Welcome to Irvine Cottages
Irvine Cottages’ provides full-service memory care based on the most current research. We serve all of Orange County including Irvine, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Lake Forest, Tustin, Laguna Woods, Newport Coast, Turtle Rock and surrounding areas.
Irvine Cottages is dedicated to providing compassionate and loving care to all of our residents. We offer memory care well above expected standards to provide families with peace of mind and to give our residents the highest quality of life.
We Specialize In:
- Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
- Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia
- Hospice Care, including continuous care and a dedicated hospice program with one on-site hospice team
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!
The programs, activities, food and care at each Cottage is tailored to meet each populations’ needs and concerns: mild, moderate, late stage and hospice.
Our Unique Care and Activities
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.
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. 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. Our residents also get daily enjoyment from karaoke, Wii systems, and even iPads.
It Starts at the Top
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:
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!
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.
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:
Note: All of our photos are real, permission-granted photos of our residents, employees, and homes.