Memory Care at The Gardens

The Gardens, our beautifully remodeled Memory Care neighborhood, offers personal care with just the right enhancements to help our residents experiencing memory loss thrive. Here, in a safe, secure setting, we tailor activities specifically to each individual based on their interests and abilities, plus we have fun outings to familiar places that bring joy.

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Nurturing Environment – Days filled with the things you look forward to and enjoy.

We create “like home” memory care neighborhoods that are comfortable and familiar. Our residents are surrounded by wonderful aromas from delicious meals, music, laughter, family members, fresh flowers, natural light, children, pets, the changing of the seasons and reminders of things to look forward to today, tomorrow and beyond. We fill the days with favorite pastimes and make sure to create plenty of meaningful moments.

Dining for the Soul – Favorite Foods with Good Friends

Beyond nutritious and delicious, meals are times to gather, connect and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Old favorites and interesting new delights are always on the menu and with Thrive Dining™, those same choices come in attractively served, bite-size portions to make meal times even more enjoyable. Our Pantry Program even provides residents personal space to store favorite items like mint Milano cookies or tomato bisque, so comfort foods are always close at hand.

Thrive Programming – Grow and Connect in Meaningful Ways

We pour our hearts and souls into creating meaningful ways for residents of The Gardens to learn, grow and connect with each other, themselves, their families and our associates. We use a wide variety of approaches, depending on the individual, the hour and the day. Expressive Arts uses music, art and movement to tap into all forms of creativity for an alternative form of communication beyond words. We skillfully address Physical Wellness with traditional seated fitness classes and innovative offerings such as Arm Chair Zumba, Line Dancing and Tai Chi. We utilize Life Histories to celebrate past occupations, preferred hobbies and treasured talents. Through Watermark University we encourage residents, associates, family members and local experts to share their interests in classes like Art Exploration, History of A Nation, Baking, and Sights and Sounds of the Season to name a few. These are but a few of the approaches we use to help residents thrive, one joyful moment at a time.

Meet the Nayas – Guidance, Care and Connections

Here, the art of caregiving goes beyond the traditional title, so we call our caregivers “Nayas,” a word originating from the ancient language of Sanskrit. A Naya is a guide, person of wisdom and a leader who is engaged in the present moment. Specially trained and certified Nayas communicate through validation rather than correction to show understanding and support. We know that behaviors are a response to an unmet need. From this thoughtful foundation, we cultivate a sense of well-being and connection.

We partnered with the National Council of Dementia Practitioners to train our Nayas how to incorporate residents in the rhythms of daily living. Together, they work side-by-side cooking, cleaning, preparing and serving home style meals, and anything else that evokes a sense of purpose.

Extraordinary Outings – Experiences that Make a Difference

Our group trips shatter the expectations of what’s possible. Our residents, associates, families and volunteers work together to plan safe, adapted outings to ensure our residents thrive. Recent examples from Watermark communities coast to coast include fishing trips, a day at the Jersey Shore beach and Atlantic City, a train trip to New York City and even an overnight camping excursion.

  • Large, bright cheery apartments
  • Freshly painted apartment
  • Caring, trained staff available 24 hours per day
  • Local transportation services available
  • All utilities, excluding telephone, basic cable TV and internet service
  • Complete apartment maintenance, including plumbing and major appliances
  • Personal housekeeping, linen and laundry services
  • 24-hour staffing with specially trained memory care experts with certification through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP)
  • Three nutritious, well-balanced family style meals where families and friends are welcome
  • Healthy and delicious snacks available at all times
  • Personal pantry program for each residents’ favorite foods
  • Dynamic calendar of classes, activities and outings including Watermark University classes specially designed for residents with memory care needs
  • Structured and spontaneous activities specifically tailored to each resident
  • Extraordinary outings that you would never expect in a memory care community
  • Homelike environment with resident photographs, keepsakes and family histories
  • Family communications center
  • Ongoing communication with primary care physician, other healthcare professionals and family members
  • Customized wellness plans with monthly visits by a licensed nurse
  • Personalized care and customized service plans
  • Medication administration
  • On-site Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing
  • Fire safety system
  • Discounted rate for guests at adjacent hotel
  • Move-in coordination service

Throughout its nearly 30 year history, Watermark has sought ways, large and small, to enhance the well-being of our residents and associates. Success is mostly measured in the strong and durable relationships between residents and associates that bring with them trust, comfort and more than a bit of warm fun. Particularly in our Memory Care […]