memory care designed specifically for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Every resident receives unique and personalized...

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  • Brookdale Lenoir

    Brookdale Lenoir

    1145 Powell Road Northeast, Lenoir, NC 28645
    (6)
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    Magnificent Care in the Blue Ridge Mountains Tucked into a quiet corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a community where you can trade the hassles and chores that come along with life at home for a resort-style life full of interesting things to do and interesting people to do them with. We are a...

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Assisted Living in Bristol, Virginia

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a continuing senior living solution that includes support for the activities of daily living such as for example meals, bathing, dressing and prescription medication administration. It is not exactly like a nursing home, where residents can get round-the-clock skilled nursing care. Every assisted living community has its own mix of offerings, features, activities and lifestyle. Many also offer support for seniors with specific needs such as diabetes, incontinence care needs or the early stages of cognitive loss because of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Assisted Living Vs. Memory Care

According to the National Center for Assisted Living, almost one in four seniors currently in assisted living in the state of Virginia have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. In addition, many assisted living facilities include support for seniors with cognitive issues. Just how figure out if designated memory care or just assisted living is what your loved one needs?

Although some assisted living facilities offer memory care onsite, each of the varieties of care are not the same. Memory care will provide full-time specific support for someone with dementia while assisted living is designed to meet the needs of people who want help with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing, dressing or dining. Assisted living can be a good option for people in the earlier stages of dementia but for individuals who have experienced wandering problems or who've caused injury to themselves or others, a secured memory care environment is most likely a better choice.

When you have specific questions relating to what sort of care your loved one needs, talk to a medical professional. They will help you decide whether assisted living will work or if you need to seek out memory care. You can also talk to one of our Senior Living Advisors. They have helped many family members with concerns about what kind of treatment may be the best fit for their relative or friend and so they can help you, too.

What Services Are Offered in Assisted Living?

While every community is different, most assisted living communities provide a selection of living arrangements, an array of meal options, common areas and complimentary transportation, among other solutions and facilities. Such as:

  • Activities, entertainment and events, both on-site and off
  • Workout and wellness programs
  • Housekeeping services, including bed-linen services
  • Access to healthcare professionals

Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Virginia

The state of Virginia offers outstanding access to its information for assisted living services through the Virginia Department of Social Services. Data available to review includes the dates of inspection, whether an inspection was instigated by a issue, whether the inspector found any wrong doing and what the plan of correction was to handle a violation. You can search by community name or zip code to find the communities in the areas you are thinking about.

In the state of Virginia, assisted living communities are required for legal reasons to:

  • Allow only two individuals to live in one bedroom
  • Provide handrails, non-skid floors and grab bars in every bath tub and shower
  • Equip all sleeping rooms with attached restrooms with signaling equipment that residents may use in case they want help.

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Bristol?

Based on the A Place for Mom Senior Living Cost Index, usual cost of assisted living in the greater Bristol, Virginia , metropolitan region in 2018 ranged from $1500 to $7725 per month. Charges for assisted living can vary widely based on services, amenities and location, so it pays to search in nearby suburbs and communities when you have that flexibility.

The Senior Living Cost Index is based on the real rates families pay when they move into assisted living and it is the primary cost index of its kind. To find out more about senior living costs, go to the A Place for Mom Senior Living Cost Planner web page.

How to Pay for Senior Living In Bristol, VA

Many families finance a move to assisted living through the sale of a house or personal savings, however for some people, this may not be an option. Listed below are three other resources to assist you finance assisted living:

  • Veterans Benefits: Many seniors may qualify for veterans benefits that they don’t aren't aware of. One benefit specifically, Aid & Attendance, has helped thousands of families afford assisted living. To qualify, veterans must be at least 65 years old and have served at least 3 months of active duty, with at least one day during what the Veterans Administration considers active wartime intervals. Qualifying widows and widowers of veterans can also be able to obtain benefits. With the existing average age group of U.S. veterans at 64 years old, it’s worth it to find out if your family member may qualify for benefits. See our Guide to VA Benefits and Long-Term Care for additional information or contact the Virginia Department of Veterans Services or Veterans Information for Virginia to learn more or go to va.gov.
  • Life Insurance Policies. If the senior you are helping move into assisted living possesses a life insurance policy, you might be in a position to liquidate the plan and get funds today. Different restrictions and rules apply depending on the type of policy you have, so get in touch with a insurance specialist or elderlaw attorney to discover more about your alternatives and to assess what’s ideal for your position.
  • Reverse Mortgages. For senior couples who may have different needs, a reverse mortgage could be a good way for just one person to move into assisted living while the other remains in the home while his or her spouse transitions to senior living. A reverse mortgage permits home owners aged 62 or older to borrow against their home equity. For more information, get in touch with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to find a reverse mortgage counseling agency near you.

