This locally owned assisted living community opened in 2000, and is frequently filled to capacity, with no immediate vacancies.
Pets are welcome here, which is unique in the area.
There are nice gardens with bright flowers planted on the outside for residents to tend and enjoy in a pleasant setting that includes a stream and gazebo.
The activities offered are the usual things"”most of them are inside rather than offsite.
The meals are served family style, and residents complain about the quality of food and selections offered.
There are 100 apartments available, and the total cost is determined by a "point" system. For example, the base price is $3,500 for studio or $4,100 for a one-bedroom unit, both of which also come with 9 points. Those points may be used for goods and services there--3 points may be for laundry, 6 points for monitoring medication.
There are six caregivers on duty during the day and two at night"”only one of whom is an LPN; that staffing level is insufficient for 100 residents.
Gardens at Columbine may be a good fit for those who are fairly independent and able to make their own choices and don't need a lot of additional care and services.
-Ruth Hillesheim, a social worker with extensive nursing home experience, with an emphasis on Alzheimer's and dementia care.