Questions about Pacifica Senior Living Newport Mesa
What ongoing training does the staff receive in dementia care?
Dementia care training starts at orientation and continues throughout the staffs’ tenure. Onboarding includes 26 hours of Dementia and Assisted Living care training with 3 – 5 days of hands-on training. Ongoing training is comprised of computer-based learning (8 additional hours per year); hands-on live classroom training (4 hours per year); and monthly in-service events led by the registered nurse, executive director, or a third party vendor.
How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?
We have awake care staff on duty 24 hours a day. The number of staff is based on the acuity of needs and requirements of the population of residents within our community.
What programs or activities does Pacifica Senior Living Newport Mesa offer to keep residents engaged? How does the staff engage residents' long-term memories?
Pacifica Senior Living offers a robust activities program staffed by an activities director and an activities assistant. Group activities including, but limited to, exercise, gardening, movies, baking and singing are scheduled seven days a week . Additionally, individual one-on-one activities, such as our Namaste Programming for seniors that may be in the later stages of dementia, consist of massage therapy, manicures and reminiscing. Other activities include, but are not limited to, live music, dance groups, birthday parties, dance parties, ice cream parties, and holiday parties.
Who assesses residents' health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?
Each resident is assessed by the nurse prior to move-in and every 90 days or whenever there is a change in condition. After the resident has had his/her assessment, a care conference is scheduled with the family/Power of Attorney and resident to meet with the executive director, nurse, and activities director.
What techniques does Pacifica Senior Living Newport Mesa use to support memory care residents during mealtimes?
As Pacifica Senior Living practices individual person-centered care, techniques vary per resident and are meant to be independent appropriate. Techniques may include reminders, cueing, mechanically enhanced foods, hand-under-hand assistance, or a total assist with feeding.
How does Pacifica Senior Living Newport Mesa keep residents' families informed about their loved ones' health?
The Care Conference, scheduled every 90 days, is the most formal communication with families regarding a loved one’s health. However, Pacifica Senior Living maintains an up-to-date Facebook and distributes a monthly newsletter with a wealth of information regarding the community and its residents.
Describe the neighborhood around Pacifica Senior Living Newport Mesa. Is it located in a residential neighborhood, a business district, a rural setting, or other type of locale?
We are located in the city of Costa Mesa in a quaint neighborhood that is freeway close and walking distance to shopping, hospitals, dining and theater.
Is Pacifica Senior Living Newport Mesa affiliated with a hospital if more care is needed?
Pacifica Newport Mesa is a non-medical care community. We work with several local hospitals including, Hoag, UCI, St, Josephs, Kaiser and Saddleback Medical Centers.