Jacqueline DuPont is a Gerontologist. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of San Diego with a B.S in Behavior Sciences and a minor in Religious Studies. She did her graduate work at USC in Gerontology (MSG) and an internship at the Geriatric Education Center at the Keck School of Medicine. She also has an additional Master’s in Public Administration.
Prior to founding the Cottages, Jacqueline DuPont was a director of Manor Care Health Care, Arcadia Special Care Unit, and also was the Alzheimer’s Consultant/Director for Country Villa Health Services.
Jacqueline DuPont serves on non-profits and charities Boards of Directors (see below), as well as research entities. She is well-known for her passion for older adults and their families. In her fight to protect older adults from abuse, she implemented a video-camera monitoring program for Irvine Cottages and was featured on CNN, CBS, NBC, Fox News, and Dateline. Articles about this innovative program were published in Orange Coast Magazine, the LA Times and the Orange County Register. She was also a guest on John & Ken’s KFI 640 Radio show.
She shares the story about why she implemented and fought so hard for video camera installation in her June 2014 Commencement address to the UCI Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences in this video. Or you may read her speech by clicking here.
Jacqueline DuPont is constantly researching the latest information in regards to new assisted living approaches and the most-up-to-date care programs for older adults with memory loss or other cognitive impairments.
Jacqueline DuPont has received accolades and awards for her hours of dedication to resident families, eldercare organizations and to the larger community she lives and works in. In June 2014, she will be the Commencement speaker for the Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences graduation, focusing on the importance of both respecting older adults and volunteerism.
Some of them are:
- 2004 Age Well (South County Senior Services) Captain’s Ball Honoree
- 2005 Mother of the Year – St. Anne School
- 2006 Alzheimer’s Orange County Visionary Woman of the Year Honoree
- 2010 Mike and Terry McGraw Philanthropist of the Year Award – JSerra Catholic High School
- 2010 Orange County Catholic Foundation Business Woman of the Year
- 2010 UCI MIND Philanthropy Award
- 2011 The Bishop Todd Brown Exemplary Business Integrity and Ethics Award – Orange County Catholic Foundation
- 2014 Alzheimer’s Association Gala Corporate Partner Honoree
- 2014 UCI Commencement speaker – Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences
She also sits on the Boards of Directors of the following organizations:
- Alzheimer’s Orange County (over 15 years)
- UCI MIND Institute Advisory Board
- Orange County Catholic Foundation
- JSerra Catholic High school
- Maddie James Foundation
- Vista Gardens Memory Care
Jacqueline DuPont is a past Board of Directors member of:
- Salvation Army
- Age Well Senior Services (13 years)
- Woman Sage
- The National Parkinson’s Foundation
- The Elder Abuse Prevention Council, Alzheimer’s Association
- St. Anne School
“It is our hope that we will one day find the cause and complete treatment to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease from all of our lives.” ~ Jacqueline Lehn DuPont
And now a few words from Jacqueline Lehn DuPont . . .
At Irvine Cottages it is my goal that every family member and resident feel content with our warm and loving care. I also feel that by hiring the very best staff and keeping our turnover low we accomplish everything. Happy caregivers and happy management equals excellent care.
I also like to point out to all families who tour or visit that we not only care with compassion but we care with intelligence. I have coined the term to my staff “care smartly.” Observe and constantly communicate with everyone!
Our staff turnover is the lowest the in county and we are so proud of that (U.S. Eldercare, 2013). Our staff loves to work at Irvine Cottages. Bonuses, incentives, benefits and respect play a large part in their satisfaction and retention.
I also have found that researching the best care in assisted living has made all the difference over the years. For example, we have implemented a dip stick urine test every week to prevent infections and have added bidet toilets, full camera monitoring and more natural light just name a few changes over the years.
We started grouping our residents by their level of cognition or memory loss many years ago when we found that seniors like to be around those who are at the same level of care. The fit is very important!
We were also the first small facility to have activities such as music therapy, art programs and many others. Outings, parties and activities keep our residents happy and active!