What does ‘Memory Care’ mean at Commonwealth?
Welcome to Sweet Memories™, the award-winning memory care program offered at Commonwealth Senior Living. We understand this is a journey for the entire family and are committed to providing expert training for not only our own team, but also comprehensive support to the families who entrust us with the care of their loved one. The program is specifically designed to deliver the highest quality of care, support, and engagement to our residents living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The program blends the warm, homelike feeling of our distinct memory care neighborhoods, personalized care delivered by compassionate, specially trained caregivers, the calm and familiarity of routine schedules and consistent staffing with engaging programs and activities. All work in concert to provide our memory care residents with the very best experiences every day.
Our associates enjoy rigorous training to ensure they’re able to provide a safe, loving, and engaging home for our residents. This training includes Virtual Dementia Tours ™, Advanced Dementia Training, and Certified Dementia Practitioner Training. We also provide families with Sweet Beginnings family orientation which creates a partnership between the family and care team and educates the family on what to expect throughout the progression of this unique disease.
Learning the Life Story
Making the Move
Creating a Care Plan
In addition, Commonwealth provides a signature portfolio of gently stimulating activities and tools for its Sweet Memories residents.
Assistance with Bathing
Assistance with Dining
Assistance with Dressing
Assistance with Toileting
Individualized Care Plans
Landscaped Garden & Patio
Private & Companion Suites Available
Specially Trained Associates On Site 24/7
Travel the World Program
Weekly Housekeeping Linens
Few Memory Care residents require full support in all of these areas, but all require a level of help in some of them. Becoming part of an Assisted Living community can also prepare residents for future needs or occasional spikes in care needs through a continuum of care or aging in place model. In this respect, joining a community when a resident’s needs are still fairly modest can minimize disruption and distress during more chaotic phases.
Why We Do What We Do
At Commonwealth Senior Living, our mission is to improve the lives of seniors, their families, and each other. We asked our associates who fulfill our mission each day the questions – “Why did you choose a career in senior living?” and “What does your career mean to you?” Here’s what they had to say!Read More
If you’re considering Memory Care, you may be under stress to make a big decision on a short timeline. Here are some of our most helpful resources to help you sort through the variables. To quickly establish a detailed care plan and pricing for you or your loved one, please schedule a conversation with one of our experienced community ambassadors.
Caring for a Loved One with Dementia: Chocolate in the Morning
Love may look and feel a bit different for those with loved ones struggling with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Everyone shows their love in different ways. One of our family members began writing about his wife’s journey with Alzheimer’s a few years ago where he imagines the world through her eyes. He has been gracious enough to share his writing with us and aloow us to share. He has a unique insight into what she’s experiencing and how he’s able to bring her joy.
Cracking the Caregiving Code
You’re standing in unfamiliar territory. The rush of emotions scatters your thoughts. Unanswered questions whirl around in your mind. As a caregiver, you feel every emotion possible. At times, multiple at once. As a caregiver, you need to keep your light maintained and operating. The light is you. What can you do to keep your single light shining? What gives you energy?
Starting the Conversation
For many families with aging parents, visits can unveil issues they weren’t aware of. This can stir up a lot of feelings. You may wonder, what’s happening when we aren’t here? Is she safe? What should I do? The guilt that you aren’t able to care for a loved one yourself as well as the fear and sadness that they aren’t doing as well as you hoped can be staggering. But it’s best to start preparing a plan for a senior living community that you would both feel comfortable with now rather than being forced to make a choice once it’s an emergency.