Westlake Village Expands Services to Include Memory Care

New unit will specialize in Alzheimer’s and dementia-related services

DSC_4564-10Westlake Village, a Brookdale senior living community, is growing to meet the demand for Alzheimer’s and dementia-related services in the Westlake area, with the ribbon cutting last week for a new 32-bed Memory Care Unit.  This new unit expands services already offered at the community, which can meet the needs of more than 300 residents.  Now, in addition to the current independent, assisted living and skilled nursing solutions available, Westlake Village expands options available to area seniors to include memory care.  The grand opening event was held Wednesday and the community expects to begin accepting residents in March.

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“Memory Care communities are specially designed living spaces where the environment supports our residents as they handle the cognitive challenges brought on by Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” said Sheryl Ludeke-Smith, a Brookdale Dementia Care Specialist who attended this week’s grand opening. “Things like specialized flooring or certain wall colors help cue residents about aspects of their daily lives. Areas of the community are also set up for safe engagement in activities such as gardening or kitchen work that provide meaningful moments for residents.”

The community will have activity programming throughout the day and 24-hour nursing care in a homelike environment that helps seniors stay engaged and socially active. A growing body of research on aging shows that well-designed programs can help sustain mental functions that are often impacted in early to mid-stages of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Trained associates work closely with residents to promote well-being, dignity and choice and to provide opportunities for residents to find happiness and meaning in support of their unique needs.

“We are excited to be able to provide another senior living solution to the Westlake community,” said Westlake Village Executive Director Patrick Payne. “The addition of memory care services allows us to better achieve our mission to enrich the lives of those we serve we compassion, respect, excellence and integrity.”

Westlake Village is located at 28635 Westlake Village Drive. For more information about Brookdale, visit www.brookdale.com.

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Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is a leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The company is committed to providing an exceptional living experience through properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Currently the company operates independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers, with more than 650 communities in 36 states and the ability to serve over 67,000 residents. Brookdale is committed to providing exceptional living experiences within properties that are purpose-built, designed and operated to help residents live well while achieving an Optimum Life®. Brookdale Senior Living communities provide a daily experience of programs, services and care that are unique as a result of the collective talents and inspiration of the residents, their families, and its associates – demonstrating Brookdale’s promise of “Our People Make the Difference.”  For more information, visit http://www.brookdaleliving.com.

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