Welcome to Irvine Cottages
Irvine Cottages’ caring approach to memory care starts from the heart. We are dedicated to serve and care for each resident as a family member. That means kind, loving and professional memory care in a warm and comfortable home. Every detail of our care, the staff, our homes, the food, medication supervision, activities and more is based on this compassionate approach.
Here are a few words from the daughter of one of our residents:
Mainly, it was every detail of her care that made her comfortable and confident about living at the Irvine Cottages. The trained caregivers are very diligent, understanding, loving, caring, and personable. The cheerful and calm ambience of the Irvine Cottages made this a home away from home for my mother.
~ Lynne Savran
To enhance this approach, all of our care is based on the most current research in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, and other gerontological research findings, making our practices state-of-the-art when it comes to dementia care and assisted living.
What Sets Irvine Cottages Apart?
By providing excellent memory care, we decrease your levels of stress and time spent worrying! You will be able to relax because you know your loved ones are in highly-skilled and compassionate hands. You will be able to enjoy quality visits with your family members, rather than doing the myriad of caregiving tasks on your “To Do” list. That’s what we’re here for — to make your life easier and your caregiving journey smoother from now on!
Our Unique Care and Activities
Our capable and compassionate care starts from the top! Jacqueline Dupont, Founder of Irvine Cottages, is a gerontologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of aging and Alzheimer’s care. You will often see Jacqueline at your loved ones’ cottages making sure all is going smoothly for our residents. Her commitment, caring, and compassion are extraordinary, and these qualities are reflected in her entire staff. All of our staff receives ongoing education in Alzheimer’s care, as this is of prime importance to Jacqueline’s and Irvine Cottages’ mission.
We also know taking your loved ones to medical appointments can be a time-consuming challenge, and at Irvine Cottages all medical services come to the resident! We have physicians, a psychiatric director, home health care staff, pharmacy service, X-ray and laboratory services, hospice care, occupational and physical therapists who come to the Cottages on a regularly-scheduled and/or on an as-needed basis. These are just a few examples of what true assisted living means.
Irvine Cottages offer a unique approach to resident protection with full-facility camera coverage. Dr. Dupont was a pioneer in creating this resource for residents, their families and caregivers. Currently all cottages have camera monitoring systems in all rooms. Residents are closely observed, and any “lost” items can be easily found. The staff loves the cameras due to the protection they provide, plus the added benefit of knowing their great work is being monitored remotely. It is a win-win for everyone! Currently, we have the only camera monitoring program approved in the United States!
In her 2014 Commencement speech to the UC Irvine Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences, Dr. Dupont talks about her experience having the video camera program implemented below. Or you may read her speech by clicking here.
Here is an excerpt from another speech in 2014 by Dr. Dupont about our video monitoring program.
Your loved ones will enjoy a full schedule of resident activities in every one of our Cottages. Our philosophy is that all residents deserve the highest quality of life, no matter what their cognitive abilities. Arts & crafts, music, games, outings and parties are just a few of the usual activities your loved ones will benefit from while living at Irvine Cottages.
For example, Irvine Cottages has a full activities program, including art therapists, music therapists and also a massage therapist on staff. Our music therapy program includes: piano, guitar, drums, strings, and trained singers. Toni Imus, one of our music therapists, has been with Irvine Cottages for ten years and describes music therapy at Irvine Cottages this way:
“It is truly amazing how music can effect the soul! This is especially true with the frail elderly, Alzheimer’s or dementia patients, and many others who suffer from debilitating diseases or conditions. There is nothing better when you touch someone through music and healing. The residents look forward to their music time and that is so uplifting and encouraging for me. When I can help someone to feel better or have them forgot about whatever it is that is ailing them, that gives me such great joy! They matter so much to me and I know I matter to them, too.”
Our “Memories in the Making” art program through the Alzheimer’s Association happens weekly. Currently, we have two trained art therapists. Our residents also get daily enjoyment from karaoke, Wii systems, and even iPads.
Different Cottages for Different Older Adults
Each Cottage has a specific program designed for older adults with four levels of Alzheimer’s care: mild, moderate, late stage and hospice. The programs, activities, food and care is tailored to meet each populations’ needs and concerns. For example, Cottage #11, which is designed for seniors who are social, active, and cognitively aware, has an activity specialist daily along with formal and engaging meal times. Cottage #1 and #8 residents require more care and supervision. As a result, they have more caregivers and nursing staff. And, they also enjoy a pleasant, calming music program and aromatherapy.Note: All of our photos are real, permission-granted photos of our residents, employees and homes.