One Bishop Gadsden WayCharleston, SC, 29412
Founded in 1850, Bishop Gadsden may be the country’s oldest retirement community in continual existence, but many of its 450 residents can hardly be described as retired. The Charleston life care community promotes a dynamic and vibrant lifestyle for active seniors and when additional care is needed, Bishop Gadsden provides the highest quality assisted living and health services.
Independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living, memory care center, and skilled nursing are the four living options that comprise the community and accommodate the residents’ health needs. “Whether they’re still working and active or in need of additional assistance, there’s a wellness plan for every resident and they can move through our continuum of care as needed,” explains Kimberly Farfone, director of development and public relations.
Nearly three hundred staff members oversee Bishop Gadsden’s amenities, including an on-site clinic, 24-hour nursing care, and pharmacy. In addition to its award-winning dining program that sources local produce and employs an in-house pastry chef, Bishop Gadsden has the rare distinction of a “BBB” credit rating—comforting criteria in uncertain financial times.
A host of activities and programs satisfy intellectual pursuits, spiritual needs, social connection, and physical activity, making life at Bishop Gadsden exciting. Adds Kimberly, “We want our residents to live an extraordinary life, whatever that means to them, and we provide the amenities and services so that they can do just that.”
Q and A Section
Q: How do you know when moving to a retirement center is right for you or a family member?
A: Every case is different and personal, but the decision usually comes about in two ways. The first is during the first stages of retirement and someone decides early to make the move—maybe they want to be free to travel or be relieved of home maintenance. They may also like that a retirement community will have tools in place to maintain their health or care for them in sickness. The second is when a person’s health is in decline or they become injured or ill, and then the decision to move is made by the individual and their family.
Q: What are the primary factors families should consider when looking for the right retirement home?
A: Take a very careful look at what the communities can offer and find out what their care philosophy is. Make sure they provide what’s important to the person, whether that’s access to the outdoors, a focus on nutrition, continuing education, or social events.
Q: What are some common mistakes people make when choosing a life care community?
A: Baby Boomers are very tech-savvy, so they really do their research and mistakes are fewer these days. You can avoid a poor choice with proper due diligence—looking at a variety of communities, investigating their finances, and talking to the people that live there.
Q: Describe the type of seniors that can most benefit from this retirement center?
A: Our program is so comprehensive, there’s a place for everyone in every stage of retirement and health.
Q: What features and services are imperative in good facilities and provide the most cost benefit?
A: Everything hinges on the management. Good management continually strives to provide the best amenities and services, from the medical care to the maintenance staff.
Q: What is Bishop Gadsden’s plan for the future and how will it accommodate the growth of our aging population?
A: We are constantly looking for ways to improve our community, stay aware, and plan for the expectations of future retirees. We are looking at adding a small number of larger apartments, but we want to be sure to keep the intimate atmosphere that makes Bishop Gadsden special. Future expansions of our wellness/exercise facilities and our healthcare buildings are also being incorporated into our master plan.