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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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.

G. HorningFamily member

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!

M. WernerFamily member

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.

G. FreimanFamily member

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.

J & K MylesFamily member

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.

L. KinderFamily member

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.

Amy Heydlauff, Board MemberCommunity friend

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.

T.PeytonFamily member

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!”

J. MageeResident

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!

ChristinaStaff member

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!

B. HillFamily member