Holiday Retirement - Georgia
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Holiday Retirement was established in 1971 to provide independent retirement living to America’s seniors. With a genuinely devoted staff who see work as so much more than just a job and friendly neighbors who seem more like family, our Holiday Retirement Georgia communities offer the perfect place from which to enjoy quality senior living. Live-in managers ensure that each resident feels right at home in our Georgia communities. It’s what we like to call “The Holiday Touch.” It’s our signature service that makes life special at our communities.
We are impressed with Rivers Edge. A room was renovated to be like new for my mother. The previous occupant had been in there for quite a number of years, so they replaced the carpet and put down some hardwood in the foyer. They also ended up replacing the heating and airconditioning unit, put new blinds in, and repainted the walls. There’s a beauty salon and a room with exercise equipment. We have eaten there three or four times, and the food has always been just great. They have a good chef. Their main meal is at lunchtime, but they have breakfast, lunch, and supper. There’s a suggested menu each day, but you can substitute other items if you don’t want the main meal for that day. We were favorably impressed with the first visit and nothing has changed since then, my mother has settled in and she likes the place and the staff. The staff is very good. They have two married couples that are the co-managers who live there. My mother has been at Rivers Edge for three weeks now.
My moved my dad into Smoky Springs. My first impression was it was very well taken care of. The property is very nice. Everybody is just so friendly and helpful. It definitely has southern charm. The rooms came in many sizes ranging from, I think, 400 square feet to almost 1,000 square feet. My dad has one of the largest one-bedrooms painted in decorative colors. They have a lot of activities and do daily trips. They have transportation to places and things in-house like volleyball and visiting musicians.
Riverplace looked clean and felt warm. The people around were participating in activities. There's just a general warm feeling to the place. As far as I know, everything's great in terms of the services they provide my dad. Breakfast is good, lunch is OK, but dinner could be improved upon.
I visited Smoky Springs and really liked it. The lady, Susan, was very nice. What we liked the best about it is that there were more apartment-like rooms and lots of clubs and activities, which my mother-in-law would have enjoyed. It was a very welcoming atmosphere, and overall, we liked the experience. We wanted to move in there. The rooms were nice and small but perfect for someone who doesn't have a lot of needs. They were clean and looked like an actual one-bedroom apartment. It's very close to our place, which was also a contributing factor, and the grounds were very well-kept. It was clean, nice, had trees and plenty of parking for guests. Our biggest concern with them was price, but I don't think that can be improved because it wasn't really more or less expensive than any of the other places. Considering what you're getting, it's not a bad deal.
I went to River’s Edge. I looked at a couple of rooms, but they didn’t have full kitchen. They did have partial kitchens. The rooms are nice size though. It is a very nice-looking place. They do have an exercise room, and they have a like a bicycle machine and a stepper. The facility is very well furnished. The lunchroom area is very nice. They have servers there. I was favorably impressed, but I thought the rent was high.
My dad has chosen Smoky Springs. When we walked in, there was a sign with our name on it welcoming us. They offered us a wonderful lunch, and the residents we sat with were very informative. When we took the tour to see the rooms and how things were set up, the staffer was very perceptive that my dad is a very simple man who just wanted a one-bedroom and as little space necessary to survive. No big deal, just a small room. She said that there were other options, but the two rooms that we saw that day were very similar in that they were small but very adequate. In fact, my dad was so excited to have outdoor access, and they have a walking park. He felt very comfortable there and that they could focus on his needs and wants. They have outdoor and indoor activities, a gym, a library, a beauty salon, a shuttle that runs every day if you need it, and doctor shuttles that run twice a week. There’s an enormous amount of resources right there.
I lived at Smoky Springs for about six months. There were a lot of residents that were very welcoming, friendly, and agreeable. We could differ on opinions, but we did it kindly, which I found refreshing and very pleasant. However, the management there changed a lot. They had a whole different system where they had 24-hour management on deck and the managers lived there. There were two sets of married managers, so there was always somebody on call there and had call buttons. It was more caring-oriented. Personally, I did not like the three meals a day provided. However, the fact that it had a greater degree of security was a plus.
My Mom tried this place for a few months and decided to leave. There were several reasons behind her decision. First, it took forever to get even the most basic issues repaired in her apartment. The food was okay when she first got there but quickly dropped in quality as the weeks passed. The staff could be unhelpful to downright rude. I experienced this myself sometimes when I can to visit. They market themselves as independent living but it's clear many of the residents need full-time care. Iris Place plainly cares more about revenue than residents. The constant cost-cutting and shortcuts are visible everywhere.