Memory Care

Memory loss is life-changing for all involved. We believe the degree of memory loss is an important consideration when planning care. And because we empathize with residents and their loved ones who are confronting the challenges of memory loss, we offer a thoughtfully designed memory care program geared for the whole family.

We believe the degree of memory loss is an important consideration when planning care.

Our Connections Neighborhood is for residents in the early to middle stages of dementia. Haven is for residents in the middle to late stages. Unlike traditional nursing home facilities of the past, the Connections and Haven neighborhoods are cozy environments where residents can feel comfortable and secure and where loving professionals can accommodate specific needs that accompany each stage of disease progression.

When a loved one lives at The Kensington, we encourage family and friends to visit as often as possible and to lean on us for support whenever needed. We know that by sharing care-giving responsibility, families are freer to enjoy the pleasure of time spent together. Also, because we are equipped to handle health care needs, families get the added benefit of peace of mind and confidence that their loved one is in capable, professional hands.

Learn more about memory care at The Kensington and our two specialized neighborhoods by clicking on the tabs below.

Alzheimer's & Dementia

Alzheimer's & Dementia

Kensington resident and volunteer working with clay.

Although we understand the general patterns of Alzheimer’s and dementia, we seek ways to capitalize on resident 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 believe the degree of memory loss is an important consideration when providing memory care so we offer two “neighborhoods” our residents call home. Read more about our Connections and Haven neighborhoods…

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Connections

Connections

Early to Middle Stage Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

The Kensington White Plains memory care residents visit a nearby park

Connections is a cozy, intimate neighborhood for residents with the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia and is designed for residents who are showing increasing signs of memory loss. Our goal in the Connections neighborhood is to help residents be independently engaged in activities that give meaning and purpose to their days. We assess residents’ maximum cognitive ability and recall. Then, we “meet them where they are” and make the most of their strengths.

The Connections Resident

  • Is in early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • May be experiencing increased anxiety, fear of getting lost, isolation, and depression.
  • May be having difficulty with daily tasks without cueing and reminders, resulting in frustration and lack of confidence.
  • May wander and become agitated in the late afternoon/early evening due to sun-downing.

The Connections Neighborhood

  • Fully secured environment to maximize safety.
  • Cozy and intimate living spaces to feel comfortable like home.
  • Fully accessible kitchen to make it easy for residents to participate in all aspects of meal preparation and clean-up.
  • Outdoor terrace enables residents to freely enjoy fresh air and sunshine.
  • Pets are welcome to provide unconditional love.
  • Wander management technology to monitor resident whereabouts.
  • Xbox and Wii interactive video games and Kinects motion-sensing input device to improve social interaction and communication.
  • Dedicated Life Enrichment staff to stimulate the mind, strengthen the body, and uplift the spirit

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Haven

Haven

Middle to Late Stage Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Greenburg Nature Center reptile visiting with a resident at The Kensington White PlainsHaven is a soothing and peaceful neighborhood for residents with the middle to late stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia and designed for residents who are showing more advanced signs of memory loss. Haven residents need a higher level of assistance and care, so our goal is to maximize comfort, minimize agitation and soothe compassionately. We strive to offer residents opportunities to become involved in ways that are meaningful.

The Haven Resident

  • Is in the middle to late stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
  • May be experiencing difficulty recognizing families and friends, organizing thoughts and managing the activities of daily living.
  • May require assistance to maintain appearance and good hygiene and manage incontinence.
  • May wander and become agitated in late afternoon/early evening due to sundowning.
  • May have behavior challenges.

The Haven Neighborhood

  • Fully secured environment to maximize safety.
  • Wander management technology to monitor resident whereabouts.
  • Cozy and intimate living spaces that enable residents to explore safely and freely.
  • Kitchen filled with the happy sounds and smells of home such as bread baking, music, laughter, soft voices to soothe and please the senses.
  • Pets welcome to provide unconditional love.
  • Lots of natural light and a fully secure outdoor terrace to create a cheerful environment.
  • Adaptive design features (painted walls and doors, motion sensors, specially designed carpet, memory boxes) to help with recognition and confusion.
  • Dedicated Life Enrichment staff engage residents to help tap into and find joy in moments from their past.
  • Pocket programming to reflect each resident’s interests.

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