About Us

World Class Service for Seniors

The Retreat at Gaffney, a Phoenix Senior Living community, offers premier senior living services with superior personalized care and luxury-style accommodations with a comfortable, small-town feel. From the moment you enter The Retreat at Gaffney, it will become clear that our goal is to instill purpose and love in our seniors through our specialized programs and services. We exceed the expectations of ordinary personal care, and treat our seniors as a beloved family member.

All of us at The Retreat at Gaffney recognize that aging and memory loss can affect everyone differently. Our senior living services are designed to meet each resident’s individual needs, managed by a team of trained, dedicated, and engaged associates. Our mission is to cultivate a nurturing community to serve seniors with the personalized care they deserve.

Meet Shelly Smith, Executive Director

Shelly has over twenty years of experience in the senior living industry with a degree in Administration. After taking a short two-year break in the banking industry, Shelley returned to the senior living industry, which felt more at home to her. After having worked in several areas of the business, Shelly has a compassion for the senior population and loves to build teams that have that same compassion while also building important relationships with them. She feels that seniors are an endless history lesson that everyone can learn from. Making just one resident or associate smile everyday makes her heart smile!

Shelly has three children, two granddaughters, and is an avid Clemson fan. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family, friends, and crafting.


Phoenix Senior Living, whose leadership collectively has been serving seniors in the Southeast for more than thirty years, is a company built on love that spans generations.  We believe that transitioning into your new home at The Retreat at Gaffney welcomes a new chapter in your life, where seniors can live as independently as they desire — a life where seniors can live, love, and learn in a luxurious yet comfortable environment.

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