Beacon Pointe Memory Care Community - Assisted Living in Albany / Schnectady
1 Emma Lane, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Congrats to Jennifer: Our Employee of the Month!
Caregiver Support Group Every 3rd Thursday of Every Month!
- Assisted Living
- Alzheimer’s & Memory Care
- Scheduled group transportation options
- Access to 24-hour assisted living help, including medication and continence management
- Restaurant-style dining
- Weekly housekeeping and laundry
- Social, spiritual, educational and recreational programs daily
- Accommodations for couples
- In-house medical team comprised of a physician, nurse practitioner, podiatrist and psychiatrist
- Physical, speech and occupational therapies available upon request
Come celebrate living at Beacon Pointe Memory Care Community…a truly different senior living community for the memory impaired. Here you and your life are celebrated emotionally, physically and intellectually.
With beautiful surroundings and a daily calendar full of stimulating activities, residents will enjoy a lifestyle full of possibilities. As you enter our community, you will sense the difference. The genuine warmth, concern and compassion of our caring staff is unmistakable. We believe our residents are our most important resource and we strive to provide an environment where your loved one will have the freedom, security and support to enjoy new experiences.
All of our staff members are trained in The Peregrine Way® Memory Care program and are committed to providing your loved one the freedom, dignity, security and support they deserve in enable them to get the most out of each day.
The SeniorAdvisor.com Best of 2015 Award recognizes senior living and home care providers who receive consistently high ratings and positive reviews from residents, families, and visitors. This exclusive designation is awarded to less than one percent of providers nationwide!
Our Assisted Living Amenities & Services include:
- Private suites/Double suites/can accommodate couples complete with private bath
- Fine dining experience with restaurant-style service with three delicious, well-balanced meals served daily, featuring a variety of menu choices. See a Sample Menu.
- Weekly housekeeping and daily trash removal
- Weekly personal laundry and linens (except dry cleaning)
- Social, spiritual, educational and recreational programs daily
- Scheduled group transportation to appointments, social events and cultural programs
- Wireless internet access
- Concierge Service
- Trained staff available 24-hours a day
- In-house medical services to include a physician, podiatrist, psychiatrist and nurse practitioner. Physical
- Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy available
- Medication Management and Continence Management
- Assistance with all activities of daily living
- Emergency response security systems
A variety of spacious, comfortable areas include:
- Elegant restaurant style dining room
- Meeting rooms for clubs and activities
- Patio with access to landscaped courtyard gardens
- Media, television and living room areas
- Beautifully manicured landscaping
- Well-equipped Therapy Gym
- Chapel for spiritual enrichment
- Full-service beauty/barber shop
Memory Care Program Highlights:
- Includes multi-sensory experiences, exercise, outings, group activities, the joy of pets, and regularly scheduled visits with children
- Private Dining Room For Families & FriendsElegant Restaurant style dining ensures proper nutrition with three chef prepared meals per day
- Hydration program encourages water and juices to minimize illness, infection and falls
- Our Individualized Service Plan is based on each residents specific needs and services
- Initial and ongoing family partnership is encouraged
- All Associates complete the specialized dementia care training program
- Caring Staff dedicated to maintaining the dignity and individuality of every resident
- Variety of comfortable community areas, including an elegant dining room, private dining room for families and friends, Country kitchen, Dedicated activity area,Therapy Gym
- Safe, wander-controlled enironment
The Peregrine Way
Revolutionizing Expectations for the Aging Process
Our Commitment… …to provide a truly different senior living community for the memory impaired…where your loved one’s life is celebrated…spiritually, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Peregrine Senior Living Our senior management team has over 50 years experience operating assisted living communities in the northeast. Peregrine distinguishes itself from other management companies by providing “hands on” assistance with day-to-day operations. Peregrine attracts the highest caliber of health care professionals who share in our philosophy of providing residents with exceptional care.
News & Events
Celebrating Alzheimer’s Awareness Day on September 21 is a bit like our confrontation of global warming or the global population explosion; we understand the causes, but as a society, we have no idea how to respond. For Baby Boomers this is just the latest, and probably the last, great social upheaval we are to live thru: civil rights, the sexual revolution, Reaganomics and the internet. And now Alzheimer’s, the least silent killer we all live with but never discuss and choose to suffer thru in silence as our prayers remain unanswered. For according to the Alzheimer Association there is no cure or meaningful slowing of the disease process.
