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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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!
We found ourselves in need of a day-time and respite care facility that could measure up to what we felt was our unique situation. Our Mom was a social being, wore lipstick before picking up the mail from the mailbox but dementia robbed her of her independence. Silver Maples restored her dignity, social life, and our ability to get through our demanding day and still give her loving care and attention she required. As challenges with Mom evolved, Silver Maples was ALWAYS there with a helping hand, keeping her safe and happy. We’ve recommended them to others who experienced the same outcome. Thank you Silver Maples.
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.
When we walked in the door, we just knew it was right!
Jean Magee knew that life would be taking a new turn when she moved to Silver Maples in January 2009. But little did she know what direction that turn would be.
After living with her daughter for several years, Magee, a long-time Clinton, Michigan, resident, had stored much of her furniture and belongings. When she started readying for her apartment at Silver Maples, she started going through her personal items, including her jewelry.
“I had all this jewelry. I used to wear bracelets up my wrist. I decided to let the girls take what they wanted,” Magee remembered.
But once she settled in, she found that she hadn’t moved to a slow-paced retirement community. She’d moved to a community bustling with activities, including lots of social occasions.
“When I got here, I found they had all these parties,” she laughed. “Everyone gets dressed up and I found I needed my jewelry.”
She’s located some of the jewelry she had given away and is slowly re-collecting all of her antiques, which has been a life-time interest.
A member of three antique groups, Magee owned antique businesses in both Northville and Clinton. Though her children have quite a few of her pieces, Magee’s apartment is decorated with vintage pieces.
“I like the casualness and comfort of a room filled with antiques,” she said.
She and her husband bought and operated the Clinton Inn, then known as The Clintonian, for 10 years. She was a member of the community group that started Clinton Fall Fest. Having spent so many years in small towns, she’s really taken to life in Chelsea, particularly is charming downtown and active arts and theater offerings.
“I’ve adopted Chelsea. I like to keep tabs on what’s going on here.”
A member of the Chelsea Wellness Center, a perk provided by Silver Maples, Magee stays active and fit. She credits it to her genes, but her curiosity and desire to learn new things keeps her on the go. She’s also a member of the Activity Committee and the Dining Room Expansion Committee.
Shawn Personke, director of activities and PR for Silver Maples, said that Jean is an amazing person and contributes to the vibrancy of Silver Maples. “As soon as Jean moved in, it was like she’d lived her forever,” Personke said. “She’s such a positive person, always ready to lend a helping hand. I remember when she first moved in, she told she was coming to morning coffee everyday so she could get to know everyone. And she did.”
Magee’s advice for someone thinking about moving to Silver Maples: “I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to come here. It’s wonderful!”
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 mother-in-law truly blossomed, at the age of 90, when she moved to the Meadows at Silver Maples. She is never waiting by the phone to hear from us. She’s constantly out enjoying programs and events … it’s absolutely wonderful!!
I would like to express my appreciation to the Silver Maples staff and especially the Maples Club. This program allowed me to keep my husband home with me for at least an extra year before I couldn’t take care of him alone any more. The caring staff and the socialization he got from going to the many activities offered throughout the day enriched his life and saved mine. Thank you for helping us through this emotional rollercoaster. I will be forever thankful for the Maples Club.
Let’s let Silver Maples’ meticulously cared for lawns, meandering sidewalks, beautifully maintained facilities and their close proximity to one of the finest medical centers around, speak for itself. What’s most important lies beyond the brick and mortar, it’s their incredible, caring staff. That’s what makes Silver Maples what it is, a warm, comfortable and friendly place to live. Our family will always be grateful that our mother had the opportunity to spend the autumn years of her life in such a wonderful retirement community.
Every time I visit my parents at Silver Maples I get the sense that my folks are in college and having the time of their lives. The only thing missing is the studying and exams. They have so many friends, we can’t walk down the hall without stopping to chat with someone. They go to exercise class and laugh with their friends and then over to the coffee hour where they chat some more. They love going to lunch and dinner and socializing with their friends. My mother loves to pronounce proudly that “I never have to cook again!” Even going to get their mail is an excuse to check in with their neighbors and hear all the latest news.
I can say with absolute certainty that my parents’ time at Silver Maples has been one big party. Thank goodness I don’t have to worry about their grades!