Questions about Pacifica Senior Living Escondido
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.
Describe the overall population of assisted living residents at Pacifica Senior Living Escondido. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?
The majority of our residents are in their mid to late 80's. They really enjoy our happy hours every Friday as well as bingo. We also have a gardening club that grow fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers.
What programs or activities does Pacifica Senior Living Escondido offer to enrich residents' well-being?
We offer a variety of activities every day, from exercise programs in-house to lunch outings at nearby parks and restaurants.
What places are near Pacifica Senior Living Escondido or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?
There are plenty of stores nearby. The Dollar Tree and the 99 cent are a big hit in our area and are only a few blocks from our building. There are also local grocery stores and department stores nearby (Walmart, Albertsons, etc.)
What transportation services does Pacifica Senior Living Escondido offer to assisted living residents?
Our bus runs 5 days a week. Our residents use our bus for local outings, doctor's appointments, errand running and so much more.
What makes the chef or dining program at Pacifica Senior Living Escondido exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?
Our chef likes to keep things exciting. We serve anything from the traditional American homemade meals to the trending cultural cuisine. Our chef also loves to hear from our residents. We host a monthly Chef Talk where residents come together to share what they would like to see on the menu.
What safety features or security measures does Pacifica Senior Living Escondido offer to assisted living residents?
All of our apartments are equipped with grab bars and easy accessible step in showers. The hallways are lined with tasteful hand railings to keep steady as you explore the community. Every one of our residents is provided with a call button to page a caregiver for assistance.
How does Pacifica Senior Living Escondido keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?
Our staff communicates directly with families in regards to their loved ones' well-being. We typically make a phone call or send an email, whatever method is preferred.
What is the care staff-to-resident ratio at Pacifica Senior Living Escondido during daytime and nighttime hours?
In assisted living you'll see 2-3 caregivers roaming the halls day and night. You'll also find medication technicians either in the med room or roaming the halls to distribute medications to our residents.
If Pacifica Senior Living Escondido accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?
Our building sits on 4 acres and the surrounding areas are very park-like. Most residents on the first floor are able to exit their apartment through their patio door to enjoy huge trees and lots of grass. Perfect setting for dog owners.
What ongoing senior care training does the staff receive?
Along with the monthly computer training that the staff receives we also have constant training on how we can better serve our residents.
How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?
During the day, our staff includes a registered nurse, a med tech, three caregivers, an activities director, and other ancillary staff, such as kitchen, maintenance, and administration personnel. Our overnight staff is comprised of a med tech, two caregivers, and a registered nurse on-call.
What safety features or security measures does Pacifica Senior Living Escondido provide to protect residents who wander?
Residents who wander are typically best cared for in our Legacies (Memory Care) neighborhood. Legacies is a 24/7 secured environment. We also offer wander guards for those who don't necessarily wander but are best kept within the familiar area of the community.
What programs or activities does Pacifica Senior Living Escondido 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, putting golf, and singing are scheduled seven days a week from 9:30am through 6:00pm. Additionally, individual one-on-one activities, such as manicures and jewelry making, are ongoing throughout the day. Long-term memories are engaged through activities specific for long-term stimulation and reminiscing with memory books. 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 registered nurse every 90 days. 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, registered nurse, and activities director.
What techniques does Pacifica Senior Living Escondido 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 Escondido 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 Escondido. Is it located in a residential neighborhood, a business district, a rural setting, or other type of locale?