A Smart Decision


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The Thrive
Point of View

Thrive is built upon the idea that older adults are one of the world’s most valuable resources. They are people with a host of abilities. Their lives were refined by a Depression, wars, and raising teenagers. Here they tell their stories, build new friendships and engage in other challenging pursuits. We believe they have earned the right to enjoy this season of life to its fullest.

Thrive is more than a company that builds living facilities. In fact, around here, we refer to facilities as ‘the f word’. We build communities where older adults come to live. That’s the Thrive way.

Spectrum of Senior Living




Active adult living community


An age-restricted community designed for residents of a certain age, usually 50 or older.

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Think of a cruise ship on land. Perfect for those who physically and mentally are doing great.

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Ideal for older adults who need more care but still want to maintain a certain level of independence.

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A type of assisted living for older adults with some form of diagnosed memory loss.

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Short or long-term care for older adults requiring rehabilitation, or who suffer from serious health issues requiring complex medical services.

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A type of care that focuses on the physical, spiritual and mental needs as well as pain issues of the chronically ill.

What Questions Should I Be Asking?

There are no irrelevant questions. This is the life of your loved one that we’re talking about. It’s important that you leave no stone unturned, no question unasked. Here are a few suggestions to use to compare different senior living communities.

  • What is your staff-to-resident ratio? Do you include any janitors, therapy dogs or water buffalo in that number?

  • Can you explain your hiring process?

  • Do you eat meals here? Is the food nutritious? May I stay for lunch?

  • How do you personalize the way you interact with each resident?

  • What kind of scheduled activities does your community offer? When there aren’t scheduled activities, how do you engage your residents throughout the day?

  • Are there smiles and laughter throughout your community?

  • Can you explain your different levels of care? What is the average level of care for your residents?

  • What steps do you take in creating a resident’s care plan?

  • How does your team adjust to residents’ changing needs?

  • What other costs are there that we have not discussed?

Tips to Make The Move Easier

Moving can be overwhelming, even if the move leads to a better destination. Consider these tips a travel guide for making the transition easier.

  1. Your attitude is crucial. Your loved one will feed off of your emotions. Remember, they are smart. Don’t just put on a happy face. Choose joy in knowing they are moving to Thrive.

  2. Downsize—we recommend two weeks of clothing, two changes of linens, one cozy blanket for watching a movie, and don’t forget a new round of toiletries.

  3. Use our Family Resource Guide and recommendations. They contain a lot of useful information…from finding the right mover to a moving checklist.

  4. Make sure the suite is move-in ready with familiar items.

  5. Finish the move with a meal. Having lunch at the community on move-in day is a great way to wrap-up the first day.

  6. Know what—and what not—to say to your loved one when communicating the move. Ask our community team members for help in this area.

  7. Get to know the community and the people who live here! Attend welcome events to help you get acquainted with both.

  8. Paperwork is tedious, boring and just no fun. With that said, it is crucial for initial success. Be thorough to ensure a smooth ride.

Get the Most From Thrive Living

Money isn’t the key to happiness, but a smart budget definitely helps. Here are a few ideas that can help your older adult really Thrive.

  • Compare apples to apples when considering all-inclusive pricing vs. base rate plus levels of care.

  • Get the most for every dollar spent. Calculate the annual costs of the new residence to learn what level of affordable care is best for your loved one.

  • Will your loved one’s home need to be sold? If so, choose a real estate agent who specializes in Senior Real Estate. They know the ins and outs of this market and can help you manage the process.

  • Selling your loved one’s assets? Use a company that specializes in this service.

  • Veterans benefits can help allay many of the costs. Check if your loved one qualifies.

  • Take advantage of IRS tax deductions related to senior care for both the loved one and the family caregiver.