The Atrium at Veronica Drive

1 Veronica Drive, Danvers, MA, 01923

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based on 6 Reviews

Frequent Visitor 7 July 28, 2011

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Atrium is a small facility exclusively devoted to memory care, housing about 50 residents. It's in a somewhat odd location"”easily accessible by major arteries, but it is in a turn off the highway"”and those visiting can easily end up at the nearby Marriott or run-down strip mall. The outside grounds are very pretty and the facility as a whole is well maintained, with nice artwork on the walls inside. A small reception area at the front is nicely furnished and provides coffee and cookies. Also, the reception desk is staffed by lovely, caring, attentive women who know all the residents by name. The dining hall is adequate and the food is excellent, with a good chef who prepares several choices daily. But the service in the dining hall somehow seems chaotic, and there are frequently dishes piled up and left on tables. There seems to be no organized process to how and when people get their food, and residents complain about that. There are several nice touches to the design and detail inside. For one thing, there is a big board with monthly happenings posted on it"”everything from food and activities to awards for staff. The two hallways housing the residents are hung with huge black and white photos of many of the residents, which are absolutely fabulous. When they walk by, they notice them"”and for those who are able, they become talking points. Another nice feature: Little stations are set up in the corridors with sewing machines and clothes, military garb, and a baby doll and changing table. The displays, which are changed frequently, are meant to be evocative and engage residents. They look great and encourage interaction. I see a client who loves hats"”and he often wears those he's picked up around the facility. A woman proudly takes care of the squishy baby doll. Housing is divided into two parts, according to the level of care needed. The rooms, which are of ample size, are all well maintained and residents are encouraged to decorate them with personal items such as family pictures and books. More than most places, you can learn a lot about the residents at Atrium by looking around their environs. Shadowboxes outside each of the rooms also identify their interests and sometimes provide good talking points for visitors, staff and residents. Many residents spend lots of time walking the hallways"”and there is also a lovely secured garden area and yard and path that they can use for walking. There is a TV and music room and activities on both wings include art projects, flower arranging and cooking; there are also some nice outings with van transportation provided, such as forays to a nearby dairy farm for ice cream. The one thing that gets most people involved seems to be any game involving a ball. There is often music playing"”of varying styles and types. As for staff, the admissions staffer and financial officer are terrific, although the director does not seem very hands-on. And there is a new activities director who's dynamite and very experienced"”and very committed, with her heart and soul in the right place. And there are several CNAs who seem to know their stuff; staffing ratio is about 4 or 5 to 1 resident. The staff is unusually diverse"”by race, ethnicity and gender, which is a good thing. But this is the most unclear staffing structure I've ever seen. It is very unclear who's in charge of what. If anything happens, such as a resident falling, they all rush over"”and all other activities stop. It can also be difficult to find a staff member when you need one. There is no social worker, and they could use one. This confused staffing structure leaves some feeling that all of the residents may need more care than they're getting. Recently, Atrium has switched the staff more to work on both sides of the building, so that they know all of the residents; unclear whether this is a good change"”especially for residents who prize routine and prefer to deal only with those they know well.

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From The Atrium at Veronica Drive


The Atrium at Veronica Drive in Danvers, MA, is an assisted living residence designed exclusively to serve the needs of individuals with memory loss. Our goal, in everything we do, is to create an environment that feels safe and familiar, empowering and fulfilling.

All forms of memory loss, from forgetfulness to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, are disorders of the memory, not the spirit. In fact, care of the spirit increasingly becomes the one way we can reach and communicate to those with memory loss. At The Atrium at Veronica Drive, we connect with the residents and their caregivers. It's what we do best. Welcome to The Atrium of Veronica Drive!

What Makes Us Special


The Atrium is proud to be the only community on the North Shore dedicated exclusively to memory care. Every sight, sound, taste, feeling and experience is designed to help seniors with memory loss lead more rewarding lives. Our unique, single story residence helps residents maintain their independence and connect with the people who love them most.

Features of The Atrium at Veronica Drive


Costs

  • Rent Plus Care Fees
  • Entry Fee
  • Fee Structure Extra: We Offer A Month To Month Rental

Room and housing options

  • Companion Suites: We Offer Companion Suites
  • Studio Apartments

Dining options

  • Dining Room Shared Meals

Features

  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Computer Room
  • Resident Transportation
  • Party Space
  • Tv Room
  • Garden And Patio
  • Features Extra: Library

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Linens
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry For Clothing

Technology and entertainment

  • Internet Enabled Rooms
  • Technology Extra: Emergency Call System

Health services

  • Physical Therapy

Activities

  • Offsite Activities
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories
  • Religious Services
  • Lectures Discussions
  • Book Clubs
  • Wii Sports
  • Tai Chi
  • Fitness Room
  • Yoga
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Arts And Crafts
  • Activities Extra: Computer Class

Financial guidance

  • Va Benefits Consultation
  • Financing Advice

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime
  • Overnight Guests

Diet

  • Diabetic
  • Low Fat
  • Low Salt

General

  • Staff Patient Ratio: Variable
  • Minimum Age: 62
  • Pets: Small Pets Allowed

Range of services

  • Physical Therapy

Licenses

  • Licenses: EOEA

Location of The Atrium at Veronica Drive


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