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12 Independent Living Communities in the Hoover Area

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Truewood by Merrill, Riverchase

Experience an Enriching Senior Lifestyle.

  •  1851 Data Drive, Hoover, AL 35244 $
  • Flexible Dining
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Creative Social Programs & Activities
  • Courtyard Gardens with Fountains, Walking Paths and Covered Seating
  • 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week Access to Concierge Program
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Regency Retirement Village - Birmingham

Regency Retirement Village... Senior Living at its Best

  •  285 West Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35209 $$
  • Secure entry
  • 24-hour emergency response system
  • Paid utilities (except telephone)
  • Transportation to appointments, events and errands
  • Chef-prepared meals
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Galleria Woods

Alabama Senior Living at its Finest

  •  3850 Galleria Woods Drive, Birmingham, AL 35244 $$$$

Entrance fees apply

  • Beautifully landscaped courtyard
  • Alarmed interior and exterior doors (Memory Care)
  • Exercise room with fitness equipment
  • Covered/garage parking available
  • Beauty/barber shop
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Kirkwood by the River

Live Every Season

  •  3605 Ratliff Road, Birmingham, AL 35210 $$$$

Entrance fees apply

  • Dining services in Riverside Dining and Overlook Cafe
  • Full program of social, intellectual, cultural and spiritual activities
  • Veranda overlooking the Cahaba River
  • Heated pool
  • Scheduled transportation to medical appointments, shopping centers and cultural events

Rocky Ridge

Great retirement living in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians...

  •  3517 Lorna Rd, Hoover, AL 35216 $
  • Three Homestyle Meals Prepared Daily
  • Full Calendar of Enriching Activities
  • Light Linen Service and Weekly Housekeeping
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Most Utilities Included

Morningside of Vestavia Hills

All the comforts of home

  •  2435 Columbiana Road, Birmingham, AL 35216 $
  • Month-to-Month Rent,“ No Endowments
  • 3 Delicious Home-Cooked Meals Served Daily
  • Weekly Maid & Linen Service
  • 24 Hour Access to Staff
  • Scheduled Transportation

Elite Nursing & Rehab

LESS WORRIES. MORE CARE.

  •  300 Royal Tower Drive, Vestavia Hills, AL 35209 $$
  • 24-hour security
  • 24-hour licensed nursing care as prescribed by a physician
  • Three meals per day and snacks as prescribed by a physician, a complete recreational and therapeutic activities program; two meals per day for independent living residents
  • Daily bed and bath linen service, routine housekeeping and maintenance
  • Assistance with daily living activities, including bathing, dressing and grooming

Greenbriar at the Altamont

Celebrate the Stories of Life

  •  2831 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205 $$
  • Located near by is our independent living restaurant-style dining room where homemade soups and desserts are served daily.
  • Greenbriar also offers convenient transportation to appointments and scheduled outings at no additional charge to residents.
  • Our resident library is available for quiet reading by a cozy fire.
  • With a world of activities waiting for you just beyond our gate, there's plenty to keep you entertained year-round.
  • Bridge clubs, holiday family gatherings and dances are just a few of the many socials you'll see lighting up the days and evenings at Greenbriar.

St. Martin's in the Pines

Our Mission at St. Martin's in the Pines is to serve God through a ministry that provides a continuum of care and quality of life to aging individuals and their families.

  •  4941 Montevallo Road, Birmingham, AL 35210 $$$
  • Full kitchen with stove and refrigerator
  • Individually controlled heating and air conditioning
  • Nutritious, well-balanced meals served daily
  • Scheduled group transportation to shopping, dining out, and special events
  • 24-hour electronic security and night-time guard service

The Village at Cook Springs

A Slice of Americana Awaits

  •  415 Cook Springs Rd, Pell City, AL 35125 $$
  • Deliciously prepared home style meals, with selective menu, from an award winning food services department
  • One-bedroom and two-bedroom plans available
  • Monitored emergency response system
  • Scheduled transportation for outings and shopping trips
  • The Village at Cook Springs also offers a quiet library and chapel with daily services.

What are Retirement Communities?
Retirement communities are often also called independent living communities, because they are designed for seniors who are able to live independently, with no need for daily personal or medical care. They are generally mid-to large-sized campus-style communities that offer a wide variety of activities and conveniences for residents.

If this sounds similar to an active adult or 55+ community, that is because retirement and active adult communities share some core commonalities. These often include providing exterior home and lawn maintenance, planned social activities, communal spaces and outdoor amenities such as tennis courts, golf courses or swimming pools. The benefits of living in a retirement community are generally the same as living in other types of senior housing: more opportunities for social engagement, more free time to spend pursuing hobbies and low-maintenance living. Retirement communities take low-maintenance living to an even higher level than active adult communities, because the following are often included, with other services available a la carte:

• Meals – 3x/day, served in a dining room
• Linen and laundry service
• Housekeeping
• Interior home maintenance
• Scheduled transportation to shopping, medical appointments and other errands
• 24-hr staff and onsite-healthcare in case of emergency

As in most types of senior housing, the size and style of home varies from community to community, from studio apartments to large villas, often with many styles available within the same campus. While the homes may differ in size, most will have features that are designed with seniors in mind, such as:

• One-level living
• Wide doorways
• Walk-in showers
• Low thresholds
• Emergency call systems

And while every community is unique, many will offer the same types of amenities and benefits to residents, all aimed at allowing them to live easier, more engaged and fulfilling lives. Most retirement communities provide an even broader range of amenities than those found in active adult communities, including:

• Daily scheduled activities, fitness classes or crafts
• On-site salons, libraries and chapels
• Game rooms
• Theaters
• Community meeting spaces such as club houses and bistros
• Private dining rooms for special family meals
• Community excursions

Some independent living communities are located within larger campuses that also offer assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care services; these campuses are called Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). They offer a full range of senior care to residents as they age and their health needs change. CCRCs allow residents to age in place, and stay within the same overall community, as they move from one level of care to the next. A CCRC is especially helpful if one spouse has different care needs than the other. Even if one spouse is in a higher-level care facility, couples are still close enough to see each other every day and are able to enjoy the same amenities and activities.

Use our US map above to begin your search for the best retirement communities for you or your loved one.