What To Look for in a Premier Senior Living Community

As active older adults transition into retirement, searching for a premier senior living community becomes a pivotal decision. The right community can elevate their retirement living experience …

As active older adults transition into retirement, searching for a premier senior living community becomes a pivotal decision. The right community can elevate their retirement living experience by ensuring a vibrant and engaging environment, offering a maintenance-free lifestyle, and providing security for the future. Because of this, it’s crucial to consider numerous factors to ensure the chosen community aligns with specific needs and preferences.

We’ll dive into the key categories of what you or a loved one should look for in a senior living community to help guide your search.


The location of a senior living community is more than just a geographical aspect; it’s about creating an environment that suits your lifestyle. Look for communities that offer proximity to healthcare facilities, shopping centers, and cultural attractions. Access to nature, parks, and recreational areas can contribute to a better quality of life, promoting both physical and mental well-being.

At Waterstone, each community features a prime location with a range of features, amenities, and options to meet your or your loved one’s needs and preferences.

Waterstone at the Circle

Located in Boston at the foot of Chestnut Hill, Waterstone at the Circle puts you close to the city’s retailers, restaurants, and area attractions.

Waterstone on High Ridge

Close to downtown Stamford, CT, Waterstone on High Ridge offers a continuum of care with a beautiful hillside location near a conservation area.

Waterstone of Lexington

The first thing you’ll notice about Waterstone of Lexington is its stunning mid-century design, situated among the quiet beauty of a wooded conservation area in Lexington, MA.

Waterstone at Wellesley

If you or a loved one are looking for luxury senior living in the Wellesley area, you’ll find it along the banks of the Charles River at Waterstone at Wellesley.

Waterstone of Westchester

Curated style, fulfilling lifestyle, and a beautiful location near fine shops and restaurants in White Plains, NY? You’ll find it all with Waterstone of Westchester.

Levels of Care

Understanding the level of care and living options provided in each retirement community you are considering is paramount in selecting the right location for yourself or a loved one.

Some communities specialize in independent living, while others offer various levels of support, accommodating potential changes in health and wellness over time. At Waterstone, you can often find all of the above, with offerings including:

Independent Living

Enjoy an active lifestyle supported by attentive services and distinctive amenities. If needed, on-site supportive care services are available through valued healthcare providers.

Assisted Living

Communities offering assisted living services feature dedicated support without compromising your or your loved one’s lifestyle. Continue living carefree and enjoying life maintenance-free all while having access to 24-hour personal care.

Memory Care

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with dementia, it’s possible to be supported by Bridges® by EPOCH, which provides world-class memory care services for those within or adjacent to select Waterstone communities.

Active, Wellness-Focused Lifestyle

An active lifestyle is essential for maintaining physical and mental health in older adults. Premier senior living communities will emphasize programs, activities and events that promote socialization, physical fitness, and mental stimulation.

Look for communities that offer fitness centers and indoor pools, walking trails, group exercises classes, and other wellness programs. A robust activity calendar ensures there are ample opportunities for residents to participate in events that align with their interests and hobbies. Within Waterstone communities, you can expect all of this and more.

Engaging Programming

An enriching and diverse range of programs is a hallmark of premier senior living communities. From educational seminars and cultural events to hobby clubs and wellness classes, engaging programming fosters a sense of community and purpose. Evaluate the community’s commitment to providing a stimulating and fulfilling lifestyle through well-planned activities.

At Waterstone Senior Living communities, residents enjoy programs like:

  • Creative art classes
  • Aquatics classes
  • Tai chi and yoga
  • Lifelong learning seminars
  • Book clubs and meet-the-author events
  • Social hours and live entertainment
  • Movie nights
  • Chef demonstrations
  • Competitive card or board games

Premier Amenities

Amenities contribute significantly to the overall lifestyle experience in senior living communities. Look for features that Waterstone Senior Living communities offer, such as:

  • Various dining venues from formal to casual – and even catering
  • Chic and cozy lounges, bistros and bar areas
  • Fitness centers with indoor heated pools
  • Libraries, movie theaters, and card rooms
  • Media and arts centers
  • Outdoor spaces, gardens, and recreational areas
Waterstone on High Ridge model kitchen

Well-Appointed Apartments

One of the best ways to distinguish a premier senior living community is with its apartment features. Most communities offer several floor plan options in a variety of sizes to meet individual preferences, but the style and finishes of an apartment can make all the difference.

Waterstone Senior Living communities feature spacious, pet-friendly apartments with elevated details that make residents feel right at home. Each bright, stylish apartment includes a designer kitchen, luxurious bathroom with walk-in shower, spacious living areas, walk-in closet, washer and dryer, and abundant natural light.

Maintenance-Free Lifestyle

One of the key attractions of senior living communities is the promise of a maintenance-free lifestyle. Premier communities like Waterstone manage tasks such as housekeeping, landscaping, home maintenance, and repairs, allowing residents to enjoy their time without the burden of household chores.

Gourmet Culinary Experience

When searching for a premier senior living community, you can expect the dining experience to stand out from the crowd. At Waterstone communities, the culinary teams create seasonal menus featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Creative dishes that are not only nutritious but please the palate (and are customized to dietary restrictions) are served with hospitality and ambiance in beautiful dining spaces.

The Perfect Option for Premier Senior Living Awaits at Waterstone

For New England seniors, there’s no better place to choose for your retirement than Waterstone Senior Living. To explore our communities, visit our website or contact us today.

Waterstone Senior Living’s driving philosophy is to create more than just beautiful living spaces for seniors; it’s about fostering a sense of home. Waterstone’s premier communities feature stunning architecture and design complemented by convenient amenities, concierge services, exquisite dining experiences, dynamic programs, and dedicated teams ready to serve. With a strong commitment to health and wellness, Waterstone provides luxurious communities where seniors aged 62 and over thrive. Contact us today to schedule a tour to one of our Waterstone communities, located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York.