For even more ideas about how to pay for your transition to senior living, contact A Place for Mom to speak to a Senior Living Advisor today. Or find more details on our 5 Best-Kept Secrets to Financing Senior Care web page.

5 Questions to Ask an Assisted Living Facility

Choosing the best assisted living community is a big decision, both for a senior and for his or her family. Here are five things to consider when considering making the move to assisted living:

  1. What's the staff-to-resident ratio? Will this facility provide your loved one with the support they need? Based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 25% of assisted living communities have a ratio of one personal care assistant for each 23 residents. Staffing may differ greatly depending on the size of the facility, so be certain to enquire about the facilities you are looking for.
  2. Is there outdoor space? For most residents making the changeover from an individual household to assisted living means leaving behind a favorite backyard or outdoor space, so the ability to access a gardening area, a patio or a courtyard can be important. Many larger assisted living facilities offer a range of yards, with features such as for example walking paths, gardens and BBQ areas for facility occasions.
  3. How many staff are available to assist at night? Some assisted living communities provide 24x7 nursing staff, while others may have more general support on hand after hours. In the state of Virginia, assisted living facilities must have at the least two direct care workers awake and accessible at all times.
  4. Is there a waiting list? Preferred facilities can fill fast. If the one you like is not available, find out about the waiting list and what the community’s policy is for controlling it. Many facilities will ask for a deposit and some communities have internal lists for special treatment needs. Here is where doing all your homework can actually pay off -- plan in advance!
  5. What assistance are included in the monthly fee? Before signing the contract, it’s a good idea to understand what is covered in the basic fee framework and what might incur additional cost. Some communities employ a fee-for-support model, or a la carte pricing, this means they charge a regular monthly fee for rent and meals but further costs for things like medication management. Others might use a tiered prices model where varied levels of treatment are charged different fees.

For more information about what to search for when going to an assisted living community, see our Assisted Living Residence Checklist web page.

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Facility?

With so many choices to choose from, finding the right assisted living community can seem like a daunting task. That’s where our Senior Living Advisors will assist -- they are experts in helping match seniors to the facilities that will be the best fit for their care needs, personality and price range.

Below are a few things to remember during your search:

  • Be sure to search for your loved one, not you. Today’s assisted living communities offer everything from homey settings to upscale resort-style grand living. It can be easy to become influenced by the features and experiences you might decide for yourself, but ultimately it boils down to what will work best for your family member.
  • Focus on the present, not days gone by. Does your family member need help bathing and getting dressed? Do they have particular needs like limited vision or special diet plans? Would they benefit from the benefits of a larger community or be more relaxed in a smaller, more intimate setting?
  • Think about the here and today, not what may have been their choice ten or 15 years ago.
  • Intend to tour at least three to five communities, if you possibly can. Start with planned tours and consider having a meal with the residents. If none of them seems like a good fit, ask your Senior Living Advisor for more options. And don’t be reluctant to ask questions and take down notes while you’re there.

The process of choosing the right assisted living facility can be tremendous, but there are assets that will help. Call A Place for Mom today -- we are able to help save you time and money and be sure you make the right choice.

About Senior Living in Bristol, Virginia

Virginia offers more than 50 assisted living options to select from, with a wide range of prices, styles and services. Whether you are looking for down-home atmosphere or resort-style living, you will discover it in the higher Bristol area. For more information about services for seniors in Virginia, go to the Senior Connections site or SeniorNavigator, a site that has links to community assets across the state, the site is also searchable by town or zipcode.

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