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.”
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
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 SpectrumRetirementArizona.com.
“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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