Ask the Experts: Seniors & Aging

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Arden Courts ProMedica Memory Care

LOCATION

4301 Knowles Ave.
Kensington, MD 20895

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Phone: 301-493-7881

Email: KensingtonArdenCourts@promedica.org

Website: https://www.arden-courts.org/kensington

Q: What makes Arden Courts unique?

A: We are a purpose-built community specifically designed for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Just as a cardiologist specializes in heart disease, we are specialists in memory care. Additionally, we are part of a nationally integrated healthcare system which includes hospitals, skilled nursing, physical therapy, hospice and more, ensuring our residents have the necessary available resources.

Q: What advice would you offer someone looking for a senior living facility for their loved one?

A: Make sure you’re looking through the eyes of somebody living with dementia and not the lens of what appeals to you. A person who is confused knows they’re confused. If they don’t feel confident in their ability to navigate a facility or socially participate at the level of others, they will isolate themselves. Within a month at a regular assisted living community, they’d end up in the dementia unit, usually a hallway with two doors. Arden Courts features friendly common spaces, a kitchen, family rooms, a core with engagement stations, and walking paths within enclosed courtyards, all created for the safety and comfort of our residents. Our home-like environment helps residents stay as oriented and independent as possible.

Q: What is your approach to care?

A: We integrate individuality, dignity, medical care and socialization, offering four levels of programming to meet residents’ varying needs. Adult Montessori empowers higher functioning residents by focusing on what they can do. Designed for residents living in early stages of dementia, our trademarked program, Enjoying Time Together, focuses on accomplishments and abilities. Namaste Care helps residents living in the latter stages of dementia through sensory stimulation. Our less-structured Individual Pursuits program allows residents to interact with various engagement stations around our community.

Arden Courts is a stand-alone, purpose-built community which provides specialized memory care in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. The campus features four self-contained "houses" with community and outdoor living spaces which include an activity and craft studio, barber and beauty salon, wellness center and expansive landscaped walking paths, allowing residents to explore in an environment designed to keep them safe.

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