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Reviews of Brookdale Buckingham
Memory Care Reviews for Brookdale Buckingham
November 20, 2013
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Questions about Brookdale Buckingham
What ongoing training does the staff receive in dementia care?
All associates go through monthly on-going training and are tested after each course with regards to assisting and caring for a resident with memory loss, as well as all new employees go through a special 3 day Foundations dementia training, as well as all staff attend monthly safety meetings, evacuations, elopement and fire drills.
How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?
Resident care associates care for 7 residents during the day and at night we go down one aide. Nurses on staff till 10:45 P.M. with an on call nurse during the night. We have most of the weekdays up to 4 nurses on staff and CNA’S here 24-7
What programs or activities does Brookdale Buckingham offer to keep residents engaged? How does the staff engage residents' long-term memories?
We offer person centered activities as well as group activities 365 days a year, our activities start at 10 a.m. and go till after 7p.m. with a trained experienced Life Enrichment coordinator, and or resident care associates. We go our twice a week to various outings with residents. We take pride in learning as much as we can about our residents and we ask that they complete with our coordinator the “Life story” so when they move in we know where they lived, their family background, occupations, likes dislikes with food and hobbies etc, this important information is kept in binders in specific areas and we use and refer to frequently especially when someone may need a little extra help or calming or just to talk about their life with them so they are not a stranger to us. It is used daily as we engage and talk with them and do various activities we have learned they will enjoy.
Who assesses residents' health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?
The Assessment is done prior to residency, than 30 days after the move-in then and if needs change our Health and Wellness coordinator is in touch with the family so with dementia it is more frequently with memory care
What techniques does Brookdale Buckingham use to support memory care residents during mealtimes?
Mealtime we offer a “Refresh” program before the meal which is essential oil infused warmed up wash-towels to clean their hands before each meal, we use citrus during the day and pm, lavender, we pair residents that we feel can engage at the same level and where they are in their journey with their memory loss, we have special tables for those who need meal assistance for meal queuing and feeding, staff and mangers assist. Soft music with our special “In touch” programs offers calming/happy music at every meal
How does Brookdale Buckingham keep residents' families informed about their loved ones' health?
We have two neighborhoods each are identical within our building but allows us to help with 26 residents on each side with a team of helpers for each side of the neighborhoods, and each side has their normal regular aides and nurse, so they become the eyes and ears since we discourage them from changing back and forth to the other neighborhoods, they get used to the residents behaviors , personalities routines and see when things are not normal or off. Our Nurse on each neighborhood responds to the family members as well as our HWD.The residents can move freely throughout the full building inside except during mealtimes and after dinner.
Describe the neighborhood around Brookdale Buckingham. Is it located in a residential neighborhood, a business district, a rural setting, or other type of locale?
We are a free standing one story “All Memory Care” community that was designed specifically to helps those with a memory loss, with family living rooms, country kitchens, secure courtyards and backyards etc, in a quiet “forest surrounded” across from a Gold Course. 2 miles to the nearest freeway.
Is Brookdale Buckingham affiliated with a hospital if more care is needed?
No, however we are within a few miles from Manchester Hospital and only 15 minutes to St Francis and Hartford Hospital.
Services and Amenities of Brookdale Buckingham
Room and housing options
- Companion Suites: We Offer Companion Suites
- Studio Apartments
About Brookdale Buckingham
We offer a home like setting and cheerful smiles from our professional staff who greet you every day. Our caring staff offers the assistance you need while respecting your independence.
Our peaceful setting, restaurant style dining experience, activities and beautiful setting combine to create a wonderful living environment everyday. Our genuine caring staff, home style meals, daily activities add to our residents' experience.
Through special events, activities, clubs and ongoing cultural enrichment programs, we offer unlimited opportunities for you to get to know other residents and us. Call to set up an appointment for a tour because we delight in showing you our home.
Amenities and Services
- Daily assistance with bathing and dressing
- Medication management
- Dining assistance and special diets
- Assistance with reminders and redirection
- Escorts and assistance with walking
- Emergency response call system
- Laundry and linen service
*Rates subject to change at any time. Level of care not included.
What Makes Us Special
We are a spacious, one story building with staff longevity & expertise with dementia care. We have access to top geriatric physician, and feature weekly visits by a primary care physician. We also have PT & OT on site.