Top 5 Reasons to Move into Assisted Living


Dominion of Athens | Dining room

Athens, Tenn. (April 2024) — Dominion Senior Living of Athens welcomes Larry Griffin to the team as Executive Director. Griffin is joining Dominion with 28 years of industry experience and 19 years as an Executive Director.  

Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Griffin attended Southern Adventist University and graduated with a double major in Business and Long-Term Healthcare. He and his family have remained in Southeast Tennessee while Griffin has pursued his career in the senior living industry. Griffin’s desire has always been to show God’s love to the residents, residents’ families and team members daily by showing God’s love through his every word, action and deed.

“I am excited to be part of this amazing team of people here in Athens.  I am looking forward to many happy years of service to the senior population here in McMinn County and the surrounding area,” Griffin said.

“We are excited to have Larry join the Dominion team. His experience, leadership skills and caring personality will make him the perfect candidate for serving the residents and family members of Dominion of Athens,” said Doug Veazy, COO of Dominion Senior Living.

Griffin and his wife of 30 years, Robin, have four children: Alexandra, Tyler, Victoria and Isabella. They also have two dogs, Tilly and Henry. You can find him working in his yard among his plants and flowers during his free time.


Dominion Senior Living of Athens is a premier senior living community with assisted living and memory care apartments for seniors. Dominion Senior Living strives to operate with the mission, “Honoring God through Service to Seniors.”

Located in the heart of Athens, Dominion Senior Living provides a secure, attentive, homelike atmosphere while offering a full range of helpful services to those looking for a senior living community in McMinn County.

Dominion Senior Living is part of a family of senior living communities throughout the eastern United States owned and/or operated by Dominion Senior Living of Knoxville, Tenn. Dominion Senior Living specializes in offering independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care services.

Dominion Senior Living of Athens is located at 2090 West Madison Avenue
Athens, TN 37303. More information can be found by calling (423) 405-3075 or by visiting their websiteat 

There are many reasons to consider moving into an assisted living community. While motivation can vary from needing help, to looking for companionship, assisted living facilities can drastically improve your quality of life and overall wellness.

These communities, like Dominion Senior Living, offer a wide variety of services for seniors with many different care needs and personalities. It’s important to understand that these communities, including Dominion Senior Living, embrace resident choice and allow residents to have control in their day-to-day lives.

Let’s explore some of the top reasons you may choose to move into assisted living.

Safe Environment

Assisted living communities provide a safe, comfortable, and secure environment to continue living a high-quality life. It’s not uncommon for seniors living alone to feel unsure about their safety. Older adults are particularly susceptible to things like burglary or injury as a result of living alone. By nature, communal living lends itself to being safer than living alone in the house. Similarly, in the case of a health emergency, trained and caring staff are ready to assist 24 hours a day.

Socialization Opportunities

Socialization with other seniors is a big part of why we see people thrive in our assisted living communities. As a whole, regular socialization leads to happier and healthier seniors. When living alone, many seniors do not get an opportunity to interact with others as much as they need due to transportation or health reasons. Residing in an assisted living community, like Dominion Senior Living, means friends are just an apartment away! There is always someone willing to play a game, listen to music, enjoy a snack, listen to music or attend community events with on a daily basis.

Care When Needed

We all need help from time to time. You may be thinking, but I don’t need it! A benefit of assisted living is that there’s someone there to help when necessary. While living alone, there is no one to share in daily responsibilities like dressing, bathing, cleaning, and cooking. In assisted living, there’s always a smiling and friendly face to help should you need it one day. With less time spent on necessary tasks and upkeep, you are free to have fun and do what you enjoy!

Delicious, Healthy Meals

Living alone can make cooking difficult. Cooking feels like a chore when it has to be completed day-in and day-out, multiple times a day. Sometimes it is easier and more convenient just to eat a pre-packaged frozen dinner. Unfortunately, neither of those options are particularly healthy. Assisted living gives you the ability to get healthy and delicious food for every meal paired with the convenience of it being available in the dining room. At Dominion Senior Living, food is prepared with residents in mind, from likes and dislikes to dietary restrictions there’s something for every taste.


Because of mobility declines as we age, driving becomes an intimidating experience. Assisted living helps remove the worry and stress associated with driving or coordinating transportation. Here at Dominion Senior Living, we provide group transportation for shopping and appointments. We also offer coordination of transportation for our residents outside of our regular outings.


Dominion Senior Living offers assisted living services to seniors living in Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Our faith-based communities seek to honor God through service to seniors, and we are committed to proving excellence. To learn more about our assisted living services, please contact an assisted living expert.

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