Dallas, Texas one of the country’s fastest expanding cities, is also highly diverse both ethnically and linguistically. In fact, according to the financial website WalletHub.com, Texas is the second most diverse state in the nation, after California. Dallas (alongside the state’s other major cities) is termed a veritable melting pot.
Hot summers aside, “Big-D” presents residents and tourists alike with a bumper crop of sights to see and activities to do. Whether you like your entertainment indoors (sports, music, theater, movies, ballet) or out- (golf, biking, hiking, sightseeing), Dallas can accommodate you.
Let’s look at some more specific reasons you might – or might not – choose Dallas as your final home.
What people like about Dallas, Texas
- No state personal income tax, and no inheritance or estate taxes. The sales tax is 8.25%, though unprepared food items are not taxed.
- The overall cost of living, at least during the third-quarter of 2015, was 3+% below the national average.
- Largely mild winters, though freezing rain can result in severe travel issues. Winter daytime temperatures, though, can be 65 or higher. From September through early December is usually mild and storm-free.
- The Oak Lawn neighborhood (that’s close to downtown Dallas) is the favorite hangout for the LGBT crowd. Besides bars, restaurants, and shops there’s a park where all kinds of LGBT events are staged throughout the year. Every September is Gay Pride month. Oak Lawn is home to the Cathedral of Hope, a 4,000+ member congregation that is principally LGBT, and is thought to be the world’s largest liberal Christian church.
- The town’s diversity is further reflected in many of the city’s 44 museums, spanning subjects from 5,000 year-old-art to modern masterpieces, natural history, the sciences, firefighting, and much more. Besides possible senior discounts, a number of these museums are free to the public.
- The city possesses 406 parks and 17 separate lakes contained within these parks. A must-see is Fair Park on its 277 acres, featuring – among other things – the world's largest collection of Art Deco exhibit buildings, art, and sculptures, plus the Texas State Vietnam Memorial. For 24 days a year, this park is also the site of the biggest state fair in the country.
- Dallas Zoo, established in 1888, is the oldest and largest in TX. This is just one of the attractions, whether historical or cutting-edge, for residents and visitors.
- Casual or fine dining, shopping, theater, live music – Dallas has it all.
- There are 61.6 miles of biking and walking trails throughout the town.
- Dallas won Golf Digest’s accolade as the US’s number one golf town in 2013. Players, whether novice or advanced, can select from at least 36 golf courses in or near Dallas.
- Dallas has eight colleges and universities within its city limits, and just shy of two dozen more in the Dallas/Fort Worth region.
- Top quality health care is close to hand since Dallas – part of the North Texas region that contains Fort Worth – includes a plethora of general hospitals as well as specialists. In fact, this region is considered by many to be one of the nation’s finest when it comes to medical care.
- Dallas has several public transportation options but has been faulted for forcing users to fall back on taxis or Lyft to get to their destinations. Both Dallas Area Light Rail (DART) and the bus system (less than reliable) are currently limited, though the city continues to attempt improvements. However, there are biking and walking paths, wide sidewalks, and a trolley system. Those 65+, or those younger who are physically or mentally unable to drive, qualify for a discounted fare. Amtrak’s Texas Eagle plus two commercial airports are also available.
- Dallas supports several professional sports teams including, of course, the Dallas Cowboys (though, technically, their base is in nearby Arlington). There are also two pro basketball teams, one male, the other female, a field lacrosse team, a soccer team, and the Dallas Mavericks baseball team. Rugby fanciers can follow the Dallas Sidekicks. And, for a true taste of local culture, don’t forget about rodeos!
Other considerations for Dallas, Texas
- Dallas is located at the lower end of what’s termed Tornado Alley. This means that, in spring, colliding weather fronts may result in violent storms (rain, sleet, hail, high winds), thunder storms, or possibly tornadoes.
- Summer may be uncomfortable; August tends to be the hottest month with temperatures in the upper nineties.
- Hail storms can do a real number on any car parked outdoors.
- The city does sprawl, and traffic can result in surprisingly long travel times.
