The Carriage House at The Verandah at Graywood Honored Among Top Senior Living Communities in the Nation

The Carriage House at The Verandah at Graywood Honored Among Top Senior Living Communities in the Nation

Assisted Living Community is Named “Caring Star of 2016” for Service Excellence

LAKE CHARLES, LA (December 12, 2015) – Transitioning from home or an independent senior living community into assisted living is not always easy, yet there is one assisted living community in Lake Charles that provides such exceptional care that it has been named one of the top senior living communities in the United States. At The Carriage House at The Verandah at Graywood in Lake Charles, LA residents receive the highest level of individualized care while also retaining a sense of independence that is vital to maintaining a positive outlook to promote health, wellness and well-being. In doing so, and more, The Carriage House has received one of the industry’s highest honors, and has been named a “Caring Star of 2016” by

In ratings and reviews from older adults and their family members, The Carriage House at The Verandah earned a 5-star consumer rating – the highest possible score – while also meeting other qualifying criteria for this national honor. The Carriage House community is one of only six Caring Star communities in Louisiana and the only award winner in Calcasieu Parish.

“Our mission is to champion the quality of life for our residents in a caring, friendly and comfortable atmosphere,” said Evelyn Dore’, executive director of The Carriage House at The Verandah at Graywood. “At The Carriage House, we offer the highest quality of individualized care while also respecting our resident’s dignity and independence. We provide the warmth, comfort and sense of home they deserve while also attending to their personal needs. We are so honored to be recognized as a Caring Star of 2016 since it means we are accomplishing our goals and meeting the needs of our residents and their loved ones.”

The residents, their families and guests often proclaim that The Carriage House is the premier assisted living community in the exclusive Lake Charles area, yet it remains affordable with competitive rates. The community prides itself on setting the standard for assisted living, with a resident-centered approach and a world-class care staff that is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Individual service plans include: personal hygiene and grooming, dressing and clothes selection, showering and bathing assistance, meal assistance, incontinence management, mobility support, socialization and medication assistance.

The Carriage House is adjacent to The Verandah at Graywood and offers a life plan community for The Verandah’s independent seniors, who may eventually need additional care. “When and if the need arises, it is comforting to our residents to know that they don’t need to move far away to receive a more dedicated level of care,” said Dore’. “Our assisted living residents receive the same amenities and services that they wouldliving at The Verandah at Graywood, enjoy the same beautiful surroundings, and enjoy the warmth and socialization gained through friendships and relationships with our caring staff.”

One of the most distinguishing features of both communities is the dining program. Residents can enjoy an array of culinary creations, as well as traditional meals in a comfortable dining atmosphere with other residents, family and friends. The meals, served three times daily, are not only deliciously prepared by award-winning executive chef Michael Bruney, but are well-balanced and nutritious using only the finest ingredients that are locally grown when available and which favor natural herbs and spices.

As Americans increasingly seek real-life insights provided by other seniors and families, online reviews help guide important senior care decisions for aging or ailing loved ones. In multiple research studies, the majority of family caregivers have indicated that they turn to the Internet and consumer reviews when researching senior living communities, and have relied on these perspectives more so than in-person recommendations from geriatric professionals or medical personnel.

“Congratulations to The Carriage House at The Verandah at Graywood for achieving this award after earning accolades from residents and their family members,” said Andy Cohen, CEO and co-founder. “This important milestone speaks volumes about the positive difference The Carriage House is making in serving older adults, and we join with the local community in celebrating their accomplishment.”


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About The Verandah at Graywood and The Carriage House

Sitting on 40 acres, The Verandah at Graywood encompasses more than 212,000 square feet and features numerous amenities including: wellness center, library, outdoor swimming pool and spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, computer room, chapel, stocked fishing ponds, formal and casual dining rooms, large lounge and bar, arts studio, reserved parking, theater, beauty salon/barber shop, and beautifully landscaped courtyard and garden. The Verandah offers independent living apartments with fully equipped kitchens, complimentary utilities, maintenance, and housekeeping and concierge services. The Carriage House at The Verandah includes all of the same services and amenities as independent residents, plus dedicated care staff available 24 hours each day and much more. For more information, please visit, or call (337) 409-4615 or connect with us socially at

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living

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