My parents were residents in the independent living portion of John Knox Village (JKV), but when my mother's Alzheimer's became more than my father could handle, the facility helped him transfer her into assisted living. JKV offers assisted living with varying levels of care (and varying costs based on the patient's needs). My mother was placed in a small apartment that was much like a hotel room. It was great to be able to surround her with own furniture, favorite rocking chair and knick-knacks to help her feel more "at home." JKV was very flexible in all respects ... my mother could eat provided meals under supervision on her floor, or my father could take her to the main dining room to eat with him and their friends. Her caregivers treated her with dignity and respect. They encouraged her to attend activities, but never forced her when she didn't want to go. If she didn't want to go to the dining room, they tried bringing snacks to her room. The staff at JKV has low turnover, which is rare for an assisted living facility. It is a real comfort to residents to recognize the faces of their daily caretakers, and as a family member it was comforting for me to recognize the nurses taking care of my mother and to know that they recognized me and shared information with me. My only criticism is that sometimes the staff did not check on her hourly, which is their policy. That may be partially because my father spent time with her every day, and they knew she was not often left alone or unsupervised unless she was sleeping. They seemed to stay on top of her medications. As her condition worsened, I felt that they did everything they could to keep her in assisted living as long as possible to avoid transferring her to the depressing unit in the nursing center reserved for patients with severe Alzheimer's. That was helpful not only to her, but to my father, who would have found it hard to see her living in those more restricted quarters. In addition to the nursing staff, everyone else, from the administrators to the food service staff, was helpful and understanding. JKV offers assisted living for patients without Alzheimer's or dementia, but I did not have the chance to observe many of those patients. In addition to the motel-room style units in the high rise building, they offer assisted living services in one-bedroom and studio apartments that are more like "regular" apartments. In addition, JKV was very accommodating of my father's needs, helping him move to a smaller apartment after my mother moved into the assisted living facility.