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Highland Springs named best retirement community, best assisted living

Takes top honors in Star Local Media’s Readers’ Choice Awards

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April 23rd, 2014

, the Erickson Living community in North Dallas, was named the best retirement community and best assisted living in the Star Local Media’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Star Local Media, a news enterprise comprised of 14 community newspapers and websites, has been covering North Texas for more than a century.

Each December, Star Local Media readers cast their vote online for the best local businesses in 13 categories, including automotive, education, financial, food and drink, health and beauty, home and garden, medical, miscellaneous, real estate, recreation, services, and shopping.

For the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards, more than 197,000 people completed the online ballot. The results were announced in late-January 2014.

Highland Springs received recognition in two categories—best retirement community and best assisted living.

“This is a tremendous honor for the residents and employees of Highland Springs,” says Matt Neville, executive director of the North Dallas community. “Our mission is to share our gifts to create a community that celebrates life. It’s rewarding to know that these efforts in our independent and extended care neighborhoods are being recognized by the greater community.”

Abundance of amenities, activities

Situated on 89 acres at the corner of Coit Road and Frankford Road, independent living at Highland Springs opened in 2006. The community features two restaurants, a medical center, a fitness center, an indoor swimming pool, a woodshop, a bank, a salon, a library, a greenhouse, and a putting green. Residents have their choice of more than 100 clubs and activities.

Continuing care at Highland Springs, offering assisted living, post-acute rehabilitation, and memory care, opened in March 2013. Well-appointed common areas, a rehabilitation gym, in-room dining options, and landscaped gardens promote the continuing care neighborhood’s emphasis on health and wellness.

A perfect fit

Pete and Marie Higa were among the first independent living residents to move to Highland Springs in September 2006. They weren’t surprised to learn of the community’s recognition by Star Local Media.

“We had been looking at retirement communities in the Dallas area when we saw an advertisement for Highland Springs,” says Marie, a retired nurse. “The community wasn’t even under construction when we visited the sales [center] on Coit Road. I brought a list of questions a mile long to ask the sales associate.”

As Pete and Marie visited each retirement community, Marie made a comparison chart listing the amenities at each one. When the couple learned that Highland Springs would be a pet-friendly environment with an indoor pool, they realized that it was the perfect fit for them.

“Highland Springs offered all the amenities we wanted,” says Marie. “It had an A-plus across the board.”

Now that they’ve lived at the community for nearly eight years, Pete and Marie say they are just as happy as the day they moved in.

“Everything we need is under one roof,” says Marie. “Where else can you go for a swim, check the mail, and eat in the dining room without going outside?”