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Building a Memory Care Culture – Philosophy and Practice

When you have a loved one who needs memory care, you need to look beyond the physical building – although that is important – and focus on how the facility provides services to its residents. At Heartwood, everything we do is driven from one goal: to offer the very best in memory care and […]

Sandy – Daughter of Resident

We are very thankful for the wonderful care our Dad has received this past year at Heartwood Homes. The staff is exceptionally compassionate with the residents, our Dad calls it ‘home’ with a smile on his face!

By |April 6th, 2017|Categories: Stories|Tags: |0 Comments

Meribeth – Daughter of Resident

Jason, you and your staff are angels. How you cared for my mother for four years before she passed in 2014! I rarely missed a day visiting her, and got more from every visit than I could ever put to words.

By |January 10th, 2017|Categories: Stories|Tags: |0 Comments

Carol – Wife of Resident

My husband is a resident at Heartwood Homes. He came to live there late in September. He was not happy about having to be there but after three months he has adjusted very well and is happy. It’s hard for me to leave him there, but I know he is safe, comfortable and looked […]

By |December 19th, 2016|Categories: Stories|Tags: |0 Comments

Caring for Dementia: Writing Letters to Your Loved One

Is there anything more personal, more intimate, or more endearing than a personal letter from a beloved family member? In today’s world, handwritten letters are unusual. But when caring for dementia, it’s important to connect with people in the ways they are the most comfortable. Generally speaking, most of us don’t receive handwritten letters […]

Memory Care Evaluation: What to Look For

Deciding to move a loved one to a memory care home is one of the most difficult decisions you can make. But once you have made that decision, the next question is, “where to?” That question is nearly as hard as the first since choosing the right facility is essential. You want a place […]

Mary – Daughter of Resident

Our Mom (Peanuts was her name) spent the last couple of years of her life in the care of Jason and all of the wonderful caregivers of Heartwood Homes. We lost her last January while she was living there.

When we (7) children made the decision that Mom needed to be in a safer […]

By |February 6th, 2016|Categories: Stories|Tags: |0 Comments

How Feelings of Guilt Affect Making Memory Care Decisions

Guilt. It is a normal emotion to feel when you are caring for a loved one who is experiencing progressive memory loss. Whether it is your spouse or your mom or dad, you want to help them get better, to take care of them, to ensure that they are happy and have a good […]

By |February 2nd, 2016|Categories: How Do You Feel?|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kathleen – Daughter of Resident

Mom had no interest in going to an assisted living facility, even though the rest of the family knew it was time. On the first day we arrived and set up Mom’s spacious room to look like home. When the time came to get Mom we brought her there and her first words were […]

By |December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Stories|Tags: |0 Comments

Music and Memory

Have you ever begun listening to a familiar song, and then felt magically transported to an earlier time and place in your life? Music seems to have that kind of power over people, including people who have significant memory loss in many cases. At Heartwood we’ve found that music can inspire fond memories and […]

By |July 28th, 2015|Categories: Memory Care|Tags: , |0 Comments