Demystifying Resident Contracts

For people who are considering moving to a community, many of the benefits are obvious: a beautiful location, friendly neighbors, great amenities, and supportive staff. But moving to a senior community is a big decision, and one that can raise many questions - especially when it comes to signing a contract or resident agreement. The resident agreement may seem imposing at first, but it also holds the answers to many questions prospective residents may have, such as: What's included and n…

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Dining Room and Pool Renovations Underway at Vista del Monte

As Vista del Monte looks toward the future, two major projects are underway at the community that will enhance the resident experience - the refurbishment of the indoor pool and the expansion of the dining room. "We're responding to our growing resident population and their needs and desires," said Executive Director Douglas Tucker. "These renovations will help meet those expectations." The 1,800 square-foot expansion to the dining room includes a new grand entrance, indoor-outdoor p…

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Whether it’s a 10-Speed or Three-Wheeler, Dawn Petersen Loves to be in the Driver’s Seat

"It's not the destination, it's the journey." That line popularized by author Ralph Waldo Emerson rings true with Vista del Monte resident Dawn Petersen, whose "journey" began almost 50 years ago on two wheels and with a dream to see the country. "In the summer of 1972 when I was in college, my boyfriend at the time, Steve, convinced me to take a cross-country trip with him on our 10-speed bikes," Dawn remembers. "I did not realize it at the time but after that trip, cycling was not just…

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Vista del Monte’s Caring Companions Provide Peer Support for Residents

The coronavirus pandemic has stirred a variety of emotions and feelings within everyone. Frustration, sadness, anxiety and stress are just a few. For older adults, these feelings may be magnified. That's where a sympathetic ear, or a friendly face may go a long way. Whether an older adult is experiencing isolation, coping with illness or loss, or just needs to be heard by a good listener, peer counseling provides a safe way to clarify feelings, thoughts, and concerns. At Vista del Mon…

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Opposites Attract at Vista del Monte

Friends Ed and Gary Find Much in Common Despite Differences After first meeting residents Ed Grat and Gary Janka, you may not think the two would have much in common. Ed loves the theatre and Gary prefers quiet meditation. Gary is a Buddhist minister and Ed was raised Catholic. Gary has lived at Vista del Monte for a little over a year as opposed to Ed's 13 years at Vista. But a funny thing happened when the two met at Vista after Gary moved in - they became fast friends and have not …

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Run Helga, Run!

Vista del Monte resident has laced up her running shoes for five decades During her time as a competitive runner, Vista del Monte resident Helga Carden estimates she has amassed about 25 trophies and medals. For anyone who has competed in this exhilarating sport throughout his or her life, that number of awards would be considered quite an accomplishment. That rings even more true for Helga, since she did not start running competitively until age 55. Anyone--at any age or stage of lif…

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How Are You Caring For Your Inner Eco-System?

I first heard the term “eco-system” in the mid 1980s from a friend who was completing an internship at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory near Crested Butte, Colorado. Every day she painstakingly counted specific tiny organisms within a certain square yard on a mountainside. As a biologist, she understood the significance of the organisms she counted and how they interacted with all other nearby organisms. The interaction reflected the health and well-being of the environment …

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Mateo’s Best Stitch is Making Masks

Mateo Gavilanes spent more than two decades perfecting his skills as a tailor in Mexico. But when an opportunity to come to the United States presented itself almost 20 years ago, he decided to make the move. He has been a maintenance technician at Vista del Monte ever since, with only limited opportunities to practice his former trade. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit earlier this year, this big-hearted man with extraordinary skills took the initiative and sewed more than 700 cloth masks …

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Memory Care Residences are Ready for Move-in at Summer House

"An exceptional memory care community is designed to provide peace of mind for families and caregivers, but more importantly to enhance the quality of life for those with Alzheimer's and dementia," says Doug Tucker, Vista del Monte's executive director. "All too often, families wait until there is a true need to find a qualified memory care community." Doug is referring to Summer House, the newly opened memory care community on the Vista del Monte campus. This unique memory support "neig…

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Pioneering physician, veteran, family man, detective novel enthusiast, 60-year Santa Barbara resident and amateur astronomer all describe Vista del Monte resident Dr. Dean Vogel. "I have a full life — a somewhat exciting life — and I'm looking forward to experiencing new things at Vista del Monte," Dr.  Vogel said. Dr. Vogel was born in a small town in Indiana but moved to southern California when his brother received a basketball scholarship to play at USC. After gra…

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