Colonial Gardens Alzheimer’s Special Care Center
At Colonial Gardens, specialized memory care is all they do. The philosophy of care used by the community was developed after owner Jerry Erwin’s mother, Margaret, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Margaret lived with the disease for seven years. Following her passing, Jerry realized there was a tremendous need for specialized dementia care. In 1993, he and his family opened their first dedicated Memory Care Community. Since then, the company has grown as hundreds of families have entrusted Colonial Gardens and their sister communities to care for their loved ones.
Colonial Gardens provides customized care for each resident, suited to individual needs. Assisted living services are provided in a secured environment. The distinctive memory care program, “Meaningful Moments,” is focused on those with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias. Honoring the experience of aging is the mission.
In the spring of 2003, David Coker’s grandmother had a stroke. “My mother and her sister were constantly running back and forth to assist her with her needs, and they really needed a break,” he says. After doing a little research about Comfort Keepers and learning that the organization has 600-plus franchise offices nationwide, David eventually met with them in Ohio and decided to bring Comfort Keepers’ same services to South Carolina.
“It has been a great experience ever since, providing quality care for so many seniors and others throughout the Midlands and being one of the few business I know of where you are fortunate enough to get thank you cards from your clients,” David shares. Comfort Keepers has been able to provide services to thousands of clients in the Columbia area. Currently, in fact, Comfort Keepers now operates in the Florence and Sumter markets as well.
“We provide assistance with household tasks, such as light housekeeping and meal preparation, and personal care tasks, such as bathing and grooming,” David explains.
In addition, Comfort Keepers offers clients a wide range of companionship services, including conversation, walks, errands (including transportation), as well as assistance with hobbies and other interests. “By providing the right mix of in-home senior care services, we are able to help your loved ones maintain independence while enhancing their quality of life,” says David.
Columbia Presbyterian Community
“Wow, Columbia Presbyterian really is a ’One stop shop!’” These are words of relief from adult children who recently helped their parents decide to move to the Life Plan Community during a health care crisis.
Life Plan Communities, a.k.a. Continuing Care Retirement Communities, offer a full spectrum of lifestyle options that include a continuum of health care all on the same campus giving peace of mind for the “what ifs” in life. Patio homes and apartments are available for people who are still quite active and just want a convenient lifestyle. Health care options include assisted living, memory support, Medicare certified short-term rehabilitation, and skilled nursing care. Residents realize the advantages Columbia Presbyterian provides, especially when health or personal care needs arise.
Each retirement community is different; visits are encouraged to learn more. Don’t wait for a crisis.
Merrill Gardens at Columbia
Merrill Gardens at Columbia will offer the best in vibrant senior living. Located in downtown Columbia’s BullStreet redevelopment, this new senior living community is just steps away from Segra Park professional baseball stadium. Enjoy the BullStreet lifestyle with an impressive array of amenities at your fingertips.
Experience the excitement of in-town living and then retreat to your private air-conditioned apartment with a patio, full kitchen, and washer/dryer. You can explore their bistro, fitness area, and private movie theater.
You can enjoy more at Merrill Gardens at Columbia! Their community is designed to meet your individual needs and give you the freedom to be yourself. They offer independent living, assisted living, and memory care from a family-owned company that knows connection is everything.
Solutions for Living at Home
Solutions for Living at Home has helped improve the quality of life for many people in the community by providing assistance and care to individuals of all ages and varying circumstances. Services include meal preparation, housekeeping, transportation, shopping, companionship, and assistance with bathing, dressing, and more. They can assist you during respite care, recovery from a surgery or chronic illness, help with an aging parent, or by just providing a helping hand with simple chores.
They are a community-based home care ministry that strives to exceed the needs and expectations of those served, while embracing the Still Hopes values. They have served the community for more than 11 years, and services are provided by experienced professionals who are rigorously screened, carefully selected, and trained.
Still Hopes Episcopal Community
Tucked back off Knox Abbott Drive, there is a special place that not only boasts a stunning setting situated on 44 pristine acres, but also award-winning facilities. That special place is called Still Hopes.
Still Hopes has been awarded the title of Best Retirement Community in the Midlands for 15 years in a row. In a recent survey, 99 percent of Still Hopes’ residents reported their only regret is that they wished they had moved to Still Hopes sooner. Still Hopes provides a premiere service package, facilities, living arrangements, and programming for active living. Still Hopes has taken the time and made the investment to earn recognition as the Premiere Life Plan Community in the Midlands.
Still Hopes is robust and community-centered on the seven dimensions of wellness. On the campus, you will find a 15,000 square foot Center for Wellness, complete with a therapy pool, lap pool, water aerobics, and massage rooms. Just outside the Wellness Center is a beautiful forest complete with paved walking trails and specialized equipment strategically placed for land-based exercise. Still Hopes employs three full-time Wellness staff members who are highly trained and work alongside you to help you reach your fitness goals. The campus also enjoys two salons where you can have your hair done and also receive a manicure or pedicure. Still Hopes has four dining venues, with the fifth currently under construction. Their five-star Medicare Rehabilitation Suite boasts all private rooms with private bathrooms, along with a dining venue all its own. Still Hopes has full-time chaplaincy services, along with a soaring chapel to help bolster your spiritual wellness. Still Hopes also offers full-time social services for those looking for assistance during life transitions. The Still Hopes Life Enrichment Programs arrange excellent programs, both day and overnight trips, and concerts featuring groups like the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
All of these beautiful features barely scratch the surface of what Still Hopes has to offer. You truly need to come visit this campus to experience it for yourself and discover the worry-free lifestyle. Come and find out about the joy and benefit of living in a robust community. It is a place like none other.
