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The Vineyards California Armenian Home Announces New Chief Executive Officer, Francis X. Rodgers

By 21st February, 2019 Press Release Comments Off

Leadership Announcement Comes on Eve of their One-Year Expansion Anniversary

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA…February 21, 2019…The Board of Directors of The Vineyards California Armenian Home (The Vineyards) is pleased to announce the appointment of Francis X. Rodgers, the first Chief Executive Officer of the highly regarded continuing-care retirement community. Rodgers can be reached directly at (559) 251-8414.

Rodgers brings over 35 years of experience in long-term care, assisted living and continuity care retirement communitiesto The Vineyards. As Chief Executive Officer he will oversee the management of all levels of care at the senior lifestyle community offering continuing-care for seniors over the age of 60.

The Vineyards offers 12 resort-style independent living villas, 60 independent living apartments, 50 assisted living apartments and 36 dedicated memory care apartments with private pay, month-to-month rents. Additionally, there are 30 short and long-term 24-hour skilled nursing residences.

“We are pleased to welcome Fran to our dedicated management team at The Vineyards California Armenian Home,” said Lucy Kazanjian Grayson, President of the Board of Directors. “Our team has already benefitted from his caring leadership and extensive senior living experience.”

The Vineyards California Armenian Home is celebrating its 67th anniversary during the month of February and the one-year anniversary of its $42 million privately funded expansion which is nearly 80 percent occupied in just its first year.

 

About The Vineyards California Armenian Home

The not-for-profit corporation, California Armenian Home was established in 1952 by the local Armenian community, who generously donated 40-acres of land in Fresno, California’s southeast countryside, the building, and the funds to furnish a continuing care retirement community.

On January 2, 2018, The Vineyards expansion of California Armenian Home, Fresno County’s largest privately funded $42 million senior lifestyle community, opened for residents. Today, The Vineyards California Armenian Home offers both short and long-term, 24-hour skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living residences, and takes most insurance programs. The expansion includes private pay, month-to-month rents for resort-style independent living villas and apartments, assisted living and memory care apartments, plus a host of hospitality amenities including multiple dining establishments, recreation, fitness and daily needs services.

The Vineyards California Armenian Home welcomes senior residents of any national origin and includes dedicated and caring professional staff and volunteers. More information about The Vineyards California Armenian Home can be found by visiting www.lifeatthevineyards.org, and on Facebook and Instagram (@thevineyardslife).

Miss California And Miss Fresno County Host The 20th Anniversary Tree Lighting Ceremony At The Vineyards California Armenian Home December 5

By 3rd December, 2018 Press Release Comments Off

Annual tradition celebrates the holiday season with lights, music, and traditional cuisine

WHO:

The Vineyards California Armenian Home Board of Directors, staff, residents and members of the public.

WHAT:

The Vineyards California Armenian Home invites members of the public to attend the 20th anniversary of their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m.

This special holiday tradition kicks off with the ceremonial lighting of a grand Christmas tree located adjacent to the park which will be adorned with festive lights for residents and the public to enjoy. Along with a beautiful array of colorful lights in the park, guests will enjoy carolers, a live band, dancers and traditional Armenian cuisine served in the AACL Hall.

Miss California 2018, MacKenzie Freed, will be in attendance as Master of Ceremonies while Miss Fresno County 2018, Kindle Cowger, will sing the national anthem.

WHEN:

Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:

The Vineyards California Armenian Home

6720 E. Kings Canyon Rd.

Fresno, CA 93727

Parking for the Tree Lighting Ceremony will be plentiful, and golf carts will help transport guests to and from the parking area.

WHY:

The annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is an opportunity for residents, their families and members of the public to come together and celebrate at The Vineyards California Armenian Home in the cheerful spirit of the holiday season. This year’s event will be held across the park at the statuesque Mimi Koligian Family flagpoles gifted to the senior living community earlier this year to commemorate the expansion project, The Vineyards.

