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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Having lived at Silver Maples for more than five years now, I am unable to imagine a more satisfying and stimulating place to call home. Paraphrasing what another resident said at one of our weekly Men’s Coffee gatherings: “I thought I was coming to Silver Maples simply to live out the remaining years of my life. How wrong that was. I have discovered life here to be far more pleasant and fulfilling then I ever dreamed possible”.
We know quite a few people who are lucky enough to live at Silver Maples, many of them former Albion College profs, as was my father. Every time we visit, whether it’s for a program or a personal visit, we see people of all ages having a good time. We’ve been fortunate to exhibit at the gallery during Glass Month, and have enjoyed viewing the current showing of our friends John and Candace Pappas’s work there. I wrote on the Facebook page, before I saw the headline on this section, that Silver Maples has “heart”. You truly do.
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.
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!
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.
When my mother came to live with us, she had no friends in the area and we were at a loss as to how to get her involved in activities. Your great program, the Maples Club, helped greatly with the adjustments that my mom needed to make in her life. She enjoyed “the club” and I found the staff to be exceptional. There were so many activities! Can you believe, even trips and picnics? Every time I picked my mother up, she wore a smile and I had such a great feeling knowing that she had been with a caring staff and involved in a well-planned program. Thank you for offering such a tremendous community program!
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.
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!