Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be difficult, exhausting and emotionally draining. At some point, you may need an alternative to taking this on yourself. That’s when it’s time to call Highgate.
We provide safe, compassionate, round-the-clock care in The Cottage, our community designed for residents with memory loss.
It’s a cozy, secure environment with highly trained care partners whose mission is to understand the needs, desires and routines of each resident in order to personalize their care. Whether it’s nighttime wandering, confusion, repetitive questions, incontinence, or just wanting “to go home” – we understand – and have the expertise to gently handle these concerns. In fact, our care partners are certified in Teepa Snow’s internationally renowned Positive Approach to Care™ and Positive Physical Approach™ which improves chances of positive interactions and focuses on what’s left, not what’s lost. Team members also receive GEM™ training which uses precious gem colors that coincide with typical traits at various stages of dementia – a positive way to help us better understand and interact with someone who might seem beyond reach.
While most memory care facilities rely on traditional medical practices alone, Highgate offers a unique holistic approach to care which includes spa baths, massage, and our own blend of herbal teas to balance mood and promote health. We use our signature aromatherapy oils to lift spirits, stimulate appetite, and relax into sleep. We encourage exercise, healthy eating (including finger foods for those who find it more manageable), and hydration. We’re even involved in making sure the medications our Cottage residents take are right and necessary, advocating with families and physicians to provide a personalized program of care. We encourage everyone to stay as physically, mentally and socially active as possible. And we offer a variety of activities and outings to keep life stimulating.
Once the caregiving role is shifted to Highgate, a resident’s spouse and/or family members are free to simply enjoy the relationship again. It will give you such peace of mind to know your loved one is being cared for in a safe, compassionate, joyful community. We encourage visits anytime, and invite you to join us for frequent family events.
It takes energy, devotion and love to care for those with memory loss. It takes the kind of people who work at Highgate.