As the youngest of my family, I grew up with a lot of older adults around me. Not just my parents, but older aunts, uncles and cousins. And I always knew that I would be the one to care for them when the time came. Over the years, I have experienced just about every type of senior care there is: nursing homes, rehab, home care, hospitals, hospice, independent and assisted living. And I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly among them. When I inquired about Devon Oaks for my aunt, I could tell right away that this place was different. I think all the fresh flowers were the first thing I noticed. I also liked how so many residents were sitting together down in the lobby. Everyone seemed comfortable — staff and residents. I could sense a sincere interest in caring for each individual resident. Soon I learned that one explanation for this is that they are driven by an authentic mission of caring for older adults rather than by the demands of some of the bigger corporate senior living options. The Devon Oaks facilities are as nice or nicer than all I have seen and the staff members always have the time to help. It sounds cliché, but it feels how I always thought it should. They hire good people who seem happy and caring. Even on the first day we moved in, the handy man was so kind and eager to help me even though I probably seemed frazzled. I frequently see staff not only caring for residents, but engaging with them. One day I walked in the lobby and a staff member was asking a group of residents all about their past jobs and careers. It is a gem, and I only wish I had known about it sooner. It gives me piece of mind, and I know my aunt is very happy as well.Joanne C.