<p>The staff from Silverado Encinitas was very welcoming. The lobby felt very homey. There were dogs sitting on the chairs and was like if I were to walk into my own home to be greeted by a puppy in the chair. There was a cat walking down the hallway, birds in cages, and a turtle in a cage. It’s a big facility with a swimming pool. My husband would be on the second floor. They have a no-lock door policy, so wherever he goes around the facility, he won’t be bumping into a locked door, except if he decides to go to the front door, which would be locked. They have specific activities that are research-based and designed to help, not improve, but at least maintain the memory ability of residents. They have a lot of options and social activities. Like next week, we’re going to go to a happy hour called "yappy hour" because your family can come and you can bring your dog. You can come anytime you want to to visit a person that’s there and eat with them at anytime because there’s no charge for the meal for you, which was a nice feature. They had a specific person in charge of all the activities to make sure that they are getting the most out of what they can do.</p>
We toured Silverado and were very impressed! I have been to almost all the facilities in north OC and this one is most likely at the very top...however, I do not have anyone living here and realize that makes a big difference (hence 4 stars because I only have 'tour' experience). I was extremely impressed with the care takers who seemed to be involved with every resident they were attending. If they were not with a resident, they were on the move going to one. The building was clean even though there are dogs, cats and a rabbit. The activities I was told about were well planned for those who need a bit more care. They are also the most expensive we have looked at, but I believe well worth the price. Unfortunately, my parent does not have enough $, or I would have chosen this place.
I love everything this place does to create a warm, stimulating environment for memory-impaired people. From the care to the cleanliness to the food, they put maximum effort into it. I have heard the complaints that this place is pricey, but if people spent enough time here watching the staff care for the residents I think they would feel like it is money well spent.