Memory Care Assisted Living
Live with assistance in The Gardens Memory Care at Scott-Farrar. The Gardens Neighborhood provides a supportive assisted environment for seniors with memory loss.
Memory loss is life-changing for all involved. The Gardens Memory Care Neighborhood at Scott-Farrar has been thoughtfully designed to provide a sense of independence and personalized care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other memory impairments.
The Gardens offers a charming, home-like environment, reducing the feeling of loneliness and confusion. Through our specially designed Memory Connections program, all of our staff receive extensive on-going training and guidance on the complex task of providing excellent dementia care. We take time to tailor services to an individual’s needs by learning about life experiences, favorite pastimes and activities and daily living preferences.
Spacious suites, with private bathrooms, are designed in a neighborhood setting for safety, support and comfort. We offer dementia-specific activity programs, chef prepared meals and a caring and supportive environment. We take care of life’s everyday necessities and ensure that our residents receive all the guidance, attention and care they deserve.
The Gardens’ warm, lively environment is designed to give Residents independence and dignity and the ability to enjoying the pleasures that have always been important to them, while being supported and cared for by our team of loving caregivers.
What You’ll Enjoy in our Memory Care Neighborhood
- Spacious studio apartment with a full, private bathroom
- Three Chef prepared meals each day and healthy snacks throughout the day
- Assistance 24 hours a day for any care need (dressing, bathing, toileting, medications, etc)
- State of the art resident call system
- Personalized care planning
- Medical transportation and escort services
- Social, recreational, cultural and creative activities programs
- Communal gathering spaces, including common living room, library, auditorium, fitness room, activities room and café
- Covered porches, landscaped terraces, garden courtyard and walking trail
- Pet friendly community
- On-site salon services (Operated by Manhattan East)
- Housekeeping daily and laundry completed twice a week
- Public Wi/Fi
- All utilities, excluding telephone and cable
How saying goodbye to the family home can bring families back together
Learn how moving her parents to assisted living renewed a daughter’s bond with them
Leaving the house in which they’ve built their lives, raised their family, and made a home for half a century, is emotionally difficult for an elderly couple.
In many ways it’s just as painful for their adult children, who in addition to the sorrow of dealing with parents’ declining physical and mental abilities, are also losing pieces of their own child- hoods.
But trying to keep aging parents at home for too long brings its own trials, and can even begin to erode the relationships it’s aiming to maintain. That’s why, for Linda Bonczar, finding Scott-Farrar at Peterborough, an assisted-living retirement community, was a godsend.
Linda and her siblings were raised in Jaffrey Center by Eva and George Dishong. In 2017, more than 50 years after they’d first moved to the house, Eva and George were still living there, but the upkeep, Eva’s frail physical condition and George’s worsening dementia, made keeping them there difficult.
Linda, like many eldest daughters, took on a primary role in caring and planning for her parents. So in addition to nurturing her own household and children, she made sure her parents had what they needed, ferried them to appointments, helped make sure they were eating properly, and started researching places where they could comfortably enjoy the next part of their lives.
It was during this research that she discovered Scott-Farrar.
“I always liked the feel of that one the best,” she recalls. “It was comfortable, homey, less institutional. It felt different than all the rest to me.”
By summer of 2017 it was becoming ever more clear Eva and George couldn’t stay at the house in Jaffrey Center. Linda pressed for them to move into Scott-Farrar. They were reluctant to give up their independence. “Instead they bought a condo a mile away from us,” Linda says. “That worked for about nine months.”
During those nine months their health continued to decline–and the strain on Linda grew. Eva had fallen several times, once blackening her eye in the process. George had lost his license. The sense they were “losing everything” was pervasive.
“By August, I was really going out of my mind,” Linda says. Her own health began to decline. “I felt like I just did it in the nick of time. And I felt like I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.”
This situation isn’t uncommon, according to Lara Shea, Executive Director at Scott-Farrar at Peterborough. Often adult children try their best to keep mom and dad at home – until it becomes a point of stress. But the decision to move parents to assisted living, as hard as it is, is sometimes the best possible move. “This is a very sad time in a family’s life, but they can come out of it on the other end in a better place,” Lara says.
For Linda, this certainly proved to be the case. She moved Eva and George into Scott-Farrar’s memory care unit, a small, quiet neighborhood where George could have the attention his demen- tia required, and Eva could have the physical care she needed, while still accessing the larger Scott-Farrar community. The staff bring the couple to happy hour in the café each Friday, or BINGO in the Activities room each Tuesday night. Every Sunday the staff bring them to Divine Mercy Church. They socialize, Linda says, and feel normal. And their spiritual, emotional and practical needs are being met.
“She hasn’t been dehydrated. No pneumonia,” Linda says. “Where at the condo we couldn’t regulate everything she ate and drank, here they can keep track of it.” Not only are the practical nutritional needs being met, Linda enthuses, but it’s done so in high style. “The food is fabulous. We’ll go up there for dinner and she’ll say tonight we’re having scallops, or stuffed sole.”
Now that Linda doesn’t have to worry about all the physical aspects of caring for her parents, her bond with them feels renewed.
“It was getting so I felt like I didn’t have a good relationship with them. You realize you’re losing your child-parent relationship.
Every time I’d go there it was to put out some fires, not play a game or talk,” she recalls. “I don’t feel like I ever played a game with her down at the condo. Now there’s more time to visit and spend quality time.”
With that additional time comes peace of mind. “I say goodbye, I kiss them goodbye, and I leave there knowing they are in good hands,” Linda says. “It’s a big relief.”
Our team of dedicated caregivers will provide your loved one with a feeling of purpose and individuality while keeping them safe, providing guidance and assistance.