Just Like Home's Dogwood Home

Offers Assisted Living and Memory Care

15 Reviews
62 Dogwood Drive, Shelton, CT 06484
Call (203) 904-2589
Just Like Home's Dogwood Home (203) 904-2589

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Assisted Living Reviews for Just Like Home's Dogwood Home

November 05, 2020

By GretchenK

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Just Like Home was a godsend for my family. We were searching for respite care for my Mom as she is my Dad’s sole caregiver and we found the Dogwood Home which is located in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood in Shelton, CT. It is a gorgeous, fully equipped home for 6 residents with every possible amenity, and totally handicapped accessible. He had his own private room w/ private bath, he was served delicious, homemade meals everyday and we were able to join him whenever we wanted. They follow very strict Covid guidelines which gave us peace of mind and the care and attention he received went above and beyond our expectations. If you are looking for a small, loving, family like environment with top notch care, this is the place you have been looking for !

Provider Response

Dear Gretchen, We loved having your Dad and getting to know your entire family. I am glad that your dad Loved the food. Laura is a delicious cook and baker to boot. Her apple pie is award winning! When we have availability, we would love to have your dad back!
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Memory Care Reviews for Just Like Home's Dogwood Home

May 28, 2021

By Dominick D

I visited this facility

Upon visiting and touring Just Like Home's Dogwood Home, I was very impressed by the level of attention and care that the caregivers were able to give to the residents. The home had a very intimate nature while being luxurious at the same time. Additionally, it was well situated and planned out to be able to uniquely cater to the residents needing memory care.

May 28, 2021

By Lily G

I visited this facility

We visited to find dedicated personable caregivers and a beautiful home. It was a pleasure to meet everyone and see the thoughtful features that made this home perfect for caring for loved ones from a memory care perspective. I would highly recommend this home.

May 13, 2021

By RGalls

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

The first time I visited Just Like Home at Dogwood with my father I immediately noticed how warm, inviting and calm it was. The home itself is new with a well thought out floor plan with each resident having their own private room and bath. It is beautifully decorated, with lots of natural light, clean and has many spaces to gather together. My father loves that he is in a neighborhood that feels familiar to his own home. He especially loves spending time in the back deck and yard. Deirdre and all of the staff are extremely compassionate and caring. It was a difficult decision to move Dad into a home but it was the best decision for him. He is safe, well cared for and because there are only 6 residents it feels like family. The caregivers are extremely patient, attentive and communicate regularly. We were blessed to find this assisted living home for Dad. With Dad's alzheimers he could no longer live alone and it is comforting to know that he is safe, well cared for and not alone. Most importantly he is happy.

Provider Response

We are so happy that you, and your dad and whole family are happy. The home is beautiful yet it is really all about the care and the family environment. Especially since your dad is having memory issues, it really helps to be in a small, intimate nurturing environment. Thanks for being part of the family!

January 03, 2021

By Jane m

I visited this facility

Dogwood Home is beautiful home. Very conducive for making friends and building family style relationships. I particularly love the private, wooded backyard. The individualized attention is fantastic. I loved the whole concepts. Kudos for bringing this to Fairfield County.

Provider Response

The outdoor space is serene. Our residents love sitting outside, as well as going for walks around the neighborhood. They love being in a neighborhood. It feels just like home!

December 17, 2020

By G. Ann

I visited this facility

Beautiful, well appointed home that has considered all the possible needs of memory care residents. The staff is attentive. The security system prevents residents from wandering off the premises. Medications are kept locked and distributed to residents as required. The Home provides a much more personalized care than the larger care facilities I have toured.

October 27, 2020

By Lindsay

I visited this facility

Such a wonderful facility within a great community! Best thing about Dogwood Home is the staff, who will go above and beyond to meet the residents every need and wish. The communal area is great, offering a range of things to do. Conveinent salon set up area, so you can get your hair done in the comfort of the home. Rest assured placing your loved one here, it will feel just like home!

Provider Response

Thank you so much Lindsay for the enthusiastic review! We are right with you when you said that it is the staff, our caregivers, who Are full of love for our seniors. Since we are an intimate community, we are truly a family.
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Questions about Just Like Home's Dogwood Home

What ongoing training does the staff receive in dementia care?

The caregivers are well versed in Alzheimers, Dementia, and Parkinson's care. The take monthly courses in new developments with Dementia.

Describe the overall population of assisted living residents at Just Like Home's Dogwood Home. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

Just Like Home's Dogwood Home takes seniors of any age that are in need of assisted living or memory care help. We are truly a family of just six seniors living harmoniously in a gorgeous, purpose-built ranch-style home for seniors. Extra wide hallways, large bathrooms with zero-entry showers; fully furnished bedrooms with adjustable full beds, cable TV in every room. Our seniors enjoy the freedom of being in their own home, with a secluded, private backyard. Activities are geared toward the level and interests of our residents. Therapies of all sorts to stimulate the mind; art and paint therapy, music therapy and pet therapy are among the activities. Sing-alongs near the cozy fireplace in the living room, baking, puzzle making, game playing, book reading, and daily chair exercise are among the many activities our residents will enjoy.

