What is memory care?
The purpose of memory care is to provide specialized care to ensure that residents with dementia are secure, engaged, active, and happy. It’s a specialized form of assisted living for those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias in which comprehensive care such as meal preparation, medication management, and assistance with daily life tasks are provided in a secure setting.
Willow Gardens approach to memory care
Our memory care community was the first nonprofit facility in Westchester County dedicated exclusively to caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. At Willow Gardens, we believe that your loved one living with dementia may continue to experience joy and meaning in their lives every day.
Our staff facilitates customized activities that are designed to revive memories, foster social skills, instill a sense of purpose, and help residents continue to feel like themselves.
We learn about our residents’ personalities, preferences, previous work, hobbies, and families, so that we can help our residents connect to each other and to the environment around them.
Our programs are designed to improve the quality of life for our residents. They may include recreational activities and entertainment; therapeutic programs such as music, pet, and art therapy; and informal social gatherings within the residence or nearby.
Learn more about daily Life at Willow.
Your loved one will have the freedom to roam our inviting, spacious, and home-like facility, which is specially designed with visual cues and artwork to help with navigation and ease the anxiety that is often experienced by those with dementia. Willow Gardens is a secure environment where our residents suites are located near community spaces, which encourages easy navigation and social interactions.
Residents relish strolling our secure outdoor patio and garden area, where they also enjoy barbecues, gardening, sunshine, and fresh air.
Specially trained caregivers
The entire staff at Willow Gardens Memory Care is specially trained to understand the challenges and frustrations that a dementia diagnosis brings for individuals and their families. Staff members receive ongoing education to ensure your loved one will benefit from the latest and best practices in memory care.
In addition, through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s training and our own staff development programs, staff members from every department—including administration, clinical, activities, housekeeping, dietary and more—are trained so that they are comfortable and confident in interacting and caring for individuals with dementia. You can read more about our care and services here.
But at the end of the day, our team loves what they do. And that’s what counts. They are committed to caring for our residents with respect, dignity and compassion. They strive to minimize frustrations, create opportunities for personal success, encourage positive emotions, and celebrate daily achievements.
By triggering positive memories, finding common connections, and engaging mind, body, and spirit, we make the most of each day for residents and their families.
If you are unsure of whether your loved one needs this specialized care, reach out to one of our memory care specialists, or schedule a tour.