The Memory Care cottage is designed for the safety and comfort of cognitively impaired residents. Walk-in showers, height-appropriate fixtures such as toilets and sinks, and locking cabinets protect residents from harm.
The commons area features an open design, including dining room and living room, as well as Life Stations that allow for purposeful wandering. Each Life Station is designed to engage individuals by triggering memories of tasks ingrained throughout their life. For example, Life Stations include an infant nursery for care and nurturing, wardrobe to promote grooming habits, and work station for a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Between both Memory Care hallways, an enclosed courtyard provides access to fresh air and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors without the risk of wandering away from the community. The courtyard is adorned with attractively designed raised planters that guide the walkways and allow for residents to interact with the gardens and green space.
A wellness station creates a hub for care partners and nurses to conduct care updates and paperwork. Residents who need a calm, soothing atmosphere can relax in the quiet sitting room. In addition, there’s a beauty salon where residents can receive special one-on-one attention in a familiar environment.
The whirlpool/spa room provides ease of bathing for residents with physical disabilities and helps with circulation. For those whose dementia has caused a fear of water, the spa can be more soothing than a shower, reducing both their anxiety and the time required for bathing assistance.
Technology developed by Missouri-based companies, SmartCare and Foresite, is available for passive monitoring of situations such as falls, changes in sleeping behaviors, appliances left on, and water on the floor. Proactive monitoring has proven to be effective in prolonging good health and enabling staff to respond faster when a resident needs help.