Best Assisted Living Dallas, Texas – Who Makes the List?
Belmont Village Turtle Creek | Dallas, Texas 75219
Belmont Village Turtle Creek provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.
Caring– 11 Reviews, Average Rating 5
SeniorAdvisor– 26 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 7 Reviews, Average Rating 3.2
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: Beautiful facility, super clean, small pets allowed, elite part of town, seven story building, beautiful-appointed furnishings, an elegant place, Everybody…cooperative and helpful, They don't discriminate, fellow residents congenial, very warm and caring place, lovely physical facility, near parks and hiking trails, museums and theater nearby, Circle of Friends and PALS programs, very friendly staff, hard workers, staff is carefully screened and…trained extensively, professional and accommodating, staff is terrific, always a smile and a quick response, licensed nurse oversees medication management, Residents care plans are reviewed regularly and when necessary adjusted, Their brain training…is incredible, [Staff] did a really good job getting [resident] acclimated, wellness program, The permanent and rotating menus are very good, The chef…knows what he's doing, desserts are super, food is great, two meals and a snack free, Fabulous food, food is handled really well, glass of wine with our meal, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, they take you to any grocery store you want – anytime you want, a hospital very close by, a nursing staff 24 hours 7 days a week, entertainment is good, a great happy hour, rooms were about like most but bigger, apartment is very roomy [with] two bedroom and two bath…and a little balcony, indoor swimming pool, exercise room with several machines, nightly entertainment, able to have transportation
What they didn’t like: couldn’t bring my dog (too big), rooms dark and a bit cold, Not as intimate as some might like, services have not been good, Complaints yield temporary improvements but never resolutions, could not handle advanced dementia, did not keep family up to date, limited outdoor areas, [Facility] a bit too uppity and stuffy, have been some requested maintenance issues that have yet to be resolved, Communication with family could be better
Brookdale Lake Highlands | Dallas, Texas 75238
Brookdale Lake Highlands offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and Health Care Services.
Caring– 19 Reviews, Average Rating 4.2
SeniorAdvisor– 33 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 5 Reviews, Average Rating 3.4
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: all one level, small, very clean, homelike, odor free, pet-friendly, happy environment, residents very energetic, great security system, safe, clean and peaceful, accept Medicaid, very warm [&] cozy environment, outside area in assisted living is amazing and peaceful, not too far from Major Medical facilities, memory care has garden, halls seem wider [than elsewhere], large interior courtyard w/covered porch and rocking chairs, private family dining room, gazebo, staff very accommodating, Staff is friendly to residents [&] guests and to each other, [Staff] listen to your needs, staff was caring [&] attentive and very willing to help, warm and friendly staff, staff go above and beyond, front office staff helpful, [staff] very knowledgeable, staff very caring and available but not intrusive, seasonal activities and decorations, all the staff [knows] all of the residents names, They never let his temper tantrums stop them from treating him with respect and patience, They treat all…residents [like] members of their own family, In case the residents don't have somebody in town to visit the facility gives them a holiday and makes them feel important, memory care smells good, very clean, Everyone seemed happy, food is great, dining room is very nice and large enough, 3 meals a day, meals for special diet needs, meals are average and served restaurant-style, healthy snacks throughout day, apartments really nice, [Resident] has own bathroom [&] plenty of closet space and a pretty view, walk-in tub available for residents who needed it, apartments with microwaves and mini-fridges, rooms are small but suitable for seniors and basic furniture, doorways are wide for…wheelchairs, bathrooms functional and have handrails and nice flooring, excellent resident exercise program, ice cream socials, outings and trips to big grocery stores, people come in and play music, dancing “happy hours,” [facility] shuttle for doctor’s appointments, art and crafts, daily exercise group, best area of this facility…is the dementia unit – wonderful staff that personally care for each resident
What they didn’t like: need to improve the food, dining room very dark, more like a business instead of a home, food mediocre, Too dark, Needs repairs, larger facility – felt like a hospital, activities could be a little better, Rooms were small, Felt a bit depressing, facility could be kept up a little better but the outside does look nice, faculty could be a little bit more organized
Brookdale Preston | Dallas, Texas 75230
Brookdale Preston provides Assisted Living and Memory Care.
