Grace Gardens Memory Care is a brand-new, $25 million community with the largest outdoor garden amenity in Orange County
When Town & Country CEO Dirk DeWolfe started his career in the 1980s, he encountered a dementia resident who just needed to walk. As long as he was walking, he was happy. That formative insight contributed to the unique physical design of Grace Gardens that provides residents with access to beautiful, natural surroundings, sunlight and plenty of secure, open space to move around.
Physical activity for people with dementia is critical to their well-being. After all, just imagine if you had to sit 24 hours a day in a confined space without the freedom to walk and explore? Hence, Grace Gardens will make excellent use of its 3,000 sq. ft. garden space, which is one of the largest in Orange County. The plans for the memory-care garden feature flowers, edible plantings, raised pea patch gardens and a potting shed so residents can take part in gardening activities. This family-friendly space is designed to be lived in and enjoyed.
Peer neighborhoods designed for comfort, care and well-being
Besides the latest in high-tech design and programming, Grace Gardens Memory Care will offer four different “neighborhoods.” Neighborhood activities will be attuned to residents and groups founded on peer-based, stage-informed care principles. Everything about the household design, including activities, staffing ratios, specialized training, floor plans and interior design, reflects important information about each neighborhood’s peer group.
Two key elements that define the peer group within each household are dementia stage and medical needs. Of course, we also keep personal preferences in mind. What shared personality traits, habits, interests and routines among the residents can add to the social fabric of the household?
Town & Country is a home-like environment that is enriching, safe, nourishing and supportive. It is customized to the residents who live and thrive within each unique household.
Person-centered care that honors the individual
At Grace Gardens Memory Care, we’ll ask for in-depth information about your loved one so we can design our care around his or her interests, habits and routines. The more we know, the better we can serve.
For example, if your loved one likes to sleep until 9 AM and have a light breakfast, the care staff will be instructed not to wake them any earlier, and the care plan will reflect their preference for a light breakfast.
Additionally, we will learn about favorite activities and what seems to make your loved one content, fulfilled and positive. In this way, we help create the best day we can.