A Visit to Chaparral House in Berkeley

I had the pleasure of visiting Chaparral House, an Aging Services member, earlier this week. It’s a cozy, skilled nursing community located creekside and in a quiet residential area. The campus is lush, green and bursting with flowers everywhere. It’s quite lovely.

They have an incredibly robust volunteer program, as well as thriving intergenerational programs. Organic gardens on campus are tended by local Montessori students and an organization that teaches children about sustainable growing and healthy cooking. Chaparral House also has a very busy activities calendar, with something available to residents at almost all hours of the day. Activities range from Laughter Yoga (which I’ve been inspired to learn more about!) to spiritual engagement, art, sandbox therapy and more – just a tremendous variety.

It was a treat to be able visit such a tight knit community that thrives on their values, philosophy, community connections, and embraces the ideals of culture change.


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