Caring– 21 Reviews, Average Rating 4.2
SeniorAdvisor– 29 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 3 Reviews, Average Rating 4.33
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: facility well kept, nice layout, very clean, smells very nice, allow pets, very home-like, single-story, small enough community that everyone [knows] everyone, Security is excellent, outdoor space is nice, price range is reasonable, small community, excellent service, basically full service – like a hotel, lovely grounds, trees all around, nice landscaping and safe environment, lots of natural light, hallways and doorways are wide, rooms were clean, Memory Care Neighborhood is awesome, residents seemed nice and friendly, positive energy, positive people, staff is friendly and warm, [staff] more than happy to accommodate any special needs, knowledgeable staff, staff was very active, [residents] get personal attention, staff always pleasant, sensitive, Staff look at each person as an individual, very professional and polite and they really care for our needs, attentive, receptive, front desk staff and dining staff very nice, housekeeping comes by once a week to clean everything, dining area is very nice…with linen napkins, linen tablecloths, looks like a banquet hall, food is very good, food is excellent and plenty of options, accommodate [resident’s] special diet, very nutritious, full meals, [apartment] is spacious, rooms were fine and spacious, room sizes adequate, several different but very good floor plans, two-room apartment with two bath, no kitchens [but] a half refrigerator with no freezer and… microwave, nice bedroom and nice sitting area [with] plenty of closet space and a microwave oven, small refrigerator/microwave in a closet, laundry is good, Activities are grouped and personalized to strengthen the residents health overall, entertainers that come in and sing, memory class, They take pictures at dinner, dancing, nice activity room with a full kitchen, a lot of outings, shopping, craft, painting, bingo, movie nights, holiday parties
What they didn’t like: older place, don't have roll-in showers, rooms too small, wasn’t a happy environment, not very quick to do repairs, not always a quick response from billing department, food could be better, activities could have more variety and happen more often, could use a little more specialized training for those who deal with dementia, understanding the different care levels…can be confusing, hard to get in touch with the folks in charge
CC Young | Dallas, Texas 75214
CC Young offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Support, Skilled Nursing and Long-Term Care, Rehabilitation, Home Healthcare, Home Services, Hospice, and supportive dementia daytime care in an Adult Day Center.
Caring– 21 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 3 Reviews, Average Rating 3
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: [Facility] is beautiful, very clean, very well organized, well managed, safe and secured, excellent location, overlooking White Rock Lake, easy access to shops and restaurants and good parking, like a college campus—beautiful, campus is nicely landscaped with walking areas, gorgeous landscaped courtyards, main areas were all clean [&] fresh and light, Everybody there was so welcoming and enthusiastic, people are really friendly, all the staff seem very happy to be there, a lot of staff, caring professional staff, very supportive, therapists were so kind and helpful and encouraging, nursing staff always really kind and helpful, staff appeared to be very attentive, good staff to residents ratio, maintenance [available] twenty-four hours a day, good food, wide variety of food choices, can request favorite foods, snacks were also healthy [&] delicious, food was really good, [staff] perform fitness assessments every 6 months, two-bedroom with free TV and internet, room has a small kitchen area [&] a living area [&] bedroom and a bath, room was spacious — not elegant — but comfortable and homey, kitchen has granite countertop/stainless steel appliances/refrigerator/dishwasher/microwave and stove, can cook breakfast and dinner in your own kitchen, [Resident] has an eat-in kitchen/living room/very large bedroom/large bathroom with a walk-in shower and a washer-dryer connection, housekeeping every other week – completely clean [resident’s] apartment and change linens, [onsite] church services, Christmas and New Year parties, speakers that come in, an arts and education center, exercise facility [for] classes or…equipment for strength training, different levels of exercises, Brain Health, bowling on the Wii computer, painting, poetry writing, a book club, jewelry making, playing cards, watching tv in the common areas, choir [of residents who] once a month [perform for] assisted living or the hospital, onsite movies, free transportation to grocery store and shopping center…and the doctor
What they didn’t like: short-staffed, incorrect medications, too expensive, Nurses normal response time was 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours, Doctor's response…almost an entire day, food tends to be bland
Edgemere [AKA The Plaza at Edgemere] | Dallas, Texas 75225
Edgemere provides Assisted Living, Memory Care, Rehabilitation, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and Long-term and Short-term Skilled Nursing.
