My Mom, who is 80, has had an apartment in SC's independent living facility for almost a year. It was difficult at first, coming from her own home, but she has made many new friends and she enjoys the activities, including bingo and movies. To summarize, it has been wonderful for her and now she loves it. I've found the staff to be very, very concerned for the residents. They make the place feel very intimate. Some residents spend more time in their apartments; others get out and about and interact more, taking advantage of more of the activities and so on. So it depends on the person. The Executive Director's philosophy is to help people stay “independent” in as many areas of their lives for as long as possible. So if someone needs an extra service, they try to arrange to provide that service or have it brought in so the person can remain in the independent living facility as long as possible. This has worked very well for Mom, who needs some cognitive help but is really sharp in many areas and is in tip-top shape physically. Mom continues to desire her independence, of course, and it would be a shame to move her into a more assisted environment overall because of one or two issues. I appreciate SC's sensitivity to these issues. The design of the facility naturally sends residents off the elevator in front of the front desk whenever they go to meals, many of the activities, etc. This puts the staff's eyes on them multiple times each day, and the staff can be alert for signs of physical problems and memory/dementia issues and so on, very naturally. As the Executive Director said to me, “If someone has lived here for awhile, and they come to the first floor for dinner and turn right instead of left, that tells us something.” The staff go to continuing education to learn about these issues and what to look for. The staff all know my mom by name and I have come to know many of them as well just through our visits. Mom loves this place. It has a slightly gentile/Old South feel to it, in a very caring way. This Northerner really appreciates that! I can tell the staff love the residents and would do anything possible to help them, from the heart, if you know what I mean. The grounds may not be the most beautiful; there’s not as much natural walking space, which has always been important to my Mom. But as she says, “I can walk in the halls and in the parking lot. What matters to me are the people.” Amen, Mom.