Westerwood (Friendship Village Columbus)

5800 Forest Hills Blvd, Columbus, OH 43231

About the community

Friendship Village of Columbus is a not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community established in 1978. Nestled in a residential setting on 25 acres of naturally wooded grounds, we are conveniently located near downtown Westerville.

Our community is based on respect for older adults and their right to make choices, which is reflected in our mission: 'to promote independence, wellness, and community for older adults in an active and friendly continuing-care environment.' Our housing options are designed so that residents can live at their highest levels of independence for as long as possible. In all levels of our care continuum, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care and Skilled Nursing, residents are provided social, cultural and educational activities along with a wide variety of special amenities. There's always something happening around our community.

The moment you arrive at friendship Village of Columbus, you will feel welcome. The high spirits of our residents and staff, along with our inviting atmosphere, truly set us apart from other retirement communities in the area. Our residents and staff are proud of our well-earned reputation of being a warm, friendly and exciting place to live. As they often say, 'You can't say Friendship without saying FRIENDS!'

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Senior Housing Types

Assisted living
Memory care
Independent living

Pricing at Westerwood (Friendship Village Columbus)

Total monthly costs depend on room type, select services, and the level of care needed.

Base fees by room type

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*Prices quoted are monthly rental charges and are provided by the communities themselves. Actual prices may differ due to one-time fees, timing and care services required. Speak with your Senior Living Advisor to learn more.


Health Care Services

Memory care
Ambulatory care
Diabetic care
Incontinence care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site
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Meals & Dining

Meals provided
Guest meals
Professional chef
Room service

Room Amenities

Wheelchair accessible showers
Respite or short term stays offered
Wi-fi/high-speed internet
Full kitchen
Ground floor units

Community Amenities

On-site dining options

Private dining room

Transportation & parking

Resident parking available
Complimentary transportation
Transportation at cost
Property convenient to public transit


Dogs allowed
Cats allowed

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Main street shops
Barber shop

Recreational areas

Arts and crafts center
Billiards lounge
Fitness center
Piano or organ


Grocery shopping and errands
Laundry service / drycleaning

Memory care services

Wander guard or similar system available
Secured community
Enclosed courtyard
Outdoor walking paths

Primary language spoken by staff



Devotional activities on-site
Devotional activities offsite
Art classes
Educational speakers / life long learning



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May 10, 2021
js - Toured community
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my review of Westerwood (Friendship Village Columbus)

We toured this community and the tour was very good. The staff was very friendly and they provided lots of information to us. Th community was very nice and I would recommend it.

July 17, 2019
Joyce Brand - Loved one of resident/client
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An amazing place with a true commitment to excellence!

We used services in the Nursing Care Center and in the Assisted Living areas. My father was admitted from the hospital Trauma Step Down unit after a terrible fall. The staff were all attentive and frequently went above and beyond in the care and compassion they gave to not only my father but all our family members. The entire multidisciplinary team worked seamlessly together for the benefit of the patient. They were all very collaborative with family members and took the time to educate all of us on my father's progress and care needs. I attribute the great care he received with his ability to advance through the continuum of care to the level he has now attained -to live in independent living. All the staff became like members of our extended family. I will never forget their kindness and willingness to do whatever it took to ensure my father attained his greatest capability to return to his normal activities of daily living. Kudos to ALL the Friendship Village Columbus staff!!

March 12, 2019
Donna Violet - Loved one of resident/client
Friendship Village is #1 for my mom

Friendship Village is a clean, welcoming, well-run organization. They were very friendly to my 93-year-old mom who moved there to the independent living area.Their activities vary from exercise classes (run by employees) to book clubs, card games, movies and other activities organized by residents. Every staff member that I have encountered has been focused on what is best for my mom. They are extremely accommodating whenever possible. The food in the dining room is awesome! I eat with my mom whenever I can. The salad bar is amazing and entrees change daily. You can get individual sandwiches, etc. by request. My mom's apartment is clean, bright and spacious. I toured other living facilities - some were newer, some were fancier - but I did not find one as friendly and welcoming as Friendship Village.

March 7, 2019
Debby - Loved one of resident/client
Can't Say Enough About Friendship Village

I really cannot say enough about Friendship Village of Columbus. The entire staff and the residents have all been so welcoming to my father. He felt right at home the first time he toured the large living facility! After my mom's illness and passing Dad decided to move to Columbus to be closer to his daughters and grandchildren. He and my mom were married just a few weeks shy of 56 years. They were always on the go and had a lot to do! Friendship Village has a variety of activities, hobbies and clubs to join. They invite you...and you go join them if/when you are ready. Once Dad chose Friendship Village he was excited about moving in and getting settled for this new chapter in his life.

February 6, 2019
Donna Violet - Loved one of resident/client
Great decision for my elderly mom

Excellent explanation of all amenities by [name removed]. Excellent food! Friendly environment with lots of activities - arts & crafts; exercise classes; book club; game night; choral group; chimes; fireside chats. Various levels of care available. I am very happy with this decision for my mom!

January 7, 2019
Anonymous - Toured community

Facility is older but very well maintained. Many amenities are provided and included in base rent. Level of care costs seem a little high. Two bedroom apartment is good size and would satisfy my in-laws needs. After further consideration they chose a one bedroom and hope to relocate there shortly.

