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The Cottages of Weiser’s History

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Cottages of Weiser History

The Cottages Assisted Living and Memory Care’s story is a fascinating and fun story, which started in the year 2001. Founded on a dream and desire to enhance and bring a unique spin to assisted living, Garold Maxfield, along with his son Mark Maxfield, opened their first assisted living and memory care homes in Emmett, Idaho. These homes would be built on the land where Mark’s grandparents lived and raised his mother, LaNetta. 

The Cottages of Weiser’s History

The reception and success of The Cottage’s smaller home-like feel was well received in the community of Emmett, Idaho. Garold and Mark realized that the smaller communities needed great assisted living options, and so they set their eyes on the town of Weiser, Idaho. The Cottages of Weiser opened its doors to the community in 2002, just one year later. This campus would contain an assisted living home and a memory care home. Each home would have the capacity to have 16 residents, making a total of 32.  

The Cottages of Weiser is set in a beautiful area towards the north side of town and just down the hill from the golf course. The view of the surrounding mountains is gorgeous. It is conveniently located near shopping, medical care, and schools. The residents and staff are able to walk next door and do their shopping at the local Ridley’s family market. Just down the street is the local hospital, Weiser Memorial, and several medical clinics. 

Great Things About The Weiser Community

The town of Weiser has many attractive qualities, especially for the outdoor enthusiast. The town itself is named after the Weiser river, where there is a trail called the Weiser River National Recreation Trail. Here people can bike, walk, and jog along the scenic trail that is 84 miles long. It is common to see wildlife such as deer, ducks, geese, wild turkey, blue heron, and elk. During the summer, people will enjoy the water and float down the river in their tubes or rafts.

One of the most popular and long-time held traditions that brings people from all over is the National Old-Time Fiddle Contest and Festival. The first contest was held in 1956. The festival is held at the same time every year, which is the third week of June. A fiddle competition takes place at the local high school and fiddlers compete in various competitions. The ages of the fiddlers range from very young to elderly. The fun music helps bring a common feeling of comradery throughout the community. The festival is more than just a fiddling contest. There is a carnival, parade, live performances, and workshops. 

Thriving at The Cottages of Weiser

There are many great attractions that bring people to Weiser and that the residents at The Cottages enjoy. The residents attend events such as the National Old-Time Fiddle contest. They also take trips north, where they can go sightseeing and enjoy towns such as New Meadows and McCall. In the winter time, it is common to participate in bus trips and look at the Christmas lights around town. Residents can enjoy the benefits of historic downtown of Weiser.  The Weiser Classic Candy shop, the local rodeo’s, and more make Weiser a great place to be. The Cottages residents have many opportunities to get out and about and enjoy what the community has to offer. 

The Cottages of Weiser is grateful for the support that the community has given them over the years, and appreciate being able to provide assisted living, memory care, respite, and adult day care services to those who have helped build and contribute to this great city. The Cottages of Weiser is located at 1225 6th St., and the care team is readily available to answer any questions.


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We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about careers at The Cottages and the care that our residents receive at our Idaho locations. We are experts in assisted living, memory care, respite, adult day care, and have been serving seniors for over 20 years. Our small home-like senior living homes and specially-trained team members offer an atmosphere that promotes the well-being of your loved one.  

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