The people we serve are the people you love.
In order to best support every individual living at Summer House, we get to know them — who they are, what they like, and what’s important to them. Working with families, we are able to provide personalized care for their loved ones. And it’s these connections that foster a deep sense of community, and make all the difference.
It starts with compassion.
At Summer House, we offer personalized care, based on dignity and respect. We nurture close bonds between our staff and residents. And it all works together to help decrease agitation, pain, and behavioral challenges. It’s whole-person care, with the goal of improving quality of life for people living with memory loss, and providing peace of mind for family members who love them.
Services and Fees
Our monthly fee starts at $5,750* and includes:
- Shared residence
- 24-hour licensed nurse supervision
- Daily dining services with three meals a day, plus snacks
- A selection of cuisines, and accommodations for special dietary needs
- Utilities, including Direct TV
- Medication management
- Personal care and assistance with activities of daily living
- On-site campus security guard
- Daily planned social, recreational, and educational activities
- Protected, landscaped sensory garden
- Regular housekeeping, linen service, and personal laundry
- Highly trained staff dedicated to honoring and celebrating each individual
- Full-time LVN memory care manager
- Bright, cheerful common areas—ideal for home-style dining with family and friends
*Fees listed are subject to change.
Self-expression and purpose.
Our community enjoys extensive social opportunities and activities for meaningful life enrichment. From creative endeavors like painting, crafts, and music, to performances, movies, and events—at Walnut Village and around the neighborhood—the emphasis is always on engagement. Our everyday family-style dining and holiday gatherings help residents feel deeper connections with staff and each other. Finally, fitness and wellness programs, personal trainers, and an 85-degree purified saltwater pool (with supervision) offer recreation and relaxation.
What type of community is Summer House at Walnut Village?
Summer House at Walnut Village is a unique memory care neighborhood serving people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. With 14 shared residences, a gracious dining room, fragrant courtyard, music center, family room, tranquil pathways, and plenty of sunshine, it’s a serene and protected environment nestled within Walnut Village Retirement Community.
What kinds of social opportunities are available to Summer House residents?
We have a variety of individual and social activities scheduled throughout the day, tailored to the specific needs of each resident. Group activities include educational programs, birthday parties, excursions into the neighborhood for events, movies at Walnut Village and at local theaters, Memories in the Making art class, piano and vocal concerts, walks in the community, and much more.
Do Summer House residents have access to the entire Walnut Village campus?
Yes, Summer House residents are welcome to visit any common area on the greater Walnut Village campus as long as they are escorted. Families enjoy going to lunch together at the bistro and taking walks around the garden areas. Residents can also visit The Strand, our on-site salon for haircuts and styling.
Can family members visit Summer House residents whenever they wish? And can family members take residents out of Summer House?
Yes, family members may visit Summer House whenever they wish, and they may take residents out of Summer House, provided staff has been notified. Visiting families can spend time in the gardens, take up a craft project, play games, do puzzles, listen to music, and more. Many families also enjoy our proximity to the many interesting destinations within a short drive—both in Orange County and Los Angeles.
We also offer Club 891 each week for caregiving spouses. It’s a four-hour program with intellectually stimulating activities that offer support, relaxation, and conversation.
Does Summer House staff check on residents on a regular basis?
Yes, residents are monitored 24 hours a day using the latest technology. This monitoring is unobtrusive and includes pendants that notify staff to respond immediately if a resident has fallen. Residences are also equipped with motion sensors that alert staff if a resident is getting up during the night, and we perform personal wellness checks on a frequent basis as required by law. Additionally, Summer House is part of Walnut Village, which is a gated community with a security guard. And all common areas at Summer House are equipped with security cameras and delayed-egress doors with sensors.
Do you have a licensed nurse on staff?
Has your staff been trained to work with memory care residents?
Yes, our staff training meets the Department of Social Services requirements in Alzheimer’s care and dementia care. Training extends to all aspects of care: encouraging participation, leading engaging activities, assisting with personal care and dining, maintaining a clean and welcoming environment, and providing cueing and assistance with activities of daily living. Our services are provided by nurses, medical technicians, CNAs/caregivers, and fitness personnel.
What are the latest innovations at Summer House?
At Summer House, we offer innovative cognitive-enrichment experiences that engage residents—and the results can be dramatic: Through the Music and Memory program, we help reconnect people with individually meaningful songs. A robotic seal named PARO offers social integration and mood management. And with the advanced technology of the iN2L system and its 70-inch touchscreen, we support social interaction, intellectual stimulation, physical engagement, and spiritual connection.