Memory loss is life-changing for all involved –you, your family, as well as your loved one. Our team deeply understands Alzheimer’s and dementia, and we seek ways to capitalize on resident’s strengths, despite deterioration of recall. We help residents and families find ways to enjoy the beauty of special times, even if only moments. We honor the past, savor the present and look toward making the times that lie ahead manageable, comfortable and ultimately, peaceful.
We can accommodate all levels of memory loss, including seniors with severe end-stage dementia. This includes Frontotemporal Dementia (including Pick’s Disease), Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), Alcohol Induced Dementia and more. These are seniors whose behaviors would not be acceptable in other senior living communities.
We also welcome seniors with all types of physical needs, including those on intermittent feeding tubes, IV’s, those who require wound care, oxygen, catheters and much more. Once again, these are conditions that would not be acceptable in many other senior living communities.
Specialized Care for a Very Special Person – Your Loved One
We believe the degree of memory loss is an important consideration when planning care.
The goal at The Kensington White Plains is to help each residence live independently as long as they are able. We assist in the process by providing care customized to your loved one’s level of memory loss. It’s care in which we offer assistance where needed, but step back to encourage his or her sense of independence.
In addition to round the clock loving care and support, we also provide relevant clinical services.
This includes an on-site Physician’s Office during regular business hours with over a dozen physicians and specialists coming to The Kensington for the convenience of our residents. In addition, we have a full-time Director of Nursing, and an Assistant Director of Nursing, both of whom are Registered Nurses. They coordinate all aspects of our resident’s nursing and medical care. We also have licensed nurses on-site 24 hours a day, and offer Medication Administration as necessary. We have 12 nurses in the building every day, including four registered nurses. This includes seven nurses during day hours, and several overnight to assist our residents.
We also handle all the details of coordinating medical care for our residents. We provide concierge services and care coordination for resident’s medical needs. The service schedules appointments with doctors, provides transportation to and from the appointment, and notifies the resident’s family members before and after the appointment. In the event of an emergency hospital visit, a care manager accompanies your loved one to the hospital until family arrives.
When needed, we also provided a continuum of care through our affiliation with Health SOS. They provide full-time, on-site, state licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists, to help our residents optimize independent living.
You can have the peace of mind and confidence of knowing that your loved one is in capable, professional hands at all times.
We also know the best therapy of all is keeping families close at hand, so we encourage family and friends to visit as often as possible, and to lean on us for support whenever necessary. We know that by sharing caregiving responsibility, families are freer to enjoy the pleasure of time spent together. We even have a Family Services Director with an undergraduate degree in social work and life coach on staff to help residents and their families make the most of their time together.
Specialized Memory Care at The Kensington White Plains
As a leading memory care residence, we offer specialized programs to enhance cognition, including programs by recognized and respected third-party providers.
- Our Music & Memory program brings personalized music, bringing our residents “back to life”, and enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.
- We conduct weekly communication groups through the Mercy College Communication Disorders Department Program. These use reminiscence therapy, topical discussions, and cognitive stimulation to promote social communication among our cognitively impaired residents.
- Our residents can also work with students at Pace University Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems to learn intergenerational computing.
- The Music Conservatory of Westchester provides instructors to engage our residents in mini-music therapy programs, enriching the lives of our cognitively impaired residents through music.
- Then there’s our Robo-Pet Therapy Program. It uses robotic cats and dogs to decrease anxiety, and increase interaction with others.
These are just a few of several specialty programs we have for memory care.
Two “Neighborhoods” for the Customized Levels of Memory Care
Because we empathize with residents and their loved ones who are confronting the challenges of memory loss, we offer a wthoughtfully designed memory care program geared for the whole family. Each team member has specialized training in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We believe the degree of memory loss is an important consideration when providing memory care, so we offer two “neighborhoods” our residents call home.
We believe the best care is provided when we help residents to “age in place”, which the two neighborhoods enhance. Both neighborhoods are cozy, intimate and secure, staffed by professionals trained to meet them where they are.
This is our neighborhood for early to middle stage Alzheimer’s and dementia care. It’s located on the 4th floor, and designed specifically for residents who are showing increasing signs of memory loss, but still retain a large degree of independence. Our goal is to help residents be independently engaged in activities that give meaning and purpose to their lives.
Your loved one may be experiencing increased anxiety, fear of getting lost, isolation, and even depression. They may be having difficulty with daily tasks without reminders, causing them to become frustrated and to lose confidence. They may also wander and become agitated in the late afternoon or early evening, as the sun goes down.
Connections provides a fully secured environment to maximize safety, in an intimate, homelike living space that fosters calm and comfort. Our outdoor terrace enables residents to freely enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Here we offer wander management technology to manage their whereabouts while they move about freely. In this neighborhood, we maintain a caregiver-to-resident ratio of 1:6 – or one care provider for every six residents.
Located on the 5th floor, Haven is our neighborhood for middle to late stage Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Residents may be experiencing difficulty recognizing family and friends, organizing thoughts and managing the activities of daily living. They may require assistance to maintain appearance and good hygiene, as well as managing incontinence. Wandering and agitation may become more pronounced.
Haven residents in this neighborhood receive a higher level of assistance and care. We maintain a caregiver-to-resident ratio of 1:4 – one caregiver for every four residents. It’s the best resident-to-caregiver ratio in the metropolitan area. Our goal is to maximize comfort, minimize agitation, and soothe compassionately. We also strive to offer residents opportunities to become involved in ways that are meaningful.
The neighborhood provides cozy and intimate living spaces that enable residents to explore safely and freely. There’s lots of natural light and a fully secure outdoor terrace to create a cheerful environment.
The neighborhood features an adaptive design, including painted walls and doors, motion sensors, specially designed carpet and memory boxes, to help with recognition and minimize confusion. We also make sure the kitchen is filled with happy sounds and smells of home, such as bread baking, music, laughter, and soft voices to soothe and please the senses.
Five Suite Plans for You to Choose From
You and your loved one can select one of five luxury suite floor plans available in either neighborhood, that will work best for your loved one’s needs and preferences. You can select single or companion living, and pets are always welcome as members of The Kensington Family.
Stop by The Kensington White Plains to see and experience the higher level of personal care your loved one deserves.