Caring– 12 Reviews, Average Rating 5
SeniorAdvisor– 10 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– No Reviews
GoldenReviews– 6 Reviews, Average Rating 4.4
What they liked: Beautiful facility, very clean, extremely clean, beautiful walkways within the grounds and gardens, very quiet place to just walk around, beautiful ambiance, peace of mind, good clean community with nice decent people working here, [resident] is having fun, location is nearer to Highland Park which is the premier area of Dallas, Everything [about facility]…is amazing, every level of care so no matter what happens she won't have to leave there, Edgemere’s level of customer service can’t be beat, a culture of care [&] optimism and compassion, staff was friendly and professional, Caring staff, They have been nothing but great, staff is very friendly and prompt, knowledgeable, “great people who have made me feel very welcome,” They cater to you, Great medical care, rehab program was top notch, Very nurturing, loving and supportive, never any staff turnover, The staff is happy [&] tenured [&] well trained and well-managed, [resident] gets his medications on time, food is great, good southern food, marvelous food, good food, Comfortable apartment, The room was quite spacious and lovely, [transport to] Doctors appointments, a bus that would take [residents to various places], group outings to museums, play cards, special events, entertainers…come in all the time
What they didn’t like: experienced poor communication with staff, food is not the best quality, that independent and assisted living sections had separate dining rooms, lots of turnover, could add more activities, Staff is unresponsive, [Resident] with cognitive issues…neglected/bed sores, very expensive
Signature Pointe on the Lake [AKA Signature Pointe] | Dallas, Texas 75254
Signature Pointe on the Lake provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Rehabilitative Care.
Caring– 13 Reviews, Average Rating 3.9
SeniorAdvisor– 44 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 1 Review, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews– No Reviews
What they liked: lovely facility, a lake, a forest, very attractive, pet friendly, place kept up well, clean, affordable, lots of custom care options, in an area handy to many stores [&] restaurants [&] physician offices and hospitals, location is very good – right by a grocery store, awesome view of the park, willing to modify rooms to suit residents, staff attentive and friendly, very warm and cordial, Family feeling – good friends, You feel wanted and cared about, caring and responsive, staff is very courteous and go out of their way to be helpful in all aspects of care giving, They keep me informed regarding my mothers care, [Staff] very prompt and helpful in what was a difficult situation, they look for ways to keep married couples together regardless of different levels of care, [office and sales staff’s] kindness and organizational skills, Speech therapy, staff is very attentive, staff from director to maintenance are considerate and responsive, Staff treated [resident] like family, Skilled Nursing unit very nice, Maintenance department is good, nothing like the stereotypical nursing home facility, Freedom with the option of assistance, dining area was fine, good food and plenty of it, Waiters are great, food seemed pretty good, dessert and vegetables very good, food excellent, the salmon is excellent, Food is super, apartments are comfortable, approximately 500-square foot one-bedroom apartment with a kitchenette, [apt.] has a place for a washer & dryer, a one bedroom with a small kitchen and a bathroom, room…has a big window, some units have patios or balconies, pull cords in the bathroom and bedroom areas [&] grab bars installed and built-in seats in the walk-in showers, vans that run to different places, a lot of [onsite] social events, facilities for exercising, exercise class really helps, church services, singing groups, games, Assisted Living residents can attend Independent Living events
What they didn’t like: only issue is the food, unclean, mis-administered meds, absence of attentiveness by nursing staff, communicated many concerns with several levels of supervision/management with no results, ratio of nurses to people not that good, sometimes not enough waiters, Evidence of leaks [&] bugs, small fridge, Feels institutional, didn’t see much interactions between [residents] and staff, Checkout means “you’re on your own” – no support from Signature, [On Memory Care floor] residents can’t go outside, suggest more variety and better tasting food choices, Memory care…in general looked like a warehousing facility, does not take Medicaid
Sunrise of Hillcrest | Dallas, Texas 75240
Sunrise of Hillcrest offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Respite Care, Personal Care Services, and Skilled Nursing.
