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March 13, 2007 > AlmaVia Assisted Living names Gardens director

AlmaVia Assisted Living names Gardens director

Union City, Calif. - AlmaVia Assisted Living announces the appointment of Suzann Fassnacht as Gardens Program Director for AlmaVia's Gardens Dementia Care Program.

Fassnacht brings a wide variety of work and educational experience to the position. Her work experience includes a position as Activity Assistant at an Adult Day Care as well as serving as an Activity Director/Sensory Therapist at Orinda Convalescent Hospital. She also worked as a Red Cross and Hospice volunteer, which involved both end-of-life issues and sensory therapy.

Her educational background includes a degree in Gerontology. She also attended Cal State East Bay in Hayward in addition to receiving an Activities Coordinator's certification from Chabot College. In addition, she attended Pacific Institute of San Francisco and later furthered her studies at the University of Florida and Heil, Holland where she received training on a cutting-edge sensory therapy called Snoezelen, a Dutch practice utilizing all five of the senses in multi-sensory environments.

At AlmaVia Assisted Living, Fassacht will plan all types of activities for the seniors in the Dementia unit that range from flower arrangements to bingo to cooking, to physical activity. She will also work with the residents to help restore language, spelling and memory rebuilding.

The Gardens Dementia Care Program combines old-fashioned care and compassion with the current programming techniques so that residents who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias can benefit from a residential environment while receiving the care and services they need. AlmaVia also offers Spiritual Care Services for all of its residents.

AlmaVia Assisted Living is a part of Elder Care Alliance, a nonprofit faith based organization committed to serving and enriching the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of older adults.

For more information, call AlmaVia Assisted Living at 510-489-3800.

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