When Garden Terrace Convalescent Center, the first Life Care Centers of America facility, opened in Cleveland, Tennessee, in January of 1970, founder Forrest Preston was fulfilling his dream of building a new kind of nursing home. Setting a new standard for elegance and decor in a care facility, Garden Terrace fostered an environment where residents and patients were treated with respect and care, allowed to live with dignity in a building furnished like their own homes. Life Care continues to be a leader in care today.


Skilled nursing facilities, also called nursing homes or convalescent centers, provide housing and 24-hour skilled nursing services to individuals requiring post-acute care due to decreased ability to perform activities of daily living. Services provided range from long-term care to short-term rehabilitation.


In addition, Life Care Centers of America offers short- and long-term, on-site rehabilitation in all of its nursing homes. Specialized programs and features vary in our facilities, but many offer fine dining, concierge and valet services, on-site physicians and state-of-the-art technologies such as the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill®.


With more than 40 years of experience in the health care industry, Life Care’s nursing centers are premier providers of care in the communities they operate in, offering care services designed to bring healing to patients and residents, and peace of mind to their families.