Just as the human body ages, so does the mind. But dealing with mental degeneration tends to be a more complicated and emotional process than simply repairing a bad knee with surgery — for both the afflicted and his or her loved ones.
Life After Your Loved One’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
After receiving a diagnosis from a certified medical professional, many caretakers are left wondering, “What now?
First things first — knowledge is power. Speaking with your loved one’s medical team is key to understanding what stage of cognitive loss they are experiencing. They will often make recommendations for professional care at a specialized memory care center.
Accepting You Can’t Do It Alone
Many well-meaning relatives take on the task of caring for someone with dementia without a realistic understanding of what a time-consuming and extremely difficult job it can be. And while we all like to think that we can give the most tender, loving care to our loved ones, sometimes professional expertise is best.
Finding The Right Care Center Fit
Ensuring that your loved one is given the best care starts with meeting with several care centers. Seek out facilities that focus specifically on memory care. Some of the things that set these centers apart from a typical assisted living environment include a building layout that minimizes tenant injury. Wandering, which often leads to falling, is one of the main sources of danger for those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The right floor plan can make a huge difference. It only takes one momentary mental lapse to create a possibly life-threatening accident.
Memory care centers often have a higher staff-to-tenant ratio in order to provide a high level of interaction and supervision. They also include all the regular amenities found at assisted living centers including medication assistance, meal prep, bathing and dressing assistance, social engagement and more.
Beyond safety measures, take into account the mood and feel of the center. Quality of life is affected by things as simple as cheerful decor, great lighting and room for personalization within each resident unit.
Above all, remember that providing your loved one with professional care is not neglect, it is the right thing to do!
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I have known the owner of the Ashford and many staff members for years. My niece even worked for The Ashford as a Med Tech for a time. I work for Brighton home health & hospice and have watched them care for our patients who live there. The support and attention they give their residents is fantastic. The building is always clean and beautiful. Highly recommend.
Both of my grandmothers have lived at two different Ashford's in the past several years and our experience in both was phenomenal! Fantastic staff, clean facility, amazing meals, wonderful owners who live locally. We felt the Ashford took care of not only our loved ones but us as family members as well. Draper is lucky to have an Ashford in their area. Residents and their families will love the owners (who are local and hands on) as well as the quality of staff that they hire!
I have worked for Ashford in the past and I am so excited to work for them again! They create a great work environment for their employees. The staff is very nice and they provide amazing care for their residents! The building is beautiful and has a local owner that is also the administrator!
After being a stay at home mom for several years Ashford has been the perfect fit for me and my family. Ashford cares about their employees and when employees are happy they pass that along to the residents. I can genuinely say " I love my job."Did I mention that the facilities are beautiful?
This is a fantastic Assisted Living Center! Top notch facility and even better staff and ownership! The staff truly care about the people they are serving, treating them as if they are their own family. I would HIGHLY recommend this center for you or your loved ones! 👍👍
Our mother is in the Memory Care unit at Ashford and has been so well cared for. There is a wonderful home-like feeling at Ashford. The staff really care about the residents. They remember names of family members and are always helpful and responsive. The owner Greg and all of the employees are fully engaged in all aspects of care. The facility is beautiful, new and clean, with lovely furnishings and paintings. The food is excellent (and the aides help with cutting up food for memory care residents if needed). We have been so happy with the care our mother has received at Ashford!
Ashford is first class! As an industry professional I’ve visited and operated many assisted living communities, and non surpass the quality and attention to detail that this company offers. I highly recommend Ashford!
Thank you Ashford! What a great place for your loved one! They truly care about your loved one and their families! Knowing my dad is safe and has all the help he needs makes all the difference. The Ashford is a beautiful facility with top notch employees! There are “no behind the scene” people here, from Greg the owner, who visits with the residents, to ALL the wonderful staff that is available daily, the Ashford is truly a “home” away from home! Thank you!!
My mother was in Ashford Assisted Living. She has lived in 3 other places, and none compare in the least to Ashford. The staff is the best ever. Who says to the patient "I Love You" each time they left her. They kept mom so clean, even under very unpleasant circumstances. Many times washing everything every day. There was never a smell. The waste cans were emptied at least every day and many times more often. Anything soiled was removed immediately. We all live to eat yummy food. Just wish mom had been in better health to enjoy the best food ever. Never leftovers made into soups etc. I was given personal contact information so I could keep in contact constantly with her care givers on moms health and needs. They often called me reporting any changes and new ideas to help her. I can never thank them enough. They felt like my friends - even family. I would give them 10 stars if I could. Thank you Thank you Ashford. What an unbelievable team.
I love Ashford! They put so much effort into finding genuine caregivers. The aides here are held to a high standard amongst other facilities. Your family will be treated like family. Hard work never goes unnoticed or unappreciated. I truly am grateful to work for such an amazing facility.
