Lakeside Memory Care Neighborhood

What is the difference between Assisted Living and Memory Care?

Assisted living encourages residents to be as independent as they can, but offers assistance when needed. This includes helping a resident with activities of daily living (ADL). As we age, everyone has good days and not so good days. On those not so good days, we may assist with dressing, bathing, preparing meals, assistance with using the bathroom, and general mobility help, including escorting to and from dining or activities.

When a loved one is experiencing short term memory loss, most of the time, assisted living can give them enough care and social interactions to keep them healthy, engaged, and safe. But with dementia, as the disease progresses, they unfortunately can be exit seeking or need more one on one attention to keep them entertained. This can be very exhausting for caregivers and spouses who are caring for them. At this point, the disease has progressed and families need to accept that memory care is needed to enable a safe environment, which can actually help their loved one flourish and engage in person centered activities based on their cognition.

Lakeside, Our Memory Care neighborhood, is a secured environment but is aesthetically pleasing and actually mimics our assisted living décor, colors, styles, and atmosphere. This aids in a stress-free transition as they will also know friendly faces, since our staff cross trains between assisted living and our memory care neighborhood.

As cognitive diseases progress, and unfortunately many individuals realize that they have a deficit, it is our mission to focus on what they can do, will do and might be able to do. We do not want to bring attention to their ailment or memory loss because that can add to agitation and frustration.  Instead, we want them to reminisce about memories that give them joy and happiness.

As a family owned and operated assisted living community that is also family oriented, the care and compassion we provide to our residents and their families comes straight from our own, personal experiences with extensive training in the various stages of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Our new Memory Care Neighborhood includes:

State-of-the-Art Accommodations

This includes, not only technology, such as an advanced alarm security system with cameras for both exterior and interior monitoring, but also keeping our residents safe with our wander guard system. Our enhanced design of the common area has many details to deter your loved ones who are exit seeking.  For example, the inside of our main door looks like a bookshelf, so residents cannot immediately identify a door by which to leave and wander out on their own.  Many safety measures have been put into place with all exit doors.

24-Hour Nursing On Site and Specially Trained Staff

Our memory-care staff have been specially trained in the various stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s and how to treat patients with those conditions. Not only do our residents get around-the-clock care, but we make sure they get the best care based on their personal needs.

Dementia-Care Capable Instructors/Practitioners on Staff

We recognize that learning how to interact with memory care residents is an ongoing process, which is why several of our management team are Dementia-Care Capable instructors and practitioners. This means we can train our staff in house, in the best ways, to interact you’re your loved one.  They are a fixed element of our team so they can be available to answer questions and train other staff members as needed, as required by state regulations.  We go above and beyond in training our staff to include dining aids, laundry, and housekeepers, down to our maintenance staff, and concierges.  We realize that on any given day, our residents will have some type of interaction with all these staff members and enabling them to have the proper education to re-direct or assist them is essential.

Assistance with Daily Living

Unfortunately, memory illnesses tend to progress in many different ways, mentally and physically. Our staff is available 24/7 to aid residents with everything from bathing, dressing and medication administration, including helping with incontinence-related issues.

In-House Pharmacy, Lab, X-Ray, and Physical Therapy

We want to make sure as many of our residents’ needs are met on site as possible, which is why we have contracted in-house pharmacy, lab, mobile X-ray, and a space with equipment devoted to physical, occupational, and speech therapy.  These services are available in house make caring for your loved one efficient and convenient without having to transport them to receive these medical procedures out of the building.

Individualized Wellness Plans

Every resident is assessed prior to admission, on their cognitive and mobile skills. This gives our staff a baseline and then we can put into place a care plan for each resident on how to give them the best care needed for them to assist in as much independence they can maintain. This includes activities to promote brain stimulation, socializing, and exercise interactions that are personalized to their physical and cognitive abilities, as well as their interests.

A Multi-Sensory Room

Our multi-sensory room, along with our life recognition stations, are designed to provide mental motivation to help aid in delaying the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s.  This room also offers aroma therapy, visual aids, and a quiet peaceful environment to help de-escalate any behaviors common with dementia.

Open Floor Plan and Secured Lakeside Courtyard

We want our residents to feel at home as much as possible, which is why we have designed a main area with an open floor plan with plenty of comfortable furniture for residents to sit and socialize and engage in various activities. Each private apartment enters into our common area. Residents who suffer with dementia or Alzheimer’s experience symptoms of paranoia, or loneliness.  This design gives our residents the feeling of being at home, safe, and secure around others.  Our secured lakeside courtyard allows residents to get fresh air and take in the scenery of nature, while the secured fence surrounding the property prevents any residents from wandering off.

Our residents have lived a life where certain amenities make them feel special and pampered. Our goal is to instill dignity and purpose for all our loved ones joining us. When our residents look and feel good, this can make a bad day quickly turn into a great day.  Our beauty salon and spa tub can help aid in this mood change.

Additional Options

Stillwater recognizes the importance of family and accommodating their needs as well, especially family that lives out of town.  We have a fully furnished and stocked Guest Room that can be reserved, free of charge, for families to stay while they are visiting their loved one.

Stillwater also understands the need for families to be together while a family member is crossing over. During these end-of-life moments, many families do not want to leave their family, but may need some time away for a shower or possibly to rest, this guest room is available for them to use as well.

One-Cost Plan

Though we cannot predict the future, Lakeside can help with planning future finances. Unlike places that raise costs as residents require more levels of assistance, Lakeside residents pay the same monthly fee even when additional assistance is required for daily living needs such as bathing assistance, mobility issues or medication administration, and incontinence. Likewise, three meals a day, all drinks, and snacks, weekly housekeeping, daily laundry, including personal laundry are included, if needed.

Amenities Include:

  • Daily group activities
  • Onsite Beauty / Barber shop
  • Set monthly fee for daily living assistance
  • 24-hour on-site Nursing
  • Medication Administration/Supervision
  • Three daily meals plus snacks and drinks
  • Housekeeping, Linen, and Personal laundry services
  • All utilities, Expanded Cable TV, and Secured Wi-Fi
  • On site Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
  • Contracted In house Lab and X-Ray
  • In house Pharmacy
  • Visiting Nurse Practitioner

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