Seasons cares for seniors year-round

Seasons at La Jolla is special because it offers personalized service to seniors suffering from dementia-related illnesses that it cares for.

Barrett Patel, administrator/chief executive officer of the private, assisted-living facility at 6211 La Jolla Hermosa Ave., said Seasons focuses exclusively on dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“That gives us a little edge,” he noted, adding that clients receive customized care. “A doctor visits every week and a dentist, podiatrist and beautician come every month so they don’t have to go out.”

Seasons is licensed for 27 residents but has only 21 single-occupant rooms.

“In La Jolla, everybody wants a private room,” said Patel, noting that privacy allows for “a family-oriented community rather than an institution where you’re just a number and people don’t know your name or who you are.”

Mike Roeder, whose mother, Phyllis, has lived at Seasons for four years, can attest to the quality care residents receive there.

“They have a very loving approach,” he said. “They really do care for your family and for the quality of the relationship they have with you.”

Roeder checked out numerous other assisted-care facilities before choosing Seasons. Among other things, he liked Seasons’ modern, straightforward design. “It wasn’t too kitschy, and you don’t have the feeling that you’re locked in,” he said. “Everybody is in the same environment.”

Seasons cares for a full range of mild to severe dementia cases. The last six years, Patel said, Seasons has been full nearly every year with a waiting list from three to seven. Currently, the facility is at 100 percent occupancy with three people waiting.

Patel said staff members are highly trained and specially oriented for assisted care. He said the clientele at the high-end care facility has also been impressive.

“We’ve had professional people with double degrees, fashion models, musicians, an ex-mayor,” he said.

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