In Their Own Words

Comfort Keepers

Comfort Keepers is a premier senior care service that provides choices for seniors and their families right within their own home. Comfort Keepers assists with household tasks, such as light housekeeping and meal preparation, and personal care tasks, such as bathing and grooming. Comfort Keepers also offers their clients a wide range of companionship services including conversation, walks, errands (including transportation), as well as assistance with hobbies and other interests. The services available through Comfort Keepers ranges from in-home care, interactive care giving and respite care to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease care, assistance in transitioning homes and private duty nursing care. By providing the right mix of in-home senior care services, they are able to help loved ones maintain independence while enhancing their quality of life. 


The Crossings at Columbia 

In February 2015, Columbia will welcome The Midlands’ newest state-of-the-art Assisted Living and Memory Care Community. The Crossings at Columbia will provide the comforts of home, the care of professionals and the energy of life to seniors seeking exceptional care. Developed and managed by Harmony Senior Services, a Virginia-based, family-owned company, The Crossings will set a new standard for “Great Living” with a wide array of options including spacious studios and large one and two bedroom apartments. Harmony’s philosophy of combining quality senior care with exceptional value and service will be evident throughout, both in the assisted living apartment homes and Harmony Square, their memory care neighborhood. 

Located near Providence Hospital Northeast, The Crossings will offer numerous, unique amenities, such as Farm-to-Table Dining — which sources food from local farms and orchards, providing their residents a delicious, healthy, culinary experience and supporting the local community. In addition to pleasing their residents’ palettes, they provide on-site clinical support fulltime, giving the residents and families peace of mind. 

Overseeing the day-to-day operations, the management team brings more than 50 years combined experience to The Crossings, providing immediate response to any resident or family question, concern or need. As a result, there is not a senior care provider that embraces the philosophy of exceptional care with greater passion or experience. Stop by the welcome center or call today, for they are looking forward to meeting you. 


Daybreak Adult Care Services

Going on 15 years in business, Daybreak Adult Care Services has provided nonmedical services to seniors in their own homes. Seniors’ needs can vary greatly — some might just need someone to help them run errands or take care of a pet. Others might need around-the-clock assistance. Care is generally given in private residences, but some clients are in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. 

Daybreak employs about 180 workers. “We’re a locally owned business with many resources,” Owner Coker Day states. “If a caregiver can’t make it to work one day, someone else will be there. Because we make the decisions, we are flexible and are able to take special care of our clients.” Daybreak doesn’t want “a revolving door” of people coming in and out. “We do everything in our power to make sure you don’t have too many caregivers and that you have consistent caregivers following your personalized care plan.”

Daybreak Adult Care serves clients in Columbia, Lexington, Aiken and Hilton Head.    


Hearing Healthcare of South Carolina

“Our practice prides itself on taking care of each patient as if they were our own family member to receive the best possible hearing outcome,” says Fred Lara, owner and licensed specialist of Hearing Healthcare of South Carolina. Jeanny and Fred Lara joined Hearing Healthcare more than 15 years ago. After seeing the joy brought back into their own family, they were inspired to help others with hearing loss.

Their compassion for patient care was built around the mutual agreement of honor, integrity and trust with each patient. They aim to provide the greatest hearing care experience possible by abiding to the ideal standards that define them. No two people are alike and neither are their hearing losses and lifestyle needs. Hearing Healthcare offers an array of affordable options to meet every budget, cosmetic and hearing loss necessity. 

They’re state licensed specialists who use a personalized approach in recommending hearing aid options to best meet every patient’s preferences. “At Hearing Healthcare, we value your need to hear well so you can live your life to the fullest. To do this, our goal is to offer the hearing impaired all of our knowledge, expertise, patience, but most of all, our respect for you and your hearing healthcare,” says Fred. “Our priority is bringing back the quality of life that each patient and their family and friends deserve.”


Laurel Crest Retirement Center

Filet Mignon … Shrimp Scampi … Lamb Chops … Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Sugared Pecans … sound tempting? All are menu options from the Riverside Dining Room at Laurel Crest. Life at Laurel Crest is like being at a resort. From amazing meals served table-side to an abundance of activities like painting, jewelry making, line dancing, musical performances, bridge, movies and day trips, there is something for everyone. Laurel Crest’s extraordinary staff and warm welcoming environment set the tone for a wonderful, active lifestyle. 

