At Cogir Senior Living, the health of our residents and staff is our highest priority. Our safety protocols are designed with that in mind. Although we have implemented enhanced measures in accordance with the CDC and local protocols at this time, we are eager to find ways to connect you with our community and your loved ones.
Check in with our staff to learn what guidelines need to be considered for an in-person visit or tour. And a virtual visit is always welcome! As always, thank you for your trust.
Arthur Ashe once said that “true heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but to serve others at whatever cost.”
Beloved Cogir resident Earl Van Valkenberg spent more than 37 years in the military, mostly behind the scenes, always in service to others. But it turns out Van Valkenberg’s heroism wasn’t short on drama.
Van, as he prefers to be called, joined the military straight out of high school in Vancouver, Washington. He served in the Navy during World War II, and later joined the Air Force Reserve. A master of military communications, Van was given one of the most prestigious posts an airman can receive when he was assigned to serve aboard Air Force One.
As communications chief on Air Force One, Van served Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Van facilitated flawless and readily-available communication between VIP passengers and people on the ground whenever needed. Some of his more memorable flights include groundbreaking trips to China while serving during the Nixon administration.
Van’s exceptional understanding of communication systems led to a role in designing different versions of the jet’s communications center, which at one point featured 85 phones and three fax machines.
Van’s most dramatic and harrowing experience, however, comes from a transatlantic flight in 1962 that put his heroism and courage to the test.
While serving in a Reserve Unit Van was assigned to the crew of a transport aircraft, the C-119 Flying Boxcar, which was to return to the United States departing from Chateauroux, France.
The plane was inspected and deemed satisfactory for the flight, but not long into the journey one engine began to fail necessitating an emergency landing. The result of the subsequent inspection was a complete engine replacement.
Again the plane was inspected and deemed flight-ready. The aircraft flew farther this time before experiencing engine trouble once again. The crew landed the plane and the engine was again replaced in its entirety.
The third time’s a charm, as they say, and this time when the aircraft was well-enough into the flight the crew allowed themselves to feel the excitement of returning home to the United States of America.
That is until it was discovered that the #2 engine was engulfed in flames. Extinguishers managed to shrink the fire but it was not entirely out. The pilots decided to take a dive to allow the high-speed air to smother the remaining flames. It worked. But now the heavily-loaded aircraft was relying on one engine.
The plane was struggling.
The crew decided to toss out some heavy items. Most of the cargo was tightly secured with aluminum straps but the plane was not equipped with any tools to loosen the bolts holding everything in place. Van’s survival kit held a small wire saw, giving the crew their only hope. They frantically loosened cargo and began to toss life-rafts and other survival gear off the aircraft as quickly as possible.
At this point the plane was flying at 92 knots. The only operable engine would stall at 89. Now the crew was forced to lighten the load further. They tossed the loading ramps, ropes, chains, briefcases full of charts, their personal luggage, and ultimately a door torn from the latrine. Every ounce counted!
The crew considered parachuting into the one remaining life-raft onboard but their survival rate in the icy waters was slim. There had to be another way. Thankfully before much more hope was lost, a British Air Sea Rescue aircraft came into sight. The rescue craft advised the crew to dump their remaining life-raft and change course toward Newfoundland.
Sputtering into Argentia Newfoundland, the plane was safely grounded and airmen poured out of the hangar to enthusiastically greet the courageous and quick-thinking crew.
Van’s part in saving the crew and the C-119 was rewarded with the Air Force Accommodation Medal and the promise of a long and wonderful life spanning ahead of him.
Van will turn 94-years old in a few weeks. We are honored to have him as a resident of Cogir of Vancouver. This Veterans Day we give him our most sincere gratitude for the service he provided to our beautiful country.
Van, you took great care of the crews and the presidents you served. We hope to return the favor in every way we can. Happy birthday and happy Veterans Day to you.
Happy Veterans Day to Cogir Senior Living resident Earl Van Valkenberg!
There are places where you know exactly what to expect when you get there. The car dealership? You know what’s coming, brace yourself and be strong! The DMV? Yup. Bring a good book, it’s going to be a while.
Maybe you think you know what to expect on a tour of a Cogir Senior Living Community. And maybe you’re mostly right. But we are hoping to surprise you a little too.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON A COGIR TOUR
A warm greeting from our Concierge: Cogir’s front-desk personnel are more than just receptionists. The spirit of Cogir is warm, open and ready-to-serve… and that’s the welcome you can expect upon entering our community. The front-desk is the problem-solving, information-giving, need-fulfilling heart of our property. On your tour you can expect to start at the heart.
A real conversation: Expect your tour to be personal and personalized. We are eager to understand the specific needs of your family. Choosing a care residence is one of the most important choices you will make for yourself or your loved one. We all want the best fit possible. An open, direct and warm conversation about needs, concerns and expectations is key to finding that perfect fit.
A clear dedication to the health and safety of our residents: When you arrive you will be asked to check in at our kiosk. In compliance with the CDC guidelines, visitors must meet one of two criteria: proof of vaccination against COVID or proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours. We earnestly hope all our visitors will understand the necessity of this measure. We are happy to help our potential visitors and future residents learn more about this commitment to safety; please let us know if you would like to have a conversation ahead of your tour by calling (360) 896-6081.
