Alzheimer’s and related dementias steal parts of our loved ones, but who they are and who they have been remains deeply rooted. Our Alzheimer’s/Dementia Life Enrichment program is a Certified Dementia Special Care unit as designated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Specialized Memory Care Neighborhood
Our certified memory care program focuses on each of our residents as individuals, respecting their personal histories, preferences and routines for the best possible quality of life. Our 25-bed unit features furnished spacious private and semi-private rooms, with plenty of room for familiar furniture and personal belongings from home.
In addition to our memory care dining room, our memory care neighborhood has a sensory room to decrease anxiety and behaviors, as well as sitting rooms where residents can visit with family and friends.
Memory Care Lifestyle
At Hillcrest Commons, we follow the habilitation approach to memory care, joining residents within their reality for happier, more successful days.
Meals are served with alternative menu options, and our staff learn resident preferences to encourage positive dining experiences. Snacks and hydration options are always available to support optimal health.
Engaging Activities Programming
Our memory care program Activities Director is supported by full-time activities staff and focuses on providing enhanced activities to accommodate resident interests and personal schedules. Hands-on activities from early morning into the evening provide opportunities for engagement and connection, with familiar activities such as gardening, cooking, brain teasers, and even bread making. Sensory experiences provide avenues for connection for those with advanced cognitive impairment.
Activities programming is designed to meet individual needs, according to preferences and abilities. Our full calendar of activities typically includes:
- Music and sing-alongs
- Book club
- Cooking and baking
- Tai Chi
- Gentle exercises
- Arts and crafts
- Painting and coloring
- Spiritual services
- Live entertainment
- Sensory videos
- Memory reflections