CALA Announces 2014 Excellence in Service Award Winners

 5/21/2014

Belmont, CA – May 21, 2014 – The California Assisted Living Association (CALA) announced today that Amyda Astrero at Silverado Belmont Hills Memory Care Community, a Silverado Memory Care Communities community, will receive the organization’s prestigious Outstanding Team Member award at their Spring Conference & Trade Show in Santa Clara. CALA chooses recipients of these awards based on their commitment to providing outstanding, quality care and service to residents in the Assisted Living communities where they work. Astrero will receive her award on June 2, 2014.

Astrero is Assistant Director of Health Services at Silverado Belmont Hills. She has been working at the community in various positions for 11 years. Administrator Veronica Arellano describes Astrero as “a natural and quiet leader” and says, “It doesn’t matter how chaotic things are, you can always count on Amyda to remain calm, positive, smile and just do what needs to be done—without having to be asked.”

Astrero inspires her fellow associates each day with her commitment to providing residents the best care possible. She willingly takes calls at night and on her days off and makes herself available to assist nurses, caregivers or family members. Astrero is also a mentor to nurses, coaching them in both nursing and supervisory skills. She knows the preferences of each of the 100-plus residents, and she does her best to engage personally with them. 

Currently, nearly 180,000 Californians are residents in Assisted Living communities and the need for Assisted Living continues to grow. Assisted Living provides residents with the care they need to perform activities of daily living, medication management, social activities, housekeeping, meals, and transportation; some communities also offer dementia care programs and health-related services. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the following is the percentage of seniors by age cohort who

need assistance with three or more activities of daily living:

• Age 75 to 79: 20%

• Age 80 to 84: 31%

• Age 85+: 50%

A recent study commissioned by CALA showed that Assisted Living is a major contributor to local economies. Assisted Living provides more than 68,000 jobs in the state.

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