11853 97th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98034

Director Spotlight – Gary Jacobs

Meet Gary Jacobs, Executive Director of Parkshore Juanita Bay

As Parkshore Juanita Bay moves closer to construction, we thought this would be a good time to meet members of the team who are bringing the community to life.

What makes Parkshore Juanita Bay so unique? 

Choosing to become a part of Parkshore Juanita Bay is an invitation to embrace a lifestyle that marries luxury, comfort, and a vibrant community spirit, all set within the picturesque beauty of our prime location by the lake. Our people and our culture make all the difference.

Why should someone consider a community like Parkshore Juanita Bay?

Choosing Parkshore Juanita Bay means choosing a lifestyle that values quality, community, and personal enjoyment. It’s not just a place to live; it’s a place to thrive.

We’ve meticulously designed every aspect of our community to reflect the highest standards of luxury and comfort. From elegantly appointed residences to sophisticated communal spaces, every detail will cater to a refined living experience that doesn’t compromise on warmth or friendliness.

Our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our residents is at the core of everything we do. This includes offering a wide range of amenities and services designed to promote wellness, from fitness classes tailored to all levels of mobility to gourmet dining experiences that cater to diverse dietary preferences and nutritional needs.

We also adhere to the highest quality standards. This encompasses everything from the professionalism and compassion of our staff to the safety and maintenance of our facilities. We continuously strive to exceed industry standards and expectations to provide a safe, secure, and supportive environment for our residents.

What is the culture and community like?

One of the most cherished aspects of life at Parkshore Juanita Bay is the vibrant community spirit. Our residents form the heart of our community, bringing together diverse backgrounds and rich life experiences.

Nestled in a stunning location, our community offers the perfect blend of natural beauty and convenient access to local amenities. Whether it’s serene walks by the lake, exploring local parks, or enjoying the nearby shops and cafes, our location enriches the lives of our residents by providing a beautiful backdrop to their daily activities and easy access to what they need.

Understanding that each of our residents is unique, with their own set of preferences, needs, and aspirations, we will offer personalized care and support that respects individuality. Whether it’s assistance with daily living activities or specialized care, our dedicated team is committed to ensuring every resident receives the attention and respect they deserve. 

Tell us a little bit about your background before joining Parkshore Juanita Bay?

As the youngest of eleven children, with five brothers and five sisters ahead of me, I naturally found myself in a unique position within our family. My parents, having welcomed me into their lives later in their journey, meant that I gradually assumed the role of caregiver—a role that, in hindsight, was both a profound blessing and a formidable challenge.

Witnessing my parents age in the familiarity of their own home, I saw firsthand the natural inclination many have to remain in their own space. However, this choice often led to a reactive stance towards health issues and unforeseen events, rather than a proactive one.

My professional journey in senior living began in 2011 at Transforming Age, where I stepped into the role of Human Resources Director at our Skyline community. It was here that I discovered my true calling in senior living. The calling was so strong that even when I transitioned to Aegis Living and later to Brookdale Senior Living, serving in roles that ranged from General Manager to Executive Director II, I retained a deep-seated passion for the field. Each experience, especially within the for-profit sector, offered unique insights but also highlighted a different set of priorities and missions.

Ultimately, the pull to return to Transforming Age was irresistible. The opportunity to rejoin an organization whose values aligned so closely with my own was a chance I eagerly embraced. This journey, shaped by my personal experiences and professional endeavors, has solidified my commitment to transforming the landscape of senior living.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Spending time with family, my wife Christi and I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren, and traveling (usually some place tropical).

What is your long-term vision for the community?

My long-term vision for Parkshore Juanita Bay is to establish it as a beacon of innovation and excellence, where luxury, comfort, and community converge to create an unparalleled living experience. We aim to be recognized not only for the high-end amenities and services we provide but also for our commitment to the well-being, enrichment, and empowerment of our residents.

We envision a community that continually evolves to meet and exceed the expectations of modern senior living, integrating cutting-edge technology and sustainable practices to enhance the quality of life for our residents. By fostering a vibrant, supportive, and inclusive community, we seek to create a nurturing environment where every resident feels valued and connected.

Ultimately, the long-term vision is to set a new standard for senior living communities, one that others aspire to emulate, making Parkshore Juanita Bay synonymous with innovation, excellence, and a deeply fulfilling lifestyle for our seniors.

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