We also take residents on scenic drives throughout the area to such lovely destinations as the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, set against the spectacular backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak. In fact, while at the summit of Pikes Peak, Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write “America the Beautiful.” Colorado Springs truly is the epitome of America the Beautiful.
Our campus offers an Alzheimer’s and dementia care program where skilled associates provide residents with a structured routine of activities that help maintain their abilities, encourage the use of their current skills and experience daily moments of success with a sense of purpose
Our single-story community offers 60 one-bedroom studio apartments, each with its own bathroom with sink and cabinets. Bathrooms have accent walls and colored toilet seats as residents often have a difficult time with depth perception. Bathing is assisted in private bathrooms located in our community. Some apartments offer courtyard views, others have views of the back yard and park, and a few look out onto our lovely front entrance area. All apartments are bright, cheerful and airy – and families are welcome to decorate the rooms any way they wish that makes them feel at home. They can even paint the walls if they desire. Of the 60 studios, we also offer eight companion suites for those of our families looking for companionship for their loved one or to share the cost of rent.
Within our community, there are four separate neighborhoods, each serving a total of 17 residents. Each neighborhood has its own living room, dining room and kitchen. This creates a more intimate setting, which is especially important for those residents who have anxiety issues and difficulty dealing with larger groups of people. Residents can wander from one neighborhood to another – even eat in another neighborhood with a friend whenever they wish.
Our courtyard area, which borders the wooded Palmer Park, is enormous; offering residents access to a wonderful outside area. They have the freedom to come and go as they please so that they don’t feel constricted. Yet the entire courtyard is fully secure, allowing them to safely enjoy Palmer Park from a distance.
Virtually any type of healthcare service required – from home health to hospice to physical therapists – are welcome to provide services on side. Families can choose whom they’d like to provide services; or we can guide them to providers in the immediate area, including those with whom our memory care community frequently works. There’s a great deal of communication with our staff, so that we are always kept up-to-date on the status of the resident.
Many of our caregivers are certified nursing assistants, and several are medication technicians, who must go through state-certification training before they are able to distribute medications. In addition to being thoroughly trained, our loving staff is exceptionally devoted to our residents and attentive to their needs. They are patient, kind and understanding; always working diligently to help ensure that each day is the best day it can be for our residents.
At Brookdale Palmer Park, we understand the weight of the responsibility of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Let us help you and your loved one with our compassionate, specialized care.
Brookdale Palmer Park offers care programs and secure environments for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. At Brookdale we believe no matter where an individual is in life’s journey, each has the right to live in a dignified manner and to enjoy meaningful experiences every day. Highly-trained associates deliver on this promise as they provide dementia care services and enable residents to experience daily moments of success.
Deeply rooted in a person-centered approach, our program focuses on sustaining feelings of belonging and purpose while seeking to preserve a sense of self. The concept has evolved over a quarter of a century by continually embracing the latest research and innovations in the delivery of quality dementia care. Our teams have cared for thousands of individuals with dementia, as well as for their families. We offer a gentle daily structure (seven days per week) choreographed with a minimum of six programs per day. All are designed to maintain the resident’s abilities and to encourage the use of their current skills.
In addition, we offer activities that involve the entire senior living community – church services, bible studies led by an outside volunteer from a local church, musical programs, and a men’s coffee group, to name just a few. Many community members volunteer here, such as local Boys and Girls Scout groups, who often sing for residents. And our own family members are also very involved with our community.In fact, they often organize many of our events – from bringing in an outside orchestra group to helping us organize our winter ball. Two large activities rooms are available for community-wide events.
Designed by a team of culinary associates, experts in memory care and registered dieticians, our unique dining program promotes a positive and successful dining experience with the following features:
Each of the four neighborhoods has its own dining room, which provides a smaller, more intimate dining experience for our residents. Three meals and three regular snacks are served each day. The meal of the month often features such favorites as fried chicken. In addition to our regular meals and snacks, food is always available in each of the neighborhood kitchens. We can also handle most special dietary needs, including no salt, mechanical soft and diabetic diets. We also do monthly weigh-ins to be sure residents are maintaining a healthy weight.
Because people with memory impairments often have difficulty with depth perception and thus, distinguishing food on their plates, our meals are served on colorful Fiesta ware – each neighborhood has its own color scheme.
We partner closely with the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and in concert with them, we offer monthly family discussion groups here at Brookdale Palmer Park. Family members, staff and the general public are always welcome. Our staff, along with many family members, also get together each year to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We also participate in Memories in the Making – an annual art show featuring drawings and paintings done by people with Alzheimer’s.
We’d love for you to come visit to see what we can provide for you. Call today or click on Contact Us and let us know how we can help you.