Crozet’s Mountainside Senior Living Adds Dementia Unit

Crozet Gazette, September 8, 2017 -- Mountainside Senior Living, a 105-bed assisted living facility in downtown Crozet, will convert its entire third floor to a secure dementia unit containing 20 beds, according to Marta Keene, executive director of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, which operates the facility with the aim of keeping affordable senior care available. The unit is expected to open in February of 2018, she said.

“Patients will stay on the floor for all activities,” she said. “Meals will be served family-style. There will a large common area that will overlook The Square. There will be ‘stations’ that allow patients to do safe projects, such as crafts. It’s going to be very personalized. They are not connecting with the present moment and they don’t need to be brought back to it.

“It’s recognizing that we have to find the personal things we can tap into to help them,” said Keene. “The key is personalizing it.” Read More.

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