Merrill Gardens residents and family members, Chamber staff and local community members helped the facility celebrate 10 years in the community with a ribbon cutting at their Hawaiian Luau.

Merrill Gardens residents and family members, Chamber staff and local community members helped the facility celebrate 10 years in the community with a ribbon cutting at their Hawaiian Luau.

Merrill Gardens had plenty to celebrate at their recent Luau party. The senior care facility had reached a milestone of 10 years in the Santa Maria community, and also recently unveiled their major renovations to their facility.

“We are a very large community that offers different levels of services based on an individuals’ needs,” explained Audie Sherberg, General Manager of Merrill Gardens Santa Maria. “We have individual cottages, we have assisted living as well to help our residents as they age and then we also have memory care. We’re blessed to have all three of those levels at this facility – we can cater to the many different needs of our residents.”

The large campus provides a variety of amenities like housekeeping, concierge and two different restaurants for their residents. Merrill Gardens recently expanded on these services with their 1.4 million dollar renovation. The renovation included updating the public areas in the facility, installing a new theatre for the residences and updating the dining facilities.

“It’s pretty exciting to be able to put back into the community on that scale,” Sherberg said. “And [the renovation] came out fabulous. We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome and our residences all seem to really enjoy it as well.”

Merrill Gardens opened their facilities to the public to celebrate their renovations and ten year anniversary with a Luau-themed party. Festivities included a ribbon cutting with the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, live music and dancers, and Hawaiian themed food and drink.

Sherberg said it was great to be able to celebrate this milestone with the local community.

“We had a great turnout – it’s great to see the local community come out and show their support for our company, and celebrate with us,” he said. “It’s wonderful to be able to put money back into the community and continue to assure Merrill Gardens is the leader in the coast, and more importantly continuing to surpass the expectations of our residents.”