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What Makes Spectrum Shine? Spectrum Retirement is quickly becoming the GEM of the desert in the Arizona senior living industry.

  January 09, 2018

By Dale Russell, Gardens at Ocotillo Living

Have you ever ventured into an unknown territory but everything felt comfortable? That is precisely what I experienced when I started working for Spectrum back in 2009 in Parker, Colorado. As a salesperson, I believe few people wake up and say, “I want to work in senior housing.” Instead, I think there is a personal connection that draws you to the industry. In my case, it was watching my late mother decline in a skilled nursing home and realizing I had to give back to our senior population. At that time, I wasn’t sure how I was going to go about it, but as luck had it, my stars were aligned when I met Ann Olson, Senior Vice President - New Development Sales, and she introduced me to Spectrum Retirement.

Spectrum’s motto is, “This Feels Like Home®,” and that’s what I sensed from the get-go. To add credence to this, the mother of our co-founder, John Sevo, was a resident at my community, and you know what they say, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!” Mr. Sevo was very much a part of the community and would greet the residents by name, listening to their suggestions or concerns. Just imagine, the co-founder having time for your parent or grandparent — something like this is rare in our industry. The industry is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing, and the co-founder has time to make a demographic that often goes unnoticed feel heard. This was the start of knowing I was onto something special.

Fast forward nine years, and I’m working at the gem of them all — Gardens at Ocotillo Senior Living. Having been open less than three years, Gardens was the third Spectrum property in the Arizona portfolio — the first being Palos Verdes in Peoria, and next to follow was Mountain Park in Ahwatukee. Making the transition from one’s home to a senior living community can be difficult, but choosing the right one is the greatest challenge. Moving is stressful, and we only want you to do it once, so it’s important to get it right the first time. Like other companies in the senior living industry, we offer all the amenities and comforts of home, but we crank it up a notch. Spectrum’s high standards of design and first-class amenities are delivered by a credited, caring staff. Spectrum communities don’t stop with a pulse, they have to have a heart as it’s the heartbeat that makes a house a home.

“The most precious jewels are not made of stone, but of flesh.”

With this attitude and vibrant economy, Spectrum Retirement has plans to have eight communities in Arizona by 2019. The most recently opened were The Enclave at Anthem Senior Living and Lone Mountain Memory Care, the only one in the Arizona portfolio that is not a continuum-of-care community. A standalone memory care, Lone Mountain is Scottsdale’s first Montessori-inspired dementia care community. Lone Mountain supports, inspires and most importantly, encourages the residents to live life to their greatest potential. Coming soon will be The Enclave at Chandler and The Enclave at Gilbert, followed by Las Palomas Senior Living in Mesa.

What warrants this volume of growth in Arizona? It helps that Arizona has a high percentage of elderly population. That coupled with the unwavering support at the home office level, made possible because Spectrum is a private company where the owner is the operator. This allows them to proudly promote an environment where team members take pride and responsibility for every aspect of their community and the service provided to our residents and their families. This reiterates our mission statement —“we create communities that feel like home where residents thrive and relationships grow.”

Spectrum communities have won a lot of awards, but it is the testimonials from our residents and their family members that are the most special. It’s these relationships that we develop with our residents that make coming to work at Gardens so meaningful. My mother may be gone, but lovely reminders of her live on in many of our residents.

A leading provider of compassionate senior care, Spectrum Retirement boasts a variety of programs designed to provide for our residents now and as needs change in the future. Not only are the communities themselves creatively designed to enhance living, but our programs for both care and activities are setting high standards throughout the industry.

Spectrum Retirement Communities offer seniors the opportunity to live in highly desirable locations with exceptional choices, a high level of flexibility, quality team members, and unparalleled community design. Our unique amenities and programs include state-of-the-art fitness and physical therapy centers; innovative lifestyle enrichment programs that offer learning, excitement, and fun; and dining venues with menu choices and dining which offers many menu choices.

For more information on what life is like at any of our Arizona properties, please visit us at

“My mom would say moving to the Gardens was the best decision they ever made.
Such a wonderful, supportive, loving community from the residents to the entire staff!
My parents were treated like loved family.
When my dad passed away, my mom was supported by love and friendship.
When my mom passed, I was offered that same love. The residents are listened to,
offered a variety of activities, and treated with respect and great care.”
— Karen S.

“My mother-in-law was one of the first residents at Gardens in independent living. She enjoyed the final two years of her
100-year-old life at Gardens. The staff is like a caring, loving family that provided support as needed plus lots of varied activities for all
the residents. She loved the staff and all her Gardens friends.”
— Mike E.

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January 09, 2018
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