Caring– 14 Reviews, Average Rating 3.7
SeniorAdvisor– 26 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 7 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews– 10 Reviews, Average Rating 4.07
What they liked: [Facility] very clean, beautiful, Great entryway, allow pets, Patrick is the house dog, cheerful community, looked like a home rather than a facility, uplifting atmosphere, so homey, facility was clean [&] warm and did not have an institutional feel, memory care has beautiful grounds [for] outdoor walks, seemed extremely safe and secure, bright [&] cheery and has never had that “assisted living smell,” looked that the residents were being very well cared for, a locked dementia care unit on separate floor [&] accessed by a keypad, 2 levels of memory care, small enough loved one does not feel overwhelmed, bed and breakfast feel to it, staff treats residents like family, Common space very much like living at home, gorgeous multi-level courtyard with beautiful foliage and sitting areas, many courtyards, really well maintained, really clean, located [near] many restaurants [&] shopping and grocery stores, staff knows their job and put the guests first, well equipped physical training and medical facilities, staff very cordial and very professional, approachable, They oversee medication management, very caring, Residents care plans reviewed regularly, [staff] accommodate last minute requests, staff take time to get to know each resident and encourage them to get involved, Management is kind [&] caring & available 7 days a week, [Memory Care staff specifically] so loving and compassionate, Our loved one is thriving, [private] rooms very spacious, kitchenette sink wheelchair-accessible, memory care…is very clean [&] homey and comfortable, residents rooms nice with an open feel, bathrooms large with walk-in showers, bathrooms and the layout of the rooms, a lot of window access, memory care dining room was lovely and food extremely good, [staff] seem to be very attentive, aides and med techs…simply incredible – consistently true on even weekends and nights, decent food, the food is excellent, food pretty good, food is healthy, food comforting and tasty, dining room was pretty nice, dining room is large with an elegant vibe, food options great and are served three times a day, fresh snacks in afternoon, Sunrise has great parties & celebrates everything possible, games, cooking classes, exercise classes, memory games, festivals, bingo, tai-chi, There are rooms where you can…play games [or] watch TV or meet and greet other residents
What they didn’t like: continuous changing of management staff, old building, no kitchen [in apartments], The help is so…SLOW, help should be more qualified, decor inside is in serious need of an update, Their rooms a little small, didn’t like the floor plan, way understaffed, If they had more staff their care services would be excellent, noise from LBJ, staff was very unprofessional and took over an hour to serve [a meal], rooms and bathroom both lack plenty of storage space, traffic noise can be a factor, it seems as if they don't really understand [resident’s] need or…diagnosis
The Forum at Park Lane | Dallas, TX 75225
The Forum at Park Lane provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Respite Care and Short-term Stays, Seasonal Stays, Rehabilitation, and Skilled Nursing Care.
