St. Mary's Woods is one of the nicest assisted living places that I had the opportunity to visit when I was looking for a place for my mother. Steeped in the Catholic tradition of caring, this bright and cheery facility provides well-designed private rooms for its residents that even include small but functional kitchenettes, so those who are still able to prepare simple meals would be able to do so. The rooms here are larger than most assisted living communities, averaging over 450 square feet. So there is ample room to bring treasured belongings.Although this is a non-denominational community, St. Mary's Woods operates under the auspices of the Catholic diocese of Richmond, so if your loved one has a particular bond with the church, this is an excellent place to consider. In addition its spiritual support, there are also the typical amenities that you would find in any assisted living community, including on-site 24 hour care, seven days a week, and a personalized care plan developed for each resident, based on their particular needs.I was particularly impressed with how friendly everyone on the staff seemed. More importantly, every resident that I spoke with candidly told me how much they loved living there. They couldn't have been more complimentary to the staff of St. Mary's Woods. One lady told me that she had lived at another community for three years before moving to St. Mary's Woods, and she regretted not doing it earlier.There is a full-time recreation director on staff who develops a full calendar of activities. There are three, nutritionally balanced meals served daily, as well as snacks and treats. Residents are encouraged to participate in all of the activities and eat their meals in the dining room; however, if a resident wants to eat in their apartment or even cook their own meal, they can do so.St. Mary's Woods has a reciprocal arrangement with one of their sister facilities, so if a resident requires medical care or rehabilitation, they have priority admittance to Our Lady of Hope, which is just a few miles away. This is another great benefit of St. Mary's Woods.At the time I was looking for a place or my mother, St. Mary's Woods had a waiting list and they did not anticipate any openings for at least six to eight months, so I regrettably had to choose another facility. However, St. Mary's Woods was my first choice when looking, because of its atmosphere and the positive recommendations of the residents. That was good enough for me.