About The Vineyards California Armenian Home

The not-for-profit corporation, the California Armenian Home was established in 1952 by the local Armenian community, who generously donated 40-acres of land in Fresno, California’s southeast countryside, the building, and the funds to furnish a continuing care retirement community. Today, over 65 years later, the renowned California Armenian Home offers both short and long-term, 24-hour skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living residences, and takes most insurance programs.

On January 2, 2018, The Vineyards expansion of the California Armenian Home, Fresno County’s largest privately funded $42 million senior lifestyle community, opened for residents and offers private pay, month-to-month rents for resort-style independent living villas and apartments, assisted living and memory care apartments, plus a host of hospitality amenities including multiple dining establishments, recreation, fitness and daily needs services.

The Vineyards California Armenian Home welcomes senior residents of any national origin and includes dedicated and caring professional staff and volunteers. More information about The Vineyards California Armenian Home can be found by visiting www.lifeatthevineyards.org, and on Facebook and Instagram (@thevineyardslife).

Virtual Dementia Tours At The Vineyards California Armenian Home

By 20th June, 2018 Press Release Comments Off

Every year the Alzheimer’s Association teams up with organizations and individuals to raise money and awareness to end Alzheimer’s during the summer solstice. This campaign is called “The Longest Day” and this year it will take place on Thursday, June 21. In support of this effort, The Vineyards California Armenian Home, along with Auspice Home Care, is presenting a special edition of their “Virtual Dementia Tour & Breakfast” where participants can experience what it’s like to live with dementia. This will take place on June 21 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at The Vineyards’ Memory Care Building located at 6720 E. Kings Canyon Rd. Fresno, CA 93727.

The Vineyards understands disorders like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and how those closest to diagnosed family members and friends are affected. That’s why they are offering Virtual Dementia Tours that provide one-of-a-kind experience that gives someone without Alzheimer’s or Dementia a rare look into the struggle of everyday life for those who live with the disease.

The public is invited to experience this life-changing opportunity. Each person who participates in the Virtual Dementia Tour is provided special equipment including goggles, gloves, headphones and a list of tasks. They are then guided to one of the new apartments in The Vineyards Memory Care Residence where they attempt to complete their tasks. A free delicious breakfast, rich in foods that boost your brain’s potential, is also provided. According to those who have experienced a Virtual Dementia Tour, it is a deeply emotional and moving experience. The eye-opening nature of the tour can change the way they interact with their loved ones in a monumental way.

Providing these tours is just one of the many ways The Vineyards is working to enrich the community and improve the lives of those living with memory loss. In the future, The Vineyards will continue to provide seminars and events with the goal of educating the community.

Important Facts About Alzheimer’s
According to the Alzheimer’s Association and the Center’s for Disease Control, Alzheimer’s disease is consistently among the top five leading causes of death in California. In 2015 alone over 15,000 people died due to Alzheimer’s disease, making it the 3rd leading cause of death in the state. Sadly, those numbers are growing. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of Alzheimer’s deaths has grown by 241% since the year 2000. In Fresno County, that number is expected to grow by 78% by the year 2030 putting the total number of deaths over 23,000. The number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s rises dramatically with age. 98,000 seniors between ages 65 and 74 currently live with the disease while that number jumps to 280,000 seniors over the age of 85.

The Dr. S. Barre Paul and Sue Garabedian Paul Memory Care Residences at The Vineyards California Armenian Home were built to serve this growing population of those living with memory-related diseases in Fresno and the surrounding communities. Those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can enjoy a positive, stimulating environment as they progress through their journey. Our suites reflect a comfortable, homelike setting where residents will receive compassionate care, and have access to private living spaces that are appropriate for early-onset or more acute care, including safe, spacious and private living options, two dining rooms and a full continuum of care. Because the Memory Support Residences are located on the same lush, 43-acre property as the Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation buildings, spouses, family members and friends can receive the care they need while living close to their loved ones. Monthly rents are private pay and range from $4,340 to $5,725. There is no buy-in deposit.

