Go to any retirement community in the area and you’ll hear that looking ahead of time at potential communities is the best option.

“One of the biggest things is identifying where [the seniors] want to be sooner rather than later,” says Casey Howard, director of marketing and development at St. Leonard Franciscan Living Community.

While moving from one’s home into a new one can seem rough, the months prior to transitioning into a retirement community can be beneficial. Seniors can schedule visits, short-term trial stays and even sit in on some of the activities to be enjoyed at the community before committing.

“Find a way to come at [moving to a retirement community] more positively,” says Amy Hamm, senior living counselor at Bethany Village.

One positive is that it’s a chance to clean house.

For seniors and their families that need some assistance in the transition process, Allen Nelson, owner of Next Steps Senior Transitions, helps take the stress out of the situation.

“The family can call us to help so they can focus on what is important: their loved one,” says Nelson.

A difficult part of transitioning to a retirement community can be downsizing.

“Seniors are leaving behind memories when they downsize. We find a place in their new home for those,” says Nelson. This is done through a duplication of a room in the original home, if possible.

To help figure out what belongings to bring and what items aren’t necessary, Pam Hall, campus director of sales and marketing at Friendship Village, recommends that seniors mark their belongings with round color dots to categorize items by discard, keep, give away and undecided.

“You don’t have to discuss it if it’s marked,” she says, adding that sometimes seniors get a storage unit and go back to undecided items at a later date.

It also gives the seniors’ family members a code to work by as the transition date gets closer and more of the items are getting sorted through.

Seniors aren’t the only ones looking into retirement communities. Their adult children or adult grandchildren are becoming more proactive in the retirement community process as well.

“We are seeing more and more adult children and grandchildren making the first visit, picking their top three [retirement communities], based on what the senior’s needs are,” says Hamm.

In other cases, seniors are making the first visit and then returning, bringing their close friends and family members for a second visit.

“[Friends and family] are a big part of the decision-making process. The senior sees them as being part of their inner circle and wants their opinion,” says Howard.

Seniors and their families are advised to ask about the community atmosphere, services offered, staff-to-resident ratio, health and financial questions during their visit.

“It should feel like home,” says Hamm.

Retirement Listings

Assisted Living

Bethany Village - Graceworks Lutheran Services
6451 Far Hills Ave.
Dayton 45459
937-433-2110
bethanylutheranvillage.org
Bethany Village, located in south Dayton and sponsored by Graceworks Lutheran Services, has been one of Ohio’s premier senior living communities since 1946. Bethany, which serves seniors of all faiths, provides a wide range of living options that include residential living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, assisted living, memory supportive care, and homecare services, both medical and non-medical assistance.

Brookdale Place of Englewood
95 W. Wenger Road
Englewood 45322
877-712-9728
brookdale.com

Brookdale Place of Oakwood
1701 Far Hills Ave.
Dayton 45419
877-712-9714
brookdale.com

Cottages of Clayton
8212 N. Main St.
Clayton 45415
937-280-0300
thecottagesofclayton.com

Cypress Pointe Health Campus*
600 W. National Road
Englewood 45322
937-836-3149
trilogyhs.com

Elmcroft of Washington Township
8630 Washington Church Road
Miamisburg 45432
937-528-2946
elmcroft.com

Elmcroft of Xenia
60 Paceline Circle
Xenia 45385
937-630-4023
elmcroft.com

Emeritus at Fox Run
7800 Dayton Springfield Road
Fairborn 45324
937-558-1904
brookdale.com

Friendship Village*
5790 Denlinger Road
Dayton 45426
937-837-5581
fvdayton.com
Friendship Village has been caring for senior adults for over 40 years and is known as “The Friendliest Place on Earth.” Residents enjoy chef-prepared meals, a full-time chaplain and a full range of interesting activities on the non-endowment campus of Friendship Village.

Garbry Ridge*
1567 Garbry Road
Piqua 45356
937-778-9385
garbryridge.com

Garden Manor*
6898 Hamilton Middletown Road
Middletown 45044
513-424-5321
gardenmanorretirement.com

Grace Brethren Village Retirement Community*
1010 Taywood Road
Englewood 45322
937-836-4011
draft2.gbvillage.com

Grand Court Dayton
280 Waldon Way
Dayton 45440
877-712-9841
brookdale.com

Grand Court Springfield
2981 Vester Ave.
Springfield 45503
855-308-2454
brookdale.com

Greene Oaks Retirement Community*
164 Office Park Drive
Xenia 45385
937-352-2800
ketteringhealth.org/seniorliving

Heartland of Miamisburg
450 Oak Ridge Blvd.
Miamisburg 45342
937-866-8885
heartland-manorcare.com

Heartland of Springfield*
2615 Derr Road
Springfield 45503
937-390-0005
heartland-manorcare.com

