Moreno Valley Welcomes Renaissance Villages
The first residents of Renaissance Village Rancho Belago moved into the community. Dignitaries and community groups celebrated the opening of Continental East Development’s new senior living community in Moreno Valley CED Co-Founder and President, Al Rattan shared it’s the first of three Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities coming to the Riverside County.
The Renaissance Lifestyle
What exactly are they hearing and seeing at Renaissance Villages? From the moment you arrive, the environment feels more like a world-class hotel than a senior living community. The community offers a vibrant and elegant atmosphere. In addition, service staff are warm and friendly. Moreover, innovative and best-in-class amenities are available. Renaissance Villages aims to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of its residents. Most important, they embrace their residents as family.
With amenities as diverse as its residents, Renaissance Village has something for everyone. The community offers many dining options, including a Village Diner that provides a 1950’s-style walked down memory lane. The diner also features a jukebox that play gold-record hits. Movie lovers can enjoy films in our in-house cinema, which features comfy movie-theater seating and popcorn machine. Senior fitness is a top priority, so we offer Geri-Fit taught by expert trainers.
The community also features an onsite salon & barber, a cyber café with computer courses, and a putting green. Our patio also features a jungle gym for when grandkids visit, beautiful outdoor garden with walking paths, and shaded seating. In addition, we also have a dog park for 4-legged friends. The Renaissance lifestyle is a life without barriers.
Since the groundbreaking, the greater Riverside County community voiced a great deal of support for Renaissance Villages. “Our phones have really been ringing since we put the sign-up,” CED Project Manager Charlene Kussner said. “We’ve had a lot of communication from people looking for employment. And from sons and daughters looking to place their parents in Moreno Valley closer to them in this community. It’s been a tremendous outpouring.”
Riverside County Board of Supervisors Chair Jeff Stone applauded the development, but, he said it’s not enough. “It’s only going to take care of 120 people, and we have more need throughout this county,” Stone said. “We’re going to need more facilities like this. This is really setting the bar high.”
A high standard is what the Renaissance Village communities are all about. “What we’re doing at Renaissance Village is reaching out to the community and celebrating our residents’ lives today,” Rattan said.
Reaching Out to the Community
In the fall, Renaissance Village Rancho Belago celebrated the life of 92-year-old Virginia Dunagan. Rattan said they did a great videography of her and presented it to her family at Christmas.
“Social interaction is a key element lacking in most of the senior housing industry,” he said. “To get the Renaissance Lifestyle moving forward, you must reach out to make the community part of it.”
During construction, CED reached out to the Riverside Memorial Guard to raise the first flag there. “We did it,” Rattan said, “partly because of the rich military history of the Moreno Valley-Riverside area. But also, because the average member’s age is over 70. “They showed up with more than 150 people in support of the community.”
Renaissance Villages has also become charter members of such senior groups as the Red Hats Society and “Old Farts” Hot Rod Car Club. Each month, Renaissance Villages invites the “Old Farts” Hot Rod Car Club for breakfast. In return, if residents want a ride on the town, the Old Farts volunteer to drive them in their beautifully restored vehicles. “Senior citizens come in and help the senior citizens who need some assisted help,” Rattan said.
Rita Whalen, a new resident, loves the facility. “It’s wonderful. There is always something for people to do,” she said. “I’m home.”
Rita also commented on the level of care she’s received from the Renaissance Village staff. “They’re wonderful people, and they’re here to take care of you. If you need any help, they’re there for you. I have a lot of fun with them, and I know I can trust them.”
CED is building its next Renaissance Villages community in Murrieta. Precise grading is complete. Vertical construction commencing in the next few weeks or early spring. Rattan said this will be a stellar project that offers assisted and memory care, with future plans to offer sub-acute care. Plans also include a Renaissance Village community in Indio.