New Memory Care Program Director Provides Active and Dignified Dementia Care
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Vintage Senior Living, a family of vibrant retirement communities in California and Washington, announced today that Ayumi Otis has been appointed program director of the new memory care community at Vintage Brush Creek in Santa Rosa, Calif. Otis is responsible for overseeing the new memory care programs that are structured to engage the mind and foster a sense of home and happiness for residents with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive challenges.
Otis served as a brain surgery ward resident nurse in Japan for eight years before she moved to the United States 14 years ago. She started at Vintage Brush Creek as a caregiver nine years ago, and then served as a medical technician for three years before she was promoted by Executive Director Cindy Wood to memory care program director. The majority of Otis’ time is devoted to building relationships with the memory care residents and their families to ensure the best care possible.
“The goal of the new Memory Care community is to provide active and dignified dementia care that ensures peace of mind for both the residents and their families," said Otis. "Each resident has unique needs, and we focus our attention on meeting them at a level that fosters well-being regardless of his/her cognitive function.”
Vintage Senior Living offers Memory Care services for the growing number of families experiencing the challenges of caring for their family member with Alzheimer’s. According to the 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, the number of people aged 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is estimated to reach 7.7 million by 2030 — a 50 percent increase from the 5.2 million aged 65 and older currently affected.
“We treat residents with the dignity and respect that I would want my own loved-ones to receive," said Otis. "The Memory Care team at Vintage Brush Creek sees residents as extended family members.”
Vintage Brush Creek’s new memory care community provides chef-prepared family style dining, medication management, incontinence care, housekeeping and linen service, round the clock support and a welcoming environment where families are encouraged to participate in their loved one's days and activities. Activities include weekly a “Happy Hour” with dancing and music, daily sing-a-longs, games and beauty spa treatments. Each resident has a “Memory Box” for mementos and keepsakes to help connect the past with the present. Trained staff also engage individually with each resident to understand his/her interests and needs. For more information, please call 707-584-6681 to schedule a tour or visit www.vintagesenior.com. Vintage Brush Creek is located on 4225 Wayvern Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.
About Vintage Senior Living:
Vintage Senior Living is a family of retirement communities. Established in 1998, Vintage Senior Living offers a vibrant senior living lifestyle specializing in independent senior living, assisted living and memory care services for Alzheimer’s and other dementia. Its mission is to help residents thrive in mind, body and spirit through the dedication of its staff and the excellence of its programs. Vintage Senior Living operates a total of 23 communities with 22 throughout California in addition to its retirement community in Tacoma, Wash. For more information, visit www.vintagesenior.com, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.