Hearth & Home at El Camino
3185 El Camino Drive
Springfield 45503
937-471-3913
chancellorhealth.com

Hearth & Home at Harding
550 W. Harding Road
Springfield 45504
937-556-4143
chancellorhealth.com

Hearth & Home at Urbana
1579 St. Rt. 29
Urbana 43078
937-471-3887
chancellorhealth.com

Liberty Retirement Community of Washington Township*
7300 McEwen Road
Dayton 45459
937-433-3441
libertynursingcenters.com

Maria-Joseph Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
4830 Salem Ave.
Dayton 45416
937-278-2692
mariajosephdayton.com

National Church Residences Legacy Village*
695 Wycliffe Drive
Xenia 45385
937-372-0359
legacyvillagehomes.org

Nightingale Homes
937-280-5634
nightingalehomes.com

Oak Creek Terrace*
2316 Springmill Road
Kettering 45440
937-439-1454
yourcaringplace.com

Patriot Ridge Community*
789 Stoneybrook Trail
Fairborn 45324
937-878-0262
patriotridgecommunity.org

Randall Residence
6400 South CR 25A
Tipp City 45371
937-506-0189
randallresidence.com

Springfield Masonic Community
2655 W. National Road
Springfield 45504
937-525-3001
smcohio.org

Sterling House of Beavercreek
3839 Indian Ripple Road
Beavercreek 45440
855-350-3800
brookdale.com

Sterling House of Englewood
350 Union Road
Englewood 45315
877-713-0929
brookdale.com

Sterling House of Greenville
1401 N. Broadway St.
Greenville 45331
877-713-0960
brookdale.com

Sterling House of Piqua
1744 W. High St.
Piqua 45356
877-713-1858
brookdale.com

Sterling House of Springfield
3270 Middle Urbana Road
Springfield 45502
855-350-3800
brookdale.com

Sterling House of Urbana
609 E. Water St.
Urbana 43078
877-713-1979
brookdale.com

Sterling House of Washington Township
8130 Miller Farm Lane
Dayton 45458
877-713-2731
brookdale.com

St. Leonard*
8100 Clyo Road
Centerville 45458
937-433-0480
homeishere.org
As a continuing care retirement community, St. Leonard offers the peace of mind that, as you age, all of your care needs will be met in one place. You can join the community at any stage—while completely independent or when aging requires special care and assistance. It has everything you need to maintain your highest level of independence. Move once, settle in and enjoy life!

The Carlyle House
3490 Far Hills Ave.
Dayton 45429
937-293-3490
carlylehouseassistedliving.com

Tubman Towers
17 W. Johnson Ave.
Springfield 45506
937-325-7371

Walnut Creek Campus*
5070 Lamme Road
Kettering 45439
937-293-7703
wcreekoh.com

10 Wilmington Place
10 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton 45420
937-253-1010
10wilmingtonplace.com

Continuing Care

Astoria Health & Rehab Center*
300 Astoria Road
Germantown 45327
937-855-2363
saberhealth.com

Bethany Village - Graceworks Lutheran Services*
6451 Far Hills Ave.
Dayton 45459
937-433-2110
bethanylutheranvillage.org

Carlisle Manor*
730 Hillcrest Ave.
Carlisle 45005
937-746-2662
embassyhealthcare.net

Friendship Village*
5790 Denlinger Road
Dayton 45426
937-837-5581
fvdayton.com

Garden Manor*
6898 Hamilton Middletown Road
Middletown 45044
513-424-5321
gardenmanorretirement.com

Greene Oaks Retirement Community*
164 Office Park Drive
Xenia 45385
937-352-2800
ketteringhealth.org/seniorliving

Liberty Retirement Community of Washington Township*
7300 McEwen Road
Dayton 45459
937-433-3441
libertynursingcenters.com

National Church Residences Legacy Village*
695 Wycliffe Drive
Xenia 45385
937-372-0359
legacyvillagehomes.org

Oak Creek Terrace*
2316 Springmill Road
Kettering 45440
937-439-1454
yourcaringplace.com

St. Leonard*
8100 Clyo Road
Centerville 45458
937-433-0480
homeishere.org

Walnut Creek Campus*
5070 Lamme Road
Kettering 45439
937-293-7703
wcreekoh.com

Independent Living

Acess Center for Independent Living
1329 Stanley Ave.
Dayton 45404
937-341-5202
acils.com

Bethany Village - Graceworks Lutheran Services*
6451 Far Hills Ave.
Dayton 45459
937-433-2110
bethanylutheranvillage.org

Biltmore Towers
210 N. Main St.
Dayton 45402
937-660-5744
biltmoretowersseniorliving.com

Friendship Village*
5790 Denlinger Road
Dayton 45426
937-837-5581
fvdayton.com

Garden Manor*
6898 Hamilton Middletown Road
Middletown 45044
513-424-5321
gardenmanorretirement.com

