Five Star Senior Living Review


Founded in 2000 by Barry M. Portnoy and Gerard M. Martin, Five Star Senior Living is publicly traded senior housing company (Nasdaq: FVE). As of Nov 2020, it’s the 4th largest senior housing operator in the United States.

With diverse locations in suburban, rural, and metropolitan areas, Five Star Senior Living welcomes residents from all walks of life, individuals who have their own unique stories and life experiences to share.

Communities: 262 (across 31 states)

Senior Residents: 23,000

Housing Units: 30,413

Boasting scenic, newly constructed and renovated properties, Five Star Living communities – from Alabama to Wisconsin and 29 states in between – are designed for seniors wanting an elegant, yet comfortable retirement living atmosphere, an array of healthcare and specialized care services that can be personalized for each resident’s unique needs, and a robust list of amenities and distinctive features.

Senior Living Services

Reflective of the varied and sometimes daily changing needs of Five Star’s residents, the company provides a full spectrum of services within a diverse array of housing options. The bulk of their properties are dedicated to independent and assisted living, with others centers focused on skilled nursing, memory care, and continued care.

As luxury housing units, Five Star senior facilities offer resort-style amenities. Many of their communities have a perfect (or near-perfect rating) on Google and You may also notice how highly rated their staff is at all their locations.

Below are some of the ones we published reviews on.

Five Star Premier Residences of Boca Raton ★★★★☆ 

Five Star Premier Residences in Boca Raton, specializes in assisted living, physical rehab, and memory care.

Five Star – Barrington Terrace at Boynton Beach ★★★★☆

Barrington senior living facility specializes in assisted living, physical rehab, occupational therapy, and skilled nursing.

Senior Care Staff

Each of Five Star’s 21,000 team members is actively involved in caring for residents.

Staff training emphasizes the importance of “touch points” with residents throughout the day and embraces a person-centered care approach. As part of Five Star Living’s commitment to quality, the direct care team and management continuously evaluate performance and strive to know each resident on a personal level.


Five Star Senior Living prides itself on making a comfortable and friendly environment. Residents enjoy what the company describes as, “easygoing, resort- style living with beautifully appointed residences and top rated hospitality.” Senior residents are encouraged to furnish and decorate their apartments to their unique preferences so it truly feels like home. Independent and assisted living apartments are private at Five Star, and residents have the freedom to entertain guests in their apartment or a community common area at any time.

Guests are invited to join residents for a meal in the community’s dining venue, or leave campus to visit friends or family for meals, family events, etc.

Personal care services are available at Five Star Living’s retirement living communities on an as-needed basis. The extent of healthcare and housing services provided varies by community, in case your loved one has a specific need – or if you are concerned about a future need for care – check with the community first to determine if they offer what you need on-site.

Many of Five Star Senior Living communities are also pet-friendly too!

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Social Calendar & Activities

Residents are encouraged to pursue an active retirement lifestyle. Each community has a monthly social calendar, as well as shared dining and special interest hobbies (i.e. sewing).

Activities are customized to each community with input from the Resident Council, a feature that Five Star Senior Living communities offer as a means for residents to be involved in day-to-day decision-making, event planning, and other aspects of operations.

Depending on facility, there’s a variety of recreational and social activities seniors can take part in.

  • Chef-cooked fine dining
  • Golf club memberships and outings
  • Waterfront activities
  • Daily fitness classes
  • Hikes and off-campus tours

The company’s exclusive Healthy Generation wellness program ensures that each community provides ample opportunities for residents to socialize!

Dining Options

Much like their activities programs, fine dining venues at Five Star Senior Living communities vary based on location (and housing type). Some of the premier facilities feature a professional chef for dinners and special events.

In general, Five Star Senior communities provide residents a wide variety of fresh, nutritious meals in comfortable, yet elegant, dining areas. Seats are unassigned so residents can socialize and enjoy meals with new friends or neighbors as they desire. Often, the Five Star dining services department will collaborate with activities staff to furnish meals and snacks suitable for certain special events, theme parties, or holidays.

Senior Living Prices

Perhaps one of the most attractive aspects of Five Star Senior Living’s payment structure is the absence of an entrance fee or significant upfront costs.

Below is an example of pricing from the Five Star website.

Five Star Premier of Boca Raton Prices

  • Independent: $3,600/mo (starting)
  • Assisted Living: $3,550/mo (starting)

Accommodations are charged on a monthly basis – no longterm purchase commitments! Five Star Living also provides flexible payment options to help make it more affordable.

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