Deciding on a retirement community for you or a family member to live in can be daunting. What amenities do you need? How much help do you require? And what if the answer to either of those questions changes? Luckily, the Tristate has many communities that offer continuing care along with their diverse amenities. Read on to learn about some of our local standout retirement options.

The Kenwood by Senior Star

Nestled among the bluffs between Kenwood and Mariemont is the ideal senior living community for those 55 and older looking to fulfill their desire to live each day with passion and purpose. The Kenwood by Senior Star strives to do just what their motto says: Provide community lifestyles that inspire people to embrace senior living.

Kenwood Star is different from other retirement communities.

“We get to know our residents and customize our services to their unique needs,” says Chris Blair, community relations coordinator at The Kenwood.

The “anytime” dining at their five different dining venues is just one example; it gives Kenwood’s residents the option to dine when, where and however they want. Having many options at a senior community is crucial, and Kenwood’s staff works hard to assure those needs are met. Faculty and staff also help to engage residents on many different levels including social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness.

“Each of these seven dimensions act and interact in a way that contributes to a quality of life that enhances our residents’ lives,” says Blair.

Keeping residents happy is important, but health is the number one priority. The Kenwood offers a variety of services including independent and assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing.

One aspect that cannot go unnoticed is how crucial family involvement is during these years, which is why staff encourages families to dine with their parents, enjoy social events or bring in grandkids for a dip in the indoor pool. Once health is secure, seniors have the flexibility to spend their days however they desire at The Kenwood.

Cedar Village

The world seems to be in a constant state of change, especially in the health care industry. Cedar Village in Mason is a retirement community that understands this, as it is continuously providing the newest and top-notch services available to its residents.

“It’s important for us to continue to focus on where the world is going and what we need to do,” says Carol Silver Elliott, CEO and president of Cedar Village since 2007.

Elliott and the Cedar Village team have developed a number of important specialty areas to allow individuals in the community to thrive during their senior years. Recently, the nonprofit retirement community renovated patients’ rooms and finalized construction on a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center located on the first floor, which is available for use for both in- and outpatient community members. By late summer, an aquatic therapy center will be added to the rehabilitation center, giving seniors different ways to keep their joints healthy.

What also makes Cedar Village outstanding is the option for older adults who are victims of elder abuse to receive help. The Shalom Center is the only elder abuse prevention shelter in the Midwest that provides a full range of health care and supportive services for eligible seniors at no charge.

The connected and committed staff is always developing services to take Cedar Village further into the community. They’re understanding of complex medical concerns and 100 percent of the staff has received the first two levels of skill sets necessary to help dementia patients.

“[We] at Cedar Village really help our patients create a personal wellness plan to keep them healthy and moving forward,” says Elliot.

Episcopal Retirement Homes

No matter what type of living situation you are looking for, Episcopal Retirement Homes have got you covered. From affordable senior living to a more country club-style retirement community, they’ve got something for everyone. There are 10 different retirement communities around the Southern Ohio area that ERH owns and operates, two of which provide continuing care for their residents.

The Marjorie P. Lee and the Deupree House, both located in Hyde Park, boast similar amenities, such as luscious lawns, in-house laundry and dining services.

Both the Marjorie P. Lee and the Deupree Retirement Communities also offer different levels of living: independent living, enriched living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing, while residents can move through the levels as their need for care rises. “We’re always looking out for our residents,” says Bryan Reynolds, director of integrated marketing at ERH.

In addition to those services, residents also have access to a variety of clubs, organizations and activities. They can take advantage of a workout room, complete with cardio equipment and weights; a pool; or even join in on the outdoor gardening fun where each resident receives his or her own bed to tend to and care for.

The staff at ERH also likes to keep their residents current and offers classes, lectures and even concerts throughout the year. The classes cover topics such as how to use iPhones and iPads, and if the resident doesn’t own one, it’s not a problem. There is a program in place that allows residents to keep up to date with technology without breaking the bank.

Rooms in each of the facilities vary, from one bedroom up to three, but they are completely customizable to the taste of the patron. “In the end, it’s ultimately about creating a home that they’re comfortable in,” says Reynolds. “We’re working in our residents’ homes, not the other way around.”

Alois Alzheimer Center

As the first facility in the United States to be fully dedicated to treating patients with Alzheimer’s, the Alois Alzheimer Center has had decades of practice in treating and helping to maintain patients with Alzheimer’s. “We tend to get a lot of the cases that no one else can handle,” says Mary Finn, director of administrative services at Alois. Their Greenhills facility contains five different wards, each dedicated to a different level of Alzheimer’s. From assisted living to hospice care, Alois makes the journey as uncomplicated as possible.

Alois offers a plethora of services for its residents so nothing is an inconvenience. Brightly colored rooms are dedicated solely to a therapy center, a beauty parlor and several common rooms meant to draw the residents together.

With more than 100 skilled professionals on staff, there is always a registered nurse or licensed nurse practitioner available to assist the residents. The staff leads the daily activities, which are specifically scheduled out to increase performance and cognitive abilities. “[Our services] meet the changing needs of the individuals,” says Finn.

In addition to residential care, Alois offers adult daycare and short-term respite stays, two different programs meant to alleviate stress from the primary caregiver, “[They] offer peace of mind that comes from knowing that your family member is in a safe environment, and we’re meeting [his or her] needs.” says Finn.

Resource Directory

Cedar Village Retirement Community

5467 Cedar Village Drive, Mason, OH 45040
cedarvillage.org • 513-754-3100

Mason Christian Village

411 Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040
masonchristianvillage.com • 513-398-1486

Mt. Healthy Christian Village

8097 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45231
mhchristianvillage.org • 513-931-5000

Maple Knoll Communities

11100 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246
mapleknoll.org • 513-782-2717

Deupree House

3939 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208
deupreehouse.com • 513-561-4200

Evergreen Retirement Community

230 W. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215
seniorlifestyle.com   513-948-2308

Seasons

7300 Dearwester Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45236
seniorlifestyle.com  513-984-9400