If you’re looking for senior housing for yourself or a loved one, chances are you’ll see a few names pop up a lot: Brookdale, Sunrise, Atria. These are among the top senior housing companies in the United States.
Argentum, a trade association, compiles rankings of senior living providers every year. After55.com is providing this review of the top 12, or those companies with the capacity for at least 8,000 residents in 2016.
1. Brookdale Senior Living Solutions
Number of residents (capacity): 101,965
Number of communities: 1,123
Headquarters: Brentwood, Tennessee
About Brookdale Senior Living: Brookdale is the giant among senior living companies, with more than 100,000 residents in over 1,100 communities in 47 states. It also is the largest provider in the country of assisted living (about 57,000 residents) and memory care (about 14,000 residents). Brookdale acquired competitor Emeritus Corp. in 2014, which contributed to its dominance among senior housing providers.
2. Holiday Retirement
Headquarters: Lake Oswego, Oregon-
About Holiday Retirement: While Brookdale has the most assisted living and memory care residents in the United States, Holiday has the most independent living residents, about 36,000. Holiday Retirement, in fact, boasts that its founder is often known as “the father of independent retirement living.” Its communities can be found in 43 states. Until recently, Holiday also was known for having live-in managers at its communities, though that practice is ending.
3. Life Care Services
Headquarters: Des Moines, Iowa
About Life Care Services: Life Care operates senior living communities in 30 states, running the spectrum from independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and continuing care. Its biggest market is the Chicago area, with 11 communities. Its parent company, LCS, operates other senior-living businesses, including home health care.
4. Five Star Senior Living
Headquarters: Newton, Massachusetts
About Five Star Senior Living: Five Star is the third-largest provider of both assisted living and memory care in the U.S. It has senior-living communities in 32 states, notably South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina. Five Star also is known for its dining program, which has included a celebrity chef, a culinary institute and even a recipe book.
5. Sunrise Senior Living
Headquarters: McLean, Virginia
About Sunrise Senior Living: Sunrise is the second-largest assisted living provider in the country. In fact, the majority of its residents, across 30 states and the District of Columbia, are in assisted living communities. Citing research into the value of pets for seniors, Sunrise touts that its communities are especially pet-friendly. Every Sunrise location has a full-time resident dog and cat, and new residents are encouraged to bring their own pets with them.
6. Erickson Living
Headquarters: Catonsville, Maryland
About Erickson Living: Erickson mainly provides independent living, though its communities also offer in-home care, on-site medical centers, and continuing care. Erickson has communities in 11 states, largely along the East Coast.
7. Atria Senior Living
Headquarters: Louisville, Kentucky
About Atria Senior Living: Atria offers independent living, assisted living and memory care in 27 states. Atria is known for its environmentally friendly practices; several of its communities are LEED-certified as green buildings.
8. Senior Lifestyle Corp.
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
About Senior Lifestyle Corp.: Senior Lifestyle has communities in 30 states. One of its signature programs is Brain Health University, designed to boost memory function and encourage socialization.
9. Capital Senior Living Corp.
Headquarters: Dallas, Texas
10. Affinity Living Group
Headquarters: Hickory, North Carolina
About Affinity Living Group: Formerly named Meridian Senior Living, Affinity specializes in assisted living and memory care. It’s communities are concentrated in the Southeast, especially North Carolina.
11. USA Properties Fund
Headquarters: Roseville, California
Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
About Enlivant: Enlivant specializes in assisted living, though it also offers independent living and memory care in some communities. It has communities across 26 states.