Assisted Living for Memory Needs

Assisted Living for Memory Needs



Arbor Place is an assisted-living facility for those with mild to moderate cognitive losses from Alzheimer’s disease, providing a safe and secure living environment.

Most people with Alzheimer’s disease have “late-onset” Alzheimer’s, which usually develops after age 60. Because of this, Meth-Wick caregivers in Arbor Place practice the standard of care that recent research indicates will afford the greatest benefit to people with cognitive losses: providing small groups of people with a quiet, family-style home where they feel safe and are encouraged to take part in wellness and recreation programs that promote quality of life. Arbor Place’s high caregiver-to-resident ratio ensures each resident receives the attention they need in a warm, caring environment.

Arbor Place is set up in four cottages, each with up to eight residents who have private rooms. The atmosphere can be thought of as a “busy household.” Each cottage has a caregiver that works with the residents on a daily basis. It is important that the caregiver is consistent with the residents so they get to know each other well.

Arbor Place residents have access to two secure outside gardens, which creates a constant flow of people in and out throughout the day. Activities for residents are normal day-to-day things we would do for ourselves, laundry, cooking and baking. They also have more structure activities likes exercise, crafts and music. Like we said, it is a busy household!

In addition to the daily atmosphere, there are a few things that make this type of care at Meth-Wick different than in other retirement communities:

  1. Access to a 24/7 nurse – There is a full-time nurse manager at Arbor Place Monday through Friday.
  2. Each room is private. Each cottage has it’s own living room, kitchen and all eight residents can dine together and can socialize with one another in a large common area.

“Arbor Place care is highly individualized and residents receive a lot of attention,” says Sue Schmitt, Director of Post-Acute Care. “Comfort and peace are important factors in creating a home for residents. Individual and group activities are planned with each person in mind and provided by staff members who know each of them well. The place has an energy and vibe indicating there’s stuff going on; the residents are happy and busy.”