Over the years, the vision of Chaparral House has been cultivated from seed to living philosophy. In 1996, in response to new regulations and an aging population, the Board of Directors decided to upgrade the community from intermediate care to skilled nursing. Today, Chaparral is the only independent non-profit, skilled nursing eldercare community in the city. The building resides in a vital Berkeley neighborhood that includes, as neighbors, Berkeley Youth Alternatives, a Montessori school, artist lofts and studios and the senior independent living center Strawberry Creek Lodge.
To this day, Chaparral provides care for forty-nine frail elders in a dynamic, life-affirming, homelike environment where privacy and self-esteem are respected, freedom of choice and freedom of expression are encouraged, and opportunities for participation and contribution are encouraged.
As Chaparral approaches its thirtieth year, we look toward the future as we pay respect to our past. We are dedicated to upholding the values set forth by our founders, but we understand that ideas evolve, from seed to sapling to oftentimes things greater. We now find ourselves looking forward, where ideas merge with inspiration, and where the belief that a single idea can have lasting impact on a community is not only possible, but true.