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Monday, December 12, 2016

MonteCedro Celebrates First Anniversary, Brings 100 Jobs to Altadena

The front entrance of MonteCedro at dusk, 2212 El Molino Ave., Altadena.

MonteCedro resident, Ida Hankins, participates in a paint mixology class.

MonteCedro, a nonprofit senior living community located in Altadena, has much to celebrate as it marks its one-year anniversary. As anticipated, MonteCedro now employs 100 full and part-time staff members, many of whom live in the local Altadena community.

Katey Frere was the first person to move in on Dec. 17, 2015; 183 residents now call MonteCedro home and 78% of the apartments are occupied. These residents are active both within MonteCedro’s interior – in the fitness center and pool, the art studios, card rooms, library and movie theatre – and in the external Altadena/ Pasadena community. In a recent three-month period, MonteCedro residents contributed more than 1,500 volunteer hours to more than 50 local non-profit entities.

Off Lake Bistro, MonteCedro’s primary dining venue.

One of the distinguishing features of MonteCedro is its Creative Living philosophy which provides a whole-self approach to wellness in mind, body and spirit, as well as empowering residents to pursue their unique aspirations and remain their own leaders. The Creative Living Academy is a lifelong learning model driven by residents, and a great number of the presenters are residents themselves.

The MonteCedro interior features a dynamic collection of original art curated by Jay Belloli, former director of gallery programs at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena. More than 250 works of art, including paintings, photography, sculpture and textiles, adorn the walls of MonteCedro’s common spaces and hallways.

MonteCedro resident Mike Trueblood and his chaperone, Max.

MonteCedro is committed to the “Aging in Place” model. Rather than move through the traditional levels of care (independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care), MonteCedro residents receive a wide variety of home-care and home-health services in their independent apartments and at the community’s wellness center. Partnerships with local physicians, podiatrists and other providers make extensive on-site services possible.

The MonteCedro Courtyards offer a unique memory care program based on a household model, where residents have private space, but spend most of their time in specially designed common areas. Alongside highly-trained and compassionate care-giving staff, residents dine, learn and create with other residents, avoiding the isolation common in more traditional memory care settings.

As part of the Episcopal Communities & Services family of organizations, MonteCedro employees go through an extensive pre-employment process that includes background checks. In addition to healthcare and retirement benefits for full-time workers, all staff receive a thorough orientation and all are eligible to participate in an employee education program and a staff assistance fund for emergencies. During its first year of operation, MonteCedro residents made charitable gifts to establish three different endowed scholarships for the Employee Education Fund.

For more information about the senior living community, please visit, or call (877) 357-8521. MonteCedro is located at 2212 El Molino, Altadena.

About Montecedro

MonteCedro is a separately incorporated nonprofit member of the Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) family of organizations. Its distinctive architecture and interior design were created by world-class partners, including Perkins Eastman Architects and DPR Construction. MonteCedro’s campus offers state-of- the-art features designed to reduce the community’s impact on the environment, including “dark sky” compliant exterior lighting fixtures, a state-of- the-art irrigation control system and energy efficient heating and cooling systems.

MonteCedro features a multitude of spacious apartment floorplans, innovative dining options, in-home healthcare services and a broad range of on-site amenities, including a library, auditorium, theatre, and beautiful common areas. The community has 186 residences for independent living and a unique program for assisted living and memory care that includes 20 private residences.

About Episcopal Communities & Services

Episcopal Communities & Services (ECS) is a mission-driven organization serving people of all backgrounds and beliefs. With over 90 years of experience in providing care and service to seniors, ECS operates three life plan communities: The Canterbury in Rancho Palos Verdes, The Covington in Aliso Viejo and MonteCedro in Altadena. ECS also manages eight affordable housing properties throughout Southern California and their Sophie Miller Foundation provides programs and services to a diverse population of seniors, irrespective of income.

Today, ECS is among the top CCRC providers in America when ranked by financial strength and has an A-credit rating from Fitch. It is a not-for- profit organization, earnings are reinvested in building improvements, technology and programs and services that enhance the lives of residents and families.




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