Best Senior Living: Caring Stars 2017

America's Best Senior Living Communities This Year

Choosing a residential community where you or an aging loved one will spend the golden years is a huge decision. And these days, there are more choices than ever of a higher caliber than ever before – instead of the dreary retirement homes of the past, today’s senior living communities are vibrant centers where older adults can do everything from learning a new computer program to getting their nails done or taking in a local museum with their fellow residents, all while receiving any assistance they may need.

Those searching for senior living options will make their decision based on a variety of factors – including the level of care needed, the planned length of stay in in the community and the specific amenities, special features and social atmosphere that can have a big effect on quality of life. This list of the most-acclaimed senior living communities nationwide helps you wade through the dizzying array of residential senior care options available, using reviews from consumers just like you across the U.S.

This year, we’ve added a few new types of senior living communities to the list – in addition to top-rated assisted living and memory care communities, we’re also awarding Caring Stars to highly rated independent living communities and care homes. We made the requirements for this honor more stringent this year – which means that the winning communities had to have a high volume of positive ratings (and a response to every negative review) in order to be listed here.

Click on the state tabs below to see which communities earned the Caring Star distinction in your state this year.

Looking for top in-home care agencies instead? See our list of in-home care winners


County Caring Stars
Benton Apple Blossom

County Caring Stars
Alameda Heritage Estates
The Parkview
Contra Costa Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor
Montecito
El Dorado Eskaton Lincoln Manor
Eskaton Lodge Cameron Park
Eskaton Village Placerville, Assisted Living
Eskaton Village Placerville, Independent Living
Fresno Cottonwood Court Assisted Living and Memory Care
Oakmont of Fresno
Kern Brookdale Riverwalk
Los Angeles Atria Rancho Park
Belmont Village Burbank
Brookdale Antelope Valley
Brookdale Monrovia
Bridgecreek
Rancho Village
Fair Oaks by Regency Park
Hollenbeck Palms
Sunrise of Playa Vista
Monterey Sunrise of Monterey
Orange Brookdale Anaheim Hills
Carmel Village Retirement Community
Emerald Court
Kirkwood Orange
Morningside of Fullerton
Rowntree Gardens
Sunrise of Huntington Beach
Placer Mistywood
Oakmont of Roseville
Riverside Atria Palm Desert
Atria Park of Vintage Hills
Brookdale Hemet
The Camelot
The Village Assisted Living
Sacramento Atria El Camino Gardens
Eskaton FountainWood Lodge
Eskaton Monroe Lodge
Eskaton Village Carmichael
Oakmont of Carmichael
San Bernardino Atria Del Rey
Valencia Commons
San Diego Vista Gardens Memory Care
Wesley Palms
San Joaquin Prestige Assisted Living at Manteca
Somerford Place of Stockton
San Mateo Marymount Greenhills Retirement Community
Santa Clara Pacific Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Support
Merrill Gardens at Campbell
Shasta Willow Springs Alzheimer's Special Care Center
Sonoma Springfield Place
Tulare Walnut Park
Ventura AlmaVia of Camarillo
Cypress Place Assisted Living
The Lexington Assisted Living

County Caring Stars
Kootenai North Star Retirement Community

County Caring Stars
Sedgwick The Regent

County Caring Stars
Jefferson Symphony at Valley Farms

County Caring Stars
Orleans Landing at Behrman Place

County Caring Stars
Cumberland Bay Square at Yarmouth

County Caring Stars
Anne Arundel Sunrise of Severna Park
Baltimore Oak Crest Parkville
Frederick Sunrise of Frederick
Prince Georges Arbor Terrace Senior Living of Lanham

County Caring Stars
Jackson The Gardens

County Caring Stars
Yellowstone Highgate Senior Living

County Caring Stars
Douglas Elk Ridge Village

County Caring Stars
Strafford Maple Suites

County Caring Stars
Sandoval Fairwinds - Rio Rancho

County Caring Stars
Davidson The Perryman House
Forsyth Creekside Terrace
Wake Sunrise at North Hills

County Caring Stars
Jackson Tamarack Assisted Living Center
Oklahoma Copper Lake Estates

County Caring Stars
Providence The Village at Waterman Lake

County Caring Stars
Berkeley Summit Place of Daniel Island
Greenville Haywood Estates
Horry Eagle Crest
Lexington Deepwood Estates
Richland The Haven in the Summit

County Caring Stars
Arlington Sunrise of Arlington VA
Chesapeake Georgian Manor
Lighthouse Pointe
Fairfax Spring Hills Mount Vernon
Spotsylvania Chancellor's Village

County Caring Stars
Pierce Point Defiance Village
Spokane Fairwinds - Spokane

County Caring Stars
Milwaukee Harbour Village
Racine St. Monica's Senior Living


See the first-ever list of in-home care agencies to earn the Caring Stars distinction.