Caring– 22 Reviews, Average Rating 4.2
SeniorAdvisor– 7 Reviews, Average Rating 3.5
SeniorHomes– 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
GoldenReviews– No reviews
What they liked: such a warm and welcoming place, clean and well maintained, trees, very attractive and very comfortable, clean and odor free, common areas of the facility are beautiful, constantly working to upgrade the facilities, the hallways, the entry halls, directly across the street from North Park Mall, nearby advanced medical facilities, [near to] great variety of recreational and social venues, staff is friendly, attitude of the staff was excellent, staff …knowledgeable and responsive, office staff was always nice and helpful, staff was exceptional, doctor is careful not to over-medicate, positive and caring environment, Full time activity director with great enthusiasm and ideas, residents have all been delightful, physical therapy people are good, staff very good, staff is wonderful [&] kind and accommodating, very high end place, dress codes for dinners, dining area looked good, dining room…like a restaurant, food delicious, menu excellent, menu appealing, food is fine, food very good, food…was marvelous, Chandelier lighting and tables set for dining, accommodating for those with special diets, rooms very spacious, rooms are bigger at The Forum, corner apartment had lots of light and windows, Residents rooms nice size and open, a call light system, fair amount of storage, bathrooms have hand rails to assist residents and towel racks and storage for organization, granite counter tops, new appliances, [apts. have] lush carpet and/or hardwood flooring, beauty shop, a library, fitness center, daily exercise class, yoga, concierge, line dancing, casino trips, poker and bridge tournaments, going out to dinners and the symphony, museums, Black-out Casino Night, Happy Hour, Bible Study, arts and crafts, Mall shopping trips every Saturday, art classes, live musical entertainment and guest speakers multiple times a week, Bingo, cards, dominos, game nights, a room [for] movies, transportation services that are…punctual and reliable
What they didn’t like: residents seemed depressed, too expensive, assisted living…looked more like skilled nursing, the price and the additional add-on prices, every year effective on February 1st the fees will go up 10-15%, maintenance inside the apartments very poor, Some…staff not very helpful, old and dark with dark drapes and dark furniture, extremely challenging to get from one end [of facility] to another, not enough staff, [management] refused to put in bed rails, [some residents] will have neighbors much lower functioning both cognitively and physically, staff in scrubs, facility could use some updating
The Meridian Kessler Park | Dallas, Texas 75211
The Meridian Kessler Park offers Independent Living and Assisted Living.
Caring– 29 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorAdvisor– 47 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– No reviews
GoldenReviews– No reviews
What they liked: [Facility] Very clean, does not smell, beautiful facility with very large rooms, pets allowed, dog bath in the public laundry room, courtyards nicely kept, quiet part of town, beautiful environment, decorated nicely, close to Bishops Art District, Very upscale and pleasant, beautiful apartments, swimming pool, reasonable price, safe, Residents were engaging, Wonderful personnel, staff was friendly and helpful, Staff has become an extended family, Very…professional and helpful with the move, accommodating staff, reliable and attentive, speech and physical therapists onsite, Bathing – dressing – meds – escorting, age in place and third party hospice options, 24-hour staff, Maintenance team is great, Certified med-techs onsite 24-hours, LVN Nurse during the day…and on call, trained assisted care givers, staff excellent and very knowledgeable, their attitude and the way they do things, All the managers and staff…have given me service above and beyond, great price for what you get, dining room staff so sweet and very attentive, food included in the price, served all three meals, food is really good, food was very good, healthy meals, apartments beautifully appointed, rooms were clean [&] spacious and had a great floor plan, washer and dryer connection in apartments, apartment nice and clean [with] a kitchen, a small one-bedroom apartment with cable [&] a full kitchen w/microwave and refrigerator, kitchen with plenty of cabinets and counter space, once a week cleaning service, many apartments include a balcony, a choir [of residents], free transportation to doctor, scheduled trips to different places like museums and casinos, outings to State Fair, regular social hour on Fridays, Happy Hour, live music, a library, an exercise room, Lunch Bunch meets Fridays, [onsite] salon…Haircuts [&] manicures and pedicures for men as well as women [&] at very reasonable prices, movie theater, shopping trips, chocolate tastings, bingo, church services
What they didn’t like: too many people smoke in their rooms and balconies, management staff too busy to talk to the residents, building is not as clean as it use to be, Deposit still hasn’t been returned six weeks after moving out, food could be improved on, wish activities would be more organized and consistent – Things don’t get done as punishment too often, wish that all the residents would respect each other, [food] portions too small and need more variety
The Reserve at North Dallas [formerly Town Village North Dallas] | Dallas, Texas 75251
The Reserve at North Dallas provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Short-term Care, and Skilled Nursing.
