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Florida Assisted Living Facility - Arden Courts Fort Myers
Assisted Living Facility License #AL9502
When someone you love has Alzheimer's disease or related memory impairment, you learn a lot about care and support. You discover the importance of preserving a routine and the familiar surroundings of home. You can also see how much your loved one needs the closeness of family and friends. But, we understand that the demands on you and your family grow to a point where more help is required than you can manage. We also know that it's hard to give up the comforts of home. This is why HCR Manor Care created Arden Courts. It's a unique approach to caregiving - created to help people with Alzheimer's disease and related memory impairments enjoy residential living, while receiving the professional assistance they need 24-hours a day.
Everything at Arden Courts - from staffing to programs to environment - has been researched, developed and designed for very specific needs. Arden Courts is a welcome answer for both our residents and their families; a new caregiving alternative for the time when home care is no longer possible, but skilled nursing care is not necessary.
In designing Arden Courts, we conducted a great deal of research with experts and family caregivers alike - to make sure we offer the best lifestyle and care for our residents.
We understand the importance of helping our residents continue to lead productive, independent lives. So we provide whatever assistance is needed to make it possible. Whether it's helping with dressing, bathing, toileting or perhaps supervision at mealtimes, our residents receive just the right amount of care and encouragement - from people specially trained to care for those with Alzheimer's disease.
We also focus on maintaining the normal routines of home. Just like in homes everywhere, our residents and caregivers gather for family style meals. They spend time on personal care and light housekeeping. There's time to socialize with friends and time to be on their own.
At Arden Courts, our residents are encouraged to continue whatever activities they were used to doing at home; whether it's setting the table or preparing for dinner, doing laundry, gardening in the backyard or going our for social and community activities.
A lot of planning went into making Arden Courts feel as much like home as possible - warm, friendly, familiar and safe. Every aspect of daily life has been taken into consideration, based on our residents' needs. Right from the beginning, we consulted with architectural and design experts who specialize in Alzheimer's facilities - to make sure HCR Manor Care's Arden Courts offers the maximum amount of independence and safety.
The layout is residential by design - small in scale and organized into four self-contained "houses." Each house has its own living room, dining room, kitchen, full bath and laundry. There's also a secured backyard for gardening and enjoying the outdoors. Houses have both private and shared bedrooms, each with a half bath. And while bedrooms can be fully furnished, many of our residents like to bring some favorite furniture from home. The common rooms are cozy and inviting, and the furniture is comfortable. There are visual cures everywhere - symbols, photographs and colors - to help our residents stay oriented and as independent as possible.
A Typical Day At Arden Courts
A unique living arrangement like Arden Courts takes very special people to make it happen - people who are warm, friendly and who are also professionally trained to provide care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related memory impairment.
At Arden Courts, members of our staff are well educated in the disease process and its management - receiving extensive training and education, continual updates and refresher courses.
At the core of our team are the Resident Caregivers, who serve as "house parents" and assist with all daily activities. Resident Caregivers are assigned to a house, working with the residents on a daily basis and getting to know their individual needs.
Our other caregiving professionals include:
There are no "patients" living at Arden Courts - only residents and friends, each with his or her own routines and interests, capabilities and needs. And right from the start, we set out to accommodate and encourage that individuality. We begin with an extensive assessment of the resident's requirements and preferences. We also learn about his or her individual skills, history and home life. Then, we develop a customized "service plan" outlining those services and programs the resident needs or would like. And everyone - staff, resident and family - works together to implement the plan, making ongoing assessments and adjustments as necessary.
With our high staffing ratio at Arden Courts we can work closely with our residents; personalizing and adjusting their care and their programs, based on what each person requires - or simply enjoys.
Arden Courts was created
exclusively for individuals in the early - to - middle
stages of Alzheimer's disease, so we are able to
concentrate on the programs and life skills that best
meet our residents' special needs promoting their
independence and individuality, their health and
Engagement programs reinforce functional skills, which are important in promoting a positive sense of self-esteem. General principles of this approach guide program development. These include:
The goal is to support the remaining, less impaired skills needed everyday.
These activities designed in the engagement program capitalize on "spared" or less impaired abilities allowing activities to be done at their own pace.
Nothing helps our residents' well being and peace of mind knowing their family and friends care for them and want to be a part of their lives. That's why we welcome family members at Arden Courts. We encourage you to participate in the caregiving as much as you like. We have special events for families - dinners, parties, activities - and we offer the help of family support groups. Some of our family members also like to participate with their loved ones laundry or taking them to doctor's appointments. We can accommodate whatever caregiving arrangements you want to make. The amount of participation is entirely up to you.
We are pleased to offer our
innovative Respite Care Program. Commonly asked
questions about Respite Care include...
What is Respite Care?
How Long Can We Use Respite Care?
How Much Does Respite Care Cost?
How Can I Arrange For A Respite Care Stay?
Skilled Nursing / Rehabilitative Center On-site
Arden Court was designed and developed by HCR Manor Care - a leading provider of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and Alzheimer's care.
In our nursing centers, we helped to pioneer care for people with Alzheimer's disease. But we also realized that some residents in the early - to - middle stages of the disease benefit from living in a more residential setting.
So we set out to create Arden Courts, bringing our own resources and experience to the job; and working with family caregivers like you to meet your needs.
Today, Arden Courts extends our continuum of care by providing personal attention in a small, residential environment. It offers dignity, comfort, a sense of belonging and the friendship and assistance of others in a safe environment that is as much as like home as it can be.
It is a home that caregivers like you have helped to build. We hope you'll come soon to see Arden Courts for yourself. We know you'll like what you see.