It has been only a few months since the state made things official for Silver Sky at Deer Springs Assisted Living Center, but its residents already have made themselves a family unit.
On a recent visit in June, roles of mother hen, playful brother and sassy sisters had been established among the five women and two men occupying the roughly 90 available units at the new facility, 6741 N. Decatur Blvd.
And like a family, they watch out for each other.
"I tried to sleep in late and they were so worried, they sent someone up to my room," said resident Angie Hatley, 86.
The finishing touches were put on the building in March, but management didn't receive licensing via the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services until April.
Each residential unit is a one- or two-bedroom apartment with a kitchenette and handicap-accessible bathroom. Residents can come and go at their convenience, but professional staff members are available to meet their health and mobility needs.
Three daily meals are served , courtesy of French-educated chef Patrick Colombeau, and an activities director arranges a host of daily plans and outings. A salon, a computer lab, a spa, a bistro, a country store, outdoor lounges and in-house theater also are at residents' disposal.
"They have been overwhelming with their praise with what we've been able to provide them," said Mic Cochran, president of Silver Sky Assisted Living Management Company.
The amenities are available for an all-inclusive, income-restricted price.
A one-bedroom apartment starts at $1,669 a month for those with an annual income of about $14,000 or less. The prices graduate from there but up to rate for those with an annual income of about $30,000. Double-occupancy rates are available upon request.
Hatley, who took nicely to the menu, including her heeded requests for banana splits for breakfast, said she found out about Silver Sky at Deer Springs thanks to a bit of chance.
"My son saw it when he was driving and he called and said, 'You're movin',' " Hatley said.
Hatley was the third resident to move in during April. She followed Ruth Gurewitz, 90, from another facility and Elvira Tisei, 91. Gurewitz quickly established her senior role, said fellow resident John Frazzetta, 79.
"Ruth reigns here like the pope," he joked.
Frazzetta's role as jokester sneaks into his opinion of his new home.
"You can't find a grumpy employee," he said. "But you can find some grumpy residents."
The residents dine together, but they agree that daily bingo hour is their social glue. Gurewitz finds the most luck in her cards. Her wins in the game have yielded several "bingo bucks" redeemable in the center's country store.
"I have to referee these girls all the time," Frazzetta said.
A staff of about 15 people is employed as of now, Cochran said, but as more residents get their keys, more staffers will be added.
Residency is dependent on clearing an application process. A formal rental application and third-party verification of annual income are mandatory. A Summerlin location, 8220 Silver Sky Drive, also is available.
The Silver Sky location was selected to cater to the dense senior population in the northwest and Aliante areas.
Most of the current residents have children and grandchildren who live nearby.
Frazzetta, a father of nine, welcomes guests often and has prompted the staff to help him video chat his out-of-town family. He praised the food and individual attention from the staff.
"They can't do enough for you," he said.
Hatley said she feels the comfort in her new space.
"(The staff) always says, 'This is your home. Do whatever you want to with it,' " she said.
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