My parents were some of the first to move I to Ashford. While we love the beauty of of the building what we love the most is the people who love and care for the residents and their families there. Moms passing was treated with great respect and dad is well taken care of now in memory care. I would highly recommend Ashford for the care of your loved ones.
Five stars and then some! The kindness, compassion and caring of the Ashford staff is exceptional. Everyone (and I do mean everyone) is friendly and helpful. I moved my mom to Ashford a few months ago from another community and regret I didn’t get her here sooner. The food is truly delicious! On one occasion, my mom said “the potato salad tastes just like my mom used to make” I’ve eaten here myself and love the food too. My family and I are so happy with the Ashford experience!
I put my mother with Ashford on the level 1 care side last year. She eventually ended up in Memory Care after 5 months. Simply put, the people at Ashford are doing God’s work. They were amazing at all times. I know this kind of facility can be expensive, but they are very competitive with anything in the valley. I will be forever grateful to them. My mom passed away last October, but Ashford helped in so many ways to make her last months better. If you have a loved one who needs Assisted living, this is where you want to go. I am a Physician and I know excellent care and they give it.Ben Howard Draper, Utah
I cannot express enough how positive my experience has been with Ashford in Draper! The staff is super friendly and the grounds are beautiful. Most importantly is the compassion and dedication demonstrated to their residents. The interior is thoughtfully designed.....clean and contemporary.Wonderful people! Thank you Ashford!
I cannot say thank you enough for the excellent care our mom received while she was at Ashford in Draper! She was given such compassionate care and our family was treated with such kindness. They really wanted to make sure all of our mother’s needs were met as well as the family’s. Such a beautiful facility and delicious home cooked meals!
If I could provide 6 stars, I would. Deciding to move my mother from California to Utah was not an easy decision. She was going to leave life-long friends who she loved and adored. Knowing she would require much more assistance and care then we were equipped to handle, we decided assistant living was the best option. Not because we did not love her, nor wanted her to be in our house: She had medical issues that we are not trained for. (Vascular Dementia) We knew we needed to provide a safe and loving place for her to be happy and to thrive. We looked at many options for her and found Ashford to be the best. Very affordable, beautiful building, beautiful furnishings, clean, and best of all VERY CARING and THOUGHTFUL STAFF. My mother kept saying how she loved her new place. She honestly felt she was living in a 5 star resort. The move extended her life by 10 months. A time we will always cherish. She made many new friends; Some on staff and other residence. At the end, she was care for with much love, respect and dignity. The qualities I was looking for the our extra time with Grannie.
Five stars is just not enough! Ashford Assisted Living & Memory Care of Draper is absolutely the best in accommodating the needs of the patient and those whose lives have been turned upside down with the demands of specialized memory care! Their staff and facilities are extraordinary and highly recommended!
We can't adequately express our heartfelt appreciation for the patience, never-ending kindnesses, love, respect and tender care of our mom at Ashford. Beautiful home atmosphere, great food, fun activities, impeccable communication and very caring staff. Even the residents are wonderful! From the on-site owner, Greg, to Jace the administrator, all the CNA's, nurse, receptionists, and all the staff at Ashford, we can't thank you enough for all that you did for Mom and for us. Mom loved you! And so do we! You always made us feel welcome and loved us too. You all went far above what was required of you. Always welcoming us by name with sweet, warm smiles and showing an interest in our own personal lives, as well as listening patiently to mom and visiting with her each day. You were very solicitous of her, going out of your way to make sure Mom was happy and loved. So grateful for you! We appreciate all the thoughtful things you did for her. Thanks for loving our mom!Greg and Jace, a special thank you for allowing us to be with our mom as much as possible during her last days and letting us stay with her day and night. This meant the world to us and to our mom, who begged us not to let her die alone. From the bottom of our hearts, Thank You!!!With love and deep gratitude, the Godfrey Family
Our mother loved staying at Ashford. Its a beautiful place and very well taken care of. The staff who work there really care for the people they serve. Our only regret is that we didn't move our mom in there sooner!
We have had nothing but great help with my wife's mom in Ashford. They are all so much help and it is a wonderful place for her to live. She gets all the care she needs and they communicate to us regularly especially this year when we were not able to visit because of COVID. All the employees are very kind and willing to help with anything that comes up. I would definitely recommend Ashford Assisted Living to anyone.
