For decades, Touchmark has focused on enriching people’s lives, all while guided by the vision of founder Werner G. Nistler, Jr. Traveling the country early in his career as Secretary-Treasurer of a retirement and nursing-center company, Werner met couples having to spend their later years living apart if one partner required more care. He saw a need for not only more care options but also lifestyle choices.

He envisioned a company that would provide a continuum of services for people during their retirement years. On November 10, 1980, he founded the company: Touchmark. When he started his company, the concept of the vibrant, modern retirement community did not exist. By the time the industry came around to the idea later, Touchmark was already laying its strong foundation that families have come to expect.

“Through Touchmark, I want to improve people’s quality of life, offer an active living environment, and provide life enrichment opportunities that enable this period to be their happiest.”

- Werner G. Nistler, Jr., Touchmark Founder and Chairman

When Werner started his company in 1980, he knew he could achieve his goal by building his communities from the ground up and hand-selecting talented individuals who share his personal values to run them. Though Touchmark has expanded and evolved over the decades, this model still serves us today. Werner and his close-knit team continue to lead based on this strong foundation, and our communities will always be independently owned and operated so families know who they’re doing business with in retirement.

Werner’s vision for a better quality of life resonates in Touchmark’s award-winning Full Life Wellness & Life Enrichment Program™. Focusing on the strengths, needs, and interests of each person, the program encourages residents to become more engaged in life and supports opportunities to build new friendships and fulfill aspirations.

“Every organization should be modeled on this one, frankly. This kind of service and caring is unique. To put a basket of food and plants on my counter for me as I moved in—I’ve never seen such hospitality before. Everyone I’ve encountered, from the front desk, dining services, housekeeping, to truly everyone, is focused on your needs. They work beyond the call of service here.”

- Meredith Mason, resident

We understand that whole-person wellness encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. This is why we have built our programming, services, and amenities on this concept using the seven dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual, physical, social, occupational, and spiritual. At Touchmark, all residents enjoy a social and active lifestyle that meets their needs and makes life fun and engaging each day.

“Most of all, I appreciate the staff and how accommodating they are and how good of care they give us. I can’t hardly believe the care. I exercise five days a week, and I do cranial crunches and Wheel of Fortune. It keeps me very busy; it’s all good. It’s nice to have people around. I go down and have a drink before dinner, where everyone is socializing.”

- Rita Vandenberg, resident


Now, our communities—spanning 10 U.S. states and one Canadian province—offer a fulfilling and social lifestyle to all residents. Whatever your needs now or in the future, know that the ideal retirement home and life is waiting for you.