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Estrella Gardens

Raising The Standard Of Senior Care.

Estrella Gardens is where compassion meets innovation in the realm of residential assisted living. With our roots dating back to 2018, we envisioned creating a network of homes, not facilities, where the elderly could live their golden years with dignity, comfort, and joy.

Our co-founders, Kathy Knudson and Thomas J Baddeley, blend their profound expertise in nursing and construction, respectively, to manifest this vision. Their relentless commitment and interdisciplinary knowledge gave rise to exceptional assisted living communities that set a new benchmark in elderly care.

As proud operators of multiple residential communities, we are deeply committed to nurturing an environment that respects individuality, promotes well-being, and fosters engagement. Each of our communities is a testament to our dedication and a vibrant ecosystem where residents thrive.

But at Estrella Gardens, our mission goes beyond our own properties. As seasoned consultants, we assist aspiring owners in launching and operating their own successful residential assisted living homes. We provide comprehensive guidance, ranging from property acquisition and floor planning to care standards and day-to-day operations.

Join us on our journey as we continue to elevate the standard of assisted living through our thriving communities and empower others to do the same.

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We’re Always Here For You

Owned and Operated by a Registered Nurse, Estrella Gardens’ #1 Goal is to provide the best care possible with family style living by giving all of the comforts of home in a setting that we would be proud to have our own parents living in. Our home is your home and our family is your family.


Our Team

Estrella Gardens team is an enthusiastic team committed to giving you well-balanced, responsible, helpful, and encouraging mental wellness information, sources, and devices.

Estrella Gardens Owner Kathy Smiling

Kathy Knudson, RN

Owner and Manager

Kathy has been in the medical field her entire career. She is a Registered Nurse since 2000 working as a traveling ICU nurse exposing her to a broad spectrum of personalities, procedures, systems and venues.

She began as a Certified Nursing Assistant and progressed as a paramedic to a Licensed Practical Nurse while earning a BSN degree, with honors, from DSU (Dickinson State University). She is a Registered Nurse licensed in Multiple states.

Estrella Gardens Owner and Manager Tom Smiling

Thomas Baddeley

Owner and Manager

Thomas has been in the construction industry for 45 years. He has worked as a foreman, superintendent, general superintendent, project manager and construction manager on a variety of heavy general engineering infrastructure improvements ranging from $1M to $500M million He is self-taught having started as a craftsman and augmented his career with specific college courses that paved the way to a seamless transition from trades to running the projects. Because every construction project is set up and ran like a standalone business his experience is very applicable to small business start-ups and operations.

“My career has introduced me to a variety of problems that were best solved by bringing people and ideas together. I’m very social and I genuinely enjoy people”.


What is the difference between nursing home and assisted living?

There are many differences between assisted living care and nursing homes. Overall, the main difference is that nursing homes provide medical and personal care in a clinical setting, while assisted living primarily provides personal care in a home-like, social setting.

What does Medicare cover for assisted living?

Medicare-covered wellness services offered to assisted living residents are covered, as they would certainly be for any Medicare recipient in any kind of living situation. Yet Medicare will certainly not pay any one of the prices of residency or of everyday custodial treatment, such as aid with bathing, clothing, and also eating.

What is the difference between independent and assisted living?

Independent living neighborhoods largely focus on offering the social demands of citizens, as numerous are able to live independently without much support. Assisted living areas sustain those who need aid with tasks of everyday living while allowing homeowners to live as separately as feasible.

How does assisted living work financially?

Many families cover assisted living prices using private funds– usually a combination of savings, Social Safety and security advantages, pension plan repayments as well as a pension. Nevertheless, there are some government programs and monetary devices that can use assistance spending for assisted living.

Is assisted living the same as long term care?

An assisted living facility is a “house away from home” designed to supply custodial care in a setting that resembles an individual residence. For the most part, locals of assisted living communities maintain a higher functional capability than those of lasting nursing care facilities.

Can Medicare be used for assisted living?

Medicare does not cover independent living and generally does not cover assisted living costs. However, it can cover particular costs like short-term care in a knowledgeable nursing center, depending upon your qualification.

What is long term care for the elderly?

Long term care includes a variety of services created to fulfill an individual’s health or individual treatment requirements throughout a brief or extended period of time. These services assist individuals to live as independently as well as securely as possible when they can no longer carry out daily tasks on their own.

Can someone with dementia live in assisted living?

Yes, Mental Deterioration Sufferers Can Stay In Assisted Living. Assisted living is an excellent alternative for someone with dementia that needs customized treatment as well as assistance. They will also have a neighborhood around them to assist them in their day-to-day life, and this will also help with the obstacles of mental deterioration.

Does Medicare cover assisted living or nursing homes?

Medicare normally does not cover Long-term treatment stays in a nursing house. Even if Medicare does not cover your retirement home care, you’ll still require Medicare for hospital treatment, doctor solutions, and medical products while you remain in the nursing home.

Is Assisted Living worth the money?

Assisted living is a remarkable option for older people who need some hands-on care or reminders in order to remain healthy. For relatives, assisted living communities can provide comfort when it comes to security. Altogether, senior living communities benefit senior citizens and the family members who love them.

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3185 Shadowleaf Ct
Las Vegas 89117

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