What Our Memory Care Community Can Offer You
Just because someone you love is experiencing memory loss, it doesn't mean that they should have to sacrifice their quality of life. Our residents spend their days in a secure environment, surrounded by familiar people who encourage them to enjoy life, experience feelings of belonging and purpose, and help to maintain their current skills through our daily path of engagement.
Here are just a few of the ways we help the seniors in our memory care programs make the most of this season of their lives:
A Secure Setting
Because Brookdale Willowbrook Place specializes in memory care, our community has been designed with our residents in mind. We have an enclosed courtyard so that your loved one is free to explore the grounds with secure, sheltered freedom. Our apartments, common areas, dining area and outdoor spaces are also purpose-built to support those living with dementia. Here you and your family can have peace of mind knowing staff is on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to be alerted to an emergency.
A Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere
Surrounded by your favorite things and people who care about you—that’s home. Our easy-to-navigate floor plans and extra details, such as soothing wall colors, provide the comforts of home, so your family member can feel comfortable and confident. Our studio apartments have plenty of natural window light and a private bathroom, and some even have a garden view. Companion suites are also available. We can also help your family make your loved one’s apartment familiar and comfortable with a move-in guide and a suggested list of what to bring.
Consistent Care Assignments
We don’t just hire good people; we invest in quality training and education to help keep our staff up-to-date on the latest dementia care techniques. They specialize in techniques like physical prompting and cueing to help residents maintain independence. And our consistent care assignments, whenever possible, help provide your loved one with the same care partners to encourage familiarity and build relationships on trust. Our care associates focus on getting to know our residents’ histories, routines and preferences to allow for more holistic wellness and personal care.
Our structured program of activities isn’t just about staying busy. Whether it’s engaging in creative pursuits or staying connected to hobbies or passions, days here are full of life-enriching, purposeful activities that can help preserve your loved one’s independence and slow the progression of the disease. Each resident is offered engagement that provides challenge and stimulation but remains failure-free. Activities include brain games, watercolor painting, Spanish classes, fitness classes like our B-Fit program, dancing and music programs like Big Band music.
Personalized Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
Our care programs are tailored to each individual and offer support throughout the day, whether during meals, taking medication, bathing or more. That means we meet your family member right where they are, helping them live their best life with independence, dignity, and courage. This gives our residents a sense of stability and comfort that they are well-known where they live.
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