What makes Silver Maples unique is our heart
Personal insight from our residents, families and staff
What makes Silver Maples so unique has nothing to do with our wonderful building, fabulous programming, or convenient amenities and services. What really makes us unique is our heart and how our staff, residents and families interact daily and the things we do to enjoy all that life has to offer. Below is some insight from those who have either known us for years or are brand new friends and fans of our unique retirement neighborhood. We hope you enjoy the personal insight.
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To The Staff of Silver Maples – Whenever I have visited the facilities there at Silver Maples I have always been greeted with a smile and people who seem to have genuinely been concerned with the my Mother’s needs. My Mother is very happy with her residence there at Silver Maples. It is my hope that the staff at Silver Maples will continue to meet the needs of the residents there. I would like to personally thank the staff there and want to thank them all for their attention to all of the resident’s needs. I would highly recommend Silver Maples to others.
Quite simply… this place is very special! All residents, family members and staff contribute to its uniqueness. No place or person is perfect, what I’ve found is that everyone’s heart is in the right place. It’s truly a great place to work!
An eighteen year resident of Florida, upon the death of my wife, I decided to return to Michigan where my two sons lived. I asked them to find a place I could move to. They spent some time comparing various future homes and finally suggested Silver Maples. It pays to have good sons – they were so right! The facility, the staff, the food and the atmosphere are all excellent! I am more than satisfied – I am happy here!
There’s just something special about being a part of this community. Maybe it’s the water! But there’s a sense of family…community, between residents and staff. We care for each other. We’re each part of what we do here. Opinions and feedback are shared. Projects and programs, friendships and family, move forward together. But my favorite part about being a member of Silver Maples? The residents. They are all so cool. So funny. So serious. So well-traveled. So insightful. So fun to be with. So interesting. Everyone is different and everyone has something to share!
My Mother moved to Silver Maples’ Independent Living in May 2014. Her stay there was very short but she loved every minute of it. In September she became ill and was placed in The Meadows Respite Care. We can’t say enough about the care she received. Every staff member always introduced themselves to all of us and made us feel that they really cared about Mother. They also made sure that her family had everything that they needed whether it be something to drink, food to eat and just caring. Mother was only in Respite Care for six days before she passed away, but what a wonderful experience we had. We would recommend The Meadows Respite Care to anyone who might need it.
Serving on this board of directors is a pleasure. Steve Rolston and his Department Directors work hard to make the Silver Maples’ mission a reality for everyone who makes their home here. It’s not just the department directors, everyone takes care of everyone with skill, compassion and good cheer.
Our family is so thankful that Mom was able to get an apartment at Silver Maples. The past year has given her some medical challenges and the staff is so supportive. You all have become extended family to us, keeping Mom safe and independent. Thanks for your dedication to the residents and families to keep the community pleasant and positive.
We visited other places and nobody said ‘hello’ or even smiled at us. At Silver Maples, we felt welcomed and part of the community right at the outset. There’s such a breadth and depth of things to do, whether it’s going to the theater, attending continuing ed classes, enjoying a live concert, going to Happy Hour, or just having coffee with friends. Our social circle has greatly expanded. We’ve made so many good friends here; and it’s not just couples, it’s individuals too. There’s just so many neat people here. A great thing about Silver Maples is that is so close to everything that Chelsea has to offer. We’ve walked downtown to Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, to Summerfest, to football games, to the community fair, to the drug store, to the Purple Rose Theatre. It’s just a wonderfully walkable community.
My husband Bob was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease in July of 2008. I muddled along for a couple of years and then desparately neeeded some respite. I enrolled him in the Maples Club (Silver Maples’ Adult Day Program) in late 2010. We started with just two days a week but soon learned that Bob was getting socialization that he could no longer get from just being at home with me. Three days a week saved my sanity. He was at the Maples Club up until the time that I could no longer keep him at home. I was so fortunate to have this resource right in our town. It virtually allowed me to keep Bob at home for at least an extra year. I bless the caring souls who helped us through those years!
My husband and I heard of Silver Maples several years ago. We briefly entertained the idea of moving here. But Bob was not ready, so I put the idea on the shelf.
Then Bob died, and I was left with all the household chores that he had done, along with all the “stuff” I already did. I decided to downsize my house as a result. I gave things I had no use for to my children and grandchildren. I thought I was doing really well. But my daughters thought differently. In their opinion, breaking one’s hip and falling out of bed in the middle of the night is not “doing well.” Neither is refusing to use your home security system because you’re afraid responders will break down your door. My daughters let me know they were worried about me.
One day, one of my daughters suggested we visit Silver Maples. Before we began our tour, I was prepared to end it with a smile and an “Okay, that’s nice, now let’s go home.” But the place just stole my heart.
I had already told my girls that if I ever moved, it would be to a place that 1) respected my independence, 2) made me feel secure, 3) served three meals a day – on tablecloths, 4) offered pretty scenery, and 5) was full of congenial people. Silver Maples delivered on all counts. The residents, staff, and even the “cooks and bottle washers” are all wonderful here. I’ve not seen a dour face; everyone smiles and greets you by name. And it’s not just an act – they are genuinely friendly. They’re genuinely helpful, too. My daughters and I are secure in the knowledge that help is available within two minutes if anything bad should happen – like breaking a hip or falling out of bed!
What clinched it for me was walking into the apartment that is now mine. I literally gasped – it felt so much like home! So I decided to make the move. I sold my house the day it was listed. (Silver Maples can help you with a real estate agent, if you’d like.) I gave away a few more things to family members. But I pretty much transferred all the life memories from my previous home to Silver Maples. And Silver Maples is now home in every respect.