We all have heard the statistics. Currently there are 5.2 million Americans with some form of dementia and that number will increase by 38% in the next ten years reaching over 7 million. Put another way, 40% of the people reading this essay either you or your spouse will be directly afflicted by the disease, if you reach your mid 70’s. The dreaded monster of dementia is currently attacking our parents, but as we all know, it awaits each of us.
We understand the disease process. As we age protein deposits and neurofibrillary tangles build up in the brain gradually shutting down brain function most notably in areas controlling short term memory and cognition. Compounding this slow death is the inevitable consequence of our physical decline as our vision, hearing and mobility are challenged. We are left living increasingly isolated and living in the past measuring time” not in minutes but in memories”. So the challenge for our generation is how to embrace our long term memories to enhance comfort, but perhaps more challenging, what do we do if one’s long term memories are frightening and traumatic? This is the great conundrum.
As a society facing this short term/long term memory balance, we fall squarely on the side of trying to preserve short term memory as the preferred strategic approach. Memory care facilities are frequently marketing their ability to preserve short term memory through exercise, diet and computer games. If you see your physician, he will prescribe Aricept to slow the disease process, and when you turn on the television, you see commercials of jellyfish supplements and the benefits of mental exercise games like Luminosity, or learning a second language.
This desire to try to keep a loved one in the present is understandable as we are terrified of losing the ones we love as they slip away into the past. But again as the Alzheimer’s Association will tell you, these approaches are ultimately fool’s gold, and I believe the more efficacious approach is to give ourselves over to comforting long term memories such as religion, music, and joyful reminiscing.
But if the past is terrifying or frustrating, the journey can be perilous. People with no history of mental illness can be verbally abusive, violent, and paranoid. In dealing with this challenge the leader and pioneer is the underappreciated Naomi Feil. She calls her approach the Validation Method.
Fundamental to Feil’s approach is that all behavior, no matter how irrational, has a cause in the past. If a woman tells me that there is a man in her room, she is not hallucinating but reliving either a traumatic memory or expressing an unresolved life adjustment to say, sexuality or intimacy. Modern psychology since Freud would tell us that thru psychoanalysis that discussing past suppressed memories we can properly put the event in perspective and help to adjust our behaviors.
The problem however is that with dementia patients, they don’t possess the requisite cognitive ability to process an analysis of the past and answer a “why “ question. They are afraid and don’t want to relive the past yet because they are losing control as they age, they can no longer suppress these long term unresolved memories.
Feil accepts this truth, but argues persuasively that thru empathy and non-judgmental dialogue, that these stressful emotions can be relieved and lessened. To achieve this she recommends listening and attempting to elicit conversation by asking questions about the who, what, and when, of a disturbing memory, but not the why. If a 80 year old woman tells you that her father is picking her up for dinner, you don’t remind her that her father died in a car accident 50 years earlier forcing her to relive the tragedy, nor do you lie to her and tell her that he has just called and said he couldn’t make it tonight. Down deep, she knows you are lying and will lose trust in you. Rather Feil then suggest you say,” tell me about your father”, and let her talk.
The great insight here is that thru a non-threatening dialogue with an empathetic and non-judgmental listener, painful emotions can be relieved and lessoned, without being traumatic and threatening. Feil offers many techniques to achieve this that include repeating phrases of the residents as questions, or asking an ambivalent question like “ was there ever a time that there wasn’t a man under your bed”? But the key here is that healing may occur thru expressing feeling without reliving them. And keep in mind that the only real alternative to this model of care is either physical or pharmaceutical restraints.
So as we ponder these challenges on Alzheimer’s Awareness Day, we must appreciate how daunting is that task before this generation and how far we have to go before we have a meaningful model of care that offers comfort and healing to our loved ones and for ourselves. But if the Baby Boomers want to take a longer view, they should look at themselves and their own unresolved emotional issues while they still possess the cognitive ability so that they can avoid a stressful and painful old age.
Stephen S. Bowman
Peregrine Senior Living
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