Northern Kentucky has a wide range of options for people seeking senior centers for themselves or for loved ones. And many of these senior communities understand the importance of providing facilities that are both safe and that allow their residents to thrive.

Panorama Apartments in Covington is one such community. “We have so many activities throughout the year,” says resident manager Barbara Garcia. These activities include St. Patrick’s Day parties, quarterly happy hours and an art studio. Residents, who must be 62 or older, also have the option to garden in one of Panorama’s individual garden plots. “Seniors vote on the best garden,” Garcia says, “and they get a little prize.”

A library also comes by the apartment complex twice a month, giving residents the opportunity to check out books and movies. Transportation services are provided for shopping trips to the grocery store. The driver is trained to assist less able-bodied residents who need help doing their shopping. For those who prefer to eat in, a restaurant is located in the complex that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant, called the Twin Bistro, has dine-in and delivery options, and residents never pay tips or delivery fees. Grills are provided for residents who want to take their dining experience into the outdoors. Cookouts are one of the activities Panorama provides, but Garcia says that many residents enjoy grilling out with their families.

Panorama also has a wide range of apartment options. In the 241-room building, there are one-bedroom, two-bedroom and efficiency apartments, each with its own heating and air conditioning units. The two smaller-sized apartments have carpeted floors, window treatments, fully equipped kitchens and walk-in showers to provide additional safety for residents. Walk-in closets are also included in some of the units.

There are a number of other Northern Kentucky facilities with special programming, like Elmcroft in Florence. This assisted living community has programs like Second Wind Dreams, which provides seniors with the opportunity to live out their dreams even in their advanced years. According to Elmcroft’s website, the program is designed to “renew hope and encourage a positive outlook.” Some of the activities mentioned are reuniting with family and swimming with dolphins.

Elmcroft also offers a program called Walking Tall, which promotes awareness of falling risks and educates seniors on ways in which they can minimize their chances of falling and potentially injuring themselves. This is a part of the Vitality Club, in which “a unique wellness profile and individualized program of daily activities is created for each resident.” The Vitality Club combines this wellness approach with fun activities like the Port of Call event, during which participants can taste foods from around the world.

Emeritus at Edgewood realizes the importance of keeping things fresh. The Brookdale senior living community has a fall festival, karaoke and a Monte Carlo night. These events all take place in a facility that includes a courtyard, gardens and a lake.

While these programs are wonderful, safety and convenience are also important things to look for in retirement communities. Many of these communities have varying degrees of lifestyles. Colonial Heights and Gardens, for example, has options for residential independent living, personal care assisted living and personal care memory impaired living. Assisted living is recommended for people who need assistance with daily tasks, while memory impaired care is for residents who have mild to moderate memory impairment. These various degrees of lifestyles give potential residents the ability to choose what level of care is appropriate when moving in. Residents who already live at Colonial Heights and Gardens also enjoy easy transition from one lifestyle to another, which means that they don’t have to completely change locations if they need more assistance.

Owenton Center is another one of Northern Kentucky’s senior living options with plenty of attention to medical care. All 100 beds in Owenton are dual-certified, meaning that they are certified by both Medicare and Medicaid. According to a Medical Services Administration bulletin circulated by the Michigan Department of Community Health, dual-certified beds “maximize access for beneficiaries,” giving more potential residents the option of moving to Owenton Center.

Other services include physical therapy, dementia care and transportation. “We also have our own van that we provide for our dialysis patients,” says Pam Smoot, director of admissions. Owenton Center has a wide variety of medical services, including two speech therapists, the option for long or short-term stay, hospice care and wound care.

That’s not to say that Owenton doesn’t have plenty of amenities, as well. “We have a wide range of activities,” says Smoot. “We have singing groups that come in on a regular basis, popcorn and movie [nights], card games and outdoor trips like shopping, fishing and cookouts.” The Genesis HealthCare-owned facility also provides a number of amenities to make the transition to senior living easier, including beauty shop services, private balconies and porches, an activity room and the option to bring pets along.

As a whole, Northern Kentucky has a plethora of retirement and senior living options, ranging from fully independent living to nursing home care. What ties all of these facilities together is their dedication to taking care of their residents’ health as well as ensuring their happiness. For seniors who wish to maintain access to shops, churches and attractions, there are plenty of options. Many of Northern Kentucky’s retirement communities are located close to shopping and churches in locations like MainStrasse and downtown Cincinnati. Transportation to these places of interest is often provided for seniors who are unable to easily get themselves there.

Many of these senior living communities offer tours and can offer detailed overviews of their facilities and the amenities and services provided, as well as pricing.

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