Assisted Living – Reno NV Area’s Most Trusted Choice – Independent Living
We strive to create a true home where you can enjoy your retirement years as carefree as possible. Offering a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community, our team works diligently to give residents a quality of life eclipsing that of other senior living facilities. At MorningStar of Sparks, we are proud to offer 128 bright suites for independent living and 80 for assisted living. Additionally, our Reflections Neighborhood offers 32 secure suites devoted to the individualized, specialized care of those with memory impairment caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.For seniors needing a helping hand from time to time, MorningStar is here, with the surpassing goal of being the best assisted living in Reno, NV area. When contrasted with other senior assisted living facilities, MorningStar’s exceptional architecture and design will impress you from the first. Our graciously appointed spaces are extensions of your private suite—polished and ready to receive your callers at a moment’s notice.
Greater Reno Assisted Living – Dedicated to Creating a True Home
Within either our independent living or assisted living community, residents are able to enjoy a wealth of amenities & life enrichment programming:
• Dining Room with restaurant-style service
• Private Dining Room (for intimate dinners)
• Theatre (including Wii)
• Billiards and Game Room
• Library (including a computer/internet and newspapers)
• Salon (for hairstyling, manicures and pedicures)
• Fitness Room
• Life Enrichment Room
• Raised Garden Beds
• Secure Courtyard for Memory Care
• Strolling Paths
• Full-time Licensed Nurse
• 24-hour Care Staff
• Wellness Programs & Activities
• Laundry Facilities
• Scheduled Transportation
An important part of providing exceptional senior assisted living services is helping residents to maintain their independence. To achieve that goal, we offer WellStar, our signature activities program for physical, social, spiritual and emotional wellness.
However, the distinguishing mark of MorningStar…the one we brag most about…the one that attracts the most attention is our atmosphere of love and community. With this, we can—and do—offer the very best in senior assisted living, memory care and respite care in Greater Reno.
Our entire team is engaged in finding ways to build that spirit of community, one loving relationship at a time. Even for respite care residents (here for a short recuperative stay) or our retreat residents (here for a trial stay), there’s the promise of new friendships. And for the most tender among us, our memory care residents, each day presents the opportunity to stimulate the brain and find moments of spontaneous joy.
Our community is conveniently located east of Reno in the Sparks neighborhood of Wingfield Springs. The Reno-Sparks area is just 59 miles from Lake Tahoe.
MorningStar’s Top Rating with Caring.com
she took care of me. (Wellness Director)
Introducing MorningStar’s European-Trained Executive Chef…Jacques Cornelis
I’ve had three jobs in the last 36 years. So, I’d say I’m a pretty loyal guy,” laughs Jacques Cornelis, our new (and we could not be more thrilled!) executive chef.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge, having never walked away from one in my entire career! A huge motivator for me is a well-designed kitchen. MorningStar’s is bigger and better than what I’m accustomed to. And we’ve already got a great crew in the kitchen.”
Born in Temse, Belgium, Jacques first entered a professional kitchen at 14. For the next four years, it was one day of school and four days of culinary apprenticeship at De Watermolen, a Michelin-starred restaurant. (Michelin awards the pinnacle of culinary perfection around the world with its hard-won much-coveted stars.) “I fell in love from Day One. You either have the Hospitality Gene or you don’t.”
Upon graduation, Jacques worked ten years in the finest restaurants in Antwerp, Brussels and Paris. On why French cuisine holds the world’s stage, he explains simply, “It’s the sauces. They can make the plainest dish extraordinary. Besides, France offers the greatest of food baskets to work with.”
At 28 he came to America, drawn by culinary opportunities that a dense European landscape could not offer. He invested 21 years at JC Resorts, a family-owned hotel group in San Diego, serving as chef, food and beverage manager and GM of a golf course. Longing to return his full attention to the kitchen, Jacques joined Tahoe’s Resort at Squaw Creek in 2000, overseeing five restaurants for the next eight years. He then joined Cascades of the Sierras, a neighboring senior living community.
In 2007, Jacques won Iron Chef’s “Blazing Pans” event at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival, pitted against the chef of North Star. Each were to prepare as many dishes as possible in an hour using the same surprise ingredient: foie gras: which is fatty duck liver; for a European-trained chef, though, it was a piece of cake.
Chef’s specialities? Well, in a word, everything. After 50 years in the profession, Jacques is accomplished in all types of cuisines. “With perfected techniques and correct improvisation, you can prepare anything.” He’ll prove that in fantastic ways during our International Dinner Tours, to be launched May 21 at the “Mexican Riviera.”
On the special satisfaction of working in senior living, Jacques comments thus: “I’ll be 64 next month. So I have a far better understanding of the special requirements of a senior client. In other words, I know what rings their bell.”
But give Jacques any audience and watch him perform. He loves walking the dining room and hearing feedback. He has immediate plans for a made-to-order omelette station and monthly cooking demonstrations in our community.
The best ending to this MorningStar Chef’s day? When Jacques goes home and cooks for his favorite client: 24-year-old daughter, Suzanne, newly promoted to the role of Life Enrichment Coordinator at MorningStar of Sparks.
Helps You Stay Active & Connected
MorningStar is proud to offer the revolutionary “It’s Never 2 Late” technology. This state-of-the-art engagement system combines touchscreen computers with intuitive, picture-based software. Its library contains 3,000 choices for social and spiritual connection, intellectual and physical stimulation, emotional support and vocational interests—all the core dimensions of wellness.
Through “My Page,” iN2L becomes even more personal. Add your favorite games, email addresses, family photos, websites. Share your history, preferences and personality with our team members.
Ask us for a fascinating demonstration.
- Simplified email
- Web chats through Skype
- Online newspapers
- Easy navigation of the web
- Trivia, games, puzzles, brain
- Sermons, hymns, inspirational videos
- History quizzes and videos
- Interactive art studio
- Virtual tours through the world
- Movies; classic TV shows
- Music trivia, playlists and sing-a-longs
- Physical stimulation: bicycle on scenic routes, Sit & Be Fit class
- Flight simulation
A House is not a Home without a Dog
MorningStar of Sparks was so excited to welcome to our family an adorable new resident named Willow. The Golden Doodle came to us from a breeder in Golden Valley, Nevada. She is pictured here at 8 weeks old and as one grown-up gal. Our gentle sweetheart still loves to play, and play with residents, in a variety of games of her own making. We are blessed every day by her cuddly presence and unconditional love.
The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Sparks, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to see for yourself our exceptional offering for independent and assisted living in Reno, NV.