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Dupont Addresses 2014 Graduates of UCI School of Biological Sciences

Dr. Jacqueline Dupont, Founder and CEO of Irvine Cottages, was the Commencement Speaker for the U.C. Irvine Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences graduation held on campus at the Bren Center on June 16, 2014. The audience of 6,500 included 1,500 graduates, their families, friends and distinguished faculty members from U.C. Irvine. Forty-two percent of the graduates were the first in their families to attend college.

Dupont’s speech included three major life lessons she learned on her road to success:

  1. Be a change maker. Be driven and detailed. Have the best manners in the room, and do not be on time . . . be early.
  2. It’s not all about you. Volunteer, give of your time and your heart to others not as fortunate as you. When you volunteer, you meet the best, brightest, and kindest people.
  3. Be humble. Be kind to others and treat everyone with dignity and respect.

Her full speech can be viewed below. Or you may read her speech by clicking here.


Megan House Wins 2014 Dupont JSerra Humanitarian Award

JSerra H.S. Senior, Megan House, Award Recipient

JSerra H.S. Senior, Megan House, Award Recipient

We are very pleased to announce Megan House, a Senior Center on the JSerra Catholic High School team, is the Student-Athlete recipient of the Dr. Jacqueline Dupont Humanitarian Award for the academic year 2013-2014 in recognition of her community service.

The Girl’s Basketball Program at JSerra Catholic High school emphasizes spiritual growth and development, academic and athletic excellence, along with sportsmanship. Their goal is to provide students opportunities to work in a team environment and test their physical and mental skills in a competitive arena. In dong so, student-athletes learn life-skills and are prepared for life on a spiritual, emotional and physical level. The team visits Irvine Cottages year-round bringing joy to our residents!

The award reads: “Humanitarian service is an integral part of the educational experience. To honor outstanding contributions and commitment to public service, and to encourage future ventures that address social needs within the community.”

Congratulations on your accomplishment, Megan!


Jacqueline Dupont Honored at 2014 Alzheimer’s Association “Creating Hope” Gala

Eydie and Dave MacInnis, Gala Co-chairs, Honoree Jacqueline Dupont, Jim McAleer, President & CEO of Alzheimer's Association Orange County (l to r)

Eydie and Dave MacInnis, Gala Co-chairs, Honoree Jacqueline Dupont, Jim McAleer, President & CEO of Alzheimer’s Association Orange County (l to r)

Jacqueline Dupont, founder of Irvine Cottages and Assured In-Home Care, was a 2014 Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Honoree for her continued work and advocacy on behalf older adults and the Alzheimer’s community. The “Creating Hope” Gala was held on March 1, 2014, at The Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

In addition to beautiful decor and delicious food, attendees were treated to an energetic live performance by American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks.

The wildly successful event raised over $525,000. Alzheimer’s is the fourth leading cause of death in Orange County, and sixth nationwide. The Alzheimer’s Association is the primary resource for families battling this disease with free services, including a 24/7 Helpline, support groups, research trials and educational materials. Proceeds from the Gala will go toward treatment, research and will enable AAOC to continue to provide its services at no cost.

Marc Carlson, Taylor Hicks, Jacqueline Dupont (l to r)

Marc Carlson, Taylor Hicks, Jacqueline Dupont (l to r)


Aileen Sherman Receives the Alzheimer’s Association
2013 Visionary Women Award

Honoree Aileen Sherman with husband, Neil

Honoree Aileen Sherman with husband, Neil

Congratulations to Aileen Sherman, our Family Services Director, for being honored as a 2013 Visionary Woman by the Alzheimer’s Association in the Administrative Professional category. This honor is for those who have served as models of commitment to compassionate care, which Aileen has done for Irvine Cottages for 17 years! The award states, “Aileen’s sensitivity, empathy and ability to instill a sense of hope distinguishes her and inspires others.” The Awards Luncheon took place on June 14th at the beautiful Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado Canyon. Click here to read the Orange County Register article about the event.

Our Staff Celebrating Visionary Award Honoree, Aileen Sherman

Our Staff Celebrating Visionary Award Honoree, Aileen Sherman


Corinne Bogle wins 2012-2013 Dr. Jacqueline Dupont Humanitarian Award

We are very happy to announce Corinne Bogle, a Junior Guard on the JSerra Catholic High School team, is the Student-Athlete recipient of the Dr. Jacqueline Dupont Humanitarian Award for the academic year 2012-2013.

The Girl’s Basketball Program at JSerra Catholic High school emphasizes spiritual growth and development, academic and athletic excellence, along with sportsmanship. Their goal is to provide students opportunities to work in a team environment and test their physical and mental skills in a competitive arena. In dong so, student-athletes learn life-skills and are prepared for life on a spiritual, emotional and physical level.

The award reads: “Humanitarian service is an integral part of the educational experience. To honor outstanding contributions and commitment to public service, and to encourage future ventures that address social needs within the community.”

Congratulations on this accomplishment, Corinne!


Noel de Guzman Receives the Alzheimer’s Association’s Professional Caregiver Award 2012

We are very proud to announce that Noel de Guzman, Caregiver at Irvine Cottage #8, received the Professional Caregiver Award at the Alzheimer’s Association’s 6th Annual Visionary Women’s Caregiver Luncheon, on September 28, 2012.

This award honors individuals who have served as models of commitment to compassionate care. Their sensitivity, empathy and ability to instill a sense of hope distinguishes them and inspires others. Noel’s hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated by our residents, their families and the entire staff of Irvine Cottages! In his acceptance speech, Noel shared this award with his wife and partner in caregiving, Generosa. Thank you for all you both do!!

 

Noel (right) and Generosa de Guzman at the Alzheimer’s Association 6th Annual Visionary Women’s Caregiver Luncheon, September 28, 2012


Ever since Irvine Cottages opened their doors and accepted residents in September 1996, the news media has reported multiple times about the wonderful care Irvine Cottages offers ~ from media outlets such as The Orange County Register, CNN, Dateline, CNBC, Fox, Orange Coast Magazine, Time Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

One note-worthy news story focused on the owner, Jacqueline Dupont, and her fight to protect older adults with dementia by implementing her full-spectrum Camera Monitoring project.

This important eldercare program was objected to and rejected by some. Dr. Dupont, along with families from the Cottages, fought all the way to Sacramento to receive permission — a long fight that took from 1996 to 2000. In the end, and with much public support, the Cottages were allowed to have cameras in all rooms. At Irvine Cottages they espouse to protect their seniors from abuse and theft. Falls can be detected, as well as lost items found by reviewing the videotapes. Families give consent in writing for their loved ones to receive 24 hour camera monitoring, and also have the option to turn the cameras off at any time — although no one in 16 years has ever requested it.

Monitoring the cameras also protects the staff from false accusations, and is used for reinforcing training techniques taught. Many caregivers do not want to work for Irvine Cottages when they find out there are cameras recording them. Dr. Dupont then questions, “What do they have to hide?” Every employee must give their consent to be monitored 24 hours a day. The staff actually loves the cameras due to the protection they’re afforded, and the added benefit of allowing the administrative staff to see their great caregiving actions!

Currently all of the Cottages have camera monitoring systems. It is a win-win situation for everyone! No other eldercare facility in the United States has a camera system such as ours.

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