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Our Approach to Memory Care

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The transition to memory care can be one of the most difficult decisions a family makes. At Bethesda Gardens, we recognize the challenges families face and strive to provide an environment where seniors not only get the physical daily care they need—but also enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

Seniors in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia may be most comfortable in our assisted living community, which offers autonomy and independence backed by a strong safety net of care. Personal assistance such as medication management or arranging medical appointments can help structure the resident’s day, while the vibrant social connections can help stave off memory loss and keep the mind sharp.

As Alzheimer’s progresses, our memory care community offers an advanced level of care, with care partners to supervise and monitor 24 hours a day. As a faith-based organization, we value service above all else, which means our compassionate team is here to serve our residents and their families with the transition.

We know that keeping residents physically and socially active can often slow the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia, and ease its effects. To help manage anxiety, wandering, and sundowner’s syndrome, our care partners personalize their approach to each residents. Some examples include:

• Warm lavender hand and face washes in the evenings to calm before bedtime
• Resident sing-alongs to connect through songs they’ve known for decades
• Pet therapy for residents who wander
• Musical performances to engage non-verbal residents
• Scenic drives to enjoy sunshine and improve sleep patterns

Additionally, our community offers a variety of enriching activities, life-skill areas, social settings, and wellness programs specifically designed to care for and support individuals with dementia and their families.

Our Health Services Director meets with new residents and their families to develop an individualized care plan, which includes an assessment of the resident’s physical and psychological needs, personal likes and dislikes, and is reviewed regularly as needs progress.