With a brand-new memory care facility and specialty-trained staff, residents can enjoy a truly happy life – even after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. From the fully furnished apartments and mindfully designed floor plans to the secured courtyard in the park-like setting of The Vineyards, there is so much available to enrich the lives of the residents.

In addition to the state-of-the-art facilities, The Vineyards is constantly working to provide the latest techniques in care. Most recently, The Vineyards became a Music & Memory Certified Care organization. This renowned program enables those who suffer from Dementia or Alzheimer’s to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories and can positively shift behaviors in the most remarkable ways. More information about Music & Memory can be found at musicandmemory.org.

The California Armenian Home is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 by the local Armenian community, which generously donated 40-acres of land in Fresno, California’s southeast countryside, the building, and the funds to furnish a continuing care retirement community. Today, 65 years later, the renowned California Armenian Home provides both short and long-term, 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitation residency, and takes most insurance programs.

To prepare for the growing senior population, the California Armenian Home Board of Directors unanimously approved the $42 million expansion project, The Vineyards, in 2014. The continuing care expansion project opened for residency January 2, 2018 and includes private pay, month-to-month rents for resort-style independent living villas and apartments, assisted living and memory care apartments, plus a host of hospitality amenities, multiple dining establishments, recreation, fitness, and daily needs services.

The California Armenian Home and The Vineyards welcomes senior residents of any national origin and includes dedicated and caring professional staff and volunteers. More information about the California Armenian Home and The Vineyards can be found by visiting www.lifeatthevineyards.org, and on Facebook and Instagram (@thevineyardslife).

Documentary Features Healing Power of Music

By 20th February, 2018 Press Release Comments Off

Free community screening reveals how personalized music provides comfort

The public is invited to a free screening of Alive Inside, a documentary that explores the transformative impact of music on people living with a diagnosis of dementia or other cognitive disorders. The award-winning documentary follows the journey of social worker Dan Cohen, creator of the national MUSIC & MEMORY® program, which helps non-verbal dementia patients re-ignite positive memories as they listen to familiar songs from their past. Two hours of BRN and NHAP continuing education credits are available for attending this screening.

WHEN: Thursday, February 22, 2018
WHERE: The Vineyards California Armenian Home, 6720 E. Kings Canyon Road, Fresno
TIME: Doors and vendor tables open at 3:00 PM/Film begins at 4:00 PM

The screening is sponsored by the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) with support from Music & Memory, Valley Caregiver Resource Center, and The Vineyards California Armenian Home. Created in 2008, the MUSIC & MEMORY® program provides personalized music to people with dementia in thousands of long-term care facilities in the U.S. and Canada. In California, a $1.4 million state grant administered by CAHF, is delivering the MUSIC & MEMORY® program to 300 skilled nursing homes, providing music to more than 4,000 elderly patients.

MUSIC & MEMORY® support groups are encouraging community involvement to increase the presence of music in long-term care settings. Suggestions include conducting an iPod drive, holding a concert, collecting used CDs, raising money for iTunes gift cards and seeking support from local artists, choral clubs, and music programs at local schools.

Valley Caregiver Resource Center is a non-profit agency that assists seniors and caregivers. They offer a comprehensive array of services designed to assist elders and their families master the challenges that accompany the aging process.

The Vineyards is the expansion of the California Armenian Home, a not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 on 40-acres of land in Fresno, California’s southeast countryside. The continuing care expansion, The Vineyards, opened in January 2018 and includes private pay, month-to month rentals for resort-style independent living villas and apartments, assisted living and memory care apartments, plus a host of hospitality amenities, multiple dining establishments, recreation, fitness, and daily needs services.

