Memory Care


1. What qualifies a potential resident for secured memory care in a skilled nursing facility?

Different facilities have different requirements, but a potential resident of Alley's Cove must have a signed FL2 from his/her primary care doctor to give to the Admissions Coordinator.  The FL2 must be dated within the last 30 days and must state that the patient needs skilled nursing care and a secured unit.  The potential resident must have a dementia diagnosis, have had instances of wandering or exit seeking and be able to walk on their own (without assistance).  Several other factors are considered, but vary from resident to resident.

2. What is a typical resident like in Alley's Cove secured memory care unit?

A typical resident is a male or female, either in late middle age or elderly, with a primary diagnosis of dementia.  He or she walks without assistance, and does not need very much physical care.  He/she often does not take many medications, but does require 24 hour supervision for safety.  They are able to feed and dress themselves, but need cueing or assistance to complete the task at hand.  He/she often asks where the exit is and when his/her family member is coming for them, or often wanders the hallways with no particular destination in mind. 

3. What are some activities offered to residents in Alley's Cove?

White Oak works hard to meet the individual needs of every resident in Alley's Cove.  Here is a sample list of group and individual activities that are offered currently:

Group Activities

  • Dancing
  • Singing
  • Noodle Ball
  • Listening to live music
  • Outings to a meal, ice cream, or rides throughout the community
  • Walks outside
  • Arts and Crafts

Individual activities

  • Cleaning
  • "Filing"
  • Yardwork
  • Sorting and folding laundry
  • Makeovers
  • Sensory activities (aromatherapy, touch therapy, hand massages, etc.)
  • Coloring

4. What is a typical day's schedule in Alley's Cove?

The schedule in Alley's Cove is at once extremely important and very flexible, and can change depending on the needs of the residents easily.  For example, mealtimes are set times of the day, but a scheduled active time period may be switched with a restful devotion, depending on the mood of the group.  Each day includes dressing/grooming, physical activity time, devotions, music time and resting time.  We find that the schedule helps residents know what to expect when, and that everyone feels better with a regular routine each day!

Still have questions?

Contact Us and we'll be happy to answer any additional questions you have regarding our Memory Care services.