Tag Archives: CCRC

The Samarkand Welcomes New Healthcare Administrator

Janice Connelly_The Samarkand HC AdminstratorContact: Wendy D’Alessandro

 SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Janice Connelly has been named healthcare administrator at The Samarkand, a faith-based, non-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities. She will report to Executive Director Ruth Grande.

Connelly will direct and coordinate the daily operations at the senior living community’s 63-bed skilled nursing center. She directs a staff of 103.

Connelly has worked in the senior living industry for nearly 20 years. She came to The Samarkand after an award-winning tenure as executive director at Villa Maria Healthcare Center, Santa Maria, Calif. She also served as executive director at Arbor View Retirement Community, Santa Maria, and as administrator at Mission Gardens Skilled Care, Lompoc, Calif.

Ms. Connelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare administration from California State University of Long Beach and attended Western State University of Law, Irvine, Calif.

For more information on The Samarkand, visit www.TheSamarkand.org. For information on Covenant Retirement Communities, visit www.covenantretirement.org.

The Samarkand Appoints Jessica Briceño Dining Services Director

Contacts:
Ruth Grande, REGrande@covenantretirement.org
Wendy D’Alessandro, wendydalessandro@gmail.com

bricenoThe Samarkand in Santa Barbara recently appointed Jessica Briceño as their new Dining Services Director. In her new role, Briceño will oversee all food and beverage operations at the community. She will also manage the Samarkand’s catering.

Briceño has a long history in the hospitality industry, working in the field for more than a decade. She previously served as the food and beverage manager at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, where she was recognized as Manager of the Year. She also worked for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts at several locations, including Venezuela, Texas and Hawaii, and was general manager of Pangea Bistro in West Palm Beach, Fla.

She is a graduate of Nueva Esparta University in Caracas, Venezuela, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in the tourism industry.

To learn more about The Samarkand, visit www.TheSamarkand.org. For information on Covenant Retirement Communities, visit www.covenantretirement.org.

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.
ajones@fortegroupinc.com
gwallace@fortegroupinc.com

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 

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

 

Oakland Senior Living Community Re-Accredited for Dementia Care and Skilled Nursing

Piedmont Gardens is the First East Bay Retirement Community to Obtain Special Recognition for Innovate Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Care

OAKLAND, Calif. – Piedmont Gardens, an Oakland senior living community, recently received a five-year accreditation from CARF-CCAC (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and Continuing Care Accreditation Commission). CARF-CCAC is an international recognition that identifies excellence in the high quality of services of a senior living organization. Piedmont Gardens is the only community in the East Bay area to obtain special recognition for dementia care for memory support and person-centered long-term care for skilled nursing. The community also received accreditation for the entire continuing care retirement community.

“Only 12 percent of continuing care retirement communities in the country are CARF-CCAC accredited and even fewer strive for accreditation for memory support or person-centered/skilled nursing care,” said Dave Ferguson, CEO and president of American Baptist Homes of the West (ABHOW), which owns and manages Piedmont Gardens. “In total, all 11 of our ABHOW communities were accredited in 2014, including Piedmont Gardens.”

Achieving accreditation requires an internal examination of the program and business, and the community must commit to providing quality improvements, focusing on the needs of each resident, and monitoring the results of the service. The accreditation process involves a team of professionals who evaluate the community based on its finances, policies, procedures and practices.

“The high standards CARF-CCAC sets make the results event more impressive,” said Kay Kallander, ABHOW senior vice president for strategic planning. “Piedmont Gardens had scores in the upper 90 percent, making it one of the highest-scoring communities in the country.”

About Piedmont Gardens

Piedmont Gardens is located at 110 41st Street in Oakland, Calif. The nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) promotes a lifestyle of activity, security and convenience. Piedmont Gardens creates a quality environment for residents in a setting that is responsive to their desire for an independent lifestyle and supplemental care as may be required during their lifetime. Piedmont Gardens is the first community in Oakland to receive CARF-CCAC special program recognition in three distinct areas, including continuing care retirement community, person-centered long-term care for skilled nursing, and dementia care for memory support. For more information, call 1-866-631-7943 or visit PiedmontGardens.com.

 

About ABHOW

Piedmont Gardens is managed by ABHOW, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. ABHOW is a nonsectarian corporation, serving older adults through quality retirement housing since 1949. ABHOW seeks to enhance the well-being and security of seniors through the provision of housing, health care and supportive services, and was a pioneer in the development of CCRCs. For more information about ABHOW, visit ABHOW.com.

2010 Legislative Year in Review

As we near the end of 2010, Aging Services of California’s President & CEO, Joanne Handy reflects on the successes (and a few setbacks) in the aging services field over the year. Be sure to read her post here.  On the legislative front, Aging Services was successful at promoting or preventing bills that allow nonprofit aging services providers to further their missions. You can read about each of the major bills in detail in the “2010 Public Policy Wrap Up.”

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Holds Hearing on CCRCs

On July 21, 2001, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing entitled, “Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs): Secure Retirement or Risky Investment?” The focus of the hearing was on the financial aspects of the CCRC model. The committee also released an investigative report, which can be accessed here. An  archive of the webcast is available here.

In conjunction with the hearing, the General Accounting Office (GAO) released its report entitled: “Continuing Care Retirement Communities Can Provide Benefits, but Not Without Some Risk.” The GAO report was  requested by the Committee Chairman, Herb Kohl (D-WI). The report and the testimony given by the GAO did not include any recommendations for change. However, the GAO did urge states to be vigilant in their oversight during periods of economic decline. The full GAO report can be found here.

A resident of a former B’nai B’rith community (Covenant of South Hills, now Concordia of South Hills) located in Mt. Lebanon, PA testified to the committee. That community filed for bankruptcy and residents lost the refundable portion of their entrance fees. The community was subsequently purchased by Concordia Lutheran Ministries. It was acknowledged that this was a rare occurrence and Senator Kohl hoped the publicity would raise awareness and help prevent future harm to CCRC residents. The resident from Concordia of South Hills testified that residents are satisfied under the new owner.

David Erickson of Covenant Retirement Communities testified on behalf of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). Mr. Erickson noted that AAHSA produced a task force report on the outlook for CCRCs. He also stated that care to CCRC residents is the provider’s reason for existence and any failure to provide excellent care and services reflects poorly on us all.

AAHSA has produced a video summary of the event (featuring Steve Maag of AAHSA), which can be found here. A full article with additional details about the hearing can be found on AAHSA’s website here.