Not Happy with Your Parent’s Current Assisted Living Situation?

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Jane, one of our wonderful residents, and me with Charlie in the kitchen at our Villa home. Charlie is Jane’s official lap companion and a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog who rescues all of us a little bit every day.

Hello, I’m Peter Colten.  We may share something in common: a disappointment in how care is delivered in many larger adult care communities.

Your disappointment is very personal; it affects your parent.  Ours was almost as personal.  Jana, my wife, coordinated in-home social services for the elderly as a Clinical Social Worker for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix.  Her disappointment in the quality of care she saw in the facilities in which she placed people led us to start our first Assisted Living Group Home in 1998.  Now, we’ve grown to four here in Scottsdale.

Many of our residents come from larger Assisted Living institutional communities because our group home concept has some basic, inherent differences:

Continuity of care – As your parent’s needs change they shouldn’t have to move.  As your parent’s needs change you shouldn’t have to go through the drill of periodic assessments that normally lead to higher care costs.  We offer individualized care that increases as the need increases.  But from the same room, same staff (all staff are Certified Caregivers) and at the same price.

Continuity of staff – Something we often hear is “My Dad (or Mom) never quite got comfortable living there, because there just weren’t many familiar faces.”  Facilities tout staff-to-resident ratios and staff certification; both of which are important.  But too often in larger institutional facilities, while the staff ratio is good, Mom or Dad is cared for by a larger pool of staff.  The result is they have strange faces checking on them, helping with meds, bathing, etc.  This IS hard.  It makes it hard to relax and allow people to care for you.

Each of our four homes maintains superior staff ratios, but we do so from a smaller, more experienced pool of staff.  The result is more familiar faces for Mom or Dad, AND our staff get to know your parent far more intimately.

Costs – As mentioned above, our costs don’t change with the level of care.  You will pay the same price the last month your parent is with us as you paid the first month.

Our philosophy was and continues to be simple:

In every decision we make and every action we take, our primary consideration is always what’s best for our residents. 

Why Colten Adult Care:

  • We have 24-hour awake staff.
  • All our staff are Certified Caregivers, many of whom have been with us 5+ and 10+ years.
  • We believe there’s dignity in choice.  If your parent has a favorite food (special diets are welcome) or interest or activity, let us know.  We are happy to accommodate.
  • And speaking of food, our food is home-cooked American cuisine.  Join us for a meal, anytime!
  • Our homes are all designer decorated and located in quiet, beautiful neighborhoods.
  • We offer all the services you’d expect from any assisted living facility, including experienced care for dementia, Alzheimer’s care, incontinence, catheter, diabetic, oxygen, memory and medication storage, dispensing and monitoring.
  • Full-time activities program.  If your parent isn’t interested in that day’s activity, our director will create something.
  • Private and semi-private suites with cable TV.

Click on any of our homes to learn more:


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Casa Buenavante

7741 E. Charter Oak Rd. | Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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Villa on Sweetwater

6739 E. Sweetwater Ave. | Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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Sweetwater Place

12433 N. 71st Street | Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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North Scottsdale Place

14203 N. 68th Place | Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Our vision is to create places full of life and laughter, places your mom or dad can continue with a life worth living.  Places where our residents feel happy and loved, where their families are always welcome and places where you can have peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe and well cared for.

You’re this far down on the page because something I’ve said strikes a chord.  Should we talk?

You can email me direct, call during regular business hours or complete the “Questions” form that drops down in the right-hand column on this page.