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Agape Healthcare Staffing, Inc. Becomes Agape Recruiting, Inc.


Carlsbad, CA – Kevin Thon, the spokesperson for Agape Healthcare Staffing, Inc., announced recently that the company has officially changed its name to Agape Recruiting, Inc. as of March 28, 2016.

Mr. Thon explained that the new name would reflect the evolving focus and standards of the company, adding, “We are a recruiting firm specializing in the permanent placement of senior living professionals within CCRCs, SNFs, Assisted Living, etc., not to be confused with registry or a temporary-staffing agency.”

Founded in 2010, Agape Recruiting, Inc. has made hundreds of placements for LeadingAge members not only in California, but nationwide. Having moved their client base to mostly non-profit organizations, Agape Recruiting, Inc. feels confident they are making a difference in senior living by providing top-tier organizations focused on resident care, with the professionals who truly want to make a difference in their field.

Mr. Thon also added, “We are excited about our new name change, and look forward to receiving feedback from our clients & friends within LeadingAge.”

For more information visit: http://agaperecruiting.com



Terri Cunliffe Named CEO of Covenant Retirement Communities, Inc.

cunliffeContact: Wendy D’Alessandro

Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC) recently named Terri Cunliffe as its chief executive officer, effective June 1, 2015. Ms. Cunliffe, who has served as CRC’s COO since 2010 and has been part of the organization for more than 25 years, succeeds current CEO Rick Fisk.
Beginning her career as a nursing home part-time receptionist, she has held a series of progressive leadership roles within CRC, including nursing home administrator and executive director at Covenant Village of Florida.
Ms. Cunliffe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in long-term care administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. and a master’s degree in health services administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Read the full press release here


The Meadows of Napa Valley Announces Plans for $67 Million Expansion of its Continuing Care Retirement Community

Contact: Amy Jones & Gabrielle Wallace, Forté Group, Inc.

Expansion-RenderingThe Meadows of Napa Valley, a nonprofit resident-centered retirement community, is excited to announce plans for innovative renovations and a major expansion. The estimated $67 million project will add an additional 242,000 square feet of amenities and independent living apartments. The main aspects of the expansion will include 92 new apartments and underground parking, a state-of-the-art wellness and aquatic center and fully renovated dining venues. The stunning 900 square foot to 2,400 square foot apartments will be some of the most spacious offered at a retirement community in the Bay Area. The community will continue to provide a full range of health care services for an onsite continuum of care including assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Construction is expected to begin in spring of next year and will take an estimated 18 months to build.

Wellness and Aquatic Center Rendering“We are very excited about the extensive renovations and the expansion that will take place in our community,” said Wayne Panchesson, executive director of The Meadows of Napa Valley. “A lot of thought and strategic planning have gone into the various aspects of the project to ensure that we further enrich the lives of our residents. With the addition of our top-notch wellness center, spacious apartments and superb dining venues, we will provide even more opportunities for active retirees to be fulfilled during retirement and into their later years. We are thrilled to answer questions from people who live in the area, and we are currently creating a priority list of interested individuals who want to learn more. We can’t wait until our vision becomes a reality.”

Realizing the trend that people want more space in retirement than in the past, the project will include large and breathtaking apartments that all have nine-foot ceilings, large windows, and private balconies. Additionally, to encourage individuals to stay active and healthy as they age, the wellness and aquatic center will span over 6,000 square feet and allow for a full-size lap pool, a spa pool and an aerobics pool. The renovated dining venues will include a brand new experience with formal dining as well as a more casual bistro setting.

Dining_Rendering“We already do a lot to make life pleasurable for those who live here,” said Panchesson. “This is about taking it to the next level and continually evaluating how we can help seniors enjoy the life they want to live when they retire here in picturesque Napa Valley.”

To learn more about The Meadows of Napa Valley, visit www.retirement.org/meadowsnapa 

Covenant Village of Turlock Veterans Take to the Skies in WWII-era Biplane

Contact: Wendy D’Alessandro
BlueSpire Senior Living
(561) 251-3151

covenant-villageTen senior veterans from Covenant Village of Turlock, ages 83-94, took to the Turlock skies this April in a 1942 Boeing Stearman biplane at Turlock Municipal Airport. The flights were courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Darryl Fisher to honor U.S. military veterans living in senior communities. “We have quite a few veterans at our community and we thought what a better way to honor members of the Greatest Generation than with a ‘Dream Flight,’” said Adele Barnard, resident service director of the senior living community. Residents strapped on a leather helmet, goggles and headset and then with Fisher took off on a 20-minute flight. Pictured, left to right: Dick Laughlin, 91, Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy, World War II; Casey Dennis, ground crew pilot-in-training; and founder and pilot Darryl Fisher get ready for takeoff.

Learn more about Covenant Village of Turlock: www.CovenantVillageofTurlock.org


Four LeadingAge California Member Communities Recognized for Excellence by SeniorAdvisor.com

Contributed by: Casey Kelly-Barton, SeniorAdvisor.com

Four LeadingAge California member communities have earned 2015 SeniorAdvisor.com Best of Senior Living Awards, based on consistently positive ratings from residents and their families.

Now in its 2nd year, SeniorAdvisor.com’s Best of Senior Living program identifies the top 1 percent of senior communities and in-home care services nationwide. To be considered for inclusion, communities must have an average overall rating of at least 4.5 out of 5 possible stars on SeniorAdvisor.com, the foremost review site for senior living communities and services across the U.S. This year’s nearly 900 winners were chosen from approximately 100,000 senior care providers listed on SeniorAdvisor.com.