What programs or activities does Just Like Home's Dogwood Home offer to enrich residents' well-being?

We love therapies. Among them pet therapy. Music therapy proves to be an all-time favorite stimulating the brain to evoke good times, good memories. Art and paint therapy-even if your senior has no artistic flair-art put to music is calming, freeing, and gets the creative juices flowing. Gardening-we have a private backyard, those who can and care to participate can help in the herb garden on the deck. Baking-those inclined may enjoy rolling cookie dough with our baker. We have a hair salon on the premises, and bring in a monthly stylist. Cut, color, wash, style and manicures right in the comfort of their own home.

What places are near Just Like Home's Dogwood Home or within walking distance for assisted living residents to enjoy?

Dogwood Home is in a suburban residential neighborhood in the Huntington section of Shelton. For those able, we will go on walks in the neighborhood, and takes trips to the town center, just one mile away.

What transportation services does Just Like Home's Dogwood Home offer to assisted living residents?

We offer car rides to the doctor and to all outings. Since we are a family of six we are flexible and can be mobile as the occasion arises.

What makes the chef or dining program at Just Like Home's Dogwood Home exceptional? What kind of menu can assisted living residents expect?

We pride our selves on delicious, homemade meals. Our house manager, is a fabulous cook and with the help of our nurse, meals designed for each residents' dietary needs will be made. Since we are a small family or only six residents, meals are more flexible, as we will cater to our seniors tastes. Our house manager is a mother of five and grandmother of five. Her speciality is apple pie and baking! She loves to have help rolling cookies or rolling out dough. The menus are custom made to suit your senior's fancy.

What safety features or security measures does Just Like Home's Dogwood Home offer to assisted living residents?

We have every safety and security features that the big facilities have. A complete fire suppression, full-house sprinkler system, a 21 camera monitoring system in and outside the house, so that the caregivers can monitor all movement if they are away from a senior. We have a complete keyless, keypad entry system, and are completely locked down. No one can enter of exit without a PIN code. On top of that, for personal safety we have personal monitors and bed monitors. Residential senior homes boast a much lower fall rate than large facilities. We also have a higher overall safety rating. Because we have one caregiver to every three residents, and unheard of ratio! We are always on the spot to help with walking, dining, showering, etc. We also shower our seniors daily. We can do this, because of our 1:3 caregiver to senior rate.

How does Just Like Home's Dogwood Home keep residents' families informed about their loved ones?

We believe in full transparency and know how much families need to know that their loved one is safe, well taken care of, happy, and thriving. We communicate by phone, email and text. Whichever way is easiest for you. When anything changes in mood, behavior, eating habits, or health, we will pick up the phone and keep you informed.

What is the care staff-to-resident ratio at Just Like Home's Dogwood Home during daytime and nighttime hours?

The biggest reason that people LOVE residential senior homes is the amazing attention their loved one gets. We have a 1:3 caregiver to senior daytime ratio and a 1: 6 nighttime caregiver to senior ratio. You won't find that anywhere else. And our these prices. We are less then the cost of hiring a round the clock live-in, and with us everything is taken care of: lodging, care, meals, etc! A affordable alternative with a high level of attention, care and love.

If Just Like Home's Dogwood Home accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

Dogwood Home loves animals and we believe in pet therapy. If a senior can take care of their own pet, we allow them to have a small dog, or a cat, bird, or fish! We have a beautiful, private, secluded backyard.

What ongoing senior care training does the staff receive?

The caregivers are well versed in Alzheimers, Dementia, and Parkinson's care. The take monthly courses in new developments with Dementia.

How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?

The two top reasons people love and choose a residential care home is for 1. affordability and 2, the amazing caregiver to resident ratio. One caregiver to three residents in the daytime and one caregiver to every six residents overnight. You won't find that anywhere else. and we are safe, safe, safe! We do not have lots of staff coming and going. We have a full time live in house manager, a caregiver that comes 7am-7pm and a nurse that comes weekends who is also on call anytime needed.

What safety features or security measures does Just Like Home's Dogwood Home provide to protect residents who wander?

We are the perfect place for those who wander. Being we are a real home, they are free to roam the home, safely, and will soon know where everything is and become familiar with it all. We have a lockdown key pad entry system, so no one can exit or enter without a four-digit PIN. We are a memory care home, and want our loved ones to have the freedom to roam their home, but not wander outside. We have every precaution to ensure their safety.

What programs or activities does Just Like Home's Dogwood Home offer to keep residents engaged? How does the staff engage residents' long-term memories?

We believe in music therapy, pet therapy and art therapy. Games that trigger memories, talks, and nostalgic music, movies and TV shows. Book reading and movement that all triggers long-term memories.

Who assesses residents' health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?

At Dogwood Home, we have a nurse on staff that comes weekly as well as whenever needed. She is also our assessment person. She assesses not only the Activities of Daily Living needs, but also oversees medication needs as well.

What techniques does Just Like Home's Dogwood Home use to support memory care residents during mealtimes?

During mealtimes we use cueing and mirroring. We will sit directly next to the diner who is reluctant and help them eat, or eat alongside them to show that it is mealtime. As we dine communally in the dining room as a family, it is a small, happy social gathering which promotes healthy eating.

