16 November 2018

When Lori’s parents, Dave and Betty, started showing advanced signs of dementia, she knew it was time to start looking for long-term care.

“I was a little apprehensive only because I was my parent’s caregiver and that's a hard job to give up,” said Lori. “I was afraid that they would be distraught, feel abandoned by me.”

Brookdale Montrose came highly recommended and Lori was impressed by the caregivers and programming. Dave and Betty moved into their apartment about a year ago and they live in Crossings, which is programming specially designed for people living in the early to mid-stages of dementia.

“From day one, the staff at Brookdale sent me emails, answered any questions I had, contacted us for information about my parents.”

A central part of Brookdale’s memory care programming is taking a person-centered approach to care. Brookdale really gets to know each resident and their life story, experiences, likes and dislikes are integrated into their custom care. For example, once the associates found out that Dave and Betty liked to take walks, they made sure the couple strolled around the community pond every day.

“Their quality of life is so much better than it was home,” said Lori. “They don't have to worry about day-to-day things and they're able to socialize much more than they were when they were home. Everybody told me my life would become easier, it did but I didn't realize that their lives would be easier as well.”

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