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The Cottages provides trusted, licensed, and award-winning, full-service residential memory care services to improve the quality of life of older adults.

About The Cottages

The Cottages Memory Care Community was originally founded as Irvine Cottages by Dr. Jacqueline DuPont in 1996 and has been dedicated to providing compassionate assisted living and memory care for older adults and their families in a unique, small residential environment. In 2020, Dr. Dupont donated Irvine Cottages to Alzheimer’s Orange County (AlzOC) which has committed to not change the policies, programs and staff already in place. Read more about the donation here. In 2021, AlzOC expanded its residential service program by adding three new residences that were acquired from Laney’s Cottages and Irvine Cottages was renamed to The Cottages Memory Care Community. Today we serve 90 seniors across 15 locations in Orange County.

We are dedicated to serve and care for each resident as a family member and provide them the kind, loving and professional memory care you trust in a warm, safe and comfortable home that can give you peace of mind. Every detail of our care, the staff, our homes, the food, medication supervision, activities, and more are based on this compassionate approach.

Our practices are state-of-the-art when it comes to dementia care and assisted living; including all stages of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia, and our services have been trusted and recognized by families for over 20 years.

Why Should You Consider a Residential Memory Care Facility (or Board & Care)?

Most professionals agree that memory-impaired and/or medically frail people function better when living in smaller surroundings with a familiar group of people. As a result, we have created real homes, just like the ones our residents have lived in most of their lives.

Our services help ease the burden of caregiving and puts your loved ones in highly-skilled and compassionate hands that makes your life easier and ensures that your loved one still gets the care they need.

Testimonials & Reviews


Winner of the Caring Star of 2020 – 5 Star Award

July 17, 2018

Dear Jackie,

I wanted to thank you for all you have done for my mom and our family.  I truly believe my mom would not have lived as long as she did if  it were not for her being in one of your amazing homes.  What you do for families is truly incredible and I will always be in your debt for that.  I was given an extra 7 1/2 yrs to be with my mom, and I took advantage of that. God will have a special place for you.  I also feel that if it weren’t for Marie and Gerry my mom would not have done as well as she did.  They truly have a gift and a way with their residents.  Everyone is treated like family and to me that is what seems to work so well.  As you know I spent alot of time there over the years and I truly can say it was my home too.  So I thank you for that.

I will always recommend your homes to anyone who is looking for a place for their loved ones.  Thank you again for everything you did for me and my family, esp. my mom Sonia.  I have so many wonderful memories that I will always treasure thanks to Irvine Cottages.

Sincerely,
Joanne

January 10, 2016

My Dad has been there less than a year, and he just loves the care and THE FOOD, is fantastic he says. Jeany C. is his caretaker. I have only met her once in person on a trip out to California (I live in Texas), but she is always happy and gracious when she answers the phone. Jeany keeps me posted on all his medicinal needs and she is such a sweetheart. What was really sweet: the day I came to visit from Texas was her day off and she stayed to meet/greet me. Jeany called me one day and said my Dad needed pajamas and she went out and bought him some (I reimbursed) Then, I was in Texas and it was Christmas. Other residents had visitors, and Jeany kept my Dad company, as family, so he would not be lonely and alone on Christmas Day! By the way, my Dad just raves about the food!!! He says it is great every single day (and he used to be a chef!). Always get text messages/information, etc. right away. Cottage #10 is great and I don’t have to worry about my father being taken care of. Thank you so much. You all came highly recommended from a friend of mine.

I want to thank all of you for taking such good care of my mother Bryna.  As you may not have known, over the past two years as my mother has descended deeper into dementia, I have had her in over five ‘care’ facilities.  It has not been easy for mom, as she is also mostly blind from Macular Degeneration and her disease has made her afraid of everything.

Not knowing where to turn for help anymore, I wrote an email to Dr. Dupont, who I had heard of through another facility and Alzheimer’s Orange County.  She called me within 20 minutes of my email to discuss mom and our situation.  This was around Christmas time and as I thought everyone would be celebrating the holidays, I did not expect help to come anytime soon.  I told Dr. Dupont that mom was in a facility that left her in a large room where she kept repeating “I’m scared, I’m scared”.  It broke my heart.   Additionally, mom is diabetic and they were not giving mom her medicine and had been feeding her all the wrong diet.  Dr. Dupont told me she would have Kim call me and arrange a meeting — even though it was a couple of days before Christmas.  Christmas came right on time for me and mom.  You and your staff had mom moved into one of your Irvine Cottages – at Christmas time – and everyone set about making mom comfortable, safe, and feel secure.

Mom has been in Irvine Cottages for over six months now and all of your staff have treated her with patience and dignity!  In particular, Alfred Ruvivar does a great job caring for mom and making her feel loved and secure.  I rarely hear mom say that she is afraid now.  As mom’s dementia gets worse, I am not always sure that she knows who I am anymore, but her face lights up when she hears Alfred’s voice.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Her loving daughter,
Jean

January 6, 2016
It was a hard decision to put my Mom in assisted living but after taking care of her for over a year I realized that I was not equipped to do so. Cottage 10 is the perfect place for my Mom. Jeany and Nap are very warm and caring. She is happy and content and participates in all the activities provided. There is an activity every day that the residents can participate in. Jeany and Nap are very attentive to all the residents. I feel very comfortable and blessed to have them caring for my Mom.

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Mission, Vision and Values

Mission

The Cottages serves older adults with the most dignified care by improving their quality of life through programming activities, compassionate care, and services for our residents and families. We hold steadfast values of a dignified and ethical work environment that supports innovation, inspiration, and respect for all persons. The Cottages does not tolerate ageist views, elder abuse or undignified care in any form.

Vision

The Cottages care home environment aspires to create an environment of serenity, compassion, and inspiration that improves the quality of life for older adults with memory loss.

Values

  • Compassion

  • Patience

  • Teamwork

  • Safety

  • Respect

  • Diversity

  • Trust

  • Honesty

  • Service to Others