Memory Care

Ability-Centered Memory Care

The Birches is also proud to offer Encore — a specialized neighborhood in our community, dedicated to providing memory support services. When someone loved and cared about starts experiencing mild to severe memory loss, it can be devastating to the individual and to their family. Finding a solution is not always an easy task. Encore may be just the solution you are looking for.

This secure, state-of-the-art neighborhood provides well-designed, private, pet-friendly apartment suites and carefully selected well-trained staff that use innovative approaches and technology to address cognitive and social needs and desires while ensuring each resident's dignity and prolonging independence.

As the only credentialed Montessori Inspired Lifestyle senior-living community in Illinois, and one of eighteen communities nationwide, The Birches team works to create a failure-free environment that focuses resident-led activities which include preserving an individuals' abilities and strengths. One of the foundational aspects of the Montessori Inspired Lifestyle approach is treating our seniors with humane respect regardless of age, ability, or cognition by giving them a voice and empowering them to be as independent as possible, and continue to lead a meaningful life.


"My mother has been in the Encore memory area of the Birches for almost a year. The place is so clean, and the staff is so loving and caring. I see her very frequently and she is almost always occupied with activities in the company of other residents and staff. Sometimes she is enjoying the activity so much, that instead of going out, she wants me to join her. My mother was unhappy in her previous place, and it gives me such peace to see how happy she is at the Birches." Family Member, Review

Success Stories

Our Encore Structured Day: Purposeful Programming

The Birches’ Encore neighborhood provides person-centered care that makes life easier and more meaningful for residents with memory loss. In order to promote the well-being of residents living in Encore, The Birches has devised the Encore Structured Day, an organized yet flexible daily routine that fosters social engagement and growth.

The Encore Structured Day includes time for exercise, hobbies, relaxation, and reinforces proper hydration. Residents living in Encore are also encouraged to engage in stimulating cognitive activities through montessori practices to build on cognitive function.

The Encore Structured Day supports all four components of Successful Aging: Social support, Intellectual challenge, Physical growth, and Spiritual connections. Below are some examples of our weekly structured programs to support their potential:

Social: Happy Hour, TimeSlips, Lifebio Writing, Flower Arranging, Movie Night, Curious Corner, and more!

Intellectual: Math Bingo, Meaningful Moments, Name That Tune, Reading Club, Gourmet Club, and more!

Physical: Strength and Balance Class, Movement to Music, Physical Therapy, Chair Yoga, and more!

Spiritual: Meditation, Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Music & Memory Program, Sing Fit, Rosary & Communion, Sensory Stimulation, Comfort Dogs, Therapy Chickens, Gardening Club, and more!

At The Birches, we help family members and their loved ones stay connected. Our team bridges connection through innovative technologies using our Family Engagement App. Our family members can view our calendar of events in advance, receive notifications on activity attendance, receive or share pictures through our HIPAA secured chat, have more meaningful visits based on their loved ones preferences, and much more!

Birches' family members: Login to Caremerge for the current activity calendar