Bridges by EPOCH at Andover
Offers Memory Care
Questions about Bridges by EPOCH at Andover
How many staffers are on duty in the daytime and overnight?
There are 2 caregivers on each household of 18 apartments and one nurse on site 24/7. We have Life Enrichment staff providing programming 8 hours a day, seven days a week. The caregivers assist with programming in the evenings as well. Our Wellness Director is typically in the community during regular business hours as well.
What programs or activities does Bridges by EPOCH at Andover offer to keep residents engaged? How does the staff engage residents' long-term memories?
Life enriching programming is determined by the very interests of the residents who reside in our community. Some examples of physical programming includes chair exercises, yoga, hand weight and pilates. Examples of cultural activities include trips to museums and the symphony, painting classes and cooking programs. Examples of Intellectual activities include poetry groups. creative writing, and trivia. Examples of spiritual programming includes religious services and rosary groups. Expressive therapies include music therapy, pet therapy, movement therapy and art therapy. Sensory based programs include hand massages and aromatherapy.
Who assesses residents' health and cognitive functioning? How often is that assessment repeated?
An assessment is completed by our Wellness Director prior to move in to create an individualized service plan. The assessment will be done again 30 days after move in and then every 6 months unless there has been a significant change in condition which would warrant an assessment at that time.
What techniques does Bridges by EPOCH at Andover use to support memory care residents during mealtimes?
We show 2 plated options of meals. Alternate menu is always available. The chefs use garnishments strategically to create contrast on the plate which can help to pull the attention of the residents to their meal. Special diets are prepared behind the counter in the dining room to respect the dignity of the residents. Residents are seated with those similar in abilities. Levels of assistance with meals can include frequent cueing, hand over hand assistance, or complete assistance with feeding as needed.
How does Bridges by EPOCH at Andover keep residents' families informed about their loved ones' health?
Wellness Director and nursing staff will communicate changes in health to the family. A nurse is on-site 24/7 and is available to speak with families as needed.
Describe the neighborhood around Bridges by EPOCH at Andover. Is it located in a residential neighborhood, a business district, a rural setting, or other type of locale?
We are located on 133 in Andover which is conveniently just off of 93. Our community is built on the old Strawberry Hill Farm in a residential neighborhood.
Is Bridges by EPOCH at Andover affiliated with a hospital if more care is needed?
We are located in close proximity to Lowell General, Holy Family, and Lawrence General.
Costs for Bridges by EPOCH at Andover
Cost of Memory Care
Services and Amenities of Bridges by EPOCH at Andover
- All Inclusive Rent
- Entry Fee
- Fee Structure Extra: Community Fee: $6500
- Memory Care Starting At: $8450/month
Room and housing options
- Companion Suites: We Do Offer Companion Suites
- Housing Extra: Private & Companion Suites
- Resident Capacity: 72
- Minimum Age: 55
- Pets: Small Pets Allowed
- State Licenses: pending
About Bridges by EPOCH at Andover
Our mission is simple: to create a state-of-the-art community that actively promotes residents’ independence, wellness, comfort and enjoyment of life in all stages of memory loss.
The innovative Bridges® approach to memory care is highly individualized. We get to know each resident personally – their favorite memories and stories, life achievements, skills, hobbies and other interests – and customize programs that will connect with the person inside to create moments of joy and raise self-esteem while exercising their physical, cognitive and social skills. Everything in our warm, bright and inviting community is being built to provide Essex County-area seniors with a fulfilling, secure and comfortable lifestyle.
Intimate, residential households feature calming colors and directional cues that will reduce confusion and allow residents to navigate their homes with confidence. Each household will employ a consistent team of expert caregivers who will know each resident’s habits, preferences and care requirements. This will allow us to quickly recognize and address any changes in your loved one while providing familiar, reassuring faces they can trust.
All-Inclusive Amenities: For one convenient monthly fee, residents of Bridges® by EPOCH at Andover will enjoy:
- Private or companion suites with emergency call systems
- Three chef-prepared, restaurant-style meals served daily, with healthy snacks available around the clock
- Assistance provided for eating, grooming, dressing and bathing
- Dedicated memory care experts
- Licensed nursing oversight 24/7
- Laundry and housekeeping services
- On-site physicians to administer care and health monitoring
- Family support programs and dementia care education
What Makes Us Special
Scheduled to open in August 2018, our new Bridges® community is dedicated exclusively to providing compassionate memory care for Essex County seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses.