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Reflecting During Assisted Living Week

A message from Sarah Silva, President, Arete Living

I’m thrilled each year to celebrate Assisted Living Week. In honor of this year’s theme “Season of Reflection,” I remember the great impact our teammates have made and continue to make in the lives of our seniors and their families.


Here are just a few of the people who enhance lives at Arete Living.


Our team at The Stafford in Lake Oswego, Oregon organizes fun activities and events for their residents – and often the public too. This summer they’ve been holding their annual Parties on the Patio, popularly attended by residents, families, and friends. These incredible activities caught the attention of the Oregon Health Care Association, who awarded Life Enrichment Director Carey Dienhart with the Enrichment of Life award. We are so honored to have teammates like Carey putting their whole heart and soul into spreading joy in our senior living communities.


I also think of our dedicated leaders. There are so many I want to recognize, but one of our many incredible leaders I remember this week is Debbie Vick, Executive Director of Avamere at Oak Park. She has maintained nearly 100% occupancy and recently earned a deficiency-free state survey. I’m so proud of her leadership and the incredible accomplishments of her and her dedicated team.

Debbie is also a mentor to many fellow executive directors within our organization. She is a true example of our core values, especially “quality that is obvious” and “passion for the quality of people’s lives.”


This week as I reflect, I also think of the fun fishing trips Avamere at Englewood Heights residents enjoy, the high online ratings Avamere at Wenatchee continually upholds, the team camaraderie and events at Avamere at Sherwood, and so much more.


And of course, I think of every one of our teammates in our assisted living communities, including our leaders, caregivers, dietary teams, and every single person who makes their community home for our residents.


Thank you for your passion and commitment. Thank you for living each one of our seven core values. You are truly the backbone of senior living, and we would not be the company we are today without your service.


To our dear residents and family members, thank you for choosing our senior living communities at Avamere, The Stafford, and Ovation. We’re honored to serve you. I often hear from our teams how they consider our residents as their own family – and that’s exactly how it should be. We’re blessed to serve you as part of our extended family.


Happy Assisted Living Week!


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