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Learn About Care Options for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s
Our lives are made up of memories; Memories of friends, family, of good times, and obstacles overcome. So when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it can feel overwhelming. The truth is that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is life-altering for everyone involved – not just the individual with the diagnosis.
Do you have questions about Alzheimer’s?
Are you curious about innovative care and therapy options?
Maybe you just want to visit and experience a memory care community to get a better sense of future options?
A community that feels like home, but provides state-of-the-art memory care.
Depending on where you are in your Alzheimer’s care journey, you’re likely to have many questions. Let’s start with a few basic questions.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes difficulty with memory, thinking, and sometimes behavior. In fact, it is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 percent to 80 percent of all cases. As a progressive disease, with symptoms worsening over time, Alzheimer’s has no cure. However, we can improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. Whether your loved one is suffering from early-, middle-, or advanced-stage Alzheimer’s disease, The Kensington Sierra Madre provides the right specialized treatment, tools, environment, and compassion necessary to provide each individual the support they need. We love and care for your family as we do our own.
Have questions? Contact us today to learn more!
What are the stages of Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease typically progresses slowly in three general stages — mild (early stage), moderate (middle-stage), and severe (late-stage). Since Alzheimer’s affects people in different ways, the timing and severity of dementia symptoms vary as each person progresses through the stages of Alzheimer’s differently.
What are the main causes of Alzheimer’s?
While the exact causes of Alzheimer’s disease aren’t fully understood, scientists believe that for most people, Alzheimer’s disease is a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time.
Less than 1 percent of the time, Alzheimer’s is caused by specific genetic changes that virtually guarantee a person will develop the disease. These rare occurrences usually result in disease onset in middle age.
The Kensington at Sierra Madre, a Dedicated Memory Care Community
At the Kensington, we understand the challenges and concerns that come with Alzheimer’s and memory loss and we treat our residents with the utmost respect and dignity. We love and care for your family as we do our own. We recognize that the family is an essential part of this journey. That’s why we have thoughtfully designed a state-of-the-art, personalized memory care program that benefits all kinds of resident and family situations.
With an exceptionally high staff-to-resident ratio, we can offer highly individualized, comfortable, and peaceful care by providing your loved one with the following loving support:
- Licensed nurse on-site 24/7
- Dedicated Director of Memory Care
- Specialized Memory Care team
- Full-time Memory Care Supervisor
- Director of Nursing Services
- Full time Connections Activity Coordinator
- Full Time Haven Activities Coordinator
- Dedicated Activities staff 7 days a week
- Primary Care Managers
- Director of Family Services
- Comprehensively trained caregivers and staff
- Psychological and psychiatric services
- On-site physical, occupational and speech therapies
We believe in supporting our residents’ strengths and discovering unique ways to find the beauty in each moment.
We believe that each resident is truly valuable and important – regardless of the severity of his or her memory loss. That’s why we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all care. Instead, we curate our efforts to fit each individual. We provide individual services such as:
- Extensive support programs
- Wheelchair assistance
- Two-person or three-person assists
- Wound care
- Medication and diabetes management
- On-Site Rehabilitation
- Accommodation of special diets all overseen by a registered dietitian
- Open seating with table linens and Fiestaware
- Hydration program
- Focus on healthy meals that include foods high in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and B complex vitamins
State-of-the-Art Alzheimer’s Therapies
The Kensington is a unique memory care community, we create individualized service plans that are specially tailored to each resident based upon their personal desires and needs – not only physical, but also cognitive, and spiritual, as we believe each to be of equal importance. To enrich our residents’ lives we offer:
- 14 and 45 day post-move in family meetings, then every 6 months after
- Regular family nights
- Regular support groups facilitated by our Director of Family Services
- In house board-certified Music therapy
- Art therapy
- Pocket Programming (Specialized small-group activities)
- Our first level of memory care begins in our Assisted Living neighborhood and is specifically designed for residents with new diagnosis of dementia-related cognitive disorders.
Specialized Memory Care Communities
We believe that each resident deserves to live in a community that is best for them and their individual degree of memory loss. To ensure that our residents receive the most beneficial and appropriate care for their individual circumstances, we distinguish our community into two different “neighborhoods.”
The Connections Neighborhood
An intimate and comfortable environment, Connections is designed for residents who are experiencing early-to-middle stages of Alzheimer’s. As such, the neighborhood is made to care for those who are showing increasing signs of memory loss.
- Fear of getting lost
- Decreased confidence
- Difficulty completing everyday tasks without reminders
- Agitation and confusion in the later afternoon/early evening (“sun-downing”)
In Connections, we strive to help residents be independently engaged in their interactions and socialization, guiding them to find purpose and meaning each and every day. We stay attuned to our residents’ maximum cognitive abilities and recall in order to make the most of their strengths and abilities, supporting them and their families.
- A home within the Kensington Community that create structure and routine for each day
- Fully secured
- Comfortable home-like spaces, filled with sounds and smells like those in our homes such as laughter, music, pets, baking
- Areas for fresh air and sunshine
- Secure patio and garden
- Pets welcome
- Resources to monitor whereabouts such as code alert
- 1:7 ratio on days and evenings
The Haven Neighborhood
Designed for those residents who are showing more advanced signs of memory loss, Haven provides peace and security for those with middle-to-late stages of Alzheimer’s.
- Difficulty identifying family and friends
- Difficulty managing daily activities
- Difficulty maintaining good hygiene
- Agitation and confusion in the later afternoon/early evening (“sun-downing”)
- A home within the Kensington Community that is cozy and intimate
Since these individuals require more assistance and a higher level of care, we strive to create a safe and soothing space with minimal agitation and an abundance of compassion.
- Fully secured, but designed so that residents are able to explore freely and safely
- Resources in place to monitor whereabouts, such as code alert
- Comfortable and safe spaces
- A kitchen with soothing sounds and smells
- Warm, moist towelette massage prior to meals
- Sorbet during meals to stimulate tastebuds
- In-house board-certified music therapists
- Pets welcome
- Lots of natural light and areas for fresh air
- Secured patio and garden
- Adaptive design features (to help with recognition like painted walls, specially designed carpet, memory boxes
- 1:5 ratio on days and evenings
We Love and Care for Your Family As We Do Our Own
Though Alzheimer’s can be a tough journey, it is one that your family doesn’t need to go through alone. At the Kensington, we are proud to serve as your caregiver-partner so that your time spent with your loved one can be full of smiles, laughter, and memorable moments. We encourage family and friends to come visit your loved one as often as possible, though you can rest assured knowing that when you are not here, your loved one is in compassionate, capable, and knowledgeable hands.
If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is experiencing memory loss – no matter the stage – the Kensington is here to help.
The Kensington Sierra Madre Provides Memory Care Backed by the Positive Approach to Care
The Kensington Sierra Madre recently became the first Positive Approach to Care (PAC) Designated senior living community in California. Thanks to our Executive Director CC Degraff, Director of Memory Care Leandra Sims, and The Kensington Sierra Madre team’s hard work, we are able to make this dream a reality!
The Positive Approach to Care, developed by Teepa Snow, is specific training for care teams and individuals on the brain changes, symptoms, and behaviors associated with dementia.
PAC helps our residents and their families see the person living with dementia, and not just the dementia. In this way, all parties are better equipped to understand what’s happening and respond in a more meaningful way. The Kensington Sierra Madre is proud to be a PAC Designated community, and to use these practices within our memory care community.