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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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.
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.
When we walked in the door, we just knew it was right!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every time my dad and I talked on the phone or I came for a visit, we both would comment on how great the staff is at Silver Maples. Dad will always end our conversation or time together by saying, “This is a really great place” and he is right!
When my dad first moved into Silver Maples, it took us some time to get all his medical issues under control and every once in a while, and just to add to the excitement, he would fall and have to be taken to emergency. Every time I brought him back to Silver Maples, a group of the RCAs would gather ‘round to hear how he was doing and express how happy they were that he was okay. On one such occasion Dottie talked about how she had looked up information on the Internet about a certain medical condition my dad was diagnosed with so that she would know more about it. Wow!
On a couple of other occasions, when I brought Dad back later in the evening after a trip to the hospital, Bert would be there ready to get him a sandwich or something else to eat. And, since my dad moved apartments, she (along with everyone else) steers him in the right direction.
There was another time when I brought Dad back from my home a bit late in the evening and we needed to use the phone to ask to be let in. When one of the RCAs came to let us in, she said to my dad, “Come on in Blue Eyes. We’ve been wondering where you were!” He felt right at home with that comment!
But the best story is how Maija made the discovery that Dad has three recliners in his apartment. Yes, three. He has “his chair” and then the other two chairs are also recliners. One day someone was walking by my dad’s apartment and the door was open. When she looked in my dad, Maija and another RCA were all kicked back in the recliners with their feet up talking away! My dad and I were talking about this later and he mentioned how nice it was to have people care enough to take time to relax and have a conversation with him!
Each time I visit my dad at Silver Maples, I am greeted with a friendly smile by all. When I happen to see the RCA who is working with my dad that day, she always stops to give me an update on Dad. The sincerity and caring is so real! I appreciate that so much. Prior to Dad moving to Silver Maples, I traveled about 1 ½ hours to his home just outside Kalamazoo to take care of him and his needs. It took me a while to let go when he moved to Silver Maples. You see, I always thought that no one could take care of my dad better than me. Well, I now know that the RCAs here at Silver Maples do just that!
Though I couldn’t mention each of you by name, please know that you have a very special place in my heart.
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.