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2/11/2021 2:29:05 PM Member News

Emery Place Assisted Living and Memory Care, a senior living community based in Robins, Iowa, is proud to announce that it has been honored as a Best of Senior Living 2021 award winner by A Place for Mom, Inc. (APFM), the largest senior living referral service in North America.  The best of senior living honor represents the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, determined by the reviews of seniors and their families on, the nation’s largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services. This exclusive designation honors only the top three percent of senior care providers across the United States and Canada.

This year has been tough for so many and Emery Place Assisted Living and Memory Care has shown its resilience in the face of this challenge. Many of the top reviews shared what kept residents feeling safe, less isolated, and stimulated both mentally and physically. From innovative dining programs, socially-distanced concerts, car parades, easily-accessible video calls with family, to having staff just be there to engage with residents and caregivers when they are needed most, Emery Place provided the utmost care.

Reflected in many of the top reviews, the Senior Living industry has remained a critical industry throughout the pandemic. A Place for Mom surveyed families that moved into a senior living community over the past six months with 86% of caregivers indicating that COVID did not influence their decision to move their loved one into a community during the pandemic, mainly as a result of seniors needing care beyond what could be provided at home. More so, almost 9 in 10 families surveyed with a loved one in Senior Living said they were satisfied/very satisfied with the care their loved one was receiving this past year, as caregiver fatigue became an unfortunate reality with 77% of caregivers reporting that they have been overwhelmed by the demands of caring for a senior since the pandemic began. 

“During a year that challenged all of us, and particularly frontline healthcare workers, senior living communities demonstrated resilience going above and beyond to keep residents safe, healthy, and happy,” said Sue Johansen, Senior Vice President, Community Network, at A Place for Mom. “Of the nearly 45,000 senior living care providers in North America currently listed on and hundreds of thousands of reviews, only the top 3% were recognized with this prestigious award, simply by providing the highest level of care that residents and their families deserve.”

Since opening in May of 2015, Emery Place, located at 901 S. Mentzer Rd., Robins, IA, is one of the only winners that regularly receives exceptionally positive reviews from their senior customers and their families like these:

“Never in a million years would I have thought my Mom would have liked being in an assisted living facility but she absolutely loves Emery Place in Robins, Iowa. She has been there about seven months and is always saying how good the people are to her there. She also loves the food and has added a few much needed pounds. Emery has done a great job managing the Covid-19 crisis and keeping the residents active. Mom is in a much better situation now. Thanks a bunch, Emery Place!”

“My Mom started living at Emery in August of 2018. Simply put, she absolutely loves it at Emery! The friendly, dedicated, and caring staff look after her every need. Her room and the entire facility are always very clean. She loves the food, especially being able to make requests. I really appreciate the level of communication provided. Monthly newsletters keep me up-to-date, and it is nice to see her picture included every month. I also appreciate how Emery keeps me informed on any medical issues, or something as simple letting me know that she needs something for her apartment. How Emery has kept everyone (residents and staff) safe and healthy during Covid-19 has been amazing! Overall, I couldn't have selected a better place for my Mom to live.

 “My parents were some of the initial residents at Emery Place moving in June 2015. Mom lived in the memory care unit and my Dad moved into assisted living to be close to Mom. From day one, my parents were treated with compassion, respect and kindness. Even in my Mom's last days, she received the utmost care. The employees constantly took the time to get to know my parents and their needs. Dad has continued to live at Emery for the past three years and constantly tells me how comfortable and safe he feels there. Our family feels extremely lucky our parents moved into Emery Place five years ago and are grateful for the exceptional care they have received!

To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2021 Awards, care providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving five or more new reviews from October 19, 2019 to October 31, 2020. Additional details and a complete list of award winners can be found on is the leading consumer ratings and reviews site for senior living communities and home-care providers across the U.S. and Canada. The innovative website provides easy access to the information families need when making a senior-care decision, and features more than 240,000 trusted reviews and advice from local residents and their loved ones. For more information, visit

Within six months of opening, Emery Place Assisted Living & Memory Care made a commitment to remodel the community to accommodate concerned inquiries about parents in early stages of memory loss or couples being separated due to the disease. This opened an opportunity to provide a service for these individuals like nothing that had been addressed before in the Cedar Rapids area. In such, creating the 14 apartment “closer care” environment for early stages of memory loss, couples or companions to reside with memory care support in a secured, assisted living-like setting.

In May of 2017, Emery Place added 12 more assisted living apartments bringing that total to 27 apartments. Due to the ongoing demand for this distinctive and specialized community, Emery Place with open a new addition with nine more “closer care” apartments in February, 2021.

If you are considering senior living and are looking for a great retirement community to reside, please contact Emery Place Community Relations Coordinator, Sarah Zimmerman at 319-540-9257 or email at Find out more about assisted living and two unique memory care options for those in early or later stages of memory loss. See why our families have rated us “Best of Assisted Living” every year since our opening!