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Senior Living Scoop: March 2023

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

Get this month's scoop below!


Celebrating Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month, celebrating economic, political, and social contributions of women.

The 2023 Women’s History Month theme is Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories. Meet some of the women at Arete Living and discover their stories, including their passions, who inspires them, life experiences, and more.

Watch the playlist below and see even more videos shared on social media throughout March! Follow Arete Living to keep up this month. Click the social media links at the bottom of this website.

Click the hamburger icon in the below embed to watch and browse more Women's History Month spotlight videos.

Arete Living President Sarah Silva Shares Her Story

In honor of Women's History Month, Arete Living President Sarah Silva joins the podcast to share about her career journey – from caregiver to president, motherhood, and leadership in the senior living industry.

Get to know Sarah in this exclusive interview hosted by decorated Culture and Diversity Strategist Zanele Mutepfa-Rhone.

Inspirational Women Throughout History

Get to know more inspirational women! Click here to learn about women who influenced history and the healthcare industry.


Senior Living Scoop

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

As we age, many of us prefer to maintain our independence and stay in our own homes for as long as possible. However, as we face new challenges such as declining health, difficulty with daily tasks, and social isolation, it can become more difficult to maintain a high quality of life on our own.

This is where senior living communities can offer an ideal solution for independent seniors who want to live life to the fullest while still receiving the support they need. Here are some of the benefits of senior living for independent seniors.


Valentine's Day Fun

Our senior living teams and residents had Valentine’s Day fun. Check out one of our celebrations from Avamere at Albany, a 50s sock hop!


8 Arete Living-Managed Senior Living Communities Earn Customer Experience Award

Eight Arete Living-managed senior living communities earned the 2023 Customer Experience Award from Pinnacle Quality Insight.

Categories honored include cleanliness, quality of food, variety of food, safety and security, and dignity and respect, among others.

Qualifying for the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award means these senior living communities placed in the top 15% of care providers nationwide across a 12-month average.

“We’re thrilled to have so many of our communities earn the Customer Experience Award,” stated Jennifer Svoboda, Director of Standards with Arete Living. “Each of our recognized categories shows what’s important to our residents and families – and what’s important to us as a team. We’re honored to be trusted with their care and to provide quality services.”

Throughout 2022, Arete Living residents and their families participated in monthly telephone interviews where they answered open-ended questions and rated their senior living community in multiple categories.

Ovation Sienna Hills won in seven categories, showcasing their high level of quality service in their luxury St. George, Utah senior living community.

“We pride ourselves in providing an active, high-class retirement in a community our residents love to call home,” shared Chuck Donnelly, General Manager with Ovation Sienna Hills. “The team works every day to provide top-notch service, care, and hospitality. This award reflects those daily efforts to exceed expectations.”

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1861 Earns Diners' Choice Award

1861 at Ovation Sienna Hills is honored to earn the Diners’ Choice award again this year from OpenTable! The public fine dining restaurant also earned this notable award in 2022.

1861 Fine Dining was voted best in the romance, foodies, and neighborhood gem categories.

About 1861

Named for when the St. George area was first settled, 1861 at Ovation Sienna Hills is an elegant, upscale restaurant featuring food from local and regional growers and ranchers, as well as delicious, scratch-made cocktails.

This fine dining restaurant is just one of many restaurants available to Ovation Sienna Hills residents – and 1861 is also open to the public.


Avamere at Wenatchee Earns Reputation Award

Congratulations to Avamere at Wenatchee for earning the 800 award from Reputation! The team earned a score of 839, showcasing a high level of customer satisfaction well above industry average.

Reputation states: "The 800 Award is one of the highest achievements a business can earn. Winners on our 2023 list have proven that they put customer experience at the very core of their strategy, and are driven by the voice of the customer to succeed."


Ovation Sienna Hills Supports Local Art

Ovation Sienna Hills is sponsoring Art Around the Corner, a non-profit organization that brings public art to the streets of St. George, Utah. The sponsorship comes as part of Ovation's commitment to supporting local arts and culture.

The Art Around the Corner Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, enriching the community, and bringing fine arts to the heart of historic St. George. Their flagship is the sculpture exhibit. Through Ovation Sienna Hills’ sponsorship, a plaque with our name will be placed on one of the sculptures.

"We are thrilled to support Art Around the Corner and their efforts to bring public art to St. George," said Chuck Donnelly, General Manager of Ovation Sienna Hills. "As a senior living community that values culture and the arts, we believe it is important to support organizations like Art Around the Corner that make the arts accessible to everyone."

Ovation Sienna Hills' sponsorship will be recognized at the 2023 Art Around the Corner Social, taking place on March 31, 2023 at 6 p.m., the night before the April 1st sculpture installation. The event will feature an auction of 20 small sculptures.

People can reserve tickets to this special event at


Sarah Silva Talks Senior Living Provider Magazine

President of Arete Living Sarah Silva joined fellow senior living experts on a panel with Provider magazine to discuss the workforce crisis, quality improvement, affordable assisted living, and the future of assisted living.


Pets of Arete Living

Hi, my name is Ginger! You can call me Ginny.

Parent: Krista Waddell, Business Office Manager, Ovation Heartwood Preserve

Age: 11 years

Breed: Miniature Poodle

Hobbies: I love walking at the park, playing with my sister (Kricket) and bigger little brother (Odie). I love cuddling with anyone that will pet me. I enjoy the sun and bat rides in the summertime.

Favorite foods: I love pup cups from the local coffee shop, a milk bone in a cup topped with whipped cream. I also enjoy shredded chicken with carrots and peas.

I recently visited some of our memory care residents who used to have a dog just like me!

Hello, I’m Pixel!

Parent: Daniel Decker, Director of Health Services, Avamere at Seaside

Age: 4 years

Weight: 20 pounds

Breed: Savannah

Savannah is a breed of hybrid cat developed from crossing a serval (Leptailurus serval) with a domestic cat (Felis catus). This breed usually has the Seval’s large ears and brown-spotted coats. These athletic cats can leap vertically about seven feet.


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