Christian City offers a bit of the good life for seniors

By Heidi Becker
Special to The Citizen

Christian City is a wonderful option for active seniors looking to find an affordable place to call home. The sense of community and a full range of amenities are key factors when people make their decision to move to the Christian City campus.  Many affordable independent living options are available.  Whether you are interested in a beautiful patio home with a small yard for planting flowers and entertaining, or a low maintenance apartment, Christian City can meet your housing and lifestyle needs.

The community approach to independent living allows residents to really relax and enjoy their retirement.  Seniors can enjoy all the benefits of living in a residential setting without the worries or responsibilities of traditional home ownership. The Senior Life Patio Home program is designed to permit individuals or couples to lease a patio home for the duration of their lifetime as long as they can care for themselves independently.   For a one-time lease payment and a monthly maintenance fee, residents have the assurance of a lifetime lease and never again worry about mowing the yard, repairing the plumbing, or dealing with a leaky roof.  You need to be at least 60 years old and  must have financial resources for the basic cost of the unit and to pay the monthly maintenance fee. The basic cost of a unit varies depending on size, location and special features. Prices begin in the low $30,000 range.

One of the best things about living at Christian City are the amenities. An Olympic size swimming pool where you can swim laps or take water aerobic classes, a fully equipped strengthening center, an on site pharmacy along with  medical and dental clinics keep seniors in good mental and physical health. An ice cream and sundry shoppe, a beauty shop, a beautiful library, Graceland Thrift Store and over 220 volunteer positions keep seniors busy and having fun.  A variety of planned activities, field trips, arts and music programs, bible studies and chapel services make it easy to make friends and to worship, A city within a city, you may never want to leave the campus. It is even easy to vote as Christian City is a designated polling place for all national, state, and city elections. But, if you do need to get out, getting around is easy as transportation to shopping and other destinations is provided.

As a nonprofit organization which came from humble beginnings, Christian City originally started out as a home for abandoned and abused children. On Valentine’s Day, 1965, they opened the first cottage on 50 acres donated by Dr. Byron and Mrs. Rose  Marie Harper to eight little boys needing a safe place to call home. Over 1,000 children have lived in the cottages at The Children’s Village since then. The ministry for less fortunate children continues to be a service to the community and is another reason why seniors enjoy the Christian City life so much. Seniors get a chance to interact and support the children, in exchange, the children are often found baking cookies or delivering small gifts or cards to the seniors residents.

Christian City offers a beautiful residential setting as well as a full range of services to meet the needs of a senior population. There are services in the home to help with housekeeping, shopping, companionship, and activities of daily living. In home health services are also available. In addition, there is an assisted living/personal care facility, secure services for those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. A 200 bed skilled nursing facility offers short term rehabilitation, physical, speech, and occupational therapy as well as long term nursing care and hospice—in other words, Christian City has everything you could ask for in a senior community and more.  A great place to find friendship, easy living, great service, and excellent care all in one 500 acre bustling campus.

They currently have openings and are always available for a free, no obligation tour. To make an appointment   or for more information call 770-703-2636, or visit www.christiancity.org.