The caliber of care you’d choose for yourself
The Piper team recognizes that whatever the cause of memory loss, the whole family is affected. While Alzheimer’s and all types of dementia bring chaos into the family system, everyone involved is looking answers. We work with residents, family members and caregivers to find the perfect balance of day-to-day care. We strive to build on the strengths of memories that residents retain, in a way that helps them live each moment with as much purpose, joy and meaning as possible. Since there are often a combination of other health issues, each individual is assessed to create a plan that serves them best. Famous words from the Hippocratic oath charge physicians to cure when possible, to heal sometimes, and to care always.
The Piper Memory Support households are in the “care always” business.
• Specialized dementia training for team members
•Secure environment with fenced, outdoor courtyards
• Household staffed 24/7
• Call response system
• Medication management
• Food available any time, including three meals, snacks and desserts
• Vibrant Living programming for interests and hobbies
• Physician and personal appointment coordination
• Utilities, cable and Wi-Fi included
• Individual laundry service for clothes and linens
• Weekly housekeeping
• Personal mail delivery
At The Piper, every individual has their own private studio apartment with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. When your loved one needs some privacy and a quiet, peaceful nap, they can retreat to their own space.
With short hallways to the common spaces, your family member is never too far from the dining room or a fun activity with their neighbors. Residents can relax in front of the fire place in the parlor as someone casually plays the golden oldies on the piano. Or they can enjoy some natural light in the sun room as they put together a puzzle or play a game.
It can be beneficial for people with dementia to stay engaged and active. A variety of activities can reduce agitation and restlessness, help with cognitive stimulation and provide comfort and enjoyment.
A Unique Approach to Senior Care
It can be a tough decision for families to move their loved ones to memory care, but sometimes it’s the best option. The Piper offers a safe and secure environment, where residents get the care they need and maintain a quality of life. Each memory support household has just 20 residents. The small, intimate setting can be less overwhelming for people with dementia compared to larger crowds and too much stimulation.
Caregivers have the opportunity to really get to know the residents, from their likes and dislikes to who they are as a person. That close-knit relationship allows staff to notice changes in behaviors or care needs fairly quickly.
People who are cognitively impaired from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia require more attention and a higher level of security than residents in assisted living. Memory care households at The Piper are carefully designed to ensure that residents are safe and secure. Our personalized care plans ensure all of the resident’s needs are met. Specially selected staff, with a talent for engaging residents living with dementia, create an environment where residents can have the best day possible.
Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning, the ability to remember) that are severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. This group of symptoms is not a disease per se, but may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances in certain substances, such as hormones or vitamins.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several brain areas. This initially leads to loss of recent memories and new learning, with old memories eventually fading as well.
Other common types of dementia include vascular dementia, dementia from Parkinson’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.
There are seven different stages of dementia, according to the widely used Global Deterioration Scale for Assessment of Primary Degenerative Dementia (GDS). Also known more simply as the Reisberg Scale, the seven stages are based on the amount of cognitive decline.
Stages 1 through 3 would be categorized as no dementia with very mild to no cognitive decline. Stage 4 is considered early dementia, and is usually when a diagnosis has been made. Stages 5 and 6 are middle stage or moderate dementia. And lastly, stage 7 is considered late stage dementia with very severe cognitive decline.
At The Piper, we can be with you through the entire journey of your loved one’s dementia. Some of our residents in stages 1 through 4 may still be suitable for assisted living. Other residents in the middle and late stages may require a higher level of support found in memory care.
Individual, specialized services are determined by The Piper care team in conjunction with family members, the resident, and any health professionals involved in the resident’s care. This process lets our team tailor a service plan to meet the specific needs and preferences of each memory care resident.