OUR VISION is to create communities where people live longer, healthier, and happier lives.
OUR MISSION is to be caring professionals dedicated to quality services.
Senior Living Communities owns and operates ten luxury retirement communities located in South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Indiana and Connecticut. Our dedicated team members have a proven track record for success and know the importance of establishing a lifestyle that allows members to live longer, happier, healthier lives. Our number one goal is to provide an environment that encourages an independent lifestyle for all our members.
The following Guiding Principles are the foundation upon which we operate.
People First, Always. We approach our business with a People Over Policy mindset. This allows our team members to make the decision at any given time which puts the Members we serve first. In addition, we believe in an empowered workforce. Our product is only as good as the hands that deliver it. That’s why we extend our People First principle to those we’re working alongside.
We Exist to Serve Our Members. If we lose sight of the individuals that we’ve built our company to serve and care for, then we don’t deserve to be in business. This is why we stress our mission on a daily basis to everyone from our front-line caregivers to our home office executives.
We Have A Responsibility to be Full. We believe that we have the best communities offering the best services resulting in industry-best care. As our company grows we are able to serve more and more Members for whom this quality of life is the best option. Therefore, it is our responsibility to be full. And by maintaining our position as best-in-class in all that we offer, we believe we can help shape a changing culture that allows our person-centered, dignity-focused philosophy to trickle down to every senior care related facility in the nation.
Donald O. Thompson, Jr.
Owner & Chief Executive Office
Donald Thompson has been the Chief Executive Officer of Maxwell Group, Inc. since he founded it in 1989. He provides strategic leadership, planning, and vision for all aspects of the Company.Thompson started in the care industry in 1980 when he built his first assisted living community. He then went on to develop his first CCRC, or Life Plan Community, in 1982. Over the last four decades, Thompson has owned a variety of companies providing independent living, assisted living, dementia care, skilled nursing, rehab services, group purchasing, enteral feeding, medical equipment, medical supplies, home health services, and pharmacy services.Thompson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Benjamin M. Thompson
Executive Vice President
Ben Thompson has been the Executive Vice President of Maxwell Group, Inc. since December of 2017. He oversees and provides direction for all of the Company’s operating functions.Thompson joined the Company in May 2012 as an Operations Analyst. He has since gone on to serve as VP Special Projects, VP Procurement and VP Development. In his current role he is responsible for all of the Company’s operational functions including: human resources, programming, dining, development, construction, design, facility services, and purchasing.Thompson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he double majored, earning a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Management and Society.
Chief Financial Officer
Rebecca Beam has been the Chief Financial Officer of Maxwell Group, Inc. since July of 2018. She oversees and provides direction for all of the Company’s fiscal functions.Beam joined the Company in March 2014 as Assistant Controller. She has since gone on to serve in other Accounting roles, such as Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, she founded a CPA firm, Reardon & Garrison, LLP, where she worked for two years. Beam was also a senior accounting analyst with Duke Energy, as well as a senior assurance associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, prior to joining the Company.Beam is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where she earned her Master of Accounting. She is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Chemistry.
Chief Information Officer
Aniello Salierno has been the Chief Information Officer of Maxwell Group, Inc. since June of 2010. He oversees the Company’s information technology strategy, system integrations and implementations, as well as analyzes emerging technological advances.Salierno joined the Company in 2003 as Finance Director for The Lakes at Pointe West, a Florida continuing care retirement community previously managed by Senior Living Communities. Within three years, he became VP Operations overseeing 10 communities across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, before being promoted to his current role. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Salierno was the assistant branch manager for Raymond James Financial, Inc.Salierno is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance. He is also a licensed Assisted Living Administrator.
