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Second year to shine

Highland Springs named best retirement community, best assisted living

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March 20th, 2015
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For the second year in a row, Springs was named the best retirement community and best assisted living by the Star Local Media’s Reader’s 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.

Top honors

Each December, Star Local Media readers cast their vote online for the best local businesses in 12 categories, including automotive, education, financial, food and drink, health and beauty, home and garden, medical, miscellaneous, real estate, recreation, services, and shopping.

Highland Springs took top honors in the real estate category for best retirement (55-plus) community and assisted living in 2013 and 2014.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition for the second year in a row,” says Matt Neville, executive director at Highland Springs. “We have passionate residents and staff who partner together in special ways to celebrate life, and this award speaks to our commitment to offer high-quality services to the residents in our independent and continuing care neighborhoods.”

Full continuum of care

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, fitness center, indoor swimming pool, woodshop, bank, salon, library, greenhouse, and putting green. Residents have their choice of more than a hundred 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 Highland Springs’ emphasis on health and wellness.

In 2014, the continuing care neighborhood at Highland Springs attained the maximum score in three categories of the Five-Star Quality Rating System administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Continuing care at Highland Springs achieved five-star ratings in the overall, health inspection, and quality measures categories.

Experience exceeds expectations

Highland Springs resident Cecil Miles wasn’t surprised to learn of the community’s recognition by Star Local Media. Cecil and his wife Billye moved to Highland Springs in 2007 from their home near Gainesville.

“We looked at other retirement communities in the North Texas area, but we kept coming back to Highland Springs,” says Cecil. “We liked everything about it—the people, the activities, the apartments, and the on-site medical center.”

Now, more than seven years later, Cecil says the community has more than lived up to his expectations. Cecil sings in the Highland Springs Chorus, practices his golf swing with the putting club, and works out in the community’s indoor swimming pool. Billye belongs to several bridge groups and takes a water aerobics class.

“Our experience as residents has been everything we hoped it would be,” he says. “Highland Springs’ good reputation in the North Dallas area is well deserved.”

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