Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center is located in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains in the San Fernando Valley in Sun Valley, California. The 90-room facility, capable of accommodating up to 130 ambulatory senior citizens in single and some double occupancy rooms, was dedicated on April 22, 1979.
Villa Scalabrini was the brain-child of Father Luigi Donanzan, of the Scalabrini Fathers of St. Charles (a missionary Religious order for assistance to migrants), and is based on the concept that seniors should spend their sunset years in pleasant surroundings, engaged in stimulating activities among their peers. It is a modern, functional structure, universally praised in architectural circles as “a model home for senior citizens.” Residents’ rooms are distributed around seven inside gardens, thus offering the advantage of privacy and open air, while, at the same time, being all connected to the central facilities.
Among the special features of Villa Scalabrini are: a spacious and modern chapel for daily Mass, adult education programs, dining room, library, arts and crafts room, physical therapy room, physician’s room, podiatrist room, beauty parlor, barber shop, bocce court and TV rooms. Residents can take advantage of a wide variety of activities, special events and excursions, as well as scheduled transportation to local shopping centers and points of interest. The building also houses the Sisters’ quarters, for the Sisters of the Augustinian Recollect Order who generously give their time and service to the community.
The newest addition to Villa Scalabrini is La Piazza, 20 beautiful residences for active seniors aged 55 and older, offering the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of living in a protected community environment, while maintaining independence and privacy at a cost typically lower than living alone in a home.
To learn more, visit inside the walls of Villa Scalabrini at villascalabrini.com
This article appeared in the Christian Brothers Services Weekly Bulletin, Vol. 28, Issue 08 on February 25, 2013