Monthly Archives: April 2010

Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living

I was fortunate to be able to spend some time at the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living (RCJL), a new Aging Services member. Executive Director Janice Corran, took me on a tour of the campus – and it’s beautiful. All of the living spaces are painted in homey colors, and wood style flooring gives rooms and public spaces a really cozy feel. Walls are adorned with commissioned murals, resident art and works created by the campus artist-in-residence. The community has been updating over some time and they continue to initiate and complete projects aimed at enhancing the resident experience on campus.

RCJL also houses the Jewish Heritage Museum, which is an institutional member of the Council of American Jewish Museums. It is a well respected Museum of Jewish Heritage and pieces from the museum’s collection are located in display cases throughout the campus. Museum pieces are on display for residents as well as visitors.

An exciting new development at Reutlinger is the opening of the Tikvah Center in the coming weeks. Tikvah means hope and the Tikvah Center will provide a level of care that will allow the most frail elders the ability to remain in a residential setting as long as possible. This is an exciting new addition to the campus and enhances the continuum of care already available to residents.

I am continually amazed by the incredible innovations and environments created by Aging Services members. RCJL embodies innovation, quality living and exceptional resident experience.

A Visit to Chaparral House in Berkeley

I had the pleasure of visiting Chaparral House, an Aging Services member, earlier this week. It’s a cozy, skilled nursing community located creekside and in a quiet residential area. The campus is lush, green and bursting with flowers everywhere. It’s quite lovely.

They have an incredibly robust volunteer program, as well as thriving intergenerational programs. Organic gardens on campus are tended by local Montessori students and an organization that teaches children about sustainable growing and healthy cooking. Chaparral House also has a very busy activities calendar, with something available to residents at almost all hours of the day. Activities range from Laughter Yoga (which I’ve been inspired to learn more about!) to spiritual engagement, art, sandbox therapy and more – just a tremendous variety.

It was a treat to be able visit such a tight knit community that thrives on their values, philosophy, community connections, and embraces the ideals of culture change.