Retirement. It’s marketed as one of the best times of a person’s life. Lazy days spent doing whatever the individual wants, whether that’s surfing the waves in Hawaii or hitting the snooze button six times in a row.

It’s a time of relaxation mixed with a splash of adventure and a dollop of spontaneity.

No more 9 to 5. No more long commutes. No more routine schedule.

It’s a time to live life to the fullest, knowing the hard work of a career is done and that the hours spent in the office paid off.

Moving to a community with likeminded people, fun activities and assistance if needed appeals to many seniors. That’s all part of the lifestyle found at Kings Grant in Collinsville.

“We’ve got everything from independent houses to apartments to assisted living to skilled nursing and memory care, and it’s all in a secure neighborhood,” said Tom Fitzgibbons, Kings Grant’s executive director.

At Kings Grant, seniors don’t just sit around and knit all day. There’s also lot more to do than flip endlessly through television channels.

“We have both buses and cars” for outings “and we have different activities onsite,” Fitzgibbons said.

For those who prefer to stay on the grounds, Kings Grant offers activities ranging from live performances by orchestra groups to interactive experiences with animals from Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke. 

Some residents prefer those outings. Kings Grant recently took a group of community members to see Patrick Henry Community College’s Patriot Players’ musical production of “Mama Mia.” They also take trips to galleries, such as Piedmont Arts.

Retirement communities in general cater to the specific needs of each individual, whether a person lives an independent lifestyle or needs daily assistance.

One of Kings Grant’s shining attributes is its Memory Support Neighborhood for individuals experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Staffed with trained and dedicated employees, this 14-room unit provides meaningful programs, activities and individualized care to residents.

Fitzgibbon said that at many assisted-care facilities, staff turnover rates average about 40%, whereas Kings Grant boasts an impressive 13% employee turnover.

“We have some employees who’ve been here for 25 years,” Fitzgibbons said. “That speaks volumes. That’s atypical.”

Fitzgibbons speculated that the impressive retention rate related to connections staff members often make with the residents. After seeing the same people day in and day out, it’s impossible to not adopt a few family members along the way.

“We get very close to the residents,” Fitzgibbons said.

Along with a caring and supportive staff, Kings Grant also holds an extraordinary title.

“We have a five-star Medicare rating,” Fitzgibbons said.

Based off of survey results, a trained team of inspectors tabulates things that are right and wrong within communities such as Kings Grant. The highest rating any facility can receive is a five-star.

“They see if the care we’re providing is up to standard. They rank our staffing. They do inspections with dining and maintenance,” Fitzgibbons said. “It’s a good way for a consumer to compare [facilities].”

At Kings Grant, offering something for everyone helps the community stand out in the area.

“I think we offer the full gamut,” Fitzgibbons said. “We encourage people to come when they can still drive, when they can come and enjoy and do the activities. Then when they need the care, we’re already here for them.”

For those seeking a retirement life in Patrick County, the Landmark Center in Stuart offers a variety of meaningful assisted living options. From residential suites to assisted living to memory care and outpatient services, the Landmark Center is a one-stop-shop for those seeking skilled and leveled care near the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“We have a basic level, which is residential care, to memory care,” said Tressia Allred, the Landmark Center director of marketing. “It just depends on the amount of care needs.”

Staffed 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the assisted living facility provides services including daily maintenance, housekeeping, laundry, medication, bathing and more, offering residents the support they need when they need it.

While the facility offers classic fun games like BINGO, residents also enjoy a plethora of other activities catered to their interests.

“All residents have the option to go on a bus trip at least once a week, whether it’s a nice restaurant or to drive around and get ice cream,” Allred said.

The center also hosts onsite entertainment and activities, including singers and Bible study groups.

 “We have a cooking club, a garden club” and social events, Allred said. “We try to keep them busy.”

“I would have to say we have a home atmosphere here at the Landmark Center. It’s comfortable and accommodating. Our outlook is that we’re in their home,” Allred said. “I certainly hope that our staff see these residents as their family. It’s a really caring atmosphere.”

Offering peace of mind for friends and family members, the Landmark Center provides top-notch care for loved ones who prefer living with the assurance that assistance – if needed – is always right around the corner.