We know how challenging it can be to find the right residence for a loved one who needs memory care. We’ve created a safe, positive, residential environment with the best in memory care services. Our community isn’t just safe and secure. Here, you’ll find a residential environment with a bright cheerful atmosphere, a beautifully landscaped secure courtyard that has plenty of greenery, palm trees and bird feeders, all the assistance you need and the best in Memory Care services.
Our associates don’t just provide all the assistance residents need, they’re trained to bring joy and a sense of family to each and every moment by staying focused on what residents can do, never what they cannot. If you have any questions regarding memory care, give us a call. We pride ourselves on providing the information and answers families need to make the right decision.
We Do Memory Care Differently
Throughout its nearly 30 year history, Watermark has sought ways, large and small, to enhance the well-being of our residents and associates. Success is mostly measured in the strong and durable relationships between residents and associates that bring with them trust, comfort and more than a bit of warm fun.
Particularly in our Memory Care communities, growing and sustaining these vital interpersonal relationships are built into the programming. The journeys that residents and associates share are founded on daily rhythms that are not bound by a daily regimen of mostly healthcare-related tasks but by sharing together all that each day brings. Cooking meals together, putting together a scrapbook, filling the bird feeders on the patio, harvesting tomatoes in the garden, listening together to the special music that is the soundtrack of the resident’s life.
Each of our Memory Care associates undergoes training to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner. We call these universal caregivers Nayas. The word Naya, which centers on the concept of being engaged in the present moment, comes from the ancient language of Classical Sanskrit. A guide, person of wisdom, conductor and leader – these terms truly define our caregivers, and reminds community members to connect with each other and be mindfully engaged in each moment. In doing so, we cultivate a sense of well-being, community and creativity. From this thoughtful foundation, both residents and associates thrive.
Our resident-centered approach provides a joyful, dignified life for each person entrusted to our care and peace of mind for their families. We use this Memory Care Vision Guide and video below as an initial part of our orientation for Nayas. It articulates our larger vision and invites Nayas to explore this new model for Memory Care.
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Memory Care at The Gardens
- Beautiful, sunny and secure outdoor courtyard
- Private and semiprivate suites available
- Housekeeping, linen and personal laundry service
- Complete apartment maintenance
- All utilities, including electricity, water, basic cable TV and local telephone
- 24-hour staffing with specially trained memory care experts with certification through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP)
- Three nutritious, well-balanced family style meals where families and friends are welcome
- Healthy and delicious snacks available at all times
- Access to Gourmet Bites, our signature program that’s restoring the joy of dining for individuals living with physical, neuromuscular and cognitive changes
- Personal pantry program for each residents’ favorite foods
- Dynamic calendar of classes, activities and outings including Watermark University classes designed for residents with memory care needs
- Structured and spontaneous activities specifically tailored to each resident
- Extraordinary outings that you would never expect in a memory care community
- Homelike environment with resident photographs, keepsakes and family histories
- Family communications center
- Ongoing communication with primary care physician, other healthcare professionals and family members
- Care-by-day programs available
Ask about our Memory Care Day Programs and Respite Programs!
Video: A New Model for Memory Care
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It’s a wonderful feeling to know your favorite foods or mementos are always close at hand. Our Pantry Program provides residents of our Memory Care neighborhoods with their own personal space to store comfort foods and favorite items. Here, they can count on finding their mint Milano cookies, tomato bisque or ginger pear tea. Families and friends use the pantry spaces to store photographs, books, games and more for fun conversation starters during visits with loved ones.
Nurturing Environment – Days filled with the things you look forward to and enjoy.
We create “like home” memory care neighborhoods that are comfortable and familiar. Our residents are surrounded by wonderful aromas from delicious meals, music, laughter, family members, fresh flowers, natural light, children, pets, the changing of the seasons and reminders of things to look forward to today, tomorrow and beyond. We fill the days with favorite pastimes and make sure to create plenty of meaningful moments.
Dining for the Soul – Favorite Foods with Good Friends.
Beyond nutritious and delicious, meals are times to gather, connect and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Old favorites and interesting new delights are always on the menu and with Gourmet Bites, those same choices come in attractively served, bite-size portions to make meal times even more enjoyable. Our Pantry Program even provides residents with personal space to store favorite items like mint Milano cookies or tomato bisque, so comfort foods are always close at hand.
Engaging Programming – Grow and Connect in Meaningful Ways
We pour our hearts and souls into creating meaningful ways for residents of The Gardens to learn, grow and connect with each other, themselves, their families and our associates. We use a wide variety of approaches, depending on the individual, the hour and the day. Expressive Arts uses music, art and movement to tap into all forms of creativity for an alternative form of communication beyond words. We skillfully address Physical Wellness with traditional fitness classes, to innovative offerings such as Music & Movement, Drum Vibe and Sit and Be Fit. Our physical fitness programs are tailored to residents’ abilities, preferences and needs. We utilize Life Histories to celebrate past occupations, preferred hobbies and treasured talents. Through Watermark University we encourage residents, associates, family members and local experts to share their interests in classes like Basic American Sign Language, Crazy & Creative Art, Fishing Frenzy, and Bunco for Beginners, to name a few. These are but a few of the approaches we use to help residents thrive, one joyful moment at a time.
Meet the Nayas – Guidance, Care and Connections.
Here, the art of caregiving goes beyond the traditional title, so we call our caregivers “Nayas,” a word originating from the ancient language of Sanskrit. A Naya is a guide, person of wisdom and a leader who is engaged in the present moment. Specially trained and certified Nayas communicate through validation rather than correction to show understanding and support. We know that behaviors are a response to an unmet need. From this thoughtful foundation, we cultivate a sense of well-being and connection.
We partnered with the National Council of Dementia Practitioners to train our Nayas how to incorporate residents in the rhythms of daily living. Together, they work side-by-side cooking, cleaning, preparing and serving home style meals, and anything else that evokes a sense of purpose.
Extraordinary Outings – Experiences that Make a Difference.
Our group trips shatter the expectations of what’s possible. Our residents, associates, families and volunteers work together to plan safe, adapted outings to ensure our residents thrive. Recent examples from Watermark communities coast to coast include fishing trips, a day at the beach, a train trip to New York City and even an overnight camping excursion.