Monday, May 21, 2007

Paradise Expands

Paradise Expands
New Assisted Living Facility Under Construction In Fairfield
By Reporter Staff

A construction worker works on a new sidewalk at the Quail Creek Assisted Living building under construction at Paradise Valley in Fairfield. (Brad Zweerink/The Reporter)

The cozy apartments of Northern Solano County's newest assisted living center include private baths, living rooms and mini kitchens among a host of other amenities - all aimed at providing future residents with a home-like atmosphere, a measure of independence and access to individual care whenever needed.

The Quail Creek Assisted Living building at Paradise Valley Estates is still under construction, but when complete, the 43,000-square-foot, three-floor building will feature 40 sunny one-bedroom apartments measuring 530 square feet in size.

The facility will open to the public in July, according to Sharon Dominik, Marketing Director for Paradise Valley Estates.

The need for assisted living centers continues to grow, said Dominik.

"There is a pressing need for assisted living facilities across the nation, and in Northern California in particular," she said. "Quail Creek Assisted Living not only addresses the need, but fulfills it in an active, engaging environment." She said residents will be encouraged to "get involved" and be part of the facility's many activities.

"There are clubs to join, classes to take, card games to sit in on, for example," she said. "Residents will find it an invigorating environment."

According to the National Center for Assisted Living, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact number of such facilities in the nation. However, it is currently estimated that there are 36,000 assisted living residences nationwide.

The "typical" assisted living customer is 85 years old. Three quarters of assisted living residents are female. About 68 percent of assisted living residents need assistance with bathing and almost half need help with dressing, according to the NCAL.

Quail Creek will offer its residents three levels of care, designed with the idea that "people have different needs, and therefore they require different types of service and support," explained Dominik.

Staffed with 24-hour nursing care, a fitness staff and activities coordinator, Quail Creek - and all of Paradise Valley Estates - strives to offer its residents access to a successful, vital retirement, she said.

"Our philosophy is to invite, invigorate and actively engage the mind and body of our residents in a safe, secure surrounding," said Janet Olson, Fitness Manager for Paradise Valley Estates.

Paradise Valley Estates is a gated community for retired military officers and their spouses, and is operated by the Northern California Retired Officers Community (NCROC). Within Paradise Valley's gates are 327 independent residences, a health and fitness center and tennis court, as well as the award-winning Laurel Creek Center. Last year, Laurel Creek was ranked in the top 10 percent of nursing homes by Consumer Reports.

Unlike Paradise Valley Estates, Quail Creek will not require that its residents be retired military officers, and it will instead be open to the public.

Quail Creek will also offer its residents the same access to the high standards, award-winning care and activities-packed environment found at Laurel Creek.

Among the other unique features at Quail Creek will be an open grill-style dining room, where three "cooked-as-you-order" meals will be served every day of the week. A fitness center, family meeting and activity rooms, a beauty salon and barber shop, spa, library, and computer station with Internet access are also incorporated into the building. Quail Creek also provides its residents with weekly housekeeping services, as well as flat linen laundry service and regular maintenance as part of the monthly fee.

For more information, call 1-800-618-0742.

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