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Senior Living Scoop: July 2024

Get the scoop on senior living and happenings at Areté Living! The Scoop is released the first Tuesday of each month by Areté Living, proudly managing Avamere Communities, The Stafford, and Ovation.

Get this month's scoop below!


Featured Message: How Our Teams Celebrated Pride

Our teams celebrated Pride all through June! Check out some photos from our teams.

Maddie Almodovar with Avamere at Sandy put together a Pride display featuring materials to learn and celebrate. She also shared a story of one of her out and proud residents!

Danielle Hayward with Avamere at Port Townsend attended the Pride Farmers Market! Even donning a Pride t-shirt. Way to celebrate, Danielle!

Kristin Bernath with Avamere at Englewood Heights celebrates Pride Month attending Pride events and showing support to performers. Kristin's cousin even does drag!

Patrick with Ovation Heartwood Preserve brings fun to the workplace everyday!

Our Portland area teams are attending the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade July 20-21! See us in the parade and be sure to stop by our booth to spin our prize wheel.


Senior Living Scoop

Here’s your senior living knowledge scoop of the month!

Embarking on the next chapter of life can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, especially when it comes to decisions about housing and lifestyle.

For many seniors, the prospect of transitioning to a retirement community can evoke mixed emotions. However, within the realm of senior living, there exists an option that offers the perfect blend of independence, community, and convenience — independent living. Let’s delve into why choosing independent living at Avamere at Cascadia Village in Sandy, Oregon can be the ultimate step towards a fulfilling and enriching lifestyle.


Sales Superstars Recognized at Annual Sales-a-Palooza

During our annual Sales-a-Palooza event, we enjoyed two action-packed days of learning (and some fun too). We recognized sales team members who excel and set the bar high. Congrats to this year’s award winners!

Rookies of the Year:

Angela Davis, Avamere at Sandy

Top Sales Teams of the Year:

Lindsey Beasley-Hinkle and Miquela Moreno, Avamere at Rio Rancho

Amy Humpal and Ginger Apprich, Ovation Heartwood Preserve

Top Census Growth: Nancy Davis and Brian Murphy, Avamere at Cheyenne

Top Mystery Caller: Angela Davis, Avamere at Sandy

Top Outreach: Beth van Elswyk, Suzanne Elise

Partner of the Year: Suzi Moreland, Sherpa/Aline

Sales Directors of the Year:

Kevin Fortier, Avamere at Wenatchee

Thank you to all our sales superstars and our leaders who support sales and outreach. We enjoyed gathering for another fantastic event and look forward to next year’s Sales-a-Palooza!


6 Areté Living Managed Communities Earn 2024 AHCA/NCAL Bronze National Quality Award

Six Areté Living managed senior living communities have been recognized as a 2024 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of residents through quality care.

Areté Living’s winning communities are:

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is a rigorous three-level process reviewed and evaluated by trained experts against a set of nationally recognized standards for organizational excellence. The standards of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program help organizations achieve superior performance over time to improve the quality of life and care of long-term care residents.

"We are honored to receive the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award,” stated Areté Living President Sarah Silva. “This recognition aligns with one of our core values, quality that is obvious. I am proud of our teams for their commitment to this quality journey, and we remain dedicated to excellence in all that we do."

We are honored to have our senior living communities earn these quality awards each year! Read the full story on the blog.


Ovation Sienna Hills Named Best of Southern Utah for Third Year

Ovation Sienna Hills senior living community in St. George, Utah was named Best of Southern Utah for the third consecutive year. Ovation earned the gold designation, the highest honor in these awards.

Best of Southern Utah winners are voted by the public. Earning this honorable recognition is a testament to the Ovation team’s mission “to enhance the life of every person we serve.”

“I am honored and thankful to the St. George community for voting Ovation Sienna Hills the Best of Southern Utah,” stated Erick Lorenzana, General Manager of Ovation Sienna Hills. “We understand senior living is a new chapter in our residents’ lives, and we take our job to heart in helping this be the best stage in their lives.”

Earning this award three times since opening in 2021 is a demonstration of the team’s commitment to providing a premiere retirement experience.

Ovation Sienna Hills offers an active retirement lifestyle for their residents, including concierge services, four in-house restaurants, a pool, a vibrant activities and events schedule, and so much more. Lifestyle options include independent living villas and apartments, assisted living, and memory care, plus Utah’s first female-only memory care neighborhood, Sage.

The team offers a grand welcome right from the start with their red-carpet entrance for new residents, a warm introduction to life at Ovation Sienna Hills.

Schedule your personal tour of this award-winning senior living community at


Ovation Heartwood Preserve Named Omaha's Choice for Second Year

Ovation Heartwood Preserve is proud to be considered Omaha’s Choice for assisted living and memory care! Our senior living community was awarded first place in assisted living and second place in memory care.

Hosted by the Omaha World-Herald, local citizens voted for their top businesses, including senior living, restaurants, and more.

"I am proud of our team at Ovation Heartwood Preserve for being named Omaha’s Choice again this year,” stated Stephanie Grade, Regional Vice President of Operations with Arete Living, managing Ovation. “Ovation is a step above in senior living. We offer seniors an elevated retirement lifestyle, and it shows in these prestigious awards voted by our residents, families, and local Omaha citizens. We’re proud to serve our residents and families for many years to come.”

Since Ovation Heartwood Preserve’s grand opening in 2022, the team has earned several awards, including the 2024 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award from the American Health Care Association.

“I am honored that Ovation is named Omaha’s Choice,” stated Collette Mieres, Executive Director of Assisted Living and Memory Care. “Being named Omaha’s Choice twice in the two years since opening reflects the high regard our residents and their families have for Ovation's exceptional services and enriching lifestyle. This recognition aligns with one of our core values, “passion for the quality of people’s lives.” It is a profound privilege to serve our seniors, and I look forward to continuing to provide the outstanding care they deserve."

Our team at Ovation Heartwood Preserve is proud to be considered Omaha’s choice for assisted living and memory care. Thank you to the Omaha community for your votes!

Discover more about Ovation Heartwood Preserve by visiting


Ovation Heartwood Preserve Independent Living Prepares to Open Summer 2024

Ovation Heartwood Preserve, our senior living campus in Omaha, Nebraska, is preparing to open their independent living community this summer. Here's the latest update!

In the lobby they have installed all the chandeliers and accent beams to showcase the lofted ceiling.

Additionally, all tile work has been completed from the first floor to the fourth. Executive Director of Independent Living Kyle Steenson’s personal favorite tile is in the 360 lounge.

All the signage for the outlets have been hung from Route 6 to 1863 to the 360 Rooftop Social Club. Carson’s, the in-house movie theater, will open July 22 when the first residents move in.

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What We're Celebrating in July

Here's what we're honoring and celebrating this month. Follow Areté Living on social media to see how we're recognizing these moments!

Independence Day, July 4

Happy Independence Day! The fourth of July marks the birth of the United States of America. On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. It was signed later that year on August 2. Today we remember and celebrate our freedom!

National Disability Independence Day, July 26

This day commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990. This act protects people with disabilities from discrimination. The law includes voting, parking, and many areas of public life.

Parents’ Day, July 28

Parents’ Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday each July. This is a day to honor parents and those who support and help raise children. Thank you to all who fill this special role!

UV Safety Awareness Month

Summer is here! It’s a great time to learn how to protect your skin. Visit for tips from the American Cancer Society.


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