Caring– 28 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 26 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews– No reviews
What they liked: [Facility] beautiful with a very cheerful atmosphere, elegant, accepts pets, always clean, community gorgeous, inside beautifully decorated, on-site home health, very clean, very nice up-to-date place and well run, facility that shows southern hospitality, great location for shopping and doctors, overall feel of positivity, energy is so positive, very wooded area, some green spaces, lobby…clean and fresh with very nice staff, work closely with the Jewish Community Center, nice patio and nice patio furniture, 24 hour care available, assistance with medication, There isn't a nursing home feel, priced right, appeared to be secure and safe, cleanliness of everything, how welcoming everyone was, staff are professional, people wonderful and very friendly, [entire staff] considerate and warm, how friendly the other residents were, staff excellent, maintenance good, in-house PT and OT, In every way possible [staff] accommodated us, very caring and responsive staff, very courteous, a strong commitment to be available, dining room quite nice with plenty of space, nutritious meals, a lot of windows in dining area, food good, food excellent, food satisfactory, food great, healthy food options for all kinds of diets, [onsite] deli/store…residents could purchase coffee [&] soups [&] candy [&] ice cream etc., rooms spacious and beautiful, rooms small but well-organized, rooms nice size and decent bathrooms, rooms very roomy, lots of light, feel of energy, apartments are modern [&] spacious and a real value, efficiency apartment with a kitchenette [&] a full-size refrigerator and stove, dishwasher, washers and driers inside each unit, Kitchen has granite tops, stainless steel [appliances], library impressive, fitness center…with daily classes, treadmills, company van providing transportation for residents to doctor appointment and book reading [&] discussions of the arts [&] museums [&] galleries [&] film and theater, bridge, Bible studies, bingo, games, arts and crafts, happy hour, an active game room, mahjong, They had beauticians and hairdressers come in, beauty shop, a cultural guild membership
What they didn’t like: some [menu] variety but not enough, depressing, rooms were small, [facility] too big…overwhelming, walks to the dining room were extremely long, independent living great…but assisted living wasn't, more of a nursing home atmosphere, [no] underground parking, takes so long for [residents] to get…their food, building very spread out so some rooms too far from the center area, not much grass or greenery and it was quite dark, [apt.] a bit too small, [staff] slow to respond to concerns, bug problem…they weren’t able to fix for 3 weeks, They forgot to run cable into many rooms, maid service lacking a bit, kitchen a bit understaffed, food not so good, food institutional, They didn’t do a great job of introducing loved one to the community, a few problems with follow-through
Villages of Lake Highlands | Dallas, Texas 75238
Villages of Lake Highlands offers Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Respite Care, Rehabilitation, Long-term Care, Outpatient Rehabilitation, and Home Health Services.
Caring– 27 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorAdvisor– 4 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorHomes– 3 Reviews, Average Rating 4
GoldenReviews– No reviews
What they liked: pet-friendly, facility is beautiful [&] clean [&] spacious and secure, nursing and administration staff was friendly [&] caring and skilled, physical therapy, therapists were amazing, memory care, psychiatric support, find the CNA staff to be very kind and helpful, Top management is accessible and also very responsive, each problem has been addressed and resolved to our satisfaction, atmosphere very much like a small close community or family, rehab gym is marvelous, admissions [staff] super friendly and immediately…said “What can we do to help your mom and what does mom need from us?”, Reliable nurses, have an RN on staff 24/7, caring Dr. Kenibrew, staff believe in keeping [residents] as active as they would like to be, staff enjoy the residents and work well with the families, friendly and trustworthy staff that provides personal attention, They are on top of everything and exceeded my expectations, [Staff] gave [Memory Care resident] snacks when she wouldn't eat and got her involved in the activities, They go above and beyond to make each resident comfortable and loved, rehab was outstanding, activities Director is amazing, meals were delicious, good fresh food, really good food, dining room is beautiful – like a restaurant, [apt.] is semi-private [meaning]…there's a wall that divides the…room so it's like [each] has her own private room, garden view, arts and crafts, music therapy, takes them on outings such as trips to the Dallas Museum of Art, music class, dominos, bingo, church on Sundays, movie day, over Christmas they made gingerbread houses, memory care session
What they didn’t like: it was all old, [resident’s] room was small, no sense of community, parking for visitors not sufficient, staff didn’t appear engaged, Seniors were sitting idly alone in hallways, seems the [facility] does not have a good control system to prevent mistakes, not enough staff for daily living – bathing [&] dressing [&] changing, cold [&] clinical [ambiance]
Windsor Senior Living | Dallas, TX 75251
Windsor Senior Living provides Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Short-term Stay.