Laurel Crest is a continuing care retirement community nestled along the banks of the Saluda River. Laurel Crest offers independent living in finely appointed apartment and cottage residences and allows residents to progress through the higher levels of care; assisted living, memory care and nursing care. Their residents join them from various places and walks of life. They welcome you to become part of their unique community!


Lutheran Homes of South Carolina

Choose Lutheran Homes of South Carolina and embark on an enriching journey for successful aging. A trusted provider of older adult services for more than 100 years, Lutheran Homes welcomes people of all faiths and offers a comprehensive care continuum throughout the Midlands, Upstate and Lowcountry. 

BeWell Homes Services offers a diverse selection of in-home, non-medical support including assistance with personal care, housework, transportation, meal preparation and companionship. BeWell also provides Personal Emergency Response Systems and a programmable medication dispenser as well as reminder systems. 

Continuing care retirement communities offer independent adults a choice of single-family patio homes, cottages or apartments with amenities to enable active and chore-free lifestyles. When more help is needed Assisted Living provides just the right amount of support with daily living and care. Their Flexible Assisted Living program gives families an affordable option to share the benefits of participating in daily programs and living in their current home. Homeward Bound offers a transitional stay, too. 

Memory Support programs are more than secured with certified staff providing specialized care, life enrichment programs and family support for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory concerns. Compassionate and skilled care teams in Rehabilitation and HealthCare Centers deliver individualized treatment and support for short-term recovery and long-term care. Outpatient therapy programs offer continuity of treatment while remaining at home.

Lutheran Hospice caregivers help people with life-limiting illnesses or injuries and their families focus on quality of life and comfort. 

“Whenever one enters our service continuum, we focus on whole person wellness,” says Denise Dickinsen, vice president, Planned Growth and Development. “We’re about encouraging older adults to achieve successful aging by maintaining their independence and enjoying life through engaging in fulfilling activities of their choice.”

Their award-winning BeWell program promotes six wellness components for holistic living; spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, social and vocational. Lutheran Homes believes that wellness can be optimized at any stage of life, and the staff guides individuals to selecting the programs that best fit individual needs and interests. Some people desire cultural enrichment or spiritual renewal, while others thrive with bustling activity and social interaction. Across the service continuum, Lutheran Homes has a combination of programs to suit all needs. 

Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Franke at Seaside — Mount Pleasant, Rice Estate — NE Columbia, the Heritage at Lowman — White Rock, RoseCrest — Inman, Trinity on Laurens — Aiken. Lutheran Hospice and BeWell Home Services: Lowcountry, Midlands, Upstate, Aiken and the SC Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). It’s your choice. Choose Lutheran Homes of South Carolina … Choose to live well. 


Oakleaf Village

Oakleaf Village of Lexington opened its doors 13 years ago, and many of their original employees are still with them today. “We have been here long enough that word-of-mouth from happy residents and families is our biggest referral source,” according to Keren Pickard, marketing director for Oakleaf Village. “I often marvel over how wonderful our staff is. There’s a noticeable difference when staff members are proud of the work they do. We really become an extended family because there’s a strong bond when you are intimately involved in caring for people year after year.”

During the holidays you may see that your family member needs a little socialization, or help with activities of daily living. If so, visit Oakleaf Village and see what everyone is talking about.  

Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina

“Known for its warmth, friendliness and gracious hospitality.” Ask a resident or family member why they chose the Columbia Presbyterian Retirement Community and the answer usually sounds like this …

“The minute we walked in the door it just felt right. Everyone was so warm and friendly with both staff and residents greeting and welcoming us. The people made us feel immediately comfortable and we knew we had found the right place because it felt like home.”

So go the comments of the people who have chosen Columbia Presbyterian Community to be their home. Sandy Olson, director of marketing and sales, explains, “We have a special name for our unique brand of warmth and friendliness — it’s called Gracious Hospitality. And, it’s more than a name, it is a special culture we’ve worked hard to create through new employee training, programs such as our special welcome orientation for new residents and services with a person-centered focus.” Gracious Hospitality takes customer service to a higher level, and it is one of the most distinctive features of the community.


Senior Matters

Senior Matters is the premier provider of caregiver/companion services, legal guardianship and certified case management services to geriatric and disabled individuals throughout South Carolina.

