You are not alone.
A life lived with forgetfulness is filled with ups and downs for both the elder and their loved ones. One of the major milestones in this journey is the moment of diagnosis. Whether it’s Alzheimer’s or another form of age-related dementia, it can feel like a devastating blow. Appropriately called, “The Long Goodbye,” loved ones begin to brace themselves for a long road ahead, filled with perpetual loss. This can be a painful journey but can also be filled with small victories and priceless moments too. One thing is for sure, you do not have to travel this long road alone. Let our loving team of experts at Wesley Court at Stevenson Oaks, our Memory Care neighborhood, come alongside you to provide care, comfort and confidence for all that a day may hold. Our team looks beyond the diagnosis in order to develop a plan that is based around all that your loved one can do and not focused on what they can’t. Simple moments of connection can make all the difference, that’s why we put our full attention on understanding your loved one’s core needs which are based on the seven Eden Alternative Domains of well-being: identity, growth, autonomy, security, connectedness, meaning, and joy. Within these domains, none are specific to treating an illness but rather nurturing the person as a whole. You see, our team is committed to knowing and understanding the illness while understanding who they were, who they are and what may lie ahead. We will be by your side, through it all.
what to expect.
With individualized plans for care and led by a licensed nurse, our full-time professional certified staff personally engages with every Memory Care resident. We offer:
- Private 1-bedroom, 1-bath suites
- Memory garden, a safe and secure space with open access to Memory Care residents
- Planned group and individual activities and events that encourage engagement and connection
- Warm setting, expertly designed for easy navigation
- 24/7 assistance response
- 24/7 licensed nursing staff
- Secure environment
- Assistance with personal care
- Chef-prepared meals and snacks
Experts on tuning-in.
When your loved one moves into Wesley Court, our memory care community at Stevenson Oaks, expect lots of questions. What they like and dislike, their favorite foods, their key loved one’s names, their former occupation, hobbies, interests, favorite music and more. This is only a sampling of all we hope to learn so that we can effectively join them in their world. We consider ourselves experts on tuning-in to all that is said and those things that remain unsaid too. You see, when you understand that “behaviors” like crying, wandering, anger or restlessness are really just signs of an unmet need, suddenly the need for medications is reduced, anxiety and fear is less frequent and each day is filled with a few more wins.
Hand in hand training.
Evident in programs and activities that help residents through the day with less strain and more joy, Hand in Hand Training – the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) program –equips our dementia care staff with the ability to assist each resident.
- Staff members respect residents’ dignity, increasing their self-esteem
- Staff training includes how-tos of resident interaction, reducing behavior concerns and controlling medication needs
- Staff members learn each resident’s history and incorporate the knowledge into daily life
- Families can track their loved one’s progress via regular reviews
- Support groups connect families to share concerns
- Residents’ improvements in sleep, nutrition and hydration can often improve relations with family members
Stimulating an appetite.
Enjoying a delicious meal is one of life’s small pleasures. At Wesley Court at Stevenson Oaks, our Chef wants every resident to find joy in their dining experience. That’s why our dining team goes the extra mile to keep appetites engaged with multi-sensory stimulation.
- The food is prepared in the same space as the resident (not carted in from some far off kitchen) so that the sounds and smells of dinner being prepared engage the senses and ultimately, the appetite.
- All food is fresh and made from scratch. NO processed or re-heated foods. Only the best!
- Food is plated in an attractive way to maximize interest. Even pureed food is piped onto the plate to resemble the actual food.
- Autonomy is key to a strong appetite. That’s why the residents themselves get to make their selection from the menu at each meal- we are always nearby to lend a hand.
Start with a conversation
There is no way around it, this is a huge decision with many things to consider. Our team understands the delicacy of this conversation and promises to go at your pace, while guiding you towards practical solutions. The first step is to start a confidential conversation with our team. Next, you’ll want to take advantage of our complimentary assessment to better understand the type of daily support your loved one may need to get a better understanding of pricing. You have questions and we have the answers. Let’s talk.
Memory Support FAQ
Memory loss, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, diminishes an individual’s ability to manage daily life. So, memory care provided at Stevenson Oaks – from dining to staffing to activities – is designed around supporting the resident in every moment, enabling them to have a successful day. Specially trained professionals work together with the resident and their family members to create structure, familiar schedules and surroundings, all in a secure and uniquely safe environment that promotes purpose and celebrates accomplishments.
Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning and the ability to remember) that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. Dementia itself isn’t a disease, though it often accompanies diseases like Alzheimer’s. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances in substances, such as hormones or vitamins. In contrast, Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for 60-80% of dementia (per WebMD and other sources). It’s a progressive, degenerative brain disease affecting parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. 1 in 8 people over age 65 have Alzheimer’s, and it affects women more than men.
Carefully selected and trained Memory Support staff members have the gift of being person-centered in their interactions and, given their compassionate temperament, bring exceptional patience, gentleness and a passion for consistently providing dignified and respectful care to our dementia care residents and their families.