Memory Care Community
Living a Full Life with Memory Loss
Because of our commitment to Successful Aging and Montessori Inspired Living, we focus on our residents above everything else.
We view the aging process as something wonderful and full of possibilities to grow and thrive.
It truly warms our hearts to know that the memory care services we provide are helping enrich our residents lives!
Some of our memory care residents have described our team members as their best friends, counselors, and even detectives, helping them locate misplaced items now and then.
We are a certified Montessori Community.
Only the most seriously committed senior living organizations have taken the additional steps to become a Montessori Inspired Lifestyle credentialed community, and Birches Assisted Living and Memory Care is proud to be a part of this elite group.
An important foundational aspect of the Montessori Inspired Lifestyle, is to show a deep respect for seniors at all levels of care by giving them a voice and empowering them to be as independent as possible by supporting their choice. From that foundation, we support our members by applying the Montessori Principles throughout our day such as focusing on choice, abilities, interests, and resident-driven decisions.
Memory Care Residents Safety
Residents with memory impairment or dementia are typically unable to use traditional call systems, meaning they are unable to call for help when they need it, or may use the system inappropriately leading to unnecessary calls.
Systems that require residents to wear wrist bands or trackers are often ineffective if residents remove the device, forget to wear it, or if the device requires frequent recharging. At the Birches we have implemented the Vigil Memory Care System for memory care residents.
The Vigil Memory Care System is an award-winning system that uses passive sensors and sophisticated software to ensure resident safety while respecting privacy and dignity.
Dining In Memory Care
With dementia, sometimes words do not have meaning, so rather than use printed menus, we make up sample plates and show them to each resident.
With this visual presentation, people can more easily choose what they'd like to eat. Our associates then prepare individualized plates, based on resident requests and preferences.
On the kitchen bulletin board, each resident has a preference card, with their photo. Families help the director make these cards by explaining likes, dislikes, special needs, allergies, etc. of 'their' person. These cards are helpful to our associates in serving meals.
My mother recently moved her from another facility. The care and concern that has been shown to her and our family has been exceptional. The move in process, even in the midst of Covid, was made easy. I am continually impressed by how kind and caring all the members of the team are. They genuinely seem to like their jobs—which was not the experience that we had previously. The communication with staff is excellent. Any concern or question I have had has been answered quickly and professionally. The nursing care is thorough and the activities planned are innovative and engaging. My mom has been there two months and so far it has been a great move!
Resources and Education
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Common signs of memory loss.
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