Juniper Communities Re-Hires Doug Vocelle as Regional Director of Operations

Doug Vocelle

Doug Vocelle

by Jeanine Genauer

Juniper Communities has hired Doug Vocelle as regional director of operations, where he will oversee the company’s Florida portfolio. Doug Vocelle previously oversaw marketing for the company, before leaving for eight years due to a family relocation.

In addition to his responsibilities overseeing operations in Florida, Doug Vocelle will also be responsible for implementing components of Juniper’s Connect4Life program, which makes onsite medical care available to residents. He will assist with developing the relationship and workflow between the two Florida Juniper properties and Redwood Health Partners.

Based in Bloomfield, Juniper owns and operates independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing properties in New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania and Colorado.

Juniper Village at Naples Earns “Excellence in Care” Distinction From Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Juniper Village at Naples

Juniper Village at Naples

by Jeanine Genauer

Juniper Village at Naples has achieved the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) “Excellence in Care” distinction, having met the AFA’s rigorous national standards for dementia care settings. This is the fourth consecutive certification for Juniper, an unparalleled feat by most. At present, only two memory care communities have the Excellence in Care designation in Florida. Communities receiving the distinction can be viewed at

Juniper Village’s executive director Maria Ciocca expressed, “Our dedicated team has worked very hard to provide tender loving care to our residents. I am very proud that this is the 4th time that we have received this award. The staff works diligently at ensuring that our residents’ experience a pleasant day while making new memories.”

“Juniper Village at Naples truly exemplifies the intent of our Excellence in Care program, to elevate the quality of care for people with dementia,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and chief executive officer. “AFA is proud to recognize this organization for providing its clients with optimal care and nurturing their spirits.”

To earn the status of “Excellence in Care, Dementia Care Program of Distinction,” Juniper Village underwent a comprehensive on-site evaluation and consultation by an AFA Excellence Specialist to ensure compliance with AFA’s national standards on care quality and ability to sustain performance. This status is considered the highest hallmark of recognition by AFA for long-term care communities offering services for the memory impaired.

Currently, as many as 5.1 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and the incidence is projected to triple by mid-century.

Juniper Village at Naples located at 1155 Encore Way, is a secure, purposely built community, specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. The memory care residence features uniquely gracious small cottages, each with its own living room, dining room, kitchen and private bedrooms, with private bath. Meals are enjoyed together in the homelike dining area opposite the cottage kitchen. After a meal a stroll around the gardens or just sitting on the front porch further the home like atmosphere of Juniper Village at Naples. The memory care facility and grounds are fullysecured with an integrated resident-to-staff call system, and exterior door security system.

February 2017 Events at Juniper Communities: Awaken Your Passion

February 2017 Events

February 2017 Events

by Tara Williamson

This month, our focus on creative expression continues with a focus on art. Art, as with beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It is understandable that some have great artistic ability and others do not. But, at Juniper we know that everyone has a passion for creative expression, regardless of ability or age. Pablo Picasso once said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” He is speaking about becoming inhibited as adults. With our various art programs we encourage uninhibited creativity as a form of therapy. Creating art affords the opportunity of self-exploration and self-expression leading to both physical and mental benefits. Creating art in any of its various forms, is also about sharing a bit of ourselves with each other. Art is one way to express ourselves, and the creations are honest and true representations of our experiences. In sharing our stories through art with others we invite communication and create lasting bonds.

Art typically encompasses painting, sculpting, and drawing. But, the act of creating art can be as simple as doodling. Art is simply the creation of something outside one’s self that often mirrors what is going on within their mind, soul, and body. We use creative arts as a way to nurture the spirit of life. Join us throughout February as we focus on great varieties of art such as photography, needlework, handicrafts, painting, sculpture and more. Please join us as we share a bit of ourselves with our weekly craft classes, experience art on an outing to an art museum, and embrace our celebratory spirit with Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day parties. We look forward to helping you Awaken Your Passion this month!

