Memory Care Is An Important Part Of Life At New Pond Village
The Memory Care neighborhood at New Pond Village has been open since March. Benchmark Senior Living made the investment as part of its $8 million expansion at the Walpole-based senior living community.
There are new residents moving in and Memory Care is incorporated in all aspects of life at the senior living community as it is a priority not only for the residents but also for the town of Walpole.
Tasha Thomas, resident care director, and Carolyn Roycroft, Memory Care director, talk daily with other residents about Memory Care and how it fits into the community.
Activities that give Memory Care residents an opportunity to engage with other residents are welcomed and encouraged.
The goal of Memory Care is to help seniors stay active and engaged through specialized programs and a neighborhood designed specifically with their needs in mind. Memory Care is led by a dementia care specialist who provides the programming, services and support to help residents feel secure, comfortable, and successful every day.
Tasha and Carolyn use research-based programming to help the residents engage in physical, social, intellectual, emotional, purposeful and spiritual wellness.
When new residents or prospective residents are oriented to New Pond Village, Memory Care is highlighted about how it enriches the lives of people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s is explained.
“I think it is really important for our residents to understand the benefits of having Memory Care here and how it integrates with the entire community,” said Tasha.
A lot of people searching for the right senior living community choose a continuing care retirement community because it has Memory Care. They consider they or their spouse may need that care at some point.
For Phil Sullivan and his wife, Giselle, Memory Care was the key in their decision to move to New Pond Village. Phil’s seven children completely supported their choice and are happy to see their parents thriving and living in Walpole.
From a caregiver’s perspective, the ongoing training he/she receives is aimed at helping all New Pond Village team members understand dementia.
“It is very reflective and helps me realize why certain behaviors happen and how to react or not react,” says Phiona Mugomba, a caregiver in Memory Care.
She says when Independent Living residents visit the Memory Care residents it makes an impact and they have positive reactions.
Residents are happy with the renovations and opening of the Memory Care neighborhood. They are proud to call New Pond Village home. Residents proudly promote New Pond Village to their friends.
There couples who live at New Pond Village where one person lives in Independent Living and the other lives in Memory Care.
The Memory Care neighborhood can accommodate 28 residents. To find out more about Memory Care and the Lifecare Advantage Plan, contact New Pond Village to arrange a tour.