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A Positive Approach to Memory Care

When you are faced with a diagnosis of dementia, you may feel overwhelmed and powerless. But there is help, and there is hope. We’re here to partner with your family to create programming that is centered on engaging each person and awakening memories through our Gilead Memory Care Program.

We specialize in the care of people with Alzheimer's, Dementia and other memory care issues and are located in Grand Rapids, MI.  Let Emerald Meadows walk with you and your loved one through the journey of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

Woman's hand and puzzle in memory care
emerald meadows resident completes activity with her cna in memory care

Personalized Living

No two people are alike, which is why we approach each person’s memory care journey in a unique, personal way. Upon move-in, we begin spending time getting to know you and your family member.  You can expect care that is tailored to your family member’s unique needs, interests, abilities, and personality.

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Innovative and Effective

We are committed to continued learning as we navigate Memory Care together. That’s why our staff are trained in techniques to effectively serve those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Anchored in Memory Care expert Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care, our training includes continuing education that allows us to be on the cutting edge of the latest and most effective methods and strategies to meet our residents where they are on their journey.

A Day in the Life

Because we approach each person in a unique way, we have a variety of programs to meet each individual’s interests and engage them in their surroundings.  Here’s an example of what to expect on an average day in our Gilead Program:

Morning:

Awake and get ready for the day

Meet and have breakfast with friends

Engage in morning exercises, reminiscing, and life skills programming

Get ready for lunch

Afternoon:

Gather for lunch

Visits with family

Art Therapy, musical programs, Bible study, or pet therapy

Evening:

Dine together

Music therapy and evening relaxation

What does “Gilead” mean?

We call our Memory Care Program “Gilead” after a region mentioned in the Bible as a source of medicinal herbs such as balm, which was used to provide soothing solace and relief. 

Our Gilead Program is a source of peace and comfort to many who need additional emotional or medical resources to feel confident in the care their loved one is receiving.

“You’re not going to find better memory care.”

Sue wanted her mother Colleen to stay with her at home, but soon her physical needs became more than Sue could handle. Sue wanted a Memory Care program where her mom would have a full lifestyle, but that was small enough to ensure Colleen received lots of attention. Sue found the Memory Care program she was looking for at Emerald Meadows.

Private Apartments

Emerald Meadows offers a variety of Memory Care apartments in a serene environment, each waiting to be personalized with your loved one’s favorite furnishings and mementos.

 

All Memory Care apartments include:

Full-Sized Bathrooms

Walk-In Showers with Built-In Seating and Adjustable Shower Heads

Beautiful Bay Windows with Gorgeous Views

Cable, Telephone, and Wireless Internet Service

Weekly Housekeeping, Laundry and Linen Service

24-Hour Staff Availability

Three Chef-Prepared Meals Each Day

Life-Enriching Recreational Opportunities

Maintenance​​​​ Services

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Incomparable Value

All of our Memory Care apartments are available at a predictable monthly price – no entrance fee, or buy-in, or long-term commitment. Your level of care fees include:

  • Memory Care support from experienced compassionate staff, such as verbal cueing, redirection, and person-centered and group activity programs. 
  • Assistance to match your specific needs, such as personal grooming, bathing and toileting assistance, and medication management.

Contact us to discuss the details of our monthly rates at (616) 954-2366.

Veterans Aid & Attendance Benefits

If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, and you require assistance with the activities of daily living, you may qualify for a financial benefit that will pay a portion of your monthly rental fee. We can give you more information and help you apply for this program.

Schedule a Visit to See Our Personalized Approach to Memory Care.

Simply fill out the form and we will contact you.

 

What is Memory Care?

Memory Care is a senior living option that provides specialized care for those with dementia.

Our Memory Care programs help residents and families walk through the journey of dementia. The care is based on the latest scientific knowledge and a broad review of industry best practices. But the compassion that marks all our interactions is what really sets Emerald Meadows memory care apart.

Your family member will receive all the social and dining benefits of Assisted Living, and they’ll also have the added support that will allow you to step back and be their son or daughter again, knowing we will take care of their medical needs in a compassionate, secure environment.

Memory Care includes all the basic services, plus:

  • Higher staff ratios to allow additional time for cueing and completing tasks
  • Knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate staff trained in dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Medication setup, management and reminders
  • Medication administration by a licensed professional

Our caregivers have developed an intuitive ability to understand the emotional challenges of memory issues, so they can craft personalized programs that reach people socially, spiritually, and creatively. Family members are as involved as they choose to be, and also free to step back and get the rest they need.

We know we can’t take over your role in your loved one’s life — but by taking over some of the work, we can let you go back to being the daughter or spouse that you want to be. The result is a better quality of life for people with memory disorders, and their families.

Questions & Answers Regarding Dementia

At Emerald Meadows, we assist many families dealing with dementia — and we know that it isn’t an easy road. While the older adult living with dementia has a difficult journey, the family also often feels overwhelmed. Therefore, we strive to be as helpful, compassionate, and supportive as possible. We create and implement the type of active memory care programs our communities that will bring peace of mind to the family and comfort to the resident. But often, people don’t know where to begin in their journey with dementia. Here are just a few questions that come up often during the journey.

 

What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of dementia, but not all dementia is Alzheimer’s. Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms resulting from neuro degenerative diseases — diseases that attack the brain. Dementia is characterized by losses: loss of memory, language, decision-making and problem-solving skills, and visual-spatial abilities (such as the ability to judge the distance and speed of oncoming traffic).

 

Could my loved one have dementia?

Different types of dementia present with different symptoms. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most commonly diagnosed dementia, and the subject of the most research on the topic. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, common early signs of Alzheimer’s include: memory loss that disrupts daily life, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place, poor judgment, withdrawal from social activities, and changes in mood or personality. A medical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s — or another disease that causes dementia — requires losses in two or more cognitive domains. A doctor can help determine if that applies to your loved one.

 

If my loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, how do we plan for the future?

Families will need to look at safe housing, and consider where is the best place for their loved one to live. They will also need to decide how long it’s safe to drive. Other things to consider include financial and healthcare implications — specifically, appointing a power of attorney while your loved one is still able to make the decision.

These are emotionally charged decisions, and often the information is best received from a physician, who can be an objective source. Family members may ask a doctor to step in, allowing the family to maintain its position of emotional support – otherwise, decision making can put a strain on relationships.

 

How does Emerald Meadows assist a client with dementia symptoms?

There are many ways, but some of the most important include adjusting communication, reducing fall risks, and promoting a sense of control.

Our staff is trained to understand how dementia symptoms affect communication and alter the ways that we communicate accordingly. We know that what is factually correct does not matter; it’s the person’s feelings that matter most – what puts them at ease?

And since people with dementia are at a greater risk for falls, we train staff to anticipate what their needs would be whenever possible. There is a still a great deal of unpredictability to it, so we also do a lot of monitoring. We know we can’t eliminate falls, but we aim to reduce risks when possible.

We also simplify things, but we don’t take away choice. Our job is to help our residents maintain their own abilities and support them in areas where they are struggling.

Schedule a Visit to See Our Personalized Approach to Memory Care.

Simply fill out the form and we will contact you.