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TROY, Mich.—Four Argentum Premier member providers, Life Care Services (LCS), Atria Senior Living, Enlivant, and Senior Lifestyle, achieved top rankings in the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study. SM 

The study evaluates resident satisfaction with the top independent living providers as well as family member satisfaction with the top providers of assisted living/memory care communities.

Life Care Services ranked highest in independent living resident overall satisfaction for a third consecutive year, with a score of 817. Atria Senior Living was second, with a score of 742.

Atria ranked highest in family member/decision-maker overall satisfaction in the assisted living and memory care provider categories, with each receiving a score of 845. Senior Lifestyle was second, with 831, and Enlivant was third, with 828.

The study found that overall satisfaction scores declined significantly in 2021. With a nationwide labor shortage and continuing challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest U.S. senior living providers are struggling to meet resident expectations when it comes to building and grounds upkeep and staff retention.

“Senior living community residents and their families were incredibly appreciative of the services they received at the height of the pandemic,” said Andrea Stokes, senior living practice leader at J.D. Power.

“Now we are seeing a growing frustration, especially among independent living residents. Clearly, the labor shortage is having an effect here, with some of the sharpest satisfaction declines observed in areas related to community and apartment maintenance. For communities that have been putting off investments in building improvements, now is the time to focus on these projects and make sure residents are seeing the results.”

Following are some key findings of the 2021 study:

The J.D. Power U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study measures resident satisfaction with the nation’s largest providers of independent living for seniors and family member/decision-maker satisfaction with the largest providers of assisted living/memory care services.

Overall satisfaction is measured across six factors of the senior living experience (listed in alphabetical order): community buildings and grounds; community staff; dining; price paid for services received; resident activities; and resident apartment/living unit. The study is based on 3,590 responses from residents living in an independent community—or from family members/decision-makers on behalf of residents of assisted living/memory care communities—within the previous three years. Reponses were collected from June through September 2021.

Independent living providers included in the study must have had at least 7,000 living units and could not solely operate entrance-deposit communities. Included assisted living/memory care providers must have had at least 10,000 assisted living and/or memory care living units. Living unit data is based on the Argentum 2020 Largest Providers Report.

For more information about the U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study, visit

About J.D. Power
J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services, and data and analytics. A pioneer in the use of big data, artificial intelligence (AI), and algorithmic modeling capabilities to understand consumer behavior, J.D. Power has been delivering incisive industry intelligence on customer interactions with brands and products for more than 50 years. The world’s leading businesses across major industries rely on J.D. Power to guide their customer-facing strategies.

J.D. Power has offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. To learn more about the company’s business offerings, visit The J.D. Power auto shopping tool can be found at

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