The Verandah Retirement Community in Lake Charles Appoints New Executive Director

The Verandah Retirement Community in Lake Charles Appoints New Executive Director


LAKE CHARLES, LA (June 12, 2020) – The Verandah Retirement Community, a premier retirement community in Lake Charles, LA offering Person-Centered Care for seniors seeking independent living, assisted living or memory care living options, welcomes Katrina York as the new Executive Director. A 12-year senior living industry veteran, York will be responsible for daily operations, financials, marketing, government and community relations, and all health and safety programs including new heightened procedures and protocol to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 infection.

Prior to joining The Verandah, she served in senior management positions at other local senior communities, earning an exceptional reputation for her commitment to creating a welcoming, nurturing, and safe environment for residents and building strong and supportive relationships with their families, the local community and her colleagues and staff. Today, she continues to be actively involved with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“Katrina brings with her an unwavering dedication and outstanding industry expertise that will certainly translate to further enriching the lives of the senior residents in her care at The Verandah,” said Luis Serrano, CEO, Sunshine Retirement Living. “We are delighted to have her on the Sunshine Retirement Living community management team.”

About The Verandah Retirement Community

Managed by family-owned Sunshine Retirement Living of Bend, OR The Verandah sits on 40 beautiful acres in the master-planned community of Graywood, and 80 independent living apartments, 20 independent living cottages and 40 assisted living apartments, providing residents seamless transition from one level of care to another as needed. The award-winning community follows a Person-Centered Care philosophy, offering numerous amenities and services to support residents’ physical, social, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual needs at an affordable cost. Numerous amenities include a wellness/fitness center, library, computer room, chapel, stocked fishing ponds, formal and casual dining rooms, large lounge and bar, art studio, theater, beauty salon/barbershop, and a beautifully landscaped courtyard and garden.

The comprehensive and fully integrated Memory Care program features personalized care and social programs for all stages of memory loss, developed around the six Sunshine Pillars of Wellness, which include physical engagement, spiritual support, sensory stimulation, social connections, intellectual discovery, and emotional expression. Residents enjoy music therapy, aromatherapy, validation techniques, and a wide variety of social, health, and wellness activities, such as life skills stations to encourage socialization and promote memory recall. Recently, The Verandah added an innovative Virtual Therapy program for seniors with dementia-related diseases to promote calm and decrease aggression by helping to uncover and recall fond memories.

Residents of The Verandah’s assisted living apartments also benefit from a Person-Centered care and a professional and caring staff that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Individual service plans include personal hygiene and grooming, dressing and clothes selection, showering and bathing assistance, meal assistance, incontinence management, mobility support, socialization, and medication assistance. Assisted living residents to enjoy the same services and amenities found as the independent living residents, such as a delicious, nutritious, and extensive dining program, and access to the beautiful and natural surroundings.

All residents at the community enjoy a 24/7 dining program with a delicious and extensive menu incorporating fresh and healthy ingredients from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet, which has been proven to foster brain health. In fact, a recent study found that the MIND diet lowered Alzheimer’s risk by about 35 percent for people who followed it moderately well and up to 53 percent for those who adhered to it rigorously.

New residents of The Verandah will benefit from the community’s signature Easy-Move program, offering caring and dedicated staff members who can assist with real estate and financial services, moving professional, veteran assistance, and more as they transition into their new home.

The Verandah Retirement Community is located at 5851 Gray Market Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70605. Please visit us for more information.

About Sunshine Retirement Living

Based in Bend, OR Sunshine Retirement Living manages 32 retirement communities across the United States, offering senior apartments, independent living, assisted living and memory care. A family-owned business with more than 20 years in the senior housing industry, Sunshine Retirement Living’s mission is to be the preferred senior living provider offering value, choice and independence while promoting health and social interaction that exceeds residents’ expectations and enriches the lives of both residents and staff. By providing meals, housekeeping, activities, transportation, utilities and in-house management staff, Sunshine Retirement Living continues to build an unparalleled community feeling in each property. For more information, visit www.SunshineRet.com or connect socially, @SunshineRetirementLiving.