When Colleen Treece was first diagnosed with dementia, her daughter Sue thought the family could deal with it on their own.
“We moved in with her,” Sue says, “because our first wish was to keep Mom with us. But as her dementia progressed, it became clear that we needed to find a community where she could be safe and have a Memory Care program that could keep her mind stimulated.”
They looked at several communities, but Sue knew Emerald Meadows was the right fit.
“We liked Emerald Meadows because it was small,” Sue says. “She needed something small, where she wouldn’t be overwhelmed.”
Colleen moved in and soon settled into a place that welcomed her with open arms. Sue feels that, while the community is small enough to afford Colleen a great deal of individual attention, it’s also large enough to be comfortable. “Mom gets lots of visitors,” Sue says. “Her room is big, and there are other spacious areas where people can visit. There’s plenty of room. I can walk Mom around and take her to the courtyard. They have their own common area back there.”
But for Sue, it’s about more than the amenities. “She’s developed relationships here,” Sue says. “Everyone is so accommodating and welcoming.”
Colleen’s dementia has affected her internal schedule, but it doesn’t affect the way the staff treats her. “She tends to stay up all night, and the nursing aides stay with her and talk to her,” Sue says. “People care for her a lot here, and I know it isn’t always easy. But you would never know it from the way the staff treats the people here.”
Colleen loves music, and Sue appreciates the music and dancing her mom has been enjoying, as well as other activities, like their annual prom. Colleen has been enjoying the program as well. “Emerald Meadows has a great Memory Care program. She does all the activities and is very busy.”
Sue is thankful she found Emerald Meadows. “You’re not going to find a better memory care facility, this kind of atmosphere and environment,” she says. “The setting is great, and it’s just the right size for her.”
“I love it here,” Sue says. “I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Learn more about Memory Care at Emerald Meadows by visiting our website, or give us a call at (616) 954-2366.