Questions about Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs
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 Palm Springs. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?
The residents at Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs are a vivacious, active group that love to have fun. The average resident age is a young 85. They love visiting the local art exhibits and taking in the numerous music shows around.
What programs or activities does Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs offer to enrich residents' well-being?
Because there are so many different resident hobbies and interests, the Activities Department plans a variety of activities and events. These activities range from Cooking classes and Salsa competitions to gardening arranging and gardening to a reading club and poetry writing to painting and woodworking projects. The residents at Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs also like to give back to the community and promote charitable events, such as their annual Coachella Valley Rescue Mission backpack drive.
What places are near Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?
Our location is centrally located close to the Mizzel Senior Center, as well as the Palm Springs Community Center. Shopping of all kinds are nearby, the list includes grocery stores, drugstores, discount stores and many more. There are also enough restaurants to meet the need of your cravings at any given time.
What transportation services does Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs offer to assisted living residents?
3 day a week outings and shopping trips. 2 day a week medical transportation to and from doctor appointments.
What makes the chef or dining program at Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?
The Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs Restaurant offers multiple entrees for each meal ranging from an omelet of your choice to Chicken Cordon Blue to Pork loin, as well as an always available menu for those times you feel like a lighter or more casual meal. Come try a meal and see for yourself.
What safety features or security measures does Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs offer to assisted living residents?
Not only is your well-being secured by a state-of-the-art emergency call system in your apartment, but we also have on-site security for the evening hours.
How does Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?
Monthly calendar, mail invitations, Facebook. Every six months our Resident Care Director reviews service plans with our Residents and Families.
What is the care staff-to-resident ratio at Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs during daytime and nighttime hours?
Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs values the need for proper care and staffing, which is why we do not staff per a ratio. All staffing is based on the current needs and acuity of the residents. This allows for a more comprehensive care level for your loved one.
If Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?
We do accept animals! We have numerous dog pick-up stations around property. We include our furrbabies in many events. Recently, we had a pet photo shoot!!
What ongoing senior care training does the staff receive?
Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs provides a monthly employee training and information meeting, along with individualized IPECD
How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?
During the day, our staff includes a licensed vocational nurse, a memory care director, 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 licensed vocational nurse on-call.
What safety features or security measures does Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs provide to protect residents who wander?
Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs has 2 specialized cottages with our “Legacy” program. These units are equipped with delayed egress to protect our wandering residents. We also have a safe and secure court yard for our residents to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.
What programs or activities does Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs 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 memory care director. Group activities including, but not 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 licensed vocational 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, licensed vocational nurse, and memory care director.
What techniques does Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs use to support memory care residents during mealtimes?
As Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs 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 Palm Springs. Is it located in a residential neighborhood, a business district, a rural setting, or other type of locale?
Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs is a small cottage style community, which affords the best of both suburban and rural settings. Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs is conveniently located within close proximity to Mizell Senior center and other support facilities.
Is Pacifica Senior Living Palm Springs affiliated with a hospital if more care is needed?
Although Pacifica Senior Living does not have a corporate affiliation with a hospital, our community works closely with Desert Regional Medical Center, Eisenhower Medical Center and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.