A secure, memory care environment that does not feel restrictive.
Memory care is a type of long-term senior care generally for those individuals with various stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia who are in need of a secure living area. Barclay Friends’ person-centered care approach tailors programing to each resident’s preferences and interests. Residents have the right to participate in decisions about their lives. Staff offer residents choices by “doing with” rather than “doing for.”
The community balances the feel of home with a safe environment where individuals enjoy:
- Help with daily activities such as dressing, bathing and medication management.
- Family-style dining to promote socialization, provide healthful choices and lessen problems associated with weight loss.
- Decorating their personal living space to make it their home.
- Access to the outdoors and the natural world.
- Areas to interact with familiar everyday items, such as a laundry area, office and kitchen.
- Art, gardening and games that engage residents and honor their individual interests.
- Music & Memory™ program offerings.
- Freedom to explore areas inside and outside the building safely on their own.
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The memory care neighborhood is located within Barclay Friends’ newly opened Preston building and includes twenty private apartments. Its layout affords residents opportunities to enjoy natural light and open spaces.
“From the minute I walked into Barclay Friends, I knew it was the one. Growing up, my mom loved flowers and gardening and really has a green thumb and my dad was always around agriculture, so they are able to look out their windows and see trees and flowers and connect with their surroundings.”
Daughter of Barclay Friends Resident
Creating a Sense of Home
Barclay Friend’s memory care neighborhood is named Bartram Way, after 18th-century Quaker botanist John Bartram.
Bartram Way is unique in having a full-time staff horticultural therapist who works with residents in the Horticulture Program. Through this program, residents have many opportunities to garden, arrange flowers or simply enjoy the natural world both indoors and outside in Bartram’s enclosed garden and covered patio.
Cultivating Music and Art
Music and the arts provide many benefits for older adults, including reminiscence of happy life events, positive changes in mood, improved sense of purpose, reduced anxiety, stress and physical pain, connection with others and increased enjoyment of life.
Lead my a staff Music Therapist, residents can participate in the highly regarded Music & Memory™ program, popular music singalongs, classical music concerts and opportunities to move or dance to live performances.
A Mindful Approach to Memory Care
Mindfulness is a unique aspect of Bartram Way. Being mindful has been shown to help those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia to manage stress and loss and find greater satisfaction in life.
Techniques like structured silence and guided meditation are taught to staff and to interested family members to help them appreciate each moment with their loved one.
Is Memory Care Right For Your Loved One?
Residents are assessed using a comprehensive tool used to determine the best level of support for each person, and if it’s ever needed Barclay Friends’ continuum of care will ensure a smooth transition to one of Barclay Friends’ three highly regarded skilled nursing care neighborhoods
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