Passionate Care, Personalized —
Welcome to Memory Care in The Cottage
at Valley View in Harlingen
At Valley View, we believe that the good life for our Alzheimer’s and dementia care residents is found in moments. Moments filled with happiness, kindness, purposefulness, and laughter. The kind of small, pleasurable moments that make life worth living. The ones that are best enjoyed in the present. That’s why we offer a comprehensive, loving, evidence-based approach to memory care in The Cottage – because every moment makes a difference in the quality of life for our residents.
We intentionally keep the number of available rooms in The Cottage low and our staff per resident ratios high so that all of our residents can enjoy warm, attentive, compassionate care in a small, home-like environment. We want our memory care residents to feel like they’re part of a caring, close-knit community. We want them to be reminded every day of two things we feel strongly about: that they’re important and that they matter.
Personalized Memory Care Services
Our loving staff consider caring for our residents in The Cottage their passion. At Valley View, we support this passion with required certifications and the best of ongoing training in positive, person-centered dementia care. Also, we maintain higher staff-per-resident ratios to ensure every staff member can truly get to know each resident and the kind of personalized assistance they need.
We love when our staff and residents bond, so we actively encourage meaningful relationships between them. These relationships benefit the resident by allowing their caregivers to be more intuitive and flexible in their care, as well as their loved ones by providing access to detailed information from the caregivers themselves. The Cottage provides a loving atmosphere and a feeling of security that not only allows our residents a measure of independence and encourages engagement, but also provides their loved ones with much-needed peace of mind.
- Specialized care in all phases of dementia
- Knowledgeable, compassionate staff on-site 24/7
- Full-time, licensed nurse
- Medication management
- Personal assistance with daily needs such as bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring, and incontinence based on individualized care plans
- Housekeeping and personal laundry service
- Passionate focus on cleanliness
- Scheduled transportation available
Specialized Memory Care Activities Focused on Quality of Life
Every member of our passionate staff is here to make a difference in the lives of our residents. That’s why all the memory care activity programming in The Cottage has been specifically developed according to the latest scientific research on both improving quality of life and slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia in our residents. We seek every day to enrich their lives with sensory engagement, appropriate exercise, and intellectual, vocational, social, spiritual, and stress-reducing activities.
As part of our programming, we engage our residents in a specialized, evidence-based method of teaching and learning. This helps our compassionate staff connect with our memory care residents on their level in a no-judgment zone that emphasizes the respect and value of each resident. Through this method, our residents participate in activities that help with things like rebuilding motor skills and connecting to long-term memory. We also provide opportunities for residents to engage in meaningful, purposeful activities such as cleaning, cooking, or sorting so that they feel happy, hopeful, helpful, and productive.
- Dedicated coordinator just for memory care
- Specially designed, personalized My Legacy program
- Ageless Grace and other appropriate exercises
- Montessori method of learning
- Intellectually engaging activities such as puzzles, brain teasers, and word games
- Signature themed sensory boxes
- Interactive life and work stations
- Reminiscing and discussion groups
- Music programs
- Community outreach
- Religious services
- Themed events
- Walking Club
- Art Throb Club
- Green Thumb Club
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group meetings for residents and loved ones
Enticing Memory Care Dining Experiences
In The Cottage, we understand that food is both nutrition and experience. We serve only fresh, delicious, scratch-made food with warm, friendly service from menus specifically designed to abide by the latest nutritional guidelines in both physical and cognitive wellness. We also offer individualized dietary monitoring and do our best to tailor menu selections according to the history and preferences of our residents.
Additionally, we employ several programs to help entice healthy appetites and encourage good nutrition. We regularly schedule Spice Club and our hand towel aromatherapy sessions to engage the proper senses in close proximity to meals. Our residents can also get involved in the food preparation process with our weekly and monthly Chef Action Stations. By creating opportunities to engage with our residents using food, we hope to go beyond providing a healthy diet into providing another way to connect.
- Freshly prepared fare using the finest ingredients
- Three homestyle meals a day
- Two snacks a day
- Specialized dietary monitoring
- Menu choices for special diets
- MINDful Menu
- Consistent hydration
- Hand towel aromatherapy
- Spice Club
- Weekly and monthly Chef Action Stations
- Private dining options
Purposeful Memory Care Amenities
We designed The Cottage at Valley View as a calm, homelike, open environment to inspire comfort and community as well as provide plenty of opportunities for independence. Residents of The Cottage live in their own, specialized, separate wing of the building. Each well-appointed suite or private room is created to be both accessible and easily navigable and opens onto a spacious, yet cozy living area.
We encourage all our residents to bring their own belongings and make their new residence their home. The Cottage features its own beautiful courtyard as well as a personal kitchen. Common area decorations are specifically chosen to inspire personal engagement, joyful tales, and happy memories. There are also plenty of cozy gathering spaces to encourage social interaction.
- Dedicated, separate wing of the building
- Spacious, easily navigable apartments
- Large, homelike, central living space
- Separate kitchen
- Courtyard with patio
- Safe flooring
- Storytelling artwork
- Activity stations
- Pampering salon
- Light and cheerful furnishings and decor
- Plenty of windows with natural light
- Pet friendly