How to Learn More About Assisted Living: Tennessee Senior Resources


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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 

If you’re looking into potential senior care options for yourself or a loved one, a simple search for “assisted living Tennessee” may lead you toward a whole host of options. Assisted living is typically helping seniors with activities of daily living, and understanding what that means and what your loved one’s needs are is an important first step.

What are activities of daily living (ADLs)

Basic activities of daily living are usually the physical skills required to manage one’s basic physical needs, including personal hygiene or grooming, dressing, toileting, transferring or ambulating, and eating.

Does your loved one need more help with any of the following?

  • Cleaning up the house and daily chores
  • Getting dressed in the morning
  • Keeping up with their medications
  • Getting ready for bed
  • Walking, eating, or bathing

If so, assisted living in Athens, TN may be a good fit for their lifestyle.

Activities of daily living are usually classified into basic ADLs and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) include more complex activities related to the ability to live independently in the community.

What are Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs)?

IADLs include more complex activities related to the ability to live independently in the community. This includes activities such as managing finances and medications, food preparation, housekeeping, and laundry. The good news is, that if your loved one needs some help in those areas, assisted living can really offer a better quality of life.

What does assisted living include?

Assisted living in communities like Dominion of Athens, provides seniors with comprehensive care and helps with the tasks to keep them independent. Team members are available 24-hours a day to support residents with activities like dressing, bathing, medication reminders, and coordination of transportation and health services.

In addition, your loved one won’t have to worry about doing all the cooking or housekeeping. At Dominion of Athens, dining is designed with our residents in mind, with healthy delicious choices that are freshly prepared. Our compassionate team members are devoted to residents’ well-being and help manage those IADLs so that your loved one can get back to enjoying life.

What is life like in an assisted living community?

The Dominion difference is clear in assisted living. Tennessee seniors have an array of services and amenities that help them live more freely and independently. In addition to assistance with ADLs/IADLs, seniors benefit from:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Emergency Call System Technology
  • Private Rooms
  • Worship Services
  • Life Enrichment Activities
  • Cyber Café
  • Salon Services
  • Transportation
  • On-Site Rehabilitation and Health Services

In addition to the customized care residents receive, there’s also the added benefit of a well-developed social life. Social interaction for seniors is vital to their health and well-being and shouldn’t be overlooked. Seniors who live at home are at a much higher risk of becoming isolated, lonely and depressed.

Dominion of Athens | Group of seniors crafting and painting
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Social isolation has been linked to many health problems which can be prevented with an active, engaged environment like an assisted living community. Seniors who stay socially and physically active lower their risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cognitive decline

What kind of activities are there in assisted living?

Assisted living communities cater to the needs of their residents by providing opportunities to get together at parties, themed events, outings, daily exercise groups, hobbies, and more. Seniors can participate as much or as little as they like in planned group activities or solo pursuits. We make life easier to enjoy by removing the hassles associated with daily living so that residents can experience more joy and fun.

Is it time to learn more about assisted living in Athens, TN?

Absolutely. The team at Dominion Senior Living is here to help answer any questions about lifestyle, care, and activities. Let us be your expert senior living resource. Call us today at (423) 405-3075 to set up a tour of our community. Let us show you the Dominion difference in person.


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