Joshua E.K. Thompson
Chief Marketing Officer
Josh Thompson has been the Chief Marketing Officer of Maxwell Group, Inc. since May of 2018. He oversees and provides the strategies and initiatives for all of the Company’s marketing and sales.Thompson joined the Company in August 2015 as VP Procurement. He has since gone on to serve as a Lifestyle Advisor at Marsh’s Edge, a St. Simons Island, Georgia continuing care retirement community managed by Senior Living Communities before promoted to VP Marketing. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Thompson was in outside sales for Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.Thompson is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Vice President of Operations
Marcel Tremble has been the Vice President of Operations of Maxwell Group, Inc. since April of 2016. He oversees and provides direction for the Company’s operations in Connecticut, North Carolina and inland South Carolina communities.Tremble joined the Company in 2007 as the Care Services Administrator for Brightwater, a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina continuing care retirement community managed by Senior Living Communities. In June of 2014 Tremble was promoted to Executive Director with The Lakes at Litchfield, a Pawley’s Island, South Carolina continuing care retirement community managed by Senior Living Communities. Tremble is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he earned his Master of Healthcare Administration. He is also a graduate of Wingate University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing.
Vice President of Operations
Jimmy Justice has been the Vice President of Operations of Maxwell Group, Inc. since October of 2016. He oversees and provides direction for the Company’s operations in Florida, Georgia, Indiana and coastal South Carolina communities.Justice joined the Company in 2010 as the Care Services Administrator for Brightwater, a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina continuing care retirement community managed by Senior Living Communities. In June of 2014, he was promoted to Executive Director. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Justice worked in a variety of roles in the senior housing industry.Justice is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. He is also a licensed Community Residential Care Facility Administrator and a Nursing Home Administrator.
Nerissa H. Nelson
Vice President of Human Resources
Nerissa Nelson has been the Vice President of Human Resources of Maxwell Group, Inc. since January of 2015. She oversees all aspects of Human Resources for the Company, including recruitment, workforce development, training, retention and benefits.Nelson joined the Company in 2010 as Director of Talent Management. Since then, she has served in a variety of HR roles, such as VP Talent Management and VP Recruitment. Nelson has spent her entire career in HR and states, “every team member at every level deserves to be valued, respected and heard”. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Nelson worked for Federated Department Stores, Inc. and Nations Bank.Nelson holds certifications in Human Resources and Aging Studies.
Vice President of Operations
Robin Viles has been the Vice President of Care Services of Maxwell Group, Inc. since September of 2017. She oversees all aspects of the Company’s Care Services, including Clinical Development & Analytics, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, Short-Term Rehab, and Home Health.Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Viles was the director of solutions consultants with Netsmart, formerly HealthMEDX, Inc., where she consulted senior housing operators on the uses of health care technology and the optimization of electronic health records. Prior to working with Netsmart, Viles worked for several senior housing operators in a variety of roles, ranging from director of nursing, director of marketing and admissions, to clinical consultant. Viles is a graduate of Drury University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration. She is also a graduate of Southwest Baptist University’s St. John’s School of Nursing, where she earned her Nursing degree. Viles is a Licensed Registered Nurse, Nursing Home Administrator, and a Registered Health Information Technician.
Vice President of Clinical Development
Angela Gist has been the Vice President of Clinical Development of Maxwell Group, Inc. since April of 2016. She oversees all of the Company’s clinical services, as well as works with the communities on developing best in class care.Gist joined the Company in 1998 as Assisted Living Administrator at Summit Hills, a Spartanburg, South Carolina continuing care retirement community managed by Senior Living Communities. In 2009 she was promoted to Director of Nursing at Summit Hills where she further excelled being named Director of the Year and winning an Outstanding Service Award. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, Gist worked in Acute Care, Med/Surgery and Urology Nursing.Gist is a graduate of University of South Carolina-Upstate’s Mary Black School of Nursing, where she earned her Nursing degree. She is also a Licensed Registered Nurse, Community Residential Care Facility Administrator, and a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Aimee L. Simmons
Vice President of Programming
Aimee Simmons has been the Vice President of Programming of Maxwell Group, Inc. since April of 2016. She oversees and provides direction for all of the Company’s wellness and social initiatives.Simmons joined the Company in 2012 as Vice President of Healthcare Marketing, where she oversaw all of the Company’s Care Services sales. Under her sales leadership the Company’s occupancy in Care Services reached new heights. In 2013 Simmons accepted a position elsewhere in the industry and most recently served as Executive Director of Waltonwood-Cotswold before rejoining the Company as VP Programming.Simmons is a graduate of Lander University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She is also a licensed Assisted Living Administrator, Certified Dementia Practitioner, and a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia care.
