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Silverado Provides Memory Care With Luxury Facilities And Treatment Plans

Finding a facility for your loved ones suffering from memory loss and Alzheimer's disease is difficult. Silverado Memory Care communities were created by its founders after a series of personal experiences with finding a home for a father that needed care due to memory impairment. Now in their 20th year, Silverado offers in-home care, memory care, and hospice services with cutting edge research-based programs. From outings to yoga sessions, therapy and other modalities of treatment, loved ones in Silverado facilities and programs are encouraged and supported at every step. After 20 years of outstanding care, the founders of Silverado reflect on creating some the best facilities for memory care.

What was the impetus for starting Silverado?  

The desire to create Silverado came from a number of experiences. One was my own experience searching for care for my dad many years ago. It was disappointing because the options were mediocre at best. I knew there was a better way, but at the time I did not have the resources to change that. Another was my experience growing up at my uncle and aunts psychiatric hospital, where I saw what was considered state-of-the-art memory care at the time. After I learned about the assisted living industry I felt compelled to do something about the memory-impaired population, which I thought was misunderstood and not receiving the dignity, care, and quality of life they deserved. As a child, my mother always told me that God had a purpose for me and that it was my job to find out what it was. I feel that my purpose is to serve those with memory impairment. People should have better services and quality of life than my father had. This drove me then, and it drives me today. I knew that with great people, passion and the courage to persevere through the obstacles, we could make a difference in the world. We felt that people with dementia should be cared for with dignity and respect. We knew that we could fulfill that need by, first and foremost, committing ourselves to enriching the human spirit. Today, 20 years after starting the company, I'm proud that our team has helped define what’s possible in the memory care industry and how to make a difference.

How has the field changed since Silverado was launched?

Today we know more about what’s possible in memory care than ever before. For example, researchers now know that there are steps we can take today to help slow the progression of dementia and even delay its onset. Researchers and treating professionals have much better resources to diagnose dementia than before. At Silverado, we are focused on implementing findings from this research, furthering our efforts to enhance the quality of life for people with dementia and their families. It is reassuring to see scientific evidence today supporting what Silverado programming was providing when we opened our first community in Escondido, California in June 1997. It is also energizing for all of us to add new components to our programming based on this information and actually measure results we are getting with our residents! Innovative memory care has always been at our core, from the programming we implemented when our very first community opened to our new Nexus program for people in early to mid-stages of memory impairment today.

What are some of the biggest misconceptions people have about senior care?

One of the biggest misconceptions about senior care—particularly memory care—is that a dementia diagnosis is the end of a meaningful life filled with purpose. We have proven this to be just a myth thousands of times over the past 20 years. One of the first things we do when a new resident moves into a Silverado community is to get to know them as an individual. This allows us to cater to their interests and help them reconnect with their life’s passion. We have countless stories. From the former Spanish teacher who reconnects with teaching by leading a class for residents to the artist who continues his craft and then hosts a public exhibit, our goal is to truly enhance the quality of life for those affected by memory impairment.

Carly Zinderman

Carly Zinderman is a Senior Staff Writer for JustLuxe, based just outside of Los Angeles, CA. Since graduating from Occidental College with a degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies, she has written on a variety of topics for books, magazines and online publications, but loves fashion and style best. In her spare time, when she?s not writing, Carly enjoys watching old movies, reading an...(Read More)

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