For over 35 years, The Country Village in Chico, Northern California, has lovingly cared for seniors in Chico and Butte County by providing smaller, more caring and personal Assisted Living and Dementia and Alzheimer's Care facilities, as well as an Adult Memory Loss Day Program and Respite Care.
Gentle, thorough daily care, and innovative activities create an inviting, home-like atmosphere for everyday life. We enhance the lives of our residents by giving them choice, dignity, privacy and respect.
The Country Village includes the Country House for assisted living, the Country Commons for assisted living with Dementia and Alzheimer's, the Country Club, an adult day program for seniors with dementia and memory loss and Country Village Respite Care, which provides overnight, weekend and longer stays for seniors, enabling caregivers to take time off.
The Country Village is located in Chico, CA in Butte County, northern California.
In 1978, Lyn Dorenzo was a returning student at California State University, Chico preparing to get a degree in elementary education when she learned that the University had just initiated a degree in Community Services with an emphasis in Gerontology. Lyn knew immediately she would love working with older adults.
She completed her degree in 1980 and began working at Family Service Association developing programs for older adults. Because this was a new field, she was able to get funding for and develop the Widowhood Program, the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and a Senior Volunteer Program.
Now, over 35 years later these programs are still functioning, although taken over by other agencies.
After visiting all the long term care facilities in the five-county area, Lyn saw the need for a quality home, which was designed for the purpose of being an assisted living facility. With the exception of a small six-bed home, all the other facilities were converted homes or a motel.
Lyn set out to research what elders would want in a facility they could call “home.” With that information, she designed and built The Country House.
Lyn continued educating herself in the care of elders and designed The Commons, a secured home-like facility for those with Alzheimer's and memory loss. The Adult Day Program, The Country Club, soon followed. It has been obvious to Lyn that she will always be learning more about the field of aging especially since she is now officially a senior herself.
In the past few years, Lyn’s “hobby” has turned from work to playing with grandchildren. She is blessed to have 12, 8 of whom live in Chico. She hopes that she can be a positive influence in their lives, so that they realize that “older people” can be lots of fun and can still contribute much to the lives of others.
Lyn fully intends to move into The Country Village one of these days!