Our fabulous February 2017 events at Juniper Communities include our:

  • Go Red for Women Paint and Sip Fundraiser for a fun evening of painting, making friends and sharing a good bottle of wine and complimentary hors d’oeuvres – all for a great cause, as the cost to participate in the Paint and Sip event is $35 per person, and part of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign on February 7th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in Lebanon, PA at Juniper Village at Lebanon.
  • Valentine’s Day Special because there’s no better sweetheart than Marilyn Monroe to put you in the mood for Valentine’s Day, so come see why Marilyn captivated thousands including movie stars, sports legends and even Presidents with strawberries and chocolates to accompany the performance on February 14th at 6:30 pm in Chatham, NJ at Juniper Village at Chatham.
  • Presidents’ Day Celebration as we have invited local Abraham Lincoln impersonator, Rick Miller to present his interpretation of Abraham Lincoln, along with information on his life, the Civil War and what life was like for Honest Abe on February 20th at 2:00 pm in Pittsburgh, PA at Juniper Village at Forest Hills.
  • Artfully Yours Art Show beautiful Juniper is very proud of our local resident artists; we will be celebrating them with a Wine and Tapas Art Show, so join us and enter to win 2 tickets to Shen Yun, Sunday March 5, 2017 at the Buell Theater on February 22nd at 5:30 pm in Aurora, CO at Juniper Village at Aurora.
  • A Walk Down Music & Memory Lane for our one-year anniversary as we share the tremendous impact our Music & Memory program has had on our community with amazing videos that will send chills down your spine and put tears of joy in your eyes as you see the effect music has on our special senior population on February 22nd from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Cape Coral, FL at Juniper Village at Cape Coral.
  • Mardi Gras Celebration with Sherry Lynn’s Ballroom Dancers as the food will be Cajun, the Hurricanes will flow, so come show off your beads, it’s Mardi Gras you know; jazz music will play, dancers will twirl, enjoy your King Cake, oh give it a whirl; put on your mask and wear it well, for your true identity no one can tell, so join us this day so you don’t regret, this may be the best Mardi Gras yet on February 28th at 2:30 pm in State College, PA at Juniper Village at Brookline.

We look forward to sharing our February 2017 events at Juniper Communities with you as you Awaken Your Passion.

Juniper Villages Win Nine 2017 Best of Senior Living Awards



by Jeanine Genauer

Juniper Communities is proud to announce that nine of its communities have been selected as the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award Winners on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America.

The locations of the Juniper Villages recognized with the award include Juniper Village at Aurora, CO; Juniper Village at Brookline, PA; Juniper Village at Cape Coral, FL; Juniper Village at Chatham, NJ; Juniper Village at Forest Hills, PA; Juniper Village at Louisville, CO; Juniper Village at Meadville, PA; Juniper Village at Mount Joy, PA; and Juniper Village at Naples, FL.

The annual Best of Awards tabulates over 130,000 family created reviews to find the best quality care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 200,000 communities currently listed on, just over 1,400 were recognized with this prestigious award.

Lynne Katzmann, CEO of Juniper Communities praises her communities and their staff for regularly receiving highly positive reviews such as the following posted on

Mary Huzinec: “If you’re looking for the highest possible quality care for your senior family member, Juniper Village at Forest Hills is the place to go – warm, welcoming, clean and compassionate, this place has it all.”

Diane Rothers: “Wonderful facility! My father has lived here (Juniper Village at Aurora) for 3 years, and I have never worried about him or the care he receives. The staff is exceptional; many have been here 10+ years. Dad is treated like a person living in his home rather than a patient. I highly recommend Juniper Village!”

Pam Coon: “We are beyond thrilled with my mom’s care at Juniper Village at Mount Joy. The staff is wonderful and cheerful, which helps all of us when these decisions for more care are being made. Mom is happy and loves the staff. We as a family highly recommend Juniper for your loved one’s care, it is a paradise.”

“Families are increasingly looking to online reviews to find out who truly delivers great care for our seniors, not just who claims to deliver great care,” said Eric Seifert, President of “Our Awards program is all about celebrating the exceptional people who do just that. We’re honored to spread the word about these organizations whom families can entrust with the care of their senior loved ones.”

To qualify for inclusion in the Best of 2017 Awards, providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving three or more new reviews in 2016.