How does Just Like Home's Dogwood Home keep residents' families informed about their loved ones' health?

We believe in communication and full transparency. We are YOU for your loved one. We want the best for them and if there is any change in mood, physical or mental health, we will inform you immediately via phone, email and/or text.

Describe the neighborhood around Just Like Home's Dogwood Home. Is it located in a residential neighborhood, a business district, a rural setting, or other type of locale?

Dogwood Home is just that. A home. Everyone wants to stay in their own home, but safety and isolation are huge issues. Just Like Home is the next best thing. We are a 3200 square foot, one-level ranch style home in an upscale suburban Huntington neighborhood of Shelton, CT. We are one mile from the town center that has a bakery, bank, and restaurants, if you want to take your loved one out on an excursion or for a treat. We are just over an hour from NYC and 30 minutes from Stamford, CT and New Haven, CT. NYC, Westchester County, Fairfield County and New Haven Counties are mainly where our residents, or their loved ones are from.

Is Just Like Home's Dogwood Home affiliated with a hospital if more care is needed?

Griffin, Bridgeport and St. Vincent's Hospitals are all within 15 minutes of Dogwood Home. We are not directly affiliated with any. Residents get to choose their own doctors and their own hospital.

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Services and Amenities of Just Like Home's Dogwood Home


  • All Inclusive Rent
  • Entry Fee
  • Fee Structure Extra: Entry Fee Cost : $2000
  • Assisted Living Starting At: $7800/month
  • Memory Care Starting At: $7800/month


  • Resident Capacity: 6
  • Respite Care
  • Pets: Small Pets Allowed Only


  • State Licenses: License NA in CT. Letter of Zoning Compliance.
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About Just Like Home's Dogwood Home


Just Like Home’s Dogwood Home is a brand-new boutique-style residential assisted living and memory care community. Our community perfectly combines elegantly designed living with personalized care. Rates are all-inclusive: all meals, cleaning, entertainment and care are furnished by a licensed health care agency with loving staff who specialize in Dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Rates are fixed for the resident’s lifetime tenancy at Dogwood Home. Situated on a gorgeous, private acre, Dogwood Home is a one-story, ranch-style, 3000 square foot community located in the suburban Fairfield County neighborhood of Shelton, CT.

The Dogwood Home Specializes in Memory Care. Whatever stage of memory loss your senior may be experiencing, rest-assured that our caretakers are well-trained in Dementia and Alzheimer’s memory issues and are extremely warm, embracing, loving, patient and kind. Your senior can age-in-place at the Dogwood Home-as we provide 24-hour care and assistance with eating, dressing, medicine, bathing, personal hygiene, housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, and daily interaction with engaging activities. We offer a personal touch to each resident’s needs and work with the senior, their family members and health practitioners to create the right plan of care for each resident.

Our community is truly a family, consisting of six seniors who live in private, furnished rooms with private bathrooms. This allows for a peaceful family environment. In our custom-built home, each senior has a private bedroom that is tastefully decorated and appointed with an adjustable bed, as well as a large bathroom with a roll-in “stepless” shower. We even have a walk-in whirlpool tub with a seat for those who enjoy a good therapeutic soak. The formal living room has a piano for sing-a-longs and cozy fireplace. Our dining room is intimate, where guests are encouraged to break bread with us. A beautiful, sun-drenched den is where the seniors congregate, do arts and crafts, puzzles, brain games, daily exercise and watch movies together, and more. We have an on-site hair salon, so our seniors can have their hair cut or styled right at home. We welcome anytime. This is your loved one’s home. You will have the freedom and access to visit anytime that you would like. We welcome you to come and enjoy a meal with your loved one.

  • Private Bedroom, with En Suite Bathroom
  • Dementia-specific purpose-built community
  • 24-hour CCTV security
  • Secured Community with magnetic door locks throughout the house for security and safety
  • Fire alarm system with sprinklers
  • Full house emergency generator
  • 24 hour loving care staff
  • Community areas for socializing
  • Expansive backyard deck for sunbathing and fresh air
  • On-site beauty salon/barber
  • Beautifully landscaped grounds
  • Delicious and nutritious meals
  • Healthy snacks, all-day, anytime
  • Complimentary meals for residents’ families and friends
  • Intimate homelike dining
  • Comfy recliner chairs in our den
  • Private bedrooms with big screen TVs and complimentary cable
  • Professionally decorated bedrooms -residents can bring their own items to add to the décor
  • Brand new adjustable beds
  • Modern amenities-all with roll-in showers
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Daily memory activities
  • Daily exercise activities
  • Daily interaction with engaging activities
  • In-home entertainment
  • Pet therapy
  • Respite care available

What Makes Us Special

The care, safety, and well-being of our seniors is of paramount importance to us. Seniors thrive in a small, family setting especially if they are exhibiting memory loss. At Dogwood Home our goal is to enhance and enrich the life of seniors. Don’t settle for “home-like” when you can have a home. Dogwood Home is the next best thing to home, in fact It is Just Like Home!

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