An introduction to some staff and residents: In the course of a tour you will have the chance to interact with some members of our staff as they are available. Where possible, you might be learning about our amenities and services directly from our onsite chef, our housekeeping staff, and our activities coordinator. You will also be able to converse with some of our residents. Consider it our own in-house Yelp review.
Transparency about costs and fees: A relationship of trust and transparency between your family and Cogir Senior Living starts with this conversation. Our costs are laid out clearly for you so that you can make the best choices for yourself or your loved one.
A follow-up call: After you have had time to process the information from your tour we want to be available to help answer any additional questions you may have. We would love to invite you and your loved one to an upcoming event or lunch. There’s always something fun around the corner on Cogir’s calendar. Each Cogir Senior Living campus is its own thriving community of friends and neighbors. Come be a part of the fun for a day!
Finding the right care community for yourself or your loved one is a mix of the practical and emotional. We hope you’ll see right away that we can handle both of those very necessary and human responses. Give us a call, we’re ready and waiting to get to know you better.
Cogir on Napa Road is a 95-door assisted living and memory care community fully dedicated to helping active assisted living seniors and residents with early dementia diagnosis live the Cogir Difference. The community is comprised of 75 assisted living apartment homes with another 24 apartments in a unique open campus memory care. Cogir on Napa Road joins the Cogir family on September 15, 2021. The previous four acquisitions that joined Cogir in July of this year are Cogir of San Rafael in northern California, and Cogir of Bothell, Cogir of Edmonds and Cogir of Northgate Memory Care, all located in Washington State.
David Eskenazy, Cogir Management Chairman of the Board states, "Every single member of our American management team excelled to make this transition a success. Many months of negotiation and preparation were needed to professionally carry out this operation. We are extremely proud and grateful for the dedication and cooperation displayed by every member of the team."
The addition of these five new senior living communities allow the U.S. division to grow, but it will also help to diversify the range of services offered. These properties provide focus on assisted living and memory care environments to seniors experiencing a need for more assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) or loss of cognitive impairment, whereas the existing 12 properties are largely dedicated to independent and assisted living residents.
Wally Jossart, President of Cogir Management USA says,"This is an exciting time for Cogir Senior Living. The honor and opportunity to serve more seniors while providing rewarding work experience for employees, is something that I take very seriously. I am beyond thrilled to continue the Cogir journey of expanding our US operations and building a Team of exceptional leaders who will grow the company with compassion and integrity."
Mathieu Duguay, Cogir Real Estate’s president and chief executive officer states, “I am quite proud of the work done by the entire U.S. team. Having experienced an unprecedented global crisis, they have worked hard not only to maintain safe and pleasant living environments for our residents, but also to ensure that this transition was carried out in a highly professional manner with little impact on our seniors, their relatives and our new colleagues."
Cogir Management USA’s efforts to acquire new properties over the coming months are ongoing.
Cogir is delighted to announce the addition of four new retirement homes on the U.S. West Coast to the 12 already being managed by Cogir Management USA.
That is right! Cogir of San Rafael, a 59-door memory care community is fully dedicated to helping cognitively challenged seniors, joined the group on July 15. Five days later, on July 20, the addition of Cogir of Bothell, Cogir of Edmonds and Cogir of Northgate Memory Care, all located in Washington State, brought the total of new doors to 237.
“Every single member of our American management team excelled to make this transition a success. Many months of negotiation and preparation were needed to professionally carry out this operation. We are extremely proud and grateful for the dedication and cooperation displayed by every member of the team,” declared David Eskenazy, and Walter Jossart, respectively Cogir Management USA’s chairman of the Board and president.
Not only will the addition of these four new retirement homes allow the U.S. division to grow, but it will also help to diversify the range of services offered. These properties provide memory care environments to seniors experiencing a loss of independence or cognitive impairment whereas the existing 12 properties are largely dedicated to independent and assisted living residents.
“I am quite proud of the work done by the entire U.S. team. Having experienced an unprecedented global crisis, they have worked hard not only to maintain safe and pleasant living environments for our residents, but also to ensure that this transition was carried out in a highly professional manner with little impact on our seniors, their relatives and our new colleagues,” stated Mathieu Duguay, Cogir Real Estate’s president and chief executive officer.
Cogir Management USA’s efforts to acquire new properties over the coming months are ongoing.
Vaccine clinics are rolling right along with most Cogir Communities having recieved their first round of vaccines, and have their second clinic scheduled! Enjoy peace of mind living at Cogir of Vancouver with the knowledge that the majority of our staff and residents are one step closer to living with a real reduced risk of Covid-19 outbreaks . Please contact Cogir of Vancouver Senior Living Community to get all the latest updates regarding Covid-19 vaccines. We are also conducting in-person and virtual tours, please contact our sales and marketing department for more details - we are looking forward to seeing you!
At Cogir of Vancouver we take great care and pride in our safety protocols and adherence to all public health regulations around the coronavirus. Because of our diligence in sanitizing and social distancing, we are ACCEPTING NEW RESIDENTS during this time. It's important to understand that we are considered an "essential" extension of the health community and we want to embrace seniors looking for a safe, secure, and enriching environment to thrive in.
We are conducting both VIRTUAL and IN-HOUSE TOURS and we welcome you in with open arms, and a face mask of course! We look forward to seeing you very soon!