Exceptional Alzheimer’s Care

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Learn About Care Options for Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s

Our lives are made up of memories; Memories of friends, family, of good times, and obstacles overcome. So when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it can feel overwhelming. The truth is that a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is life-altering for everyone involved – not just the individual with the diagnosis. 

Do you have questions about Alzheimer’s?

Are you curious about innovative care and therapy options?

Maybe you just want to visit and experience a memory care community to better understand future options?

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes difficulty with memory, thinking, and sometimes behavior. In fact, it is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 percent to 80 percent of all cases. As a progressive disease, with symptoms worsening over time, Alzheimer’s has no cure. However, we can improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.

Whether your loved one is suffering from early-, middle-, or advanced-stage Alzheimer’s disease, Kensington Park provides the right specialized treatment, tools, environment, and compassion necessary to provide each individual the support they need. We love and care for your family as we do our own.

Have questions? Contact us today to learn more or schedule a tour!

What are the stages of Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease typically progresses slowly in three general stages — mild (early stage), moderate (middle stage), and severe (late stage). Since Alzheimer’s affects people in different ways, the timing and severity of dementia symptoms varies as each person progresses through the stages of Alzheimer’s differently.

What are the main causes of Alzheimer’s?

While the exact causes of Alzheimer’s disease aren’t fully understood, scientists believe that for most people Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time.

Less than 1 percent of the time, Alzheimer’s is caused by specific genetic changes that virtually guarantee a person will develop the disease. These rare occurrences usually result in disease onset in middle age.

We love and care for your family as we do our own.

Kensington Park, a Dedicated Memory Care Community

At Kensington Park, we understand the challenges and concerns that come with Alzheimer’s and memory loss and we value our residents with the utmost respect and dignity. We love and care for your family as we do our own. We recognize that the family is an essential part of this journey. That’s why we have thoughtfully designed a state-of-the-art, personalized memory care program that benefits all kinds of resident and family situations. 

With an especially high staff-to-resident ratio, we can offer highly individualized, comfortable, and peaceful care by providing your loved one with the following loving support:

3 unique levels of Memory Care: 

  • Assisted Living includes  the Kensington Club – specialized day programming 
  • Memory Care includes two unique neighborhoods of care – Connections and Haven
  • Licensed nurse on-site 24/7
  • Dedicated Director of Memory Care
  • Specialized Memory Care team
    • Full-time Memory Care Supervisor
    • Director of Nursing Services
    • Full-Time Connections Activity Coordinator
    • Full-Time Haven Activities Coordinator
    • Dedicated Activities staff 7 days a week
    • Primary Care Managers
      • Memory care training: Silverchair and Alzheimer’s Association 
  • Comprehensively trained caregivers and staff
  • Psychological and psychiatric services
  • On-site physical, occupational and speech therapies
  • Director of Family Services

We believe in supporting our residents’ strengths and working towards finding unique ways to bring beauty in each moment.

We believe that each resident is extremely valuable and important – regardless of the extent of his or her memory loss. That’s why we don’t believe in one-size-fits-all care. Instead, we match it to best fit each individual. We provide individual services such as:

  • Extensive support programs
    • Wheelchair assistance
    • Two-person or three-person assists
    • Wound care
    • Hospice
  • Medication and diabetes management 
  • Rehabilitation
    • Physical
    • Occupational
    • Speech
  • Accommodation of special diets all overseen by a registered dietitian
    • Diabetic
    • Renal
    • Gluten-free
    • Vegetarian
    • Open seating with table linens and fiestaware
    • Hydration program
    • Focus on healthy meals that include foods high in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and B complex vitamins
Kensington Park and You - Partners in Providing Memory Care for Your Loved One

State-of-the-Art Alzheimer’s Therapies

Kensington Park is a unique memory care community, we create individualized service plans that are specially tailored to each resident based upon their personal desires and needs – not only physical, but also cognitive, and spiritual, as we believe each to be of equal importance. To enrich our residents’ lives we offer:

  • 14 and 45 day post-move in family meetings, then every 6 months
  • Regular family nights
  • Regular support groups facilitated by our Director of Family Services
  • In house board-certified Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Pocket Programming (Specialized small-group activities)
  • Early Intervention Kensington Club
  • Memory care begins in our Assisted Living neighborhood, specifically designed for residents with new diagnosis of dementia-related cognitive disorders

Early Intervention Kensington Club

Our full time, designated Kensington Club coordinator designs and implements individualized programming aimed to slow progression of the disease. This gathering meets in a designated space 7 days a week with between ten to twelve residents. With a small group setting such as this, it provides an intimate environment where smiles and new friends can be made.