Grace Brethren Village Retirement Community*
1010 Taywood Road
Englewood 45322
937-836-4011
draft2.gbvillage.com

Grand Court Dayton
280 Waldon Way
Dayton 45440
877-712-9841
brookdale.com

Greene Oaks Retirement Community*
164 Office Park Drive
Xenia 45385
937-352-2800
ketteringhealth.org/seniorliving

Liberty Retirement Community of Washington Township*
7300 McEwen Road
Dayton 45459
937-433-3441
libertynursingcenters.com

Maria-Joseph Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
4830 Salem Ave.
Dayton 45416
937-278-2692
mariajosephdayton.com

Mary Irene Gardens
2780 E. Dorothy Lane
Kettering 45420
937-299-2621

National Church Residences Legacy Village*
695 Wycliffe Drive
Xenia 45385
937-372-0359
legacyvillagehomes.org

One Lincoln Park
590 Isaac Prugh Way
Kettering 45429
937-298-0594
lincolnparkseniors.com

Pinnacle Pointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center*
3421 Pinnacle Road
Moraine 45439
937-268-3488
pinnaclepointedayton.com

Piqua Senior Apartments
316 N. College St.
Piqua 45356
937-615-0215
piquaseniorhousing.com

Shiloh Gardens Retirement Community
751 Tapestry Lane
Trotwood 45426
937-903-1507
shilohgardensretirement.com

Shiloh Villas
4000 Hickory Drive
Trotwood 45426
937-278-5494
shilohvillas.com

SpringMeade Health Center*
4375 South CR 25A
Tipp City 45371
937-667-7500
springmeadehealthcenter.com

St. Leonard*
8100 Clyo Road
Centerville 45458
937-433-0480
homeishere.org

Tamarind Square
601 W. State St.
Trenton 45067
513-988-0755

Terrace Ridge Apartments
1312 McKaig Ave.
Troy 45373
937-335-6950

Walnut Creek Campus*
5070 Lamme Road
Kettering 45439
937-293-7703
wcreekoh.com

Waterford Dayton
7847 Lois Circle
Dayton 45459
937-453-5269
brookdale.com

10 Wilmington Place
10 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton 45420
937-253-1010
10wilmingtonplace.com

Additional Services

Carriage Inn of Dayton*
5040 Philadelphia Drive
Dayton 45415
937-278-0404
carriageinnofdayton.com

Dayview Care Center*
1885 N. Dayton-Lakeview Road
New Carlisle 45344
937-845-8219
hcdayview.vancrest.com

Franklin Ridge*
421 Mission Lane
Franklin 45005
937-746-3943
franklinridgehc.com

Grafton Oaks Rehabilitation & Nursing Center*
405 Grafton Ave.
Dayton 45406
937-276-4040
graftonoaks.com

Heartland of Beavercreek*
1974 N. Fairfield Road
Dayton 45432
937-429-1106
heartland-manorcare.com

Heartland of Greenville*
243 Marion Drive
Greenville 45331
937-548-3141
heartland-manorcare.com

Liberty Nursing Centers of Bellbrook*
1957 N. Lakeman Drive
Bellbrook 45305
937-848-7800
libertynursingcenters.com

Mary Scott Nursing Center*
3109 Campus Drive
Dayton 45406
937-278-0761
msnc.org/index.htm

Next Steps Senior Transitions
937-718-1729
nextstepstransitions.com
Next Steps Senior Transitions’ services include the following: Move plans, placement services, transition to a new home or retirement community, downsizing, sorting, donations, chemical drop offs, interviewing and scheduling of movers, repairs, cleaning, realtor selection, setting up new home and estate sales.

Piqua Manor*
1840 W. High St.
Piqua 45356 
937-773-0040
piquamanor.com

Rest Haven Nursing Home*
1096 N. Ohio St.
Greenville 45331
937-548-1138
vancrest.com

Riverside Health Care Center*
1390 King Tree Drive
Dayton 45405
937-278-0723
communicarehealth.com

Shiloh Springs*
3500 Shiloh Springs Road
Trotwood 45426
937-854-1180
shilohspringscarecenter.com

Stonespring of Vandalia*
4000 Singing Hills Blvd.
Dayton 45414
937-415-8000
carespring.com

The Oaks of West Kettering*
1150 W. Dorothy Lane
Kettering 45409
937-293-1152
theoaksofwestkettering.com

Widows Home of Dayton*
50 S. Findlay St.
Dayton 45403
937-252-1661
widowshome.org

Wood Glen Alzheimer’s Community*
3800 Summit Glen Drive
Dayton 45449
937-436-2273
communicarehealth.com

Wright Nursing & Rehabilitation Center*
829 Yellow-Springs Fairfield Road
Fairborn 45324
937-620-6425
wrightnursingcenter.com

*These facilities also offer skilled nursing care.