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Fairwinds – River’s Edge Named Best Independent Living by U.S. News & World Report

Celebrating Best Senior Living from U.S. News and World Report

Alissa Sauer

For decades, U.S. News and World Report rankings have been a trusted source for consumers in identifying the best hospitals, mutual funds, cars, colleges, nursing homes, and more. For the third consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report has identified the best independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities.

We are proud to have been named among their Best Senior Living communities for the third time – this year as Best Independent Living. Take a closer look at the methodology of the rankings and see how we stacked up!

U.S. News and World Report Best Senior Living Awards

U.S. News Best Independent LivingFinding high-quality senior living is becoming increasingly important as today’s older adults continue to redefine retirement. Today’s senior living communities are vibrant places where seniors are empowered and free to design their days in meaningful and purpose-driven ways. As homeownership becomes increasingly burdensome, more seniors and their families are seeking trusted senior living communities that can provide care that protects their privacy and promotes dignity.

“U.S. News provides in-depth information on multiple community types to help potential residents and their families find, in consultation with their doctors as needed, the best place to help meet their needs,” said Zach Adams, senior health data engineer at U.S. News. “Communities that are highly rated excel in making residents feel safe, well cared for, and highly satisfied by the services provided.”

In recognition of the evolution of retirement and senior living and to identify those communities excelling in meeting the needs of today’s older adults, U.S. News and World Report launched their inaugural senior living ratings two years ago. For this year’s awards, consumer satisfaction surveys were given between March 2023 and February 2024, reflecting the viewpoints of more than 200,000 residents in approximately 4,000 senior living communities nationwide. Data points included in the survey included a range of important senior living topics, including,

  • The kindness of the staff
  • Variety of activities
  • Quality of food
  • Overall dining experience
  • Local transportation services
  • Quality of on-site caregiving

Fairwinds – River’s Edge Exceeds Expectations

The resident survey revealed that Fairwinds – River’s Edge is exceeding expectations in nearly all areas, specifically in the following areas:

  • 98% of respondents said they feel safe in the community
  • 91% of respondents said management was responsive to their concerns
  • 90% of respondents felt the programs were of interest to them, and they felt empowered to create their own
  • 90% of respondents highly rated the staff

Respondents who took the survey said,

“Fairwinds is a lovely place. We moved here from Florida to be closer to our son and family in June, and Fairwinds immediately became home.”

“I have felt ‘at home’ here since the first day. It’s like having a whole neighborhood right there in the same building.”

“I think Fairwinds is the best place to live in St. Charles County, it’s all because of the staff! They take care of us like we are family,and they go above and beyond in [their] care!”

“I rented my apartment over the telephone and I have had no regrets. It could not be more perfectly suited to me. I felt at home from the very beginning. This is a beautiful place; I have always felt safe here. We look out for each other.”

We invite you to experience the difference at Fairwinds – River’s Edge! Come see firsthand why we’ve been recognized as Best Independent Living by US News and World Report. Contact us today to schedule a tour!


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