  • Special outings to museums, restaurants, theaters, local parks and other attractions
  • Daily activities such as baking, gardening, exercising, discussing current events, lectures, art and music, and specialized brain fitness activities that stimulate cognitive ability and memory

Specialized Memory Care Communities

We believe that each resident deserves to live in a community that is best suited for them and their individual degree of memory loss. To ensure that our residents receive the most beneficial and appropriate care for their individual circumstances, we distinguish our community into two different “neighborhoods.”

The Connections Neighborhood

An intimate and comfortable environment, Connections is designed for residents who are experiencing early-to-middle stages of Alzheimer’s. As such, the neighborhood is made to care for those who are showing increasing signs of memory loss. 

  • Anxiety
  • Fear of getting lost
  • Isolation 
  • Depression
  • Decreased confidence
  • Difficulty completing everyday tasks without reminders
  • Agitation and confusion in the later afternoon/early evening (“sun-downing”)

In Connections, we strive to help residents be independently engaged in their interactions and socialization, assisting them to find purpose and meaning each and every day. We stay attuned to our residents’ maximum cognitive abilities and recall in order to make the most of their strengths and abilities, supporting them and their families. 

  • Structure and routine for each day 
  • Fully secured
  • Comfortable home-like spaces, filled with sounds and smells like those in our homes such as laughter, music, pets, baking
  • Areas for fresh air and sunshine on our front porch and in our blooming garden
  • Pets welcome
  • Resources to monitor whereabouts such as code alert
  • 1:7 staff to resident ratio
  • Difficulty managing daily activities
  • Difficulty maintaining good hygiene
  • Agitation and confusion in the later afternoon/early evening (“sun-downing”)

The Haven Neighborhood

Designed for those residents who are showing more advanced signs of memory loss, Haven provides peace and security for those with middle-to-late stages of Alzheimer’s.

  • A home within the Kensington Park Community is cozy and intimate
  • Fully secured, but designed so that residents are able to explore freely and safely
  • Resources to monitor safety, such as code alert

Since these individuals require more assistance and a higher level of care, we strive to create a safe and soothing space with minimal agitation and an abundance of compassion.

  • Comfortable and safe spaces
  • A kitchen with soothing sounds and smells
  • Warm, moist towelette massage prior to meals
  • Sorbet during meals to stimulate taste buds
  • In-house board-certified music therapists 
  • Pets welcome
  • Lots of natural light and areas for fresh air
  • Adaptive design features to help with recognition – painted walls, specially designed carpet, memory boxes
  • 1:5 staff to resident ratio

We Love and Care for Your Family As We Do Our Own

Though Alzheimer’s can be a rough journey, it is one that your family doesn’t need to go through alone. At Kensington Park, we are proud to serve as your caregiver-partner so that the moments spent with your loved one can be more enjoyable. We encourage family and friends to come visit your loved one as often as possible, though you can rest assured knowing that when you are not here, your loved one is in compassionate, capable, and experienced hands. 

If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is experiencing memory loss – no matter the stage – Kensington Park is here to help.

Dementia Friendly America

Become a Dementia Friend today! Kensington Park is proud to be involved in the Dementia Friendly America initiative.

Montgomery County, Maryland is an exceptional place for dementia awareness and expertise in thanks to a partnership with Dementia Friendly America, a nationwide network of communities that provides resources and support for people living with dementia as well as their caregivers. In 2015, Montgomery County joined the movement and officially became “Dementia Friendly.” Since then, the government, local businesses, and individual advocates have worked in unison to educate themselves and the public on the ins and outs of what it means to be age friendly. For example, the police department now trains all its officers extensively on best practices in dementia care—an initiative so successful it has become a national case study! We are so proud to be embedded in a county that is leading the way in dementia awareness. Truly, no community can thrive unless all its members are thriving!

Kensington Park’s staff, family and friends are already certified Dementia Friends. You can become one too!

Please help us make this campus and our county a more inclusive one. We ask that you Become a Dementia Friend today. The certification takes less than 10 minutes:

Visit the Become a Dementia Friend webpage.

Step 1: Watch the Overview Video. Then confirm that you have watched the video in its entirety by checking the box and select “next.”

Step 2: Watch the first video short: “In Your Community.” Then, confirm that you have watched the video in its entirety by checking the box, scroll all the way down to the bottom and select “next.”

Step 3: Fill in your information and select “I am a Dementia Friend” to make it official.

Step 4: Request a certificate (it will be emailed to you).

Thank you for participating!

A Community Centered on Loving Care

Where your loved one can feel at home, with exceptional care from a family of staff.