Brightview Bel Air

Jessica McAllister is the new vibrant living director at Brightview Bel Air (Submitted photo, The Aegis / December 9, 2013)

Jessica McAllister has joined Brightview Bel Air, a Brightview Senior Living community in Bel Air, as vibrant living director.

"We are delighted to have Jessica join our team," Executive Director Jen Bourgeois said in a news release. "Our caring and highly trained associates drive the success of our communities and, together with residents, bring our mission – Live Vibrant – to life each day."

As vibrant living director, McAllister leads the team that provides vibrant programming in the community's assisted living and award winning Wellspring Village neighborhood for memory and Alzheimer's Care.

According to the news release, McAllister and her team will use a blend of inspiring and enriching programs to empower residents to live a life full of possibilities, choice and independence, including Brightview's award winning SPICE framework, representing five holistic elements of wellness – Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Cultural and Emotional – and the model on which resident programming is based.


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"Brightview is known for our commitment to flexibility and choice for our residents, where we focus on possibilities rather than limitations," Bourgeois said. "Jessica brings a unique skill set to the position. We're thrilled to have her expertise."

McAllister received a bachelor's degree in music education from James Madison University in 2006. In 2011, she earned a master's degree in music therapy from Colorado State University where she studied and implemented neurological music therapy techniques in diverse populations including older adults with Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. She also worked with individuals receiving hospice care and their families.

McAllister serves as government relations chair for the Maryland Music Therapy Association and is a board certified music therapist as well as an active member of the Maryland Music Therapy State Task Force and the American Music Therapy Association.

"Throughout Brightview Bel Air's 14 year history, associates and residents have created a vibrant and healthy community," McAllister said in the news release. "I am honored to be part of the team."

Brightview Senior Living and its parent company, The Shelter Group, create and manage innovative, award-winning senior living communities in the mid-Atlantic to New England region. For more information on Brightview Senior Living, visit http://www.brightviewseniorliving.com.