About Us

Our Story

At Country Gardens, we ensure that each resident receives personal attention and is treated with the utmost care and respect. We take pride in creating a family atmosphere that is full of warmth and love while providing the service of a bed and breakfast.

We are located on 9 acres of beautifully landscaped and maintained farmland. Cozy furnishings, private and semi-private bedrooms, and baths, pleasantly furnished dining area and event room, private patios. Residents enjoy elegant settings, a wide variety of social activities and programs, healthy and delicious home-cooked meals, friends, security, a feeling of well-being and dignity.

Universal Core Offering:

Mom/Dad are well cared for with best possible practices for their health, safety, and happiness while the family is nurtured and connected

Best Care for Health and Safety

A. Low Caregiver to Resident Ratios / Small home environment

Country Gardens is a residential assisted living home with 15 beds. We are a group home where the residents become like a second family. Smaller homes like ours are just better places to live than the Big Box institutions. Small homes:

  • Have better caregiver to resident ratios so each resident gets more attentive care and is better known to the staff and other residents
  • Fewer falls and better health outcomes in a smaller facility
  • Less exposure to disease than in large facilities
  • Better socialization during pandemics.  Because we are small enough, all the residents are inside the same ‘bubble’ and can continue to interact without masks or concerns. In larger facilities most residents are confined to their rooms and become increasingly isolated
  • More familiar surroundings.  Most of our residents have lived in homes all their lives.  To move to an institution at a time when they are most vulnerable is a huge shock.  But to move to our home is more welcoming and familiar

B. State-of-the-art technology support (CarePredict)

We are huge advocates of applying technology in ways that are unobtrusive and can substantially help the care of our residents. Our owner is a sensor integration expert and knew there had to be someone using technology like the Apple watch to help with care. Enter CarePredict. Carepredict is worn on the wrist like a watch but it provides lots of useful information about a resident without the resident having to do anything.

  • It detects falls immediately and alerts the staff.  In a large facility, a fall at night might not be detected until hours later.  In a smaller facility it would be sooner.  But in our facility it is immediate.  Some homes provide pendants where a resident can push to alert the staff if they fall.  But the pendant requires the resident to do something.  If they are unconscious or not cogent, they can’t
  • It prevents wandering better than other existing systems.  Most alarms just make a noise, but CarePredict can tell the staff who is wandering and which door they are at, speeding response
  • CarePredict learns the patterns of behavior of the resident.  If the resident begins to decline, they may eat less or move less.  CarePredict can provide an early warning to the staff about the decline so it can be addressed sooner.  CarePredict has also been shown to provide early detection of urinary tract infections by noticing changes in bathroom patterns
  • CarePredict can do contact tracing by knowing where staff and residents (and visitors) are at any time.  This can be vital during a pandemic
  • CarePredict can notice staff patterns of activity as well.  These patterns can point out inefficiencies and allow for improved training and care

C. RECODE dementia protocol

Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are the most frightening diseases affecting older adults.  Until recently, the only approaches to dementia were to manage the decline: doing brain exercises, drugs that temporarily reduce the cognitive decline, and tricks to reduce the complexity of the environment.  However, new work by Dr. Dale Bredesen, the Reversal of Cognitive Decline (RECODE) protocol, has shown great promise not only in halting decline but reversing it.  This protocol is now available and is being rolled out by our home.  

The RECODE protocol identifies several types of Alzheimer’s and at least 36 separate causes; a resident with dementia likely has 10 of these causes.  Most of the causes are related to diet (foods that cause inflammation), lack of certain nutrients, and exposure to toxic chemicals and biological organisms.  The protocol is tailored to the individual resident and usually consists of dietary changes, nutriceuticals, removal of toxic agents (by stopping exposure and, in some cases, using approaches to remove toxins).  

The results have been phenomenal for Dr. Bredesen.  Participants in the protocol have generally increased their scores on the Montreal Cognitive Exam (MCE), sometimes dramatically and some have gone back to normal lives.  As long as they remain on the protocol it appears that gains in cognitive ability are sustained.  

Our assisted living home is an ideal place to support residents in implementing the RECODE protocol.  We select and cook the food.  We manage medications.  We monitor the residents and provide daily care notes.  In short, we have the ability to implement the protocol and monitor progress on a regular basis.  It could be challenging for someone with cognitive challenges to implement serious changes in their diet and behavior on their own.  With us helping, it is much easier.  

Happiness and Purpose

A. Gardening

Country Gardens lives up to its name. We have extensive gardens and mature landscaping with numerous crepe myrtles and mimosa trees. There are many places to sit and enjoy the beautiful views. We also have planting beds where the residents can plant and grow flowers or vegetables. We are planning to create some raised planters as well where residents with limited mobility can sit and garden. Last year the residents grew tomatoes and could pick – and eat – them as they ripened. This year we expect to have more flowers and vegetables.

Gardening connects us to the earth. It grounds us. It provides us beauty and sustenance. We see the changes as plants emerge, grow, and blossom. Many people find satisfaction in helping things grow.

B. Project History: audio interview with residents transcribed and edited

Over the next few months, we will be rolling out a new activity and project designed to preserve family history for all our residents’ families. We will, with the permission of the families, interview the residents and ask them stories from their lives. We will transcribe the interviews and edit them so that they read as stories. Each year, we will provide the residents’ families with printed copies of the family histories for them to have as keepsakes.

We believe all our residents should live lives of purpose and meaning. By preserving the family history, the resident has an opportunity to leave a legacy to their family and preserve the wisdom they have learned over the years for those who come after them.

C. Enhanced Activities

Country Gardens is always looking for new ideas for creative activities with our residents. Our owner is connected with one of the premier opera singers (and vocal teachers) in the area. He and his students are prepared to provide concerts for our residents (once that type of activity is allowed again). This is one example of the types of activities we are working to provide when the lockdowns are lifted.

D. Volunteering

E. Home cooked meals

 

Connected with Family

A. Ways of visiting even in lockdown (patios/decks)

During times of pandemic, many facilities are shut down. Residents are often confined to their rooms and isolated from everyone. At large facilities, many of these residents cannot go outside, cannot see their families, and cannot even see the other residents. But Country Gardens has a unique configuration. All but one of our rooms has a sliding glass door to a patio or deck. Last summer, when everyone was in lockdown, our residents could see their loved ones through the glass and talk via phone – a completely safe visit where they could be close and comfortable while they visited.

B. Zoom meetings / Dinner with Mom

C. Newsletters / Facebook posts

D. Project History: family history in print

 

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