Silvergate Suites Memory Care Celebrates 1st Anniversary
Fallbrook community gathers to celebrate first year of remarkable successes in memory care facility and special flagpole dedication honoring veteran residents
Fallbrook, CA – Silvergate Retirement Residence, a locally owned, top-rated retirement andassisted living community in San Diego County, celebrated the 1st anniversary of their newly built Silvergate Suites Memory Care Building. The celebration was open to the Fallbrook community and featured a memorable program complemented by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, including shrimp cocktail, beef sliders, hot German potato salad, and a special fruit-filled chocolate cake for dessert. The memorable event took place on the afternoon of September 19, 2013, in the Suite’s “Great Room”.
The program began with Dorothy Pratt, R.N., Administrator of Silvergate Retirement, welcoming family members and community visitors to the celebration and flag pole dedication ceremony. She introduced Lizette Orozco, Activities Director for the Suite’s activity programs, who thanked her staff, community and family volunteers with recognition and flowers.
“The volunteers are the heart of the program, some who have been with me since we opened one year ago,” stated Orozco, a Silvergate employee for the past seven years. “I found my true calling because I love these residents and the people I get to work with. It’s wonderful to see them happy and smiling.”
Orozco also invited visitors to walk around the Great Room and the outdoor raised flower garden and walking path which was lined with residents’ artwork from the last year. The artwork on display included: wreaths, painted rocks for the garden, decorated hats, picture frames, birdhouses, decoupage, model boats, and watercolor paintings. The most popular pieces, however, were tie-dye t-shirts made by every new resident. Orozco noted that these shirts are a favorite among residents and staff explaining that the tie-dye projects are a hit with residents in the memory care program because they recall their own memories from the 1960’s era.
Dorothy Pratt also introduced Matthew Petree, owner-representative and lead project manager in the construction of the Suites building, to read a dedication plaque to the many veterans living at Silvergate. “The Suites was designed and built for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias one year ago as a result of many requests from the community to have a quality memory care unit to meet the needs of Fallbrook and it’s adjacent cities,” stated Petree.
Guests were then led outside by Veteran Robert Benoit to the new flagpole for the official Flag Raising Ceremony. Elizabeth Hospice provided volunteer vocalist, Samuel Nehemiah, founder of Champs Heart, to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” as the flag was raised. After which, Nehemiah invited the audience to join him in singing “God Bless America”.
The event concluded with residents and guests enjoying cake decorated with a large American flag while enjoying the view of the sunset.
For more photos of the event, visitwww.SilvergateRR.com/photo-gallery.
About Silvergate Suites Memory Care
The Silvergate Suites Memory Care Program is designed with two distinct neighborhoods to accommodate up to 24 residents at one time. The Suites, which is part of the locally-owned Silvergate Retirement Community, is a secured perimeter building and grounds that provide a safe, secure and comfortable place for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. A dedicated 24-hour professional and alert staff provides direct care for the residents. Licensed nurses are available 7-days a week to ensure proper care management and supervision.