We toured Southwinds Active Adult Community for my parents. They had a gym, and they have one of those pools that force the water; it would be like you were swimming against the current. They had pool tables. They had movie nights and popcorn. It was independent living. If someone got older and had more issues, they would have to probably move into another facility. The people were more active. They were walking around and talking, so it looked like it was a good place for senior people to live.
The rooms were the big. They had a 2-bedroom unit and a 1-bedroom unit that had a walk-in closet. It was the biggest out of all the ones we toured. We were looking for a 2-bedroom, 2-bath, and we wanted a balcony. They were getting ready to bring someone new in, so they were painting and redoing the rugs in there. The kitchen was big and has a stove, where you could actually cook your meals. We met one lady and she took us on a tour, so I can't tell you what the rest of the staff is like. Everyone said hello. They were friendly when we were walking through the halls. It was secure, and you had to go through a gate to get in there. I think it would be a safe environment for them. They tried to get them together in a community type thing to do things together: movie nights, cards, or pool. They have common areas where they could get together. They don't have a cafeteria. It is a downside, but they have potluck once a week. It was nice. They had benches and things set up, so you could go sit out. They have raised gardens for people who wanted to go out there to work in the flowers or whatever. They have an area for planting.