Our Story

Founder, Diane Zell, started Silver Angels for the Elderly in 2015 when the plight of isolated seniors became personal. As an In-Home Health Care Coordinator, she knew firsthand how the elderly were facing lack of care, being taken advantage of financially, suffering mental and physical abuse, or just being lonely.

Then Diane’s own mother had to be placed in an assisted living residence when her dementia demanded full time care. There, she was chemically and physically abused.  Narcotic medications were withheld and stolen, sleeping medications were given when not prescribed,  and antibiotics critical to her well being were not administered.  She was found filthy and extremely upset screaming, “Get me out of here!”. 

Diane and her husband removed her from the home as soon as they could.  The next facility was wonderful and she enjoyed her last days in peace.

Diane issued a formal complaint and is still pursuing to expose how this gross negligence on the State’s part occurred. See more of her story and the stories of others here.

If you know someone who needs help, please share your story with us and give us your information so we can help you!

Although she is in heaven now, her memory lives on with our cause.

— Diane Zell, founder S.A.F.E.


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Join us to create positive social interactions and experiences by helping with our monthly birthday celebrations, seasonal holiday parties, and classic car shows.

See the gallery for great images of the memories we help create. Here’s how you can be part of our Volunteer Team.


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Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Since 2015, Silver Angels for the Elderly has been bringing hope, joy, and fellowship to isolated seniors in Kootenai County. Help us make memorable experiences for our elderly residents and their family members by volunteering, becoming a sponsor, or donating to our programs.

PO Box 928, Rathdrum, Idaho 83858-0926

Call Us: (208)-906-0040