Life at The View

On the frontage road that goes past the Dakota Inn, Homesteaders Restaurant and some construction are two buildings that provide resort-style living in homestyle surroundings for people age 55 and older.

The View on Elk Drive and Maple View Memory Care Community offer a variety of services for the older members of the community and Maple View recently announced the addition of Adult Day Services and Respite Care programs.

Maple View Memory Care Community is now offering assistance to family members and/or friends who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments. The Adult Day Services and Respite Care programs provide caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with Alzheimer’s continues to receive quality care in a safe and secure environment. The availability of these programs will allow those living at home to get additional care, stimulation and the socialization they need.

Lori Soltis, director for The View on Elk Drive and Maple View Memory Care Community, said they have three types of programs; full-time residency, respite care services and adult day services. Respite care services are offered as they have rooms available and provide overnight care, she added. Caregivers can drop off their loved ones at Maple View for however many hours of the day they need and the staff will take care of the person’s medicinal needs while there, Soltis continued.

“We’ll work with the family and be pretty flexible with the hours of the day,” she added.

A caregiver participates in the respite care and adult day services the same way as signing up a loved one for full-time residency. They fill out an application for residency, the person has to be ambulatory and have a diagnosis of cognitive impairment, an assessment is taken of the person’s current residence, a doctor’s order and consent form is needed and a tour of the memory care facility is taken, Soltis said.

“There’s a process. You can’t just drop the person off,” she added.

They go through the paperwork for full-time residency and then the caregiver can set up a schedule, which is handled by Kelly Haase, Resident Services Manager, Soltis continued. The person has to be accepted to the facility.

Soltis said they spent a year getting staffed and getting residents for the additional services so now they are able to accommodate them.

Because so many families are taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s or other memory impairment issues, adult day services and respite care were added, Soltis said. According to statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association, more than seven out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease live at home, where family and friends provide a great majority of their care. Maple View Memory Care Community gives a safe place for caregivers to drop off their family member, offer assistance and gives them options with caregiving, Soltis said.

“They want to still take care of their family member, but they need a break,” she added.

Maple View has been receiving phone calls from people interested in their additional services, Soltis said.

“There are other options for people and they may look at our calendar and see an activity here that looks interesting and they can schedule around that,” she added.

There are also personalized activities for residents, Soltis said, like card games.

“All residents are treated the same regardless if they’re permanent or just here for the day,” she said.

It’s important for people to know that taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging, Soltis said. Every person is different and communication is key, she added. It’s also important how you speak to and approach someone with the disease, Soltis continued. Additionally, it’s important to know the behavior that people with Alzheimer’s exhibit so that you can come up with an appropriate approach, she also said.

“We continually do training on Alzheimer’s disease,” Soltis said.

For families, caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be a struggle, Soltis said, and there’s help for them.

“It’s very sad and important to have support,” she added. “We work with families very closely and families are very important to the care of our residents.”

“It takes time for a person to adjust to the facility,” Soltis pointed out. “Not everyone settles in and adapts the same way. It’s been neat to watch some of the residents blossom and this is a warm, friendly and beautiful atmosphere.”