Think of either a grand hotel or a successful business man's mansion, Solterra sits on a two acre plot of desert land in Chandler, Arizona. As you pull up there are massive lawns of perfectly manicured grass, flowers in bloom, fountains that cause the most serene sound.
My mother and I both visited this facility, not only to see it but a friend of hers had just moved in with her husband into one of the two bedroom apartments. She knew my mother and I had been looking at facilities for over a month and recommended we come and see her, have lunch and get a chance to 'peek around'.
Solterra is definitely a very active community. When we first arrived we noticed residents everywhere. My mother's friend showed us her apartment, which was absolutely lovely. Nicer than many apartments anybody can rent around town. Big, spacious rooms and clean, as if the place was recently built. Fresh paint, new carpeting, big clear windows.
We walked around the grounds as my mom's friend, like my mom, is still very active, still drives and still likes to get out and do things. Gorgeous area, large lawns like I said before that reminded me more of parks. The fountains are a great touch as just listening to them causes a soothing sensation and a sense of relaxation.
They have a barrage of activities, things I hadn't heard about in other facilities, like ice cream socials, black and white parties, dances and outings. I really liked how they had a theater too, not just a large screen television which people could watch movies on, but an actual theater.
My mom's friend has only been living at Solterra for just under one month but as we walked with her she was waving and saying hello to people she'd met. It seemed like she'd already met quite a few friends.
We did run into a few staff members too. The nurse on staff was really nice, very cordial. We didn't see a ton of staff but that didn't mean they weren't there. I learned that they offer not only independent and assisted living, but memory care and transitional care too. I imagine the memory care area's are more staffed. And someone like my mom doesn't want to be constantly interrupted by an aide or a nurse. She wants her life to be as independent as she possibly can. This place certainly seemed to provide that.
All the utilities are included here too. We've been to some homes where it is up to each resident to turn on the electricity/gas, etc and pay for it themselves. Oh! And best part, pets are welcome!