Caring– 49 Reviews, Average Rating 4.5
SeniorAdvisor– 69 Reviews, Average Rating 4
SeniorHomes– 5 Reviews, Average Rating 4.8
GoldenReviews– No reviews
What they liked: has everything you need, the location, safe & comfortable, elegance, so clean, spotless, beautiful courtyard with atmosphere, residents are friendly, the layout, safe and comfortable, Large facility that won’t make residents feel cramped, Lots of nooks and crannies for sitting, number of elevators in the lobby, luxurious, water fountains inside [the building], [despite street traffic] not loud inside, more like a resort than a retirement community, very secure site, their perspective about aging in place and memory care, VA program assistance, walkways to enjoy the outdoors, reasonably priced, gated grounds, a community garden…the residents [can] work in, parking is underneath the building, valet parking, Medical City just 5 minutes away, resident provided with a name tag and a life safety pendant, rooms gorgeous and spacious, convert from Independent Living to Assisted Living without having to change apartments, care staff always willing to help, Everybody very welcoming, 90% of [staff] will know your name within a week or less, staff very friendly and very willing to talk about things, staff very professional, caregivers kind & efficient, waiting time for care is pretty good, staff are all nice and they do their job right the first time, everyone is helpful [&] respectful and congenial, staff is always present and always helpful, Windsor offers transportation for doctor visits [&] errands & shopping, large dining area on the main floor, dining area very nice [&] very open and bright, 3 good meals per day, they offer full meals, soups & desserts are exceptional, gluten- and sugar-free available, dining room was restaurant-style with OK food, dining room is convenient and the food is good, food is great, 3 or 4 choices per meal time, [food] is nice and healthy, food is outstanding, pastry chef – Diana – is fabulous, food is very good, can get transportation to doctors, Transportation to be scheduled any time, outings to the Texas Rangers Ball game, art galleries, music venues, shopping malls and stores, Arboretum garden planting program, the Dallas Zoo, Perot Museum (with transportation and care givers), shopping trips during the week, bingo, dancing, going out to eat with the R.O.M.E.O. group, Housekeeping takes care of changing your bed [&] cleaning your apartment and laundry once a week, nice-sized room, full length windows with spectacular views of the city and cloud formations, rooms huge, very spacious with lots of closet space, apartment is spacious for two people and well designed, kitchenette is a good size, pull-cords in the bathroom [&] bedroom and kitchen, bathroom equipped with grab bars, walk-in shower with built-in seat, elevated height toilet, full service beauty parlor, computer room, whirlpool and massage therapist, exercise class, nice exercise room, aerobics, balance class, Bible studies, painting classes, billiards room, pool tables, gym, weight training and other equipment, movie room, card room, games, puzzles, knitting classes, volunteer programs making gifts for different charity organizations, Friday’s happy hour with entertainment, sewing group, karaoke, a lot of professional singers come in, They honor all the holidays, Cinco de Mayo…margaritas with alcohol and without, planned card games, entertainment and social hour every day, religious services on weekends, hold quite a few family events throughout year, private dining room, guest suites
What they didn’t like: It’s a converted hotel, didn’t see any activities, building still showing its age, apartments do not have washers and dryers nor do they have stoves, geared toward assisted living than independent living, too much like old hotel rooms, smaller unit does not have a cook top, a lot of staff turnover, dingy walls, not responsive to needs of residents, very dark and outdated, food not always good and when what’s on the menu not always available, [facility awesome but] horrible experience with management, chaos, short staffed, [resident] (who has severe dementia) escaped their “secured” memory care unit repeatedly, not giving [resident] prescribed medication, lots of traffic noise, air pollution