On 45 acres of manicured grounds in South Yarmouth lies Thirwood Place, a senior living community with a list of amenities that reads more like a resort than a retirement destination. 

“We are basically a community within a community,” notes Larry Lyford, executive director of sales and marketing. “Our main building is a lot like a town’s main street with a fitness center, heated indoor pool and hot tub, hair salon/barber shop, post office, library, and two restaurants for dining.” 

Thirwood Place is the largest family-owned and -operated senior living community on Cape Cod. Unlike other options owned by large real estate investment firms, Thirwood benefits from owners (Davenport Companies) who take a more personalized, prideful approach. “They operate Blue Rock Golf Course, where our residents can play for free—no other community on the Cape offers complimentary golf,” says Lyford. “We also have an affiliation with Cape Cod Healthcare that includes weekly mobile phlebotomy and a dietician reviewing all our menus,” he adds. 

With three living options, Thirwood appeals to a range of seniors, from those who are just looking to downsize from the responsibilities of a house to those who require more supportive care. Carefree Living is akin to a standard apartment rental; Independent Living offers dinner each night and weekly housekeeping; and Assisted Living provides three meals a day as well as help with dressing, bathing, and other needs. 

The apartments are spacious at 700 up to 1,700 square feet and boast full-size appliances, washers and dryers, and patios or decks. Besides the quality of its residences, Thirwood excels at keeping its residents busy. “There is always something to do,” says Lyford. “We have barbeques, clambakes, and musical performances—we go on whale watches and canal cruises. You can take a yoga class, work with a physical trainer, relax by the pool, read in the library, or meet up with friends for a game of pool.”

Ultimately, Thirwood Place provides residents with caring staff, quality apartments, a beautiful setting, plenty to do, and, most importantly, valuable peace of mind.  


Thirwood Place 

237 North Main St., South Yarmouth


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