 

For Media Inquiries contact:
Danielle Griffin | Cohen Communications | (559) 222-1322
Ren Ramshaw |The Vineyards | (559) 970-3646

 

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Formal Dedication, Blessing & Tour Marks The Official Grand Opening Of The Vineyards At The California Armenian Home

By 13th February, 2018 Press Release Comments Off

The grand opening of Central Valley’s largest privately funded senior lifestyle community brought together esteemed clergy, political leaders, donors, staff and invited guests

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA…February 10, 2018 The Board of Directors of the California Armenian Home celebrated the completion of its $42 million senior lifestyle community, The Vineyards, on Saturday, February 10, with a formal grand opening event attended by more than 700 people including political leaders, esteemed clergy, donors, construction partners and members of the public.

The grand opening event celebrated the culmination of a vision that begun 65 years ago with ten Armenian immigrants, known as the 10 “founding fathers” of the California Armenian Home, who came to the United States in search of a better life for their families, including the many aging citizens who like them, desired a safe environment in their twilight years. Their vision was to develop a continuing care community for all seniors with the 40-acre parcel where the California Armenian Home resides today that boasts a remarkable 65-year, 5-star legacy of providing loving care for senior residents of every national origin.

The completion of The Vineyards realizes the long-term vision of its founding fathers and its magnitude would never have been possible without their foresight. In his moving keynote address, The Honorable Chuck Poochigian paid homage to the vision and hard work of each of these founding fathers: Arshag Ted Ashijian of Fresno; Haigos Bagdasarian of Fresno; Edward DeMirjian of Los Angeles; Charles Izmirian of San Mateo; George Kardashian of Los Angeles; Hagop Moradian of Fresno; Paul Paul of Fresno; Alex Pilibas of Fresno; James Kevork Taylor of Oakland; and Aram Vartanian of Fresno.

Special recognition was also given to the S Barre Paul and Sue Garabedian Paul Trust with the formal dedication of the S Barre Paul and Sue Garabedian Paul Memory Care building, an honor that Joe and Rosalie Garabedian were in attendance for. Then The Very Reverend Father Baryouyr Shernezian from the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America led the blessing of the community and the new 142,000 sq. ft. hospitality-inspired building, along with The Very Reverend Djad Ashekian from the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, Central Valley and Southern California clergy.

The afternoon concluded with a culinary celebration featuring bites from Pardini’s and the The Vineyards head chef, Kirk Steitz, paired with local wines from Agajanian Vineyards, A. Nonini Winery, Cardella Winery, E. & J. Gallo Winery, Kings River Winery, Marechal Vineyards & Wine Company, Moravia Wines, Quady Winery and Westbrook Wine Farm, as well as personalized tours of The Vineyards.

“The Grand Opening celebration perfectly honored our founding fathers and their incredible vision, while commending our current Board of Directors for their astuteness in making The Vineyards a reality,” said George Juarez, Executive Director for the California Armenian Home and The Vineyards. “It was a day to truly give thanks and rejoice in what has been accomplished that enables us to further serve our senior population here in the Central Valley.”

The Vineyards at the California Armenian Home is the largest privately funded senior lifestyle community in the Central Valley and includes private pay, month-to-month rentals for 72 resort-style independent living villas and apartments, 50 assisted living and 36 memory care apartments, plus a host of hospitality amenities such as a theater, beauty salon and more, plus multiple dining establishments, recreation, fitness and daily needs services.

The California Armenian Home is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 by the local Armenian community, which generously donated 40-acres of land in Fresno, California’s southeast countryside, the building, and the funds to furnish a continuing care retirement community. Today, 65 years later, the renowned California Armenian Home provides both short and long-term, 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitation residency, and takes most insurance programs.

To prepare for the growing senior population, the California Armenian Home Board of Directors unanimously approved the $42 million expansion project, The Vineyards, in 2014. The continuing care expansion project opened for residency January 2, 2018 and includes private pay, month-to-month rents for resort-style independent living villas and apartments, assisted living and memory care apartments, plus a host of hospitality amenities, multiple dining establishments, recreation, fitness, and daily needs services.

The California Armenian Home and The Vineyards welcomes senior residents of any national origin and includes dedicated and caring professional staff and volunteers. More information about the California Armenian Home and The Vineyards can be found by visiting www.lifeatthevineyards.org, and on Facebook and Instagram (@thevineyardslife).

