At Briarcliffe Gardens Memory Care Assisted Living Residence, nestled on 30 acres just off Central Avenue in Johnston, the vibe is bright, happy, cheerful, and vibrant. Every design decision in both of their memory care residences has been based on thorough research. Each detail, from the amount of light that blankets the common areas to the flooring patterns and colors of the carpeting, has been carefully considered, all with the intent of enhancing the quality of life and the safety of the residents who live in this dynamic home in Johnston.
When taking an online tour of Briarcliffe Gardens and one “walks” through the virtual doors of this one-of-a-kind memory care residence, these research-based design elements are immediately apparent. Observers experience a sort of “sensory journey” while touring the center. There is a refreshing, energizing feeling of spaciousness and openness here, with the vaulted ceilings and sun-bathed rooms, which appeals to all the senses and which dispels the feeling that one is in a secured environment.
Briarcliffe Gardens is built entirely on one floor with dining and living spaces in the center, forming the social core, much like one’s own kitchen. This warmly lit great room is where residents gather to enjoy life. The high ceilings and sixteen skylights shine diffused natural light into the space, lifting the mood and improving vision (to name just a few benefits of natural light) while residents participate in crafts, games, or socialization exercises. In adjoining rooms, small groups of residents are gathering, with masks on