Support For The Family
We realize that each individual affected by Alzheimer’s disease has unique characteristics and challenges. Alzheimer’s affects the entire family, not just the individual. As a result, we hold family council and care plan meets to assist families with the pragmatic and emotional issues that arise during a time of evolving change and transition. The care team will work together with you to provide a structured daily routine to enhance the quality of life of your beloved family member.
We encourage family to remain integrally involved in the lives of their loved ones and work hand in hand with the Alzheimer’s Association to help families who may need some additional support.
We Emphasize the “Care” in Alzheimer’s And Memory Loss Care
Your loved one with memory impairment is often scared and confused. A genuine smile, a quick hug, or another act of special kindness can help reassure him or her and allow them to feel more connected.
At Home of the Good Shepherd Memory Care Residence, we offer a high staff-to-resident ratio. Our RN Care Manager and LPNs are available around the clock, along with resident aides who are trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Our unique program emphasizes communication strategies that utilize the five senses to connect with our memory care residents. Our compassionate staff keep our residents safe and comforted by managing behavioral changes in a calm, tranquil environment.
A Comforting, Sunlit Environment
Our safe, secure, and home-like single floor “neighborhood” with 42 splendid sunlit private rooms and baths showcases the changing of the seasons. Our residents walk down memory lane daily at Home of the Good Shepherd Memory Care Residence by enjoying the coffee shop, newsstand, ice cream parlor, Post Office, beauty/barber shop and an old fashioned penny candy store. It is a neighborhood everyone wants to be part of and fast friends are made.
Our inviting community encourages our residents to flourish to their potential through the various sensory modalities delighting residents throughout the building with the smell of freshly cut grass, the feeling of an antique telephone or the sound of crickets while rocking on our European inspired front porch. In addition, our residents will also be able to enjoy a safe and inviting, beautifully manicured outdoor courtyard.
An Emphasis on Active Involvement and Life Enrichment
We strive to create active involvement among our residents to help them stay mentally alert and slow the progression of memory loss. Pleasurable activities and memory enhancement programs include but are not limited to: movement to music and sing-a-longs, ice cream socials, bingo, and other active games, gardening, book club, coffee klatches, movies with popcorn, and theme-oriented reminiscent group.
Other therapeutic modalities to stimulate the senses are offered including art and music therapy, aromatherapy, horticulture therapy, chair yoga, and laughter. Your loved one’s well-being, sense of personal identity, and feelings of community are central to everything we do in our memory care community.
Customized Care Plans
Providing exceptional personalized care and comfort has been a consistent hallmark of the Home of the Good Shepherd. Each resident has a customized care plan that is integrated within case management services.
The plan reflects an individual’s needs and routines and is based on discussions with the resident, family members, physicians and other healthcare providers involved in the well-being of the resident. The personal care plan is routinely updated based on nursing assessments done by onsite staff as the resident “ages in place.”
Memory Care Services are offered at our Malta Residence and our Memory Care Residence in Saratoga at 390 Church Street.