Brittney Lifsey has been the Controller of Maxwell Group, Inc. since May of 2018. She oversees all aspects of the Company’s accounting functions including general accounting, property accounting, internal auditing and budgetary controls.Lifsey joined the Company in July of 2016 as Assistant Controller and quickly worked her way up to Controller. Prior to joining Maxwell Group, she worked in a variety of Senior Analyst roles at Duke Energy, as well as a senior assurance associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers.Lifsey is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where she earned her Master of Accounting. She is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Mathematics.
Tim W. Andrews
Vice President of Construction
Tim Andrews has been the Vice President of Construction of Maxwell Group, Inc. since December of 2015. He oversees all aspects of the Company’s construction, including start-up operations and maintenance of operational communities.Andrews joined the Company in 1989 in a facility maintenance role at Heritage Hills, a Hendersonville, North Carolina retirement community associated with Maxwell Group. He has since gone on to serve in several related roles including Director of Development for Aaron Enterprises. Most recently, Andrews was the VP Facility Services, where he oversaw all aspects of the Company’s facility services.Andrews holds several licenses and certificates in multiple maintenance and construction fields.
“Your happiness is our goal.”
“When you begin your carefree retirement lifestyle with us at Senior Living Communities, we want you to truly enjoy it. Your happiness and satisfaction is guaranteed, and if for any reason within 6 months of your move-in of a villa apartment or cottage home, you are not satisfied and choose to leave a Senior Living Community, we will refund 100% of your Occupancy Fee, minus any damage to the home. Monthly services fees are owed only for the time you live there.
“We want to make sure you’re satisfied. We have a 6 month, 100% refund, money back, satisfaction guarantee.”
—Donald Thompson, Owner & CEO Senior Living Communities
In addition to providing an exceptional quality of life for its members, Senior Living Communities values and is dedicated to serving the communities in which we work and helping on a worldwide level. Senior Living Communities supports numerous charity organizations. Below are a few of the organizations that Senior Living Communities contributes to:
CARE for AIDS
CARE for AIDS works with Kenyan churches to operate life-transforming centers, which help the physical, spiritual, economic, and social needs of men and women living with HIV/AIDS. At each center, 80 individuals can complete a nine-month program which gives them the training and support lead full and productive lives. At the center, individuals attend weekly health and spiritual counseling sessions. CARE for AIDS hopes to see HIV-positive Kenyans become empowered and able to lead spiritually and physically strong lives.
SugarCreek Charter School
Sugar Creek’s vision is to serve as many children as possible and to work with them in their formative years so that they become well educated and productive citizens as adults. moreover, we believe that Sugar Creek is uniquely situated to teach and prepare all of our students for their future. We do so with a high degree of commitment and enthusiasm.
Silver Pen Essay Contest
SilverPen The Silver Pen Essay Contest is a way to help local high school seniors with their collegiate financial burden. High school seniors within a 25-mile radius of any Senior Living Communities’ retirement communities are welcome to apply by writing an essay in response to a specific topic. The essay is free form and can vary in length. Community members on the Resident Advisory Committee choose the winners who receive cash prizes. This Advisory Council consists of successful retired business professionals, educators and community leaders.
Jackson Park Ministries (JPM)
Jackson Park Ministries (JPM) started as a means of helping the Jackson Park neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C. JPM sought to feed the community children and provide recreational activities. As a result of growing numbers seeking assistance, JPM has expanded its services to include material help, training, and spiritual guidance. In addition, JPM owns apartments, which serve as Transformational Housing for two-parent and single-mother families in crisis. JPM hopes to see lives transformed by spiritual renewal and learning how to become better parents, hard working employees, and wise stewards of their finances.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We are here to help.
