To cope with the growing number of memory issues in an increasing population of senior citizens, Sterling House of Arvada opened up a new assisted living facility dedicated to helping those individuals connect and engage in the latter years of life.
On May 1, 2014, Sterling House, a Brookdale personalized assisted living facility, officially opened the doors to the Clare Bridge Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care facility.
A memory care residential program, the Clare Bridge facility will focus on helping individuals with a memory diagnosis maximize their skills through a personal, structured routine.
“What we’re here to do is to help, not just the resident, they’re our primary issue,” said Dave Pierson, marketing director at Sterling House Arvada. “The base line is safety security and comfort, and make sure they have a good quality of life too.”
Constructed after discovering a need for memory care within the Arvada community, Brookdale Senior living, decided to construct a unit at Sterling House. After a month of working full time in the memory care wing, Clare Bridge Program Coordinator, Corey Samot said they’re noticing a difference in their residents.
“It’s definitely different and fun, very fun,” he said. “Unlike in the assisted living, our residents are always out and wanting to be encouraged. We go on outings, watch sporting events, play golf, and do other activities all day long.”
Currently, at Clare Bridge, 11 residents live in an assisted living facility, where they can be cared for, supported and encouraged to use skills in a variety of activities, such as outings, one-on-one services, also programs like, “In Touch”, a computer system with games, music, and software programs designed for individuals with memory issues.
“Our programs are really designed for our residents,” said Michael Holbrook, executive director of Sterling House. “We watch our programming so it’s designed for our residents. If we have something that maybe the residents aren’t having fun with or aren’t participating in, we change it.”
Sterling House at Arvada opened in 1996 as one of several Brookdale personalized living locations throughout the Denver-Metro area. Currently at full capacity, Sterling House can house 45 residents, in a variety of studio, one bedroom and shared apartments. In this community, residents have daily activities they can participate in.
“For each individual resident, it’s a very, very personalized plan,” Pierson said. “It’s never if they’re (residents) a fit for us, our philosophy is if we’re a fit for them, and if they’re not, we can be a resource for them.”
Programs in this senior living community change monthly, from bingo to yoga and gardening to spa days and stimulating mental activities, residents at both the Sterling House and Clare Bridge are social, creating personalized moments every day.
“For the community, realistically, to continue to serve our residents,” Holbrook said. “To make sure our residents taken care of, and that they are safe, happy - to me that’s the main thing.”
For more information on either Sterling House or Clare Bridge, call 303-423-8100.