Senior Living in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains


Senior Living in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Moving into senior living is a big step in the next chapter of your life. So finding the right location that will give you the atmosphere you’ve been dreaming about could seem far fetched. But before you give up on your search, or settle for a subpar community–there is a place that you can call home. 

Legacy at Mills River, a proposed continuing care retirement community (also known as a Life Plan Community)will give its members lush natural landscapes with more than 100 acres of serene and relaxing views. It’s the perfect location for the senior nature lover with its mountain peaks, forests, rivers and valleys, and is one of the best places to retire in the US.

Find out more about all that Legacy at Mills River in North Carolina has to offer and why it’s known as one of the best retirement locations in the US.

Mills River and the Majestic Blue Ridge Mountains

Legacy at Mills River sits amid the natural glory of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by 112 acres of woodlands, streams and a peaceful lake. While the Blue Ridge Mountains extend from Georgia to Pennsylvania, Mills River gets the view of the highest peaks. The Blue Ridge is known for having a blue tint, mostly when seen from a distance. Trees release isoprene into the atmosphere which creates the blue haze. 

To get up close and personal with the Blue Ridge Mountains, set foot on some of the thousands of miles of hiking trails and view one of the spectacular waterfalls all nearby. Or enjoy the view from one of the most scenic drives in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway. As a part of the community, you can breathe in the fresh air and take in the beauty of the environment every day. 

Mills River is secluded within the agricultural landscape, nestled between Buncombe and Henderson Counties. Its small-town charm makes it a desirable destination spot, although it’s easily accessible by the region’s airport and highways connecting to larger nearby cities like Greenville, SC, and Charlotte, NC. It’s also just minutes from Asheville and Henderson – two picturesque American towns full of arts, shopping, outdoor fun, and endless dining options. 

Luxury Mountain-Inspired Amenities

At Legacy at Mills River, we’re dedicated to setting a new standard for five-star retirement living. Designed spaces harness the natural beauty of our location, weaving in elements of nature into the fixtures and finishes. Natural light, framed by floor to ceiling windows, will fill common areas providing breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountain views. We believe these design decisions, both big and small, will continue the lifestyle you value and create spaces for lasting memories with new friends. 

Dining options are plentiful on site to satisfy every craving and include top-floor panoramic views. On site amenities also include a theater, a library stocked with classics and bestsellers, a full-service business center, a beauty salon, a barbershop, a Performing Arts Center, and five dining options.

Social Activities for Seniors

We understand the importance of developing relationships and participating in gatherings– that’s why activities for seniors are abundant at Legacy at Mills River. 

For the nature lover, landscaped paths and walking trails, community flower-cutting gardens and a stocked fishing lake provide the perfect setting to be immersed in the outdoors. A fully-equipped woodworking shop will allow you to create practical items while also expressing your creativity. And when you’re looking to continue your retirement adventures, Legacy at Mills River transportation services will allow you to explore the surrounding areas. And one of the best things about Legacy is, that we will create new events and activities based on our resident’s interest. So if you don’t see an activity or event you like now, one can be created.

Health, Wellness and Continuum of Care

Our approach begins with a keen focus on wellness and preventative care. Get your heart pumping at our Wellness Center—it’s staffed and equipped with everything you need for your workout, including a heated indoor pool and aqua therapy sessions. Our advanced, physician-staffed Health Center is located right on site and can be used for primary care needs like regular checkups and basic healthcare. 

And whether you’re only looking for an independent living community to be a part of with the option of healthcare, or need 24-hour attention – Legacy at Mills River will be accommodating.

Assisted Living

Our private assisted living suites will be thoughtfully designed with comfort, care, and convenience in mind, and is centrally located on the second floor of our spectacular main building. Those who stay in the assisted living suites can enjoy the community’s features like a relaxing patio, park-like open areas, and prime proximity to our physician-staffed Health Center.

Memory Care

Our Memory Care services at Legacy will offer a perfect blend of close attention and a genuine home environment. We understand that Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients can achieve fulfilling lives, given the right environment. Our architect is a recognized expert in the design of Alzheimer’s homes to provide a boost of confidence to residents who require this type of assistance.

Skilled Nursing

Our skilled nursing services create a person-centered environment, with emphasis on respect, privacy and a true understanding of each individual in our care. Between our leading edge Health Center and our trained, caring staff available 24 hours a day, our community will support our residents with the care they need.

Should the need arise for healthcare within the home you own, you’ll have the peace of mind that Legacy will partner with a trusted, licensed home health agency. The agency will be vetted to ensure the best care is provided if this is the right option for you.

If Legacy at Mills River sounds like a place you want to spend your time, visit our website or call us to learn more at 828-696-1554. You can even visit the Sales Center or tour the mountainside property before major construction begins or model home to get a glimpse of living at Legacy at Mills River.

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