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.
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!
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
Our Unique Care and Activities
Our capable and compassionate care starts from the top! Dr. Jacqueline Dupont, who founded Irvine Cottages in 1996, is a gerontologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of aging and Alzheimer’s care. She is often at your loved one’s cottage making sure all is going smoothly for our residents. Her knowledge, commitment, caring and compassion are extraordinary, and these qualities are reflected in our entire staff. In October 2015, Dr. Dupont was honored to receive the 2015 Senior Care Hero Humanitarian Award from SeniorServ, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of older adults. You can hear about her devotion to helping others in the Awards presentation below:
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.
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.
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.
Using Technology With Our Residents
We are always looking for new uses technology can improve the quality of our residents’ day-to-day lives. Some residents listen to iPods with customized playlists. Others play games, such as solitaire, on iPads we provide. Currently we are a beta testing site for a new app, Safe Wander, created by 15-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka. His invention is a pressure sensor worn on the bottom of a resident’s sock which detects an increase in pressure when the resident gets up at night. The app wirelessly sends an alert to a caregiver’s smartphone immediately. NBC News did a feature story about its use in Irvine Cottages and you can view a short video about it below:
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.