Senior Living Communities was founded to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. We want people to age in place and be able to stay in their home, whether an apartment or a cottage home, without having to go to institutional care.
Our goal is to help our members stay involved and we do this through our wellness programs, our excellent dining services, our curated social calendars and by providing a community where they feel secure surrounded by friends. This gives them the freedom to do more things, go more places, spend more time with family, visit more with friends and just generally, live a better life.
The average member of our communities saves approximately $1,000 per month over living in their previous house.
You may be wondering about the affordability of living in our community. We work hard to keep the monthly fee reasonable and its increases to a minimum. When you compare what it costs to maintain your present home with what it costs to enjoy the amenities of our community, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. When you consider all of our services such as home maintenance and lawn care, exquisite dining, a full social activities calendar, exercise classes, weekly housekeeping, scheduled transportation, concierge services, utilities being paid, taxes being paid, and emergency response all at your fingertips – you’ll discover that life is better and, perhaps, even less expensive, too. When you add to that the peace of mind offered both you and your children, knowing that your needs are taken care of, living in our community becomes an increasingly excellent value.
A full-time Director of Member Services plans and coordinates a daily schedule of varied activities geared to our members’ interests and preferences.
We offer a wide array of activities and community events. A full-time Director of Member Services plans and coordinates a daily schedule of varied activities geared to our members’ interests and preferences.
There are exercise and educational classes, Bridge and card games, crafts, study groups, golf outings, parties, and movie nights. We also offer outings to cultural destinations, day excursions, shopping trips, and lunches out on the town. Seasonal events, happy hours, themed dinners, and birthday celebrations are included, too.
Our social calendars are published before the beginning of the month so that each member can plan in advance and invite their friends and family.
Healthcare is located at the community and easily accessible by residents, family members and friends. Healthcare residents enjoy their own separate clubhouse, dining room and activity areas.
All our communities have on-site rehabilitation services offered through our partner, Genesis Rehabilitation. Most communities provide physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy, both for members of our communities as well as outside guests.
Each building is staffed with healthcare personnel 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We have a contracted Medical Director (most communities) and Pharmacy Director (a RPh), and an on-site Director of Assisted Living and Director of Nursing Services (where skilled services are offered). The Medical Director and Pharmacy Director make regular visits to the healthcare facilities.
Medical Technicians and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are staffed 24 hours a day.
The Clubhouse dining program uses a menu system like you would see in any fine dining restaurant. There are regularly over 12 entrées on the Clubhouse dining menu plus daily specials, prepared by our executive chef. Members are allotted flexible dining dollars each month to spend on dining and the dollars roll throughout the year.
Dining services in healthcare features the same great food, fantastic service and again, lots of options. One perk of living in our assisted living is the ANYTIME menu. Our residents can find a great meal anytime they are ready to eat. We work on their schedule instead of our residents working on ours.
Menus throughout the community also include our wellness menu options. These entrees are prepared to meet the American Heart Association’s criteria.
The service fee includes all of the monthly bills you would have paid on your own house.
The monthly service fee is an all-inclusive cost that is paid monthly by members of the community.
The monthly service fee includes all of the monthly bills or expense they would have paid on their previous house.
- Internet and phone (select locations)
- Lawn maintenance
- Bathroom & kitchen detail cleaning
- Emergency system monitoring
- Scheduled transportation
- Social functions
- Concierge services
Just like any house you’ve sold in the past, our members receive their Occupancy Fee Refund when we sell your house.
Most communities have both occupancy fee and rental options. Occupancy fee range is based on location, view, features and choice of occupancy plan. Each cottage or villa home has a different price like any house in any neighborhood. And just like any other house, our members receive their guaranteed occupancy fee refund when we sell their cottage or villa home.
While rising costs are a given in today’s economic environment, we recognize that the vast majority of our residents are on fixed incomes, and we strive to contain costs as best we can to be good stewards of your investment. Over the past five years, the amount of increase in Monthly Service Fees has averaged between 3.0% and 3.5% per year.