On the whole, John Knox Village is an excellent community for the elderly. There are a variety of living arrangements for those of retirement age. Single family residences, cottages (Ranch-style townhouses with a back patio, usually 5 or 6 units connected - having shared walls), apartments, and when care needs increase, assisted living and the care center (nursing home). My grandmother had to eventually move to the care center four months before her 102nd birthday after living in assisted living for just over one year. The previous 10 years she was happy in her cottage, going to quilting twice a week and bridge several times a week and socializing with other residents. The staff was exceptional in their care of my grandmother when she moved from a cottage to assisted living. The nurses were sweet (with the exception of one terse nurse) and the aides were amazingly wonderful, taking her to her meals, to get her nails done, to movie night or bingo, etc. The young kids in the restaurant were trained to go with the flow and take care of all the 'unusual' requests. They knew everyone's name and their special likes and dislikes and treated everyone with such care and dignity. (It amazed me that these young kids were so wonderful with everyone, even those that might be a little challenging and/or cranky.)The community activities were many and varied from a 9-hole golf course, bowling alley, gardening area, ceramics, painting, quilting, bridge, several restaurants, game nights, organized group outings as well as group trips out of town. Basically, if you wanted to do something or go somewhere, you could.The assisted living and care center facilities helped to provide social stimulation and encouraged residents to participate but certainly wouldn't force anyone to do anything they didn't want. Making sure medication was accurate and doctor's orders were submitted properly was sometimes a communications nightmare. And I think it is certainly best if the resident has an advocate to make sure everything is correct. I am encouraging my parents to make arrangements to go to John Knox Village when the time comes, as I think they would be well cared for should they need additional care other than mine. So I would say I am very happy with my experience with John Knox Village and I hope it is still around when I am ready for a retirement community.