Northshore Senior Living
Opened January 2017
Designed by Daniel Levy of DK Levy Architecture + Design in Knoxville, Northshore Senior Living is based on the idea of a resort for seniors. “Our inspiration was the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina, which is a really fabulous building,” says general manager Rick Dover. The complex, located on seven park-like acres off Northshore Drive, includes 68 suites and apartments available for both independent and assisted living, plus an additional dedicated wing for residents needing specialized care for memory loss.
“This is a senior lifestyle community rather than a healthcare facility,” Dover says. “Our residents’ safety and health were very much part of the design criteria and they are our top priority, but comfort and ambience come in a close second. Northshore Senior Living looks, operates, and feels like a country club.”
Dover believes the amenities set this facility apart from anything like it in West Knoxville—starting with the food. “We have a number of dining options, from fine dining to grab-and-go,” he says. “We really want to adapt to changing tastes—if you want a traditional meal of roast beef, mac and cheese, and apple pie, you can have that, but we’re also offering range of delicious choices that are light and healthy.”
The center offers a bar, a library, computer labs, and a wellness center featuring a salon and spa. The lush and secluded property includes walking trails, a private lake, and a fire pit area, giving residents an outdoor experience comparable to that of a fine resort hotel. The center maintains an activities director on staff and ofers a free local transportation service for things like shopping, doctor’s appointments, and social outings, which can completely eliminate the need to keep a private automobile. The residential complex features all the latest technological advancements, including state-of-the-art wireless technology for monitoring, security, and communicating with staff.
The main residential area is be staffed around the clock, with a full-time resident nurse on duty. Eighteen of the 68 residential units are located in the memory care wing, which functions as a separate facility; the staffing ratios, activities, and food services in this part of the complex are specially designed for residents suffering memory loss.
“We have everything anybody could want or need,” Dover says. “Healthcare is very much a part of what we do, but it’s in the background. We’re really creating a resort atmosphere.”
Like Dover’s other development projects, Northshore Senior Living prioritizes the use of eco-friendly features such as LED lighting, water-saving fixtures, low-maintenance cement fiber siding, and a super-efficient HVAC system. Materials were sourced locally whenever possible—including native stone and hardwoods—right down to the furniture.
Perhaps most appealing is the fact that residents have no buy-in or up-front costs. “Everything we do is a straight-up rental model,” Dover says. “Many facilities require large financial commitments on the front end, but we believe that generally isn’t good for seniors or their families.” Northshore Senior Living offers month-to month contracts that allow residents to stay as long as they want, requiring only a month’s notice for move-out. The monthly fee is completely inclusive: all utilities, maintenance, transportation, dining, activities, and supervision and staff monitoring are covered.
“There are no add-ons,” Dover says. “That gives families tremendous peace of mind.”