Stilwell Retirement

Offers Independent Living

15 Reviews
5400 Laurel Lake Drive, Waco, TX 76710
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Independent Living Reviews for Stilwell Retirement

September 13, 2018

By G. Lewis

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My grandmother lives at Stilwell and it has been a great environment for her to live in. There are frequent social events such as bingo, ice cream socials, and musical performances which keep the residents connected to one another. The staff is always friendly and helpful. They have recently replaced the flooring and have made other nice improvements to the interior of the building. The buiding is well maintained. We have been very happy with Stilwell.

September 12, 2018

By John Lewis

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My grandmother-in-law has lived here for several years and it has been a great experience not only for her, but also for her family members who visit frequently. I've been going to the Stilwell pancake breakfast (annual event which seems to draw about half of Waco) for years and it is a fantastic event for residents and the community. The location in the middle of town is convenient to shopping, restaurants and medical facilities.

September 12, 2018

By MHGeorge

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My family has had a long and wonderful relationship with Stilwell, with numerous friends and family members choosing to live out their golden years in this homey-yet-modern setting. My 96-year old mother is a current resident. I would encourage anyone to take a look at and give consideration to Stilwell. From start to finish, Stilwell gets an A+ in my gradebook. It offers up-to-date yet affordable accommodations, a plethora of intellectually stimulating programs, delicious home-made cuisine, personalized shuttle service, and (most of all) a loving, caring staff that makes a conscious effort to ensure the dignity of each resident. I feel good knowing that my mother lives in the comfort and safety of Stilwell, surrounded by people who genuinely care about her well-being and happiness.

September 10, 2018

By Sherry

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

I checked out several places in Waco for my Uncle. Silwell Retirement stood out from all of the other places . Management and all of the other employees go out of their way to meet your needs. They truly care for the residents.

September 10, 2018

By Tridej

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My dad has lived at Stilwell for 2 1/2 years and our family has been so happy with the accomodations. Many staff members have worked at Stilwell for years, are super friendly, go out of their way to be helpful, and know each of the residents by name. There are various activities throughout the week plus many residents get together for games, coffee, working in the various gardens, etc. My dad likes having three delicious meals a day plus enjoys the comradery of his table mates. Stilwell isn’t fancy, but has a wonderful homey atmosphere which suits him to a T.

March 04, 2016


I am a friend or relative of resident

My mother was at Stilwell the last two years of her life, and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It proved to be a truly caring community for her---, great people, great staff, a lovely, homey environment, varied activities and menus. Everyone who works there---be they administration, reception, food services, maintenance--- is kind and helpful. The residents are from different experiences and backgrounds, interesting and often well-traveled, and are comprised of couples as well as individual men and women. It is also one of the most economical centers, especially given the quality of the environment and the amenities included. If I lived in Waco, this would be my first choice for my last home.

October 31, 2011

By grifdog

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My grandfather lives at Stillwell and has had a wonderful experience there. Stillwell allows him considerable freedom, while providing support should he need it. He has made friends at Stillwell and has an active social life. Despite being a very picky eater he enjoys all of the meals at Stillwell. His only complaint while living there has been the higher number of people who aren't as mentally alert as he is. He misses being able to have complex conversations and discuss intellectual topics with the majority of the other residents. He is very complementary of the staff, and has never been treated poorly. The administrative staff in particular seem very engaged and willing to help him get around the city if he needs something. The facility is very clean and comfortable, and he especially likes that he can use the cafeteria and other areas to host events for his family. We have had more than one Christmas gathering at Stillwell, and it makes him happy knowing that we can still come to him for holidays.
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Questions about Stilwell Retirement

Describe the overall population of independent living residents at Stilwell Retirement. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

Stilwell is a very friendly community size of around 90 residents. Ages range from the late 60s to 100. Many are involved in our activities - exercise classes, movie night, chapel, bingo, musical programs, etc. Many are also active in their churches, clubs, and/or traveling.

What places are nearby for independent living residents to enjoy?

We are across the street from a retail center that includes a mid-sized Target, a branch of our public library, several restaurants, and other shops and stores.

What are some recent off-site events that the community activity director at Stilwell Retirement has organized?

We have taken trips to the Waco Civic Theater, which is a few blocks away, a movie theater, the zoo, and a tour of Waco.

What transportation services does Stilwell Retirement offer to independent living residents?

Stilwell has a bus which runs in the mornings, Monday through Friday.

What makes the chef or dining program at Stilwell Retirement exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

Stilwell has a dietary staff with many years of experience. Our head cook has been with us for over 40 years. All meals are prepared in-house, and residents have a choice of times to eat. We use a select menu providing a variety of choices.

What common areas are available for independent living residents?

Stilwell has a TV room, living room with a fireplace, a country store, coffee corner, large print library, activity center, chapel, workout room, enclosed patio, beauty shop, guest room, and six lounges.

What safety features or security measures does Stilwell Retirement offer to independent living residents?

Our facility was built in 1964 and was built to last There is a fire suppression system throughout our building, plus each resident has a 24-hour personal alarm device.

If Stilwell Retirement accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

Stilwell does not allow dogs or cats to live on-site, but pets can be brought over to visit with residents.

Does Stilwell Retirement work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?

We do not work with any particular agency, but Waco has a number of home health agencies that have worked with many of our residents. There is also an agency in our building that provides physical and occupational therapy.

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Services and Amenities of Stilwell Retirement


  • All Inclusive Rent
  • Independent Living Starting At: $1570/month

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  • Companion Suites: We Do Offer Companion Suites.
  • Studio Apartments


  • Resident Capacity: 90
  • Minimum Age: 62
  • Pets: No Pets Allowed
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About Stilwell Retirement

Activities Abound

There are bridge games daily, exercise classes, Friday night bingo, entertainment, educational programs, craft activities, Bible Study and Chapel Services. We have a large print library with over 1,000 titles, plus a computer room with free high-speed Internet access.

Enjoyable musical programs, educational classes, book reviews, and much more are provided in our Activity Center. Our active Residents' Council sponsors fun activities such as festive parties and our Annual Pancake Breakfast. If you'd like to have company visit, we provide guest facilities for overnight stays, a guest table in the dining room and a lounge where you can entertain or even host a party, Sunday School class, or family gathering.

Our Community

We love Waco, Texas and you will too. Waco is a beautiful city filled with friendly people. With over 118,000 residents, Waco has the amenities of a larger metropolitan area but offers the convenience of a smaller community.

Waco is your gateway to anywhere with two airlines serving the area. Waco is the home of two colleges and Baylor University. It has most of the major department stores, a mall, and many shopping centers. There are excellent doctors and many medical clinics. Waco is a community with performing arts, museums, a zoo, festivals, rivers, lakes, wonderful parks and churches of every denomination. We are right across the street from Target, and a branch of the Waco Public Library.

Providence Hospital is located a mere 1.5 miles away. A newer facility, Providence recently completed a new multi-million dollar addition. Hillcrest Hospital's recent move to their new facility has brought Waco to the forefront of medical services in Central Texas.

What Makes Us Special

Our first priority is given to retired educators, but as space permits, we gladly welcome retirees from other professions. In fact, we have a remarkable mix of retirees from all kinds of professions. We do not charge any entrance fees, plus there is no lease required, just a month to month rental arrangement.

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