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What a Difference a Month Makes

When Edith's family moved her into Silverado they were hoping the change in surroundings would help her at least a little. She was unable to walk and she was clearly being strongly affected by her dementia. A month later a change many thought impossible had happened!

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Edith was in a weakened state when she moved into Silverado. The photo of her in the bed is literally from her first night at the community. Silverado's social worker, in learning about Edith's love of animals from her family, made sure one of the community's cats was there to comfort her. Anyone who is a pet lover knows firsthand the magic that can happen when a loving animal is nearby. 

Over the following days and weeks the Silverado community team worked with Edith to assess her situation, discover her preferences and identify the spark inside that would allow her to find purpose once again. 

A month later Edith walked - under her own power - into the Del Mar Racetrack and enjoyed an afternoon of horse racing with her daughter. As unbelievable as it seems, the two photos on this page were taken about a month apart. Edith moved into Silverado in 2001 and happily lived many more years at the community.

Watch a video of our CEO and co-founder Loren Shook telling Edith's story in 2010. 

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Flex Care

Flex Care is the respite care program offered by Silverado communities. For families who need assistance caring for their loved one for a few hours, a few days, or even longer, Respite care is the solution. 

Flex care guests enjoy all the same features community residents do - including gourmet meals, personalized care and even activities from our Nexus early stage program. 

Silverado Stories

Life is a collection of moments, and the special moments where a person's spirit shines are to be treasured. 

The Silverado Stories page featues a collection of our favorite captured moments, illustrated and celebrated for all the world to see. 

Medical Directors Discuss Dementia

Watch videos of Silverado Medical Directors answering frequently asked questions about memory care and hospice. Physician medical directors at each Silverado community and hospice office is part of a commitment to providing world-class care. 

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