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Spring Arbor Cottage Program for Alzheimer's and Related Dementia

Cottage Cornerstones of Care:

Person Centered Not Task Focused
Validation Therapy
Walking in Their Shoes
Engaging the Creative Spirit

Cornerstone of Care: Person Centered Not Task Focused

What that means:

At Spring Arbor, Alzheimer's and related dementia caregivers are more concerned with the resident than a task list. This doesn’t mean that tasks are not important. We believe that residents in our memory "Cottage" system deserve the very best. We also believe that growing older doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice choices in the aspects of everyday life.


An Alzheimer's care resident isn’t ready to take a shower when a memory caregiver comes around to assist with this task. Rather than “stick to the list” the assisted living caregiver skips that resident and goes to another resident. The caregiver then comes back to the first resident and assists with the shower now that the resident is ready.

At Spring Arbor, we do not believe that needs and choices are necessarily mutually exclusive. Our residents enjoy the ability to communicate to staff about their wants and desires and actively participate in their care plan. We believe that residents shouldn't have to choose between Dignity and Care.

We designed our Cottage Care program around the belief that everyone has the right and the capacity to live and love while discovering enjoyment in each day – regardless of abilities that have been lost to dementia.


The result is a wonderful blend of security and comfort. For example, although all Cottages are keypad secured, the floor plan is flowing and open with only the entrance restricted to access. This allows our residents freedom of choice and movement while maintaining the need for a secure environment.

Likewise, despite the smaller number of residents, staffing ratios are higher to allow for the additional time and attention needed. Team members who fulfill this important role receive additional training on how to support residents with dementia and the common tendencies that occur. The result is a team well prepared to meet a variety of needs and uniquely qualified to ensure Cottage living is more about celebrating what we can do rather than grieving over what we can't.

It has been said that often times it is the loved ones who suffer more than the actual victim of Alzheimer's or a related dementia. At Spring Arbor, we truly believe that the families and friends of the some 4 million victims of this disease are our nation's quiet heroes. Regardless of your choice regarding the care of your loved one, we encourage you to seek out support as you take this journey and allow us to join you along the way.