There was a time when it was highly unlikely for a baby seal to be taking up residence at a retirement community in the Midwest. As technology advances, that time has arrived. At Santa Marta, a seal is making waves for residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. This seal, however is a PARO […]
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Santa Marta has reason to be proud of the relationships it’s built with its employees. Holleran, a Wrightsville, Pennsylvania-based research firm specializing in engagement and satisfaction studies, recently added the community to its “Highest Honors” list, reserved for those who attain scores significantly above the Holleran benchmark. “When we look at engagement, we’re looking at […]
Santa Marta offers classes on how to get the most out of computers and smart devices, taught by a Microsoft employee. Up to 30 residents have been known to attend the sessions, on the second Tuesday of each month, brushing up on everything from email basics to using FaceTime to connect with family and friends. The classmates […]
Residents at The Plaza at Santa Marta take part in a program known as Fleece 4 Friends. They create fleece blankets, which they then share with Olathe Outreach. Many of the blankets end up with homeless youth or at area hospitals. The community has been involved for the past few years. Program participants say this […]
Like so many from his generation, Don Dors signed up to fight in World War II as soon as he graduated from high school. Now a resident of Santa Marta, an Olathe retirement community, Dors counts himself among the fortunate ones who returned home. As part of the Army’s “Big Red One,” the First Infantry […]
3 Reasons Why Aging in Place May Not Be Cheaper by Brad Breeding It is commonly thought that it is cheaper for seniors to stay in their home as long as possible versus moving to a community-based setting. But this may not always be the case. Here are three reasons why: 1. Home modifications and […]
One of the most popular features of Santa Marta living is our transportation service. Our team of drivers Kevin Swartz, Jeff Hohman, Rich Milford and Bob Fowler provide exceptional service and care to all of our residents. They make trips to area shopping centers, grocery stores, social and cultural events and local restaurants, which are […]
What are the Odds of Needing Assisted Living? by Brad Breeding As described on the website of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI), your risk of needing long-term care is either 0 percent (you will never need it) or 100 percent (you will need it). This is an oversimplification, but the point is […]
Our residents at Santa Marta just “can’t stop the feeling” when they hear Justin Timberlake’s song, so we found some cameras and let them dance, dance, dance! Check it out!
Santa Marta recently hosted guest speaker, financial adviser Brad Breeding. In preparation for his visit, our research discovered his blog and found it very informative. So informative in fact that we thought we would share it with all of you (with Brad’s permission)! “Life plan communities, sometimes still referred to as a Continuing Care Retirement […]