MILFORD, Pa., June 30, 2021 — Families of aging adults living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia will soon have more options for memory care services in Pike County.
Renovations are underway at Belle Reve Senior Living in Milford, Pennsylvania, to expand its memory care neighborhood, known as Daybreak. The expansion, once complete, will increase the floor plan by almost 2 ½ times its original size, adding over 14,800 square feet to include 10 companion apartments and five private suites.
The senior living community, which also provides personal care, discontinued its skilled nursing program to focus on the growing population of older adults living with dementia.
“Our older population is facing an Alzheimer’s crisis. The fact is over 6 million Americans are living with this disease. Given this staggering number and its projected growth, it was imperative that Belle Reve serve the needs of this community by providing more opportunities for seniors in need of memory care services,” Meredith Daniels, executive director of Belle Reve, said.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It’s also a progressive disease that affects memory, thinking and behavior, with symptoms worsening over time.
“As dementia symptoms progress, family caregivers often find it more challenging to provide care at home, and we want them to know, Belle Reve is here to help,” Daniels said.
The Positive Approach to Care
Belle Reve has implemented a staff-wide philosophy of care that follows Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care. Snow is a leading dementia-care education specialist with a background in occupational therapy and close to 40 years of clinical practice.
Her approach encourages the nursing teams, caregivers and memory care staff to respond to a resident’s change in cognition and abilities to see the resident for who they were and still are, instead of what they have lost to the disease.
“Our memory care program focuses on what residents can do, what makes them happy, and what instills fulfillment now,” Memory Care Director Simone Thomas said.
As part of the resident enrichment program, life stations will be incorporated throughout the neighborhood. These interactive stations allow residents to mimic familiar activities or interests to engage the resident while encouraging movement and interactions with others.
Belle Reve staff also receive continuous training, which helps them improve quality of life by creating thoughtful, compassionate and meaningful interactions, Thomas noted.
Services and Amenities
Daybreak offers signature programs that nurture the mind, body and spirit. Daily activities include morning stretch and flex, arts and crafts, word games, trivia, hand massages, coffee socials, music entertainment, devotional celebrations, and more.
In addition to structured social events, memory care residents also receive access to services made available to those in personal care, including medication management, three nutritious meals, on-site physical, occupational and speech therapies, housekeeping, linen and laundry, maintenance, and transportation.
Keeping residents safe while providing families with peace of mind is Belle Reve’s top priority. For memory care residents, the monthly rent also includes WanderGaurd technology, which keeps wander-prone residents safe while maximizing dignity, independence, and the freedom to move around the memory care neighborhood at will.
When renovations are complete, Belle Reve’s Daybreak memory care neighborhood will be able to accommodate 44 residents and several new amenities, including a hair salon, breakfast bar and fireplace lounge. Upgrades are also planned for the living room, activity and dining areas and sun terrace.
Belle Reve is accepting new move-ins during renovations. Families in need of memory care services or with questions regarding the Daybreak program can call 570-409-9191 or visit www.bellereveseniorliving.com. The expansion is scheduled for completion in September 2021.
“We understand how difficult moving a loved one to a memory care community can be. We strive to provide our families with peace of mind through open communication and personalized care. You can feel confident your loved one is receiving the highest quality care when choosing Belle Reve,” Daniels said.
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Belle Reve is an award-winning senior community providing seniors with the best Personal Care and Memory Care services for 15 years. Senior living services are offered on an affordable month-to-month lease with no buy-in fees. We invite you to learn more about our community and hear what makes Belle Reve a great place to live! For more information, please call 570-409-9191 or visit www.bellereveseniorliving.com.