At Senior Matters, licensed, certified and trained professionals provide continuity of caregiver or certified case management services to reduce miscommunications, time, stress and undue costs to their clients which includes but is not limited to: older adults, adults with intellectual and/or acquired disabilities, veterans, active military and substance abuse/vulnerable adult populations.

Serving South Carolina since 1997, their Certified Care Managers (CCM) provide information and identify resources for their clients and their families to make informed decisions in regards to quality healthcare, well-being and day-to-day living.


Still Hopes

Beautifully landscaped and just minutes from downtown Columbia, Still Hopes is 39 acres of worry-free, resort style living with the added safety and peace of mind of a continuing care retirement community. Adults live independently with true peace of mind, knowing everything they need to age in place is there, including in-home assistance and skilled nursing and memory care, without ever having to leave their community.

The healthy lifestyle programs at Still Hopes truly set the community apart. These programs offer physical and mental exercise designed to help reduce frailty and stress, manage chronic disease and promote self-reliance, humor and total well-being. 

Experienced, credentialed staff guide participants on a path to total wellness as they help them re-discover their confidence to achieve and celebrate their personal best. The programs are open to members of the community as well as the residents of Still Hopes. 

“Seniors today want a lifestyle that is built around wellness. Our definition of wellness is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease,” says Danny Sanford, CEO of Still Hopes. 

The new luxury cottages at Indigo Woods introduce this new lifestyle to seniors in their area. “With Indigo Woods, residents have much more than a beautiful home; they enjoy all the amenities of resort-style living and a worry-free, wellness-centered lifestyle,” explains Danny. Each of the new cottages features an open floor plan with two bedrooms, two baths and a den. The cottages have refined finishes, private garages, outdoor living spaces, large walk-in closets, fully equipped kitchens with premium appliances, washer and dryer and emergency all-service system. Basic utilities are also included.

The benefits of living at Indigo Woods include the state-of-the-art Wellness Center with heated pool, fitness classes and nature trails; lifelong learning programs and a chapel for ecumenical worship — all within a short drive to downtown Columbia for shopping, dining and entertainment. 

Main Street, a newly constructed center of social confluence at Still Hopes, includes a sky lit atrium, market, library, café, business center, salon, several gourmet dining venues, a piano bar and large entertainment venues.

The cottages at Indigo Woods offer four distinct floor plans ranging in size from 1575 to 1903 square feet and beginning in the mid $300,000s. For more information on Indigo Woods, contact Director of Marketing, Stewart Rawson.


The Haven in The Summit

Five Star Senior Living owns and operates independent, assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient physical therapy clinics across the nation. Their programs, including their innovative Bridge to Rediscovery Alzheimer’s and dementia care program, are recognized nationally through the Assisted Living Federation of America’s (ALFA) “Best of the Best” Awards and other industry honors. A trusted name in senior care with more than 200 facilities and communities in 31 states, the standards they have set inspire them to go beyond what is expected — becoming a valued member of their community, striving to surpass every government standard and keeping communication open, honest and responsive. The Haven in the Summit, located in the northeast of Columbia is Five Star’s premier community for the memory impaired offering a truly unique, safe and secure environment.    


The Village at Southlake

Outstanding recreation, shopping and cultural experiences await you when you move to The Village at Southlake. Here you’ll find personal touches and activities unique to this vibrant community and a comfortable lifestyle that is right for you. Just two miles from downtown Lexington, The Village at Southlake combines the beauty and recreation of Lexington with the amenities and services you’ve come to expect from an exceptional retirement community.  

The extra effort taken to ensure each detail at The Village at Southlake is above par when it comes to enjoyment and convenience. Each residence is well-appointed with beautiful finishes and is designed with you in mind. You will have the opportunity to continue your active lifestyle while still enjoying all of the extras that are offered, including: monthly rental with no buy-in or long-term lease; well-appointed finishes in each residence; active and an engaging Life Enrichment program; three meals served daily from the seasonal menu designed by the chef; maintenance and landscaping; all utilities except for telephone; weekly housekeeping service; emergency call system; swimming pool and fitness center; outdoor walking paths and pond; private clubhouse; and a washer and dryer in each residence. Pets are welcome.

Are you ready to take advantage of a senior community that caters to your tastes? To learn more about The Village at Southlake, call (803) 356-1158 and schedule your personal tour and complimentary dining experience. Escape to The Village at Southlake and join them for the good life.

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