Welcome to Irvine Cottages
Irvine Cottages’ provides full-service memory care based on the most current research. We serve the 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.
- 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!
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.
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:
Serve it, smash it, win it, love it!
Irvine Cottages residents love games and activities and enjoy fun afternoons playing Ping Pong against each other.
Top 10 Health Benefits of Ping Pong:
- Playing improves hand-eye coordination and it stimulates mental alertness, concentration and tactical strategy. This makes it the perfect game for young people to sharpen reflexes, and for older people to refine tactics.
- Develops mental acuity. The speed, spin and placement of the ball are crucial in table tennis, and practiced players are highly skilled in both creating and solving puzzles involving these three attributes.
- Improves reflexes. Due to the fast-paced, short-distance nature of the sport, both gross and fine muscle movements are improved. The game is distinguished by bursts of exertion and recovery, leading to fast-twitch muscle development.
- It’s easy on the joints. It’s a great way to improve leg, arm and core strength without overtaxing your joints.
- Burns calories. A 150-pound person can burn 272 calories by playing table tennis for an hour. Considering the fact that the sport is entertaining and addictive, it can be a fun and easy way to burn calories.
- Offers a social outlet. Whether you play in the community center or at home with friends, table tennis offers a great way to bond with other people. Because young and old people can play the game, it can help improve communication and build relationships, irrespective of age. Playing at home with siblings or parents can bring family members closer and enable them to spend more quality time with each other.
- Keeps your brain sharp. Alzheimer’s Weekly reports a clear increase in motor skills and cognitive awareness from playing table tennis, after a series of preliminary clinical studies in Japan found that table tennis markedly increases the flow of blood to the brain, and could possibly even prevent dementia.
- Improves coordination. Following the ping pong ball as it moves quickly toward you, and following its trajectory as your opponent hits it helps improve hand-eye coordination.
- Improves balance. Staying balanced and being able to quickly change direction are key to being successful in a ping pong rally. This is especially important for the elderly.
- Stimulates various different parts of the brain. By anticipating an opponent’s shot, a player uses the prefrontal cortex for strategic planning. The aerobic exercise from the physical activity of the game stimulates the hippocampus, the part of the brain that is responsible for allowing us to form and retain long-term facts and events.
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Residents were celebrating the luck of the Irish while making St Patrick’s Day crafts, Shamrocks and Pots of Gold help to festively decorate the cottages.
Irvine Cottages Artist of the Year:
Ms. Jean Carter is our Irvine Cottages Artist of the Year!
Jean has loved living at Cottage ten for over two years and really enjoys the staff and friendships she has made with other residents!
“We are a family.”
“It also helps that we all love the food here!”
Jean has flourished lately in our art program with Regina Valleau activity director!
Regina and Jean enjoy painting, especially landscapes. They also love painting outside, it is relaxing she says!
Thank you Regina for the kindness you show to all Irvine Cottage residents!
Highlight of the month at the Cottages: Cognitive Games
Regina our activity director is focusing on cognitive games for the up Coming “back to school” months at all the cottages!
Thank you teacher Regina!
Please stayed tuned to our monthly activity high lights with Regina!
Note: All of our photos are real, permission-granted photos of our residents, employees and homes.