History of Schonberg & Associates
Schonberg and Associates was founded in 2001 by David Schonberg, a Louisiana native that set out to realize his dream of creating a new standard in assisted living and memory care. In 2001, Schonberg & Associates broke ground on the Suites at Sugar Mill Point in Houma, LA. The area’s first and only premier assisted living and memory care community, The Suites at Sugar Mill Point opened its doors in October 2002. A pillar of the surrounding community, The Suites remains the flagship community of Schonberg & Associates, and the original model from which Schonberg & Associates continues to grow and perfect its Assisted Living and Memory Care portfolio.
Shortly after The Suites began quickly filling up, Schonberg & Associates debuted another exemplary assisted living and memory care community—Alden Pointe in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Opening just months before the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in June 2005, Alden Pointe seamlessly navigated the worst natural disaster on record in the region by maintaining the highest quality of unwavering care for each resident, and it continues to provide that exceptional level of care to residents today.
With two successful properties under their belt, Schonberg & Associates focused on growing their business and diversifying geographically. In 2009, Schonberg purchased and assumed management of three existing South Carolina communities, bringing them up to the Schonberg standard of operations and further honing his expertise and command in the industry. These South Carolina communities have all shown remarkable improvements in quality of care and resident satisfaction as a result of Schonberg & Associates’ leadership of staff, building renovations, and improvements in nutritional and enrichment programs.
In Fall 2011, Schonberg & Associates broke ground on their sixth assisted living and memory care community in a place that is especially close to David Schonberg's heart- his hometown of Luling, LA. Ashton Manor is a state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care community that sits atop six beautifully landscaped acres within the Ashton Plantation subdivision. The 60-unit property features a secure Alzheimer's/dementia neighborhood, a beautiful rotunda, a chapel, a theatre, and even an ice cream parlor.
Following Ashton Manor, Schonberg opened Vista Shores Assisted Living and Memory Care in New Orleans. The legendary former site of the Vista Shores Country Club, the property was also a senior living community prior to Hurricane Katrina, when it was flooded and left abandoned by the previous owners. Schonberg & Associates completely renovated and updated the community, which opened in 2014. Located on scenic Bayou St. John, Vista Shores features grand water views and spectacular outdoor recreational areas, a beauty parlor, and a comfortable bistro where residents enjoy the New Orleans cuisine they love.
In their most revolutionary project to date, Schonberg & Associates partnered with leading Alzheimer’s and dementia experts to develop Beau Provence, the first and only memory-care exclusive assisted living community in the greater New Orleans area. The highly anticipated community opened its doors in Mandeville, LA in September of 2012. Beau Provence offers two stunning memory care neighborhoods, the Pontchartrain and the Fontainebleau, which include 40 state-of-the-art private and semi-private suites, two therapeutic gardens and sun rooms, two gourmet dining areas, and access to The Schonberg Alzheimer’s Education and Support Center, which provides family and community members with valuable memory care resources and hosts monthly seminars with sought-after experts. A highly experienced memory care director and activities director are on staff to ensure that residents benefit from specially designed programs tailored to meet their individual needs, and the community’s care is being monitored and overseen by celebrated dementia care specialist Kim Warchol, OTR/L, DCCT, an expert in the Allen Cognitive Disabilities Model who has educated over 5,000 therapists and other healthcare professionals on the best-abilities approach to dementia treatment and programming.
Schonberg & Associates went on to acquire Camellia Gardens Retirement Community in Slidell, LA, and continues to build upon the establishment’s reputation of excellence in assisted living and memory care under the new name Park Provence, recently completing a $1 million dollar renovation to ensure the highest level of luxury comfort and care for its residents.
Most recently, Schonberg & Associates has continued to build upon its Mississippi footprint through the debut of its two newest communities: Beau Ridge Independent Living & Memory Care in Ridgeland, MS, and Bay Cove Assisted Living & Memory Care in Biloxi, MS.
Uniquely positioned as a leading expert in the strategy behind both developing and managing top-tier Assisted Living and Memory Care communities and their day-to-day operations, Schonberg & Associates has no plans of slowing down. The leadership team continues to scout land sites for future developments, seeking new areas to further fulfill David Schonberg's passion for providing residents and their families with the most exceptional level of comfort and care possible, just as he would expect for a member of his own family.