For Media Inquiries contact:

Debbie Nalchajian-Cohen | Cohen Communications | (559) 222-1322

Ren Ramshaw |The Vineyards | (559) 970-3646

 

Flag Raising Dedication Unites The Community Marking The Completion Of The Vineyards At The California Armenian Home

By 17th January, 2018 Press Release Comments Off

Donors, political, cultural, and veteran leaders celebrated patriotism and respect for the senior population at Central Valley’s largest privately funded senior lifestyle community

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA…January 17, 2018 The Board of Directors of the California Armenian Home celebrated the completion of its $42 million senior lifestyle community, The Vineyards, and the extraordinary 65-year, 5-star legacy of senior care of every national origin with a symbolic flag raising dedication held on January 17, 2018 – the first of several milestone events to be held through February.

The flag raising dedication provided an opportunity for the community to come together to honor its diverse cultures and proudly honor the generations before them – and those yet to come. It also served as a tribute to the founding fathers of the California Armenian Home whose foresight 65 years ago helped to lay the foundation for The Vineyards – the region’s newest senior lifestyle community that welcomes residents of every origin, and where life is celebrated in a beautiful continuing care community.

In a patriotic gesture, and in honor of their love and respect for the senior generation, the Mimi Koligian Family graciously donated three stately flag poles that were the center of the event. In a moving ceremony, the United States, California and Armenia flags were presented by residents of The Vineyards to the Sanger High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) who raised each flag while the national, state and Armenian anthems were performed by the Sounds of Freedom band.

The dedication event was followed by ribbon cuttings led by the Fresno and Clovis Chambers of Commerce, which were held in front of a new monument sign at The Vineyards. Attendees of the dedication included the Board of Directors of the California Armenian Home, donors, cultural, political leaders, and veterans.

“The flags now on display represent the many cultures that make up our new senior lifestyle community, and the deep respect we all feel for the older generation,” said George Juarez, Executive Director for the California Armenian Home. “We are eternally grateful to the Mimi Koligian Family for such a generous donation and are excited to have these flags forever be a part of our community.”

The Vineyards at the California Armenian Home is the largest privately funded senior lifestyle community in the Central Valley and includes private pay, month-to-month rentals for 72 resort-style independent living villas and apartments, 50 assisted living and 36 memory care apartments, plus a host of hospitality amenities such as a theater, beauty salon and more, plus multiple dining establishments, recreation, fitness and daily needs services.

The California Armenian Home is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1952 by the local Armenian community, which generously donated 40-acres of land in Fresno, California’s southeast countryside, the building, and the funds to furnish a continuing care retirement community. Today, 65 years later, the renowned California Armenian Home provides both short and long-term 24-hour skilled nursing and rehabilitation residency, and takes most insurance programs.

To prepare for the growing senior population, the California Armenian Home Board of Directors unanimously approved the $42 million expansion project, The Vineyards, in 2014. The continuing care expansion project opened for residency January 2018, and includes private pay, month-to-month rents for resort-style independent living villas and apartments, assisted living and memory care apartments, plus a host of hospitality amenities, multiple dining establishments, recreation, fitness, and daily needs services.

The California Armenian Home and The Vineyards welcome senior residents of any national origin and includes dedicated and caring professional staff and volunteers. More information about the California Armenian Home and The Vineyards can be found by visiting www.lifeatthevineyards.org, and on Facebook and Instagram (@thevineyardslife).

For Media Inquiries contact:

Debbie Nalchajian-Cohen | Cohen Communications | (559) 222-1322

Ren Ramshaw |The Vineyards | (559) 970-3646

 

The Vineyards At The California Armenian Home Prepares For A December Unveiling

By 15th December, 2017 Press Release Comments Off

The Board of Directors of the California Armenian Home is excited to announce that its $42 million expansion project, The Vineyards, is nearing completion. Read More