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Senior home accepting applications

VISTA – Residential applications are being accepted for the opening of McIntosh Manor, an upscale licensed RCFE (Residential Care Facility for the Elderly) assisted living home nestled in the historic Guajome Fruit Colony of Vista. There are nine positions.
The 1.5 acre property features sweeping panoramas of manicured grounds and orchards. Benches provide a view of Guajome Lake which is surrounded by one of the larger freshwater marsh habitats in San Diego County and home to endangered bird species such as the California Least Tern and the Light Footed Clapper Rail.
Both the dining and living areas, and bedroom suites, are tastefully decorated with furniture made of solid wood and elegant appointments. Each bedroom has a phone.
To promote optimum health and wellbeing, a customized health plan is developed for each resident addressing a spectrum of needs and requirements that incorporate regular exercise with caregivers as well as visits with physical therapists who come on a regular basis.
Since it is believed that nutrition is key to physical well being, three meals are served each day, most cooked from scratch with homegrown organic fruits and vegetables harvested on the property.
Gardens not only provide fresh produce and flowers for nourishment and enjoyment, but an opportunity for welcomed participation from residents. Guests who would like to garden have plenty of space to do so including designated space for their personal gardening projects.
All meal times are a time for fun, laughter and socializing. The refrigerator is always stocked with healthy beverages and snacks to satisfy any craving.
The staff not only has available psychological professionals to assist with life’s transitions, but caregivers who spend quality time with residents each day. Great effort is made to learn about passions in the lives of residents so that caregivers can replicate some part of that today with the goal  helping residents continue to find purpose and meaning that leads to a long and healthy life.
For residents who find it important to keep abreast of news and pop culture, daily newspaper delivery and regular magazine subscriptions are available. Those having difficulty with vision are encouraged to take advantage of staff who enjoy reading the news together. In addition, McIntosh Manor has a rich library of books to choose from.
Guests from community organizations such as love-on-a leash assistance and local youth groups are frequently invited socialize with the residents and staff of McIntosh Manor. Professional musicians often drop by to play music and take requests for favorite songs. Movie nights are especially popular, and feature both current films and old classics.
Throughout the year excursions are planned for both ambulatory and non-ambulatory residents so they can enjoy trips to the beach, movies, mall – even looking at Christmas lights during the holiday season.
All holidays are celebrated, and the staff loves to surprise guests with their favorite treats, from time to time, making sure they know they are remembered and cared for. McIntosh Manor recognizes that although some guests suffer with memory loss, they need to be treated with patience, understanding and respect.
“Our goal is to provide the best care in a non-institutional setting,” said owner Alexandra McIntosh. “Unlike other facilities it is all-inclusive so that there is not a change in the cost as the level of care increases and family members know that dear elder parents will be well cared for any family like setting.”  
McIntosh Manor is located at 2590 Majella Rd., Vista. For more information visit, call (760) 216-6344 or email [email protected].