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Site to welcome seniors

The finishing touches are being made for up to about 90 new neighbors to settle into the northwest.

Silver Sky at Deer Springs Assisted Living Center is in the final stages of licensing before it can welcome residents at the new facility, 6741 N. Decatur Blvd.

Seniors could start to move in as soon as mid-April.

But until the state makes it official, staff members are preparing to welcome seniors home.

Each residential unit is a one- or two-bedroom apartment with a kitchenette and handicap- accessible bathroom. Three meals are served a day, courtesy of French-educated chef Patrick Colombeau, and the dining area resembles an inviting chateau.

The facility is a one-stop shop for socializing and day-to-day tasks. Residents are welcome to the salon, the computer lab, the spa, the bistro, the outdoor lounges and an in-house theater. There are laundry rooms for those who want to preserve their independence but those services also are provided for residents.

An around-the-clock care staff is on hand for those with deteriorating health.

The center is an open campus, unique in design, atmosphere and price, said Sigrid Mohrhardt, Silver Sky administrator.

The facility offers an all-inclusive price that is income-restricted.

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.

Residents 55 or older are welcome. Silver Sky requires a medical evaluation, and those with a primary diagnosis of dementia aren't permitted to apply.

The professional staff is equipped to aid people with health issues, and one room of the facility is reserved for medical professionals to do in-house check ups.

"Our motto is we're going to support you when you need support but we're going to help you be independent," she said. "We encourage residents to stay as active as possible."

The popular bingo events are "mandatory," she said.

The bistro will host gelato nights , and 24/7 snacks will be available.

Event director Sandra Howery is drawing on her experience coordinating social events at other senior living facilities to make a full docket at Silver Sky at Deer Springs.

For a week, the halls will transform into the MS Silver Sky. Each day will include activities as if residents were on a cruise, including trips to "the Island of Walmart" or "Captain's wine and cheese night," she said.

The week will cap off with a luau.

Silver Sky at Deer Springs is the second assisted living residence in the Silver Sky family to open in Las Vegas. The Summerlin location, 8220 Silver Sky Drive, is at about 90 percent occupancy, Mohrhardt said.

The new location was selected to cater to the dense senior population in the northwest and Aliante areas. Mohrhardt said it is the northernmost assisted living facility in the valley, and the closest competitor is about eight miles away.

There is no curfew or restrictions on visitations, said Krista Willson, director of sales and marketing for Silver Sky.

"We're going to be an extension of their lives," she said. "We want to know their kids and grandkids. It's not a facility. It's a community."

To plan a tour, call Willson at 462-7701 or e-mail kwillson@silverskylas For more information, visit or call 462-7700.

Contact Centennial and Paradise View reporter Maggie Lillis at or 477-3839.