Tecumseh: Memory Care

MirrorHow we create a great quality of life for our memory care residents goes far beyond the caregivers.

  • Decor patterns and color palettes are specially selected to minimize visual overstimulation and promote a relaxed and inviting homelike environment.
  • The interior layout of the building includes a continuous walking path to meet the needs of those who need to be on the move.
  • Ambient lighting is generous throughout the setting, mood lighting is featured in various special locations, and therapeutic sounds and scents are provided in several spaces to create an additional uplifting atmosphere.
  • Apartments have personalized name plates coupled with a photograph of the resident. Additionally, each has a shadow box of personal items selected by the family to aid the resident in feeling familiar; promoting a way to recognize their apartment other than a room number.
  • The building layout includes several diversional spaces or “nooks” that are decorated with a theme (such as an office area or a nursery) to give residents an opportunity to trigger memories through meaningful activity. These spaces are changed from time to time to allow for continued engagement.
  • Activity closets are located throughout the building empowering staff to “grab and go” as the moment allows to engage residents in activities as often as possible.
  • An open observation kitchen allows residents to participate in meal preparations and let the aromas from home cooking to waft throughout the building to stimulate appetites.
  • Multiple dining spaces are available for residents with various needs including flexible meal times.
  • A small, self-contained six-apartment “neighborhood” is available to allow for peaceful care of residents with higher acuity needs.
  • All apartments are equipped with larger, open-concept non-restrictive private bath spaces designed to minimize a claustrophobic feeling. Bathroom mirrors are removable and water sources can be managed with on/off access from a secured location outside the apartment on an as needed basis. Toiletry storage areas are locked for safety.
  • Exit door placement is discrete and have delayed egress locks. They are monitored to alert caregivers when opened. Additional “Wanderguard” devices are available for exit seekers. All windows open no more than 6”.
  • Other spaces include a therapeutic tub spa room, meditation room, a hobby/workshop, an activity room with direct access to an enclosed courtyard, a beauty salon, and a centralized nurses station.
  • The property includes a beautifully landscaped interior courtyard with a covered porch, rocking chairs, raised herb and vegetable gardens, a tranquil trickling fountain, and safe plantings, as well as a second larger enclosed courtyard with an extensive walking path.

Levels of Care

We have three distinct care levels, which allow our staff to effectively meet the needs of each of our residents. Care level is determined after an assessment by the Director of Resident Care prior to admission. Level 1 is our standard service level and is included with the monthly rent based on private or semi-private apartment.

  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily in a spacious dining room setting. A dietician is available to manage restrictive diets.
  • Daily activity schedule provided with events to promote socialization.
  • Light assistance with bathing, dressing and ambulating.
  • 24 hour staffing.
  • Weekly laundering of personal items, towels, and bedding.
  • Weekly housekeeping.
  • Online access to activity calendar and menus available for family and friend planning purposes.
  • Online access to photos available showing residents’ participation in events.

Level 1 services include:

  • Resident is able to complete activities of daily living with minimal assistance.
  • Resident is able to leave and return from the premises under supervision of family members or friends.
  • Resident is able to manage his/her own toileting or incontinence needs without assistance.
  • Resident is able to fully understand and follow directions as well as participate in their own decision making.
  • Resident is able to engage in activities with minimal assistance.
  • Resident is able to follow a routine with some prompting.

Level 2 services include everything listed above plus:

  • Resident requires light assistance to manage minor incontinence with the use of incontinent products.
  • Resident needs regular assistance with transfers from one location to another or from room to room (one staff person is able to manage transfer).
  • Resident is able to manage ADL’s with prompts and assistance of one staff member.
  • Wandering requiring increased supervision/redirection.
  • Wander alert device for memory loss residents with absence of behavioral issues.
  • Resident requires hands-on assistance to shower.
  • Resident requires special meal preparation or prompting to feed self.

Level 3 services include everything listed above plus:

  • Resident requires supervision and assistance in all areas.
  • Resident requires constant supervision due to exit seeking or other high-risk behavior.
  • Resident requires use of fall alert device.
  • Resident requires frequent incontinence care, full assistance with products, linen changes, and shower or partial baths related to incontinence.
  • Resident requires assistance with transfers and ADL’s, which require more than one staff person to manage.
  • Resident requires assistance with feeding.
  • Resident is resistant to care requiring frequent interventions to meet daily needs.
  • Hospice care to be assessed on an individual basis.

Special Situations

If a resident requires one on one care due to behavioral issues, there will be an additional daily rate charged until behaviors are resolved or resident transfers to a more appropriate environment.

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