The next generation of senior living

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Berea Lake Towers and Crystal Waters are now Generations Senior Living, and the family behind the name prepares to usher in a new era of caring for seniors. (Photography by Benjamin Margalit/Margalit Studio)

By Laura Briedis

Over the past half century, Generations Healthcare Management has built a legacy of not only serving several generations of seniors, but also witnessing the torch passed from founder Robert M. Coury to the second generation.

It is in this golden spirit that the company celebrates its 50th anniversary this month by renaming the communities Berea Lake Towers in Berea and Crystal Waters in Strongsville to Generations Senior Living.

The new name was unveiled at a September 14, 2017 celebration party. City dignitaries and families and friends of Generations Senior Living were on hand for a very special champagne toast.

What’s in a Name?
“The renaming simply serves to unify our communities and further cement our commitment to provide exceptional care for our residents,” says Regional Marketing Director Kimberly Bergmann.

There is no change in ownership, management or staff at either community.

“The complete and caring umbrella of services that our reputation is built on remains the same,” she adds. “Families put their trust in us, and that means everything to our team.”


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At Generations Senior Living of Berea, the emphasis on keeping the facilities fresh and functional means refurbishment is an ongoing endeavor.

“As a second-generation, family-owned and operated business, headquartered here in Berea, we treat residents like family, and always put their living experience first,” says Owner Phil Coury. “This is their home and we do our best to love it and care for it like it’s our own home.”

In September 2017, they have opened The Park Cafe, a lovely bistro that’s perfect for cooking demonstrations, classes and group culinary activities.

“We took a space that wasn’t getting much use, removed a wall to open it up and built the kitchen and eating area,” says Executive Director Jodi Collins.

“It features state-of-the-art baking and cooking equipment, as well as tables for residents to enjoy the festive fare.”

She reports they’ve already thrown a margarita glass-painting party and that Dining Services Director Fred Abraham has several fall cooking demonstrations on the docket.

“Several of our residents love to bake,” says Jodi. “And there have been plans to host events to see who has the best chili recipe. It’s the perfect size as well for residents to hang out with their families when they visit.”

Subway tiles, pale gray and taupe hardwood flooring, granite countertops, new café furniture and soothing shades of sandstone on the walls make for a stylish retreat.


In addition to the Park Cafe, some of the unused space went to creating a spa suite with roll-in shower, perfect for residents in wheelchairs.

Earlier this year, three gorgeous new apartments were created, taking the total number of units to 97. Like the others, the spacious apartments boast full kitchens with plenty of storage throughout.


Jodi reports the new units also feature stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.

Bucolic Lakeside Setting
The nearby setting is as pleasant as the indoor one. The charming brick building is nestled in the heart of downtown Berea, within easy walking distance from everything people need, from the library and grocery store across the street to the bank, post office, police station and shopping.

And just across the parking lot are lit walking trails overlooking the serene shores of Coe Lake. Residents report that family loves to visit, often packing a picnic lunch to enjoy in the secluded white-washed gazebo.

Independent, Energetic Seniors
Residents can participate in as little, or as much, as they like here. Most take advantage of the exercise classes, which take place throughout the week, whether it’s Tai Chi, stretching or synchronized movement to music. 

There are also a host of daily and weekly activities including continuing education, art classes, poker, knitting, movie viewings, bowling and more, as well as day trips to keep residents on the go. Happy Hours feature live entertainment and drink specials.

“Our fall is jam-packed with excursions, such as a trip to Amish Country, in Hartville, during peak fall color season,” says Jodi. “And everyone loves the day spent at Mapleside Farms, too.”

More Care When Needed
For residents who need a little more help in their daily activities, the facility offers wellness monitoring, assistance with medications, housekeeping and laundry services. And for peace of mind, residents can also wear a pendant as part of the Wireless Emergency Response System.

As the cheery residents and gracious staff agree, the amenities make for a luxurious and supportive lifestyle, one that’s richly deserved for those looking to enjoy their golden years to the fullest.

Formerly known as Berea Lake Towers, Generations Senior Living of Berea is located at 4 Berea Commons, in downtown Berea. Generations Senior Living of Strongsville is located at 18960 Falling Water Road. Short-term and respite care are also available. To schedule a visit at the Berea location call 440-243-9050. To schedule a visit at the Strongsville location call 440-238-3600. For more information including viewing virtual tours, visit

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