A New Milestone in Memory Care
DESIGN WITH A PURPOSE
The Cottage at Cypress Cove is a Memory Care Assisted Living residence that specifically caters to residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions. The design marks a new milestone in memory care by combining a ground-breaking program with an innovative environment that actively addresses the symptoms of Alzheimer’s/Dementia while creating a familiar, comfortable home.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR HOME
The Guiding Principles were established through research, experience, and learning tours to several Memory Care communities to gain insights into the best practices in programming, operations, staffing, training, and environment. These guiding beliefs informed all aspects of design and were keys to success in creating a safe environment, fostering autonomy, and providing purpose that enhances the daily lives of residents.
Often in people with dementia-related disorders, the internal circadian rhythms and wake sleep cycle become disrupted, which have significant impacts on residents and caregivers. Research indicates that the exposure to a supplemental lighting system can help residents maintain synchronization with the solar day. Cypress Cove's new memory support household, The Cottage, is the first purpose-built dementia environment in the world to utilize this technology to help with light-related symptoms of dementia. The system is inconspicuously located in the cove lighting located in all common areas. This provides residents exposure to the illumination process 24 hours a day as light therapy.