The four LeadingAge California member communities that earned this year’s award are:

Acacia Creek – Union City, CA

AlmaVia of San Francisco – San Francisco, CA

Bixby Knolls Towers – Long Beach, CA

Royal Oaks – Duarte, CA 

Together, these four communities had an average rating of 4.63 out of 5. Reviewers who left high marks for them mentioned a combination of outstanding staff members, friendly residents, and beautiful settings among the things that appealed to them:

As a 77-year old widow with no family in the area I made the hard decision to leave our beloved home and move to Royal Oaks because I could foresee a lonely future with a caretaker. Four years later I’ve had not one moment of regret. Security, companionship, leisure activities, intellectual stimulation, volunteer opportunities, all in beautiful surroundings. I am thriving – living my Third Act – enjoying every stress-free day, all with the knowledge the hard decisions are behind me and now is the time to enjoy and ” BE” all that I can be.

Overall this year, California has the most SeniorAdvisor.com Best of Senior Living Awards winners of any state.

“SeniorAdvisor.com aims to help families research and locate reliable, first-hand feedback on senior care options from other families who have gone through the same experience,” said Eric Seifert, President of SeniorAdvisor.com. “We are proud to celebrate the exceptional businesses who care for our greatest generation and older loved ones, and provide these organizations with the recognition they deserve.”

To see a complete list of this year’s award-winning communities, read the complete award criteria, and view previous winners, please visit SeniorAdvisor.com.

The Terraces at Los Altos Names Andrea Margulies Program Manager of Memory Support Residences

Contact: Dani Row
GlynnDevins, Public Relations

TLA Andrea MarguliesLOS ALTOS, Calif. – The Terraces at Los Altos recently named Andrea Margulies program manager for the senior living community’s memory support residences, The Grove. Margulies brings a unique perspective through her experience working with older adults with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by using expressive art therapy. With the help of Margulies’ direction, The Terraces at Los Altos offers music, art and pet therapy, and has partnered with a number of local organizations to offer progressive programs for residents with memory loss.

“In my experience, individuals respond to all different types of therapies, so it’s important to provide a variety to meet the needs of each resident,” said Margulies, who holds a master’s degree in expressive therapies. “The Terraces at Los Altos already has a number of unique programs and services in place for skilled nursing and memory support, and I’m looking forward to improving upon them to best fit the needs of our residents.”

Prior to joining The Terraces, Margulies served as the administrator-in-training at a nursing home. She also previously worked as director of kaleidoscope, an enrichment program using expressive art therapies, where she incorporated music, dance, visual arts and poetry to offer therapy tailored to the needs of each individual.

The Terraces at Los Altos is centered around The Best Friends™ Approach, an innovative program that focuses on building relationships with residents based on individual life stories and experiences, and provides a therapeutic environment, creative activities, and well-trained professionals who help residents feel safe, secure and valued. Music, art and pet therapy have been found to enhance the relationships between caregivers and residents, as well as the overall happiness of each resident.

“We continue to be leaders in the field of senior living, not only in Los Altos, but throughout California, and strive to provide the most forward-thinking programs, services and amenities for our residents and their families,” said Rae Holt, executive director at The Terraces at Los Altos.

The Terraces at Los Altos was also recently awarded the Architectural Design & Enhancement award by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, for its unique exterior, that use similar designs as homes in the Los Altos area. The interior of the new residences are the first of their kind in California, to offer “neighborhood-style” suites that surround common spaces, including a kitchen, and open living and dining room. This design will increase social interaction for residents in skilled nursing and memory support residences. Construction was completed in April 2014, and includes 30 skilled nursing suites and 16 private memory suites.

Learn more about The Terraces at Los Altos: TheTerracesAtLosAltos.com.

Klaus Richter Named Executive Chef at Covenant Village of Turlock

CONTACT: Laura J. Bemis, 209-632-9976, LJBemis@covenantretirement.org

KLAUS RICHTER NAMED EXECUTIVE CHEF AT COVENANT VILLAGE OF TURLOCKTURLOCK, Calif.— Klaus Richter has been named executive chef at Covenant Village of Turlock, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located at 2125 North Olive Avenue, Turlock, Calif. He is employed by the community’s dining services provider Sodexo and will report to Covenant Village of Turlock Dining Services Director Anne Dean.

In his new position, Richter will manage day-to-day food operations for the resident community, including casual and formal dining in the residential and assisted living and healthcare settings. He is responsible for managing and training a kitchen staff of 60, creating innovative, healthful menus, and managing the community’s catering services.

“Chef Klaus brings an international flair to our cuisine at Covenant Village, and our residents are already raving about his Mediterranean snapper dish,” said Executive Director Bob Howell.  “We’re pleased to have him on board.”

Born and raised in Vigo, Spain, Richter graduated from Escuela de Hosteleria San Javier Culinary School in La Coruña, Spain where he earned his Culinary Arts diploma. He brings to Covenant Village 25 years of culinary experience, during which he worked at The Arona Gran Hotel and Hotel Paradise Park, both four-star hotels in The Canary Islands, and trained with Swiss-born Chef Reto Demarmels in Boca Raton, Fla. Most recently, he was executive chef at Harbor’s Edge, Delray Beach, Fla.

Richter lives in Turlock, Calif.

To learn more about Covenant Village of Turlock,  visit www.CovenantVillageofTurlock.org