The Harmony Collection at Columbia
The Harmony Collection at Columbia community offers a peaceful, secure, and active environment for all residents. They offer their independent living residents an active lifestyle, freeing them up for recreation and travel. Rather than working on home and yard maintenance, their residents enjoy a fuller living experience, meeting new friends and enjoying retirement. For residents needing more care, they provide a supportive environment. Each day, compassionate and specially trained caregivers ensure residents enjoy both large and small accomplishments and experience loving care, dignity and respect.
Their staff treats your loved ones as family. During the first days they connect with family many times to help create a smooth transition. Whether it is their life enrichment directors, nurses, care staff, or administrative team, they believe that life is about engaging with others. Whether you are an independent living, assisted living, or memory care resident, The Harmony Collection at Columbia truly becomes a part of your family.
The Heritage at Lowman
Coming in 2020, two new rental pocket apartment neighborhoods, called The Courtyards at Lowman, are suited for people who seek to live in a connected and supportive place. This new independent living model reflects the Heritage at Lowman’s lifestyle values for comfortable Southern living nestled in a quiet neighborhood. The expansive 200 acre-plus natural setting is rich with green spaces, large trees, walking trails accented by outdoor exercise stations, gardens, and a stocked fishing pond. Just minutes from Columbia Centre, Harbison shopping, restaurant venues, and Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital, residents enjoy a care-free lifestyle while being close to urban conveniences and amenities.
Each pocket neighborhood includes seven one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments ranging from 740 to 1,018 square feet. Floor plans are attentively designed for maximum flow and natural light and feature walk-in closets, accessible bathing, side-by-side washers and dryers, open kitchens with stainless appliances, granite countertops throughout, wall-to-wall carpeting, and luxury vinyl plank flooring.
The apartments are arranged around an attractive central courtyard with landscape design and livable porches to enhance outdoor recreation and interaction among neighbors. An attached community room provides an indoor gathering space and serves as a shared venue for neighborhood and private social events. Residents may walk through the common courtyard to enter their front doors or rear patio porches, which provide entries with golf cart charging pads. A dedicated vehicle parking spot is provided just a short walk away. Although the apartments are connected together, the design ensures privacy with careful window placement.
Outdoor walking paths and sidewalks connect the apartment homes to the community Wellness Center offering bistro dining, a full fitness center with indoor pool and whirlpool spa, fitness class areas and equipment, gathering spaces, chapel, and gift shop. Courtyard Apartment conveniences include BeWell Wellness Programs with personalized wellness assessment, instruction and guidance, and scheduled spiritual, social, physical, emotional, intellectual, and vocational programs. A maintenance-free lifestyle includes bi-weekly housekeeping, landscaping, and grounds keeping. Personal emergency response systems, utilities, Wi-Fi, and priority access to the Lutheran Homes service continuum are also included.
The Courtyards at Lowman offers a unique rental option to enjoy the Heritage at Lowman independent lifestyle without submitting a large up-front entrance fee payment. Expressions of interest for priority apartment selection will soon be available. Get connected to the shared pocket neighborhood experience.
Watercrest Assisted Living and Memory Care
At Watercrest Columbia, you’ll find more than a beautiful, luxurious residence to call your own, because their delivery of care is as unique as their resort style service. You will discover outstanding caregivers and extraordinary care tailored to your preferences. Indulge in all your favorites from their private-label Watercrest wines, to beer and brats, to fresh locally grown organic fare served to your liking. Cultural programs, interesting activities, and extraordinary outings are simply a part of everyday life.
Their comfortably classy design welcomes you with a stunning promenade, fireplace, signature water wall, pool, salon and spa, grand balconies, and Southern style outdoor living spaces. Also, their world-class Market Street Residence enlivens the senses, creating unique opportunities to create meaningful connections. Replace uncertainty, worries, and fears for an engaging lifestyle filled with outstanding dining, unsurpassed personal care, and a concierge who anticipates your every need and provides a solution for every concern.
Watercrest associates share a purpose and passion for serving others. As neighbors, family members, and friends, they share the emotional connection that inspires a sense of community at each location. They are committed to doing their part to positively influence the fulfillment of needs in home towns, while supporting residents in staying connected in meaningful ways. The team fondly calls this company-wide effort “Common Unity” initiatives.
Nestled on 37 acres, Wildewood Downs is Columbia’s award-winning senior living community. Situated in northeast Columbia off Polo Road and adjacent to Sesquicentennial Park, this gated retirement community is surrounded by serenity. Boasting three ponds, lush landscaping, and an oasis from the surrounding city, it is easy to see why Wildewood Downs is a top-rated community in Soda City.
As a Continuing Care Retirement Community, Wildewood Downs offers a full continuum of care (independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and senior rehabilitation), all in one place. The benefit of living in a CCRC is that no matter what stage of aging you or your loved one may encounter, you will have to look no further than your current homestead. Wildewood Downs offers care services and in-home care without having to relocate.
This upscale retirement community is steeped in southern hospitality, complemented by modern amenities and quality care services. The community’s leadership team and staff members are committed to their number one goal: helping seniors live longer, healthier, happier lives. Their mission is achieved by embracing a wellness philosophy in every aspect of daily life at Wildewood Downs. Through award-winning fitness programming, freshly prepared dining, unique daily social events, and a continuum of care designed to allow members to remain as independent as possible, members can live a carefree life if they desire.
Wildewood Downs offers upscale home choices and a variety of floor plans to fit their residents’ needs. Floor plans include two to three-bedroom cottage homes, one to three bedroom and studio villa apartments. Each home is inclusive, with maintenance free living, weekly housekeeping, safety features, and transportation services. Additionally, they are pet friendly, so your furry family members are welcome.