story by Taylor Wheeler
photos provided by The Terrace at Grove Park, Drew Chapman & Nick Stakelum
Dothan’s Grove Park subdivision has always had a reputation as a family friendly neighborhood—tree lined sidewalks, bicycles, parks and playgrounds, a coveted trick-or-treat destination on Halloween. But what makes it truly friendly for the entire family is The Terrace at Grove Park, a Five Star Senior Living facility that goes above and beyond the traditional ideas of senior living.
Nestled right in the heart of Grove Park, its location alone sets it apart from other senior facilities. But one very special feature makes it truly different, says Sheila Bryan, administrator at The Terrace at Grove Park—The Terrace boasts the only full service independent living facility for seniors within 100 miles. “It’s geared towards those that can still live independently in their homes,” says Sheila, but may find that some tasks are now more difficult to manage alone. The Terrace at Grove Park has 67 independent living cottages detached from their main facility, where seniors can live on their own while still having the peace of mind that comes with knowing assistance is available at any time, says Sheila.
The spacious 1400 square foot, 2 bedroom/2 bath (or 1000 square foot 1 bedroom/1 bath) cottages are just like home, with tray ceilings in the living rooms and master bedrooms, full kitchens and baths, a garage, plenty of storage, and even a sunroom. “Each cottage is built with seniors in mind,” says Sheila. “It gives them what they need to continue to be independent.” The independent living option at The Terrace also includes two meals prepared daily (served in The Terrace dining room or delivered to your cottage) and 24/7 emergency medical assistance.
Social activities are an important component of senior living at The Terrace at Grove Park. On their own, it may be hard for seniors to get out and socialize. “They can get lonely,” says Sheila. But for The Terrace residents, “we have a full calendar,” she says. There is regular entertainment (recent talent was a barbershop quartet), excursions to the movies, out to eat, or shopping, block parties, bingo, arts and crafts, outside groups visiting (the Kiwanis Club meets regularly at The Terrace), holiday celebrations (seniors at The Terrace participate in the famous Grove Park trick-or-treating each year) and more. These activities “build community,” says Sheila, and families are always welcome to visit anytime.
In addition to the independent living program, The Terrace at Grove Park offers an assisted living option for seniors who may need more hands-on care. They also offer a specialized assisted living program called Memory Care, specifically geared toward seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. The Memory Care program boasts 24-hour supervision in a secured setting and a higher staff-to-resident ratio in order to better meet the intensive needs of the residents.
Ultimately, The Terrace at Grove Park offers seniors a safe, active, family atmosphere at a time when many need it the most. “We not only give them a place where their needs are met, but a place that feels like home,” says Sheila.