ESCONDIDO — The Oakmont of Escondido Hills retirement community recently completed an expansion of its on-site memory care community to provide more care options to the growing number of local individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

According to the San Diego Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, there are currently 60,000 county residents living with Alzheimer’s disease. The number is expected to grow. To date, there are no proven methods to reverse, prevent or cure Alzheimer’s which, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, affects 13 percent of the population over the age of 65. On average, those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s live roughly eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others.

The facility, at 3012 Bear Valley Pkwy S Escondido, CA 92025, was expanded to accommodate an additional five residents. It provides residents access to the specialized memory care services required to care for the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals with early to advanced stages of memory loss. The community focuses on prolonging a sense of independence, improving communication and mood, encouraging physical activity, and driving social interaction among residents while providing the nurturing and safe atmosphere dementia residents need to maintain quality of life, health and happiness.

Oakmont Senior Living is a family owned and operated company founded by William P. Gallaher with more than 30 planned and developed retirement communities in the western United States. In the mid 1970s Gallaher and his wife began by building custom homes. They designed, created the architecture drawings, and managed every aspect of the construction as well as designing and choosing interior and exterior finishes and details. Oakmont strives to create an atmosphere of family and community among staff, residents and resident family members. Their mission is to treat each member in their communities with respect and compassion. Staff is hand-selected for their skills, previous experience, and passion for working with the elderly.

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