Alzheimer's and Dementia Care

Home Like Setting

Merrill Gardens calls our dementia care area the Garden House. At the Garden House, we are committed to providing your loved ones with Alzheimer's Disease, or related memory impairment, care in a home-like atmosphere. Garden House residents can enjoy:

  • Private and semi-private suites
  • Three nutritious meals served daily with snacks between
  • Intimate, familiar, secured environment
  • Secured outdoor courtyards
  • Outdoor walking paths
  • 24-hour staff
  • A variety of activities and social outings
  • Housekeeping and linen service

Personal Pathways Activity Program

The journey along a pathway is often more important than the destination, especially in dementia care. Personal Pathways is Merrill Gardens' program for the Garden House that focuses on meaningful activities. Our goal is to help maintain independence and quality of life during the progression of Alzheimer's and related dementias. Personal Pathways offers activity choices that allow each resident to spend time in ways that can be meaningful and enjoyable to them. Each resident has a Personal Life History completed upon move-in to let us know of individual activities that may be of interest to them. Specially trained caregivers incorporate meaningful activities into daily life in the Garden House. Caregivers are encouraged to facilitate creative activities respecting the uniqueness of each community and individual. The Personal Pathways component allows individual differences in locale, culture, needs and interests to be accommodated. Family participation is encouraged.

Family Support

It is important to help each resident continue to be involved with their family. Family members are encouraged to participate in the life of their loved one at Merrill Gardens. We want you to take advantage of support groups and participate in service planning meetings to increase your understanding of dementia, and to help us shape how it impacts your loved one and family.

Community Connection

At Merrill Gardens' Garden House, we often participate in events and social activities that reflect local community culture. Although activities and social outings may vary by location, we hope to help your loved one feel actively involved in the community.