On behalf of our entire family I want to express our gratitude to Ashford Memory Care Draper staff, for all the love and attention given to our husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa and friend, for the past 3 months he resided there. Everything to the last detail was attended to with care and genuine concern and full attention. Ashford is absolutely beautiful in its decor and peaceful setting. The residents have privacy and still have opportunities to mingle, become friends and participate in activities together. The activities director is living to residents and extended family as is all the staff there, the nurses are skilled and attentive, and the delicious meals are prepared to meet the individual needs of each resident. The owners truly care about our LO’s and have created an atmosphere that I don’t think can be matched anywhere. Amongst covid they blessed us with a sensitivity to the needs of our LO to have us near and at the same time balance the need for respecting state and local guidelines and protecting all residents’.We are forever grateful. The Watkins Family
My loved one has been in memory care at Ashford for just over four months. We'd toured 15 options before choosing this one and did not make the decision lightly. Overall we've been very pleased with the experience. It is clean, beautiful, and secure. Many of the caregivers are truly that - "care" givers. I know they are notoriously underpaid so it is amazing to see several who are so stellar. I've sat in on many activities, that need to meet diverse interests and ability/cognition levels. Anything music is a favorite and all of the activity directors have been very kind and engaging. Unfortunately, the only activity on Sunday is LDS church services, so if you're lived one isn't Morning it can be a long boring day but about half of the facilities we toured were the same.The communication has been pretty good, we get occasional updates and concerns by email or text from the care coordinator.A caution is to label everything. And even then, know you may never see it again. Which is understandable with small items like a comb, or knicknack, but we've lost a full length flight pink robe, a black pop up mesh laundry hamper, an expensive bottle of perfume, and a pair of pink fuzzy slippers. All have been missing for months. Our L.O. often forgets which room is hers and will leave things in other places. They also see something familiar and think it belongs to them, so I understand the initial confusion, but such large items for so long is just baffling.We were required to switch to their preferred pharmacy, which isn't our insurance company's preferred pharmacy, so now we have copays for medications that have always had no charge. It's understandable that it helps them better manage the meds though.There seems to be a staff Exodus happening as they have lost their administrator, director of nursing, and front desk manager all within a few weeks. That makes one nervous. Hopefully it's just a fluke.
I love the individual attention that my mother receives here, from the owner on down. All the staff know her by name. They always have smiles on their faces. Good morale among the staff. Anything mom needs is taken care of. They have activities and rides every week. The facility is clean, well maintained and bright and cherry. Couldn't be happier with her care.
This has been a wonderful place for my grandmother. They treat her so well, she feels very welcome here. The staff are very personable and know her and even her guests by name. The place is family owned, and much better than other large company ones.
Our father was alone for 5 years after our mother died. He insisted that he did not want to leave his home. But we took him on a tour at Draper and he wanted to move in immediately! He was always an extrovert, and he blossomed again when he came to the Draper home. He immediately became his old self and was soon entertaining other guests at the home with his jokes and stories. He loved it. We found that the staff was extremely helpful, especially when we had to place Dad in Hospice Care. They took care of everything, and we felt we had a partner in taking care of Dad, and without all the hassles and worries that go with taking care of an elderly loved one! The staff was always accessible and extremely friendly. We have recommended this place to several people over the past 2 years since Dad passed on. Thank you for making Dad's last months happy and fulfilling! Scott and Anita Rose and Siblings
Ashford Assisted Living is a great place for taking care of your elderly loved ones!! They have amazing staff that really care about details and the comfort of their residents! Thank you for taking such great care of my mother and all her needs!!!
One of the most beautiful and well taken care of facilities I have been to. I had a lot of anxiety about my sweet grandma moving into an Assisted Living facility. I had worked 911 in downtown SLC and had seen a lot of really poor and neglectful care come from more facilities than you can imagine. When I first visited her, I immediately noticed how clean it was and how friendly everybody was. She was on cloud nine when we talked to her and asked how she liked it. She told us about all the activities and friends she had made. She loves the gal's that do her nails and hair. She has now been there almost two and a half years and she still loves it. She has a beautiful view of the temple and mountains from her room and we know she has wonderful caregivers and an administration looking after her should she need anything. My parents have said several times that the second they retire and need to be put in a home they want to live at Ashford. It is hard to find somebody you don't like there. The atmosphere is very light and happy. We recommend Ashford to everybody.
One of the worst parts of caring for elderly parents is coming to the realization that you can no longer provide the care for them they need and that it's time for them to have access to 24 hour professional care. That is the realization we came to with our father, almost exactly two years ago. Within 14 months he lost his wife and two of his children, and then broke his hip after a simple fall (on carpet even).After four months in nursing/rehab care he still hadn't reached the point where he could walk again, and it was clear that he never would. He didn't want to go, and the day we moved in was bittersweet, but within a week or two dad felt right at home.The hallways were wide, bright, and cheerful. There was a bright seating area at one end of the hallway, and a balcony at the other end where dad and I would often sit on Sundays eating ice cream and staring at the mountains. There was a patio area in the back where we had a picnic one day (and planned to have many more). The food was good and the facility was clean.But what matters more than anything at an assisted living facility is the quality of the staff, and I cannot imagine any place with a better staff than Ashford. The nurses there became like his own granddaughters, and would spend countless hours in endless conversations with him. Their care for him lifted his spirits (and ours) at a very dark time.Dad has been gone now for almost a year, but on behalf of myself, my siblings, and the rest of our family, we cannot thank Ashford enough. And since my Google ID doesn't reveal my real name, I will let Ashford know who we are by saying...Roll Tide.