December 27, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

This is the only Life care facility I looked at. It was large and spacious. Even though the facility itself was built 40 years ago, the outside has all been updated within the last year and all the wings (towers) are or will be completely redone within the next two years. The apartments are spacious and there were many options to choose from. The staff was fantastic and some have been there over 35 years! There were over 40 that had been there at least 5, 10, 15, ..35 years. To me, that says so much about the administration, staff and patients. If I knew that my family would be staying in that area, I would consider and apply here. They are also conscious that it is an expense and do perform a financial review to make sure that applicants and the facility fit together financially. Some apartments also have garages. It is on 40+ acres of grounds and have many, many activities on and off site.

December 22, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Facility is older but very well maintained. Many amenities are provided and included in base rent. Level of care costs seem a little high. Two bedroom apartment is good size and would satisfy my in-laws needs.

June 7, 2018
L. Man - Loved one of resident/client
Glad I did it, no regrets

We recently had to put my mother in the memory care unit at Friendship Village of Columbus. Sadly, my mom passed away within a month of moving in. However, I cannot praise this facility enough for the care my mom received while in her care. They ALWAYS treated mom with the upmost dignity and respect, even after she was no longer able to respond to them. They were so gentle with handling my mom while moving her or changing her. They spoke to her, letting her know what they were doing when giving her meds, even knowing that she would not be responsive. They tended to mom's needs in a very reasonable time frame and never made us (the family) feel like we were putting them out, if we needed something. I have no regrets in placing my mom in this facility. I would do it again if I needed to.

March 24, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

[name removed] was great, taking the time to show us all available options. Facility is very good-some in the refresh process but you can tell well maintained. Staff friendly and ready to answer any questions.

July 19, 2017
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Mom's Good Care

We are happy with the care that my mom is getting from this community. The staff is very caring and attentive to her needs. We like knowing that she is in a clean environment. The menu is good and she likes the variety. They offer good activities. We would recommend this community for the care to other families.

September 17, 2016
Barbara Van Fleet - Resident/client
Verified Review
A Hidden Gem

I've been living here for 2 weeks and am still unpacking in my free time. The people are friendly and helpful. I've been asked to join many for a meal. They are also great for directions, suggestions, info in general. Not only do I think it's the tops - so do my son and is family.

August 25, 2016
Anonymous - Toured community
Verified Review
Too Far For Us

I thought this was a pretty nice community. The guide gave us a nice tour. After seeing the place, we thought the community was not close enough for us to visit my mom. Overall, we really appreciate A Place For Mom, they were helpful and I thank them.

January 26, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Wonderful people

She is doing pretty well at Friendship Village. The are very nice people there. We do not have any complaints about the staff or the facility. They are wonderful people.

July 2, 2015
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Very nice place, friendly people and great food!

I think they do a wonderful job at Friendship Village of Columbus! It really was a very pleasant experience from day 1. The marketing guy we worked with actually came to my home to introduce himself (and brought dessert!) They were just a huge help throughout the whole move-in process, and really helped Mom get settled in to her new home. She really seems to be enjoying it here! The food here is great, I always make sure that I am Mom's guest the morning they do their Sunday brunch! Another big factor in our decision was that Friendship Village offers all levels of long term care, Mom did not want to have to move again down the line. I highly recommend this place!

January 7, 2015
Anonymous - Toured community

My mother spent 3 1/2 years there and really enjoyed her social interactions and services very much. However, when she passed away, the management became very unresponsive to our attempts to get a portion of her deposit back. In fact, four months later, they have not given us the amount we should expect back OR any communication as to when that payment will be made. We contacted the BBB and Ohio Attorney General's office three weeks ago and still have not heard back from the manager even after an early October letter from our attorney. This lack of response and responsibility has delayed our ability to settle my mother's estate and deepened the sense of loss since her death.

September 17, 2014
Anonymous - Toured community
The place has fallen over the years.

The place has fallen over the years.

November 27, 2013
Granddaughter - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Overall Good Experience

Overall everyone was pretty nice. The only thing that I didn't agree on was that she constantly kept falling and it didn't seem like her bed was close to the ground. It should have been because she is a fall risk. She was just there for rehab and it went well.

August 16, 2013
Daughter-in-Law - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
They take medicaid

It took a while for my mother-in-law to get used to it. It's kind of expensive. It's not the most expensive but it's certianly not cheap. They take medicaid people and I think my mother-in-law is going to run out of money eventually so that was a consideration. The care is good. They're really on top of things. My mother-in-law doesn't like the doctor that's attached to the place but I don't know what would suit her. There are a lot of activites. They have a lot of concerts and she likes that. I didn't think the orientation was good when we first got there. They didn't really explain how things work. We could have used a little more explanation.

December 27, 2012
A Place For Mom Customer - Toured community
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Older, but i loved the energy of the ...

Older, but i loved the energy of the place. Very active. Residents very warm and friendly. obviously like being there. Not the greatest neighborhood, but close to us. Seven minutes door-to-door. Beautiful wooded walking area. Interior of the facility felt safe. Feels like a college dorm in a good way.

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