The original owner of Olivenhain Guest Home built the six-bed facility to serve local Olivenhain residents in 1966.The first owners were considered pioneers in assisted living in the region. Since then, the community has been family owned and operated by two more families whose passion was to develop and maintain a safe haven for seniors to comfortably age in place. The second owner expanded the occupancy to 17 residents during her ten year ownership.
Hank Kurtz and Suzanne Kurtz
For over 14 years, Hank and Suzanne have owned and operated Olivenhain Guest Home. Born out of a passion to find their own parents the best possible memory care and assisted living for Alzheimer’s and dementia, Hank and Suzanne consider their ownership of the community more of a calling than a job. They live their lives each day with the residents and are involved with every aspect of resident care and operations within the community.
“Both of us had parents who needed help in their later years. Suzanne’s mother had Alzheimer’s, her father, stroke-induced dementia. My mother needed help after her husband died. She lived in our home on and off for ten years. When it came time to find a warm, caring place for our parents there were no facilities which met their diverse needs. We later found Olivenhain and fell in love with the spirit of the owner’s approach. After working with them for several years, we decided to purchase the community and continue the tradition of providing the highest quality care and a safe, loving environment for other North County San Diego families.” -Hank Kurtz
Both Hank and Suzanne are professional health care specialists and understand the many mental and physical needs their residents have. As a licensed Physical Therapist, with a Master’s in Public Health, Hank has directed the design and development of the facility to ensure that the residents’ physical ambulatory needs are met. Suzanne is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and is very involved in the emotional needs of both the families and residents as they transition into and out of the community.
Their professional backgrounds and expertise gives them important insight and knowledge to assist caregivers through the process and they are strong advocates who understand first-hand the needs of the family and the resident.
Under the leadership of Hank and Suzanne, Olivenhain Guest Home has become an integral part of the community – working with the city, local businesses, physicians, patient care advocates, and senior centers. to provide a safe, caring environment for North Coastal SD County seniors to “gracefully age in place.”
Our Staff is Committed to Quality, Compassionate Care
Our staff is carefully screened and hired for their ability to provide the highest quality care and serve our residents with integrity, compassion, and a dedication to make our residents’ lives safe and comfortable. Our Memory Care team is highly trained in dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. In addition, we provide our staff with Continuing Education Unit (CEU) classes for Alzheimer’s and Dementia to ensure we are using the latest techniques.
Each member of our staff brings a variety of life and professional experiences to our community, ensuring that all our residents engage with people who understand their needs and can connect with them on many different levels.
We pride ourselves on hiring positive, motivated and caring staff that truly enjoy the ability to positively impact our residents and their families. Many of our staff have personal relationships with our residents and their families and are greeted with affection and admiration whenever they visit the community.
Our staff also includes nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and other medical and mental health professionals. The community physician is a highly-respected professional at our local hospital and is on call 24/7/365 to meet the medical needs of our residents.
Our Medical Director, Dr. Jason S. Keri is a Geriatric Psychiatrist and associate professor at UCSD specializing in the minimal use of Psychotropic medication with senior patients. Dr. Keri endorses our behavioral approach which uses gentle redirection and other specialized memory care techniques. We also have doctors and medical specialists available 24/7/365 who help us prevent hospitalization for our residents.