This article appeared in Coastal View News online on 1/5/17.
GranVida, Carpinteria’s first and only senior living and memory care community, will welcome its first residents later this month.
“The name is Spanish for ‘great life,’” explained GranVida’s executive director, Catherine Lee. “Carp is a small town that provides a great life, and we’re excited to be part of the community.” As per the mission statement: GranVida seeks to enhance the independence, well-being and security of older people through the provision of housing, healthcare and supportive services.
While the staff is thoroughly trained to provide health care and supportive services, they are also dedicated to respecting residents’ independence. “We see our residents as adults and choose to treat them as such,” explained Lee. “We’ll work closely with residents to meet their personal needs, but we aren’t here to tell them when to go to bed or how many servings of ice cream they can eat.”
The GranVida team is trained in “Seniority Spirit,” the code of standards that governs interactions between residents, their families, and the GranVida staff. “Our motto is: We are exceptional people providing exceptional care and services,” said Lee. “We’re here because we genuinely love older folks.”
Located at 5464 Carpinteria Ave., GranVida makes use of a longstanding building previously occupied by big-name companies like QAD, Venoco and Microsoft. “We like to say that we carved out the inside of the building and put in something so much sweeter,” said Lee. The refurbished building now features 77 apartments and can accommodate up to 85 residents. While units vary in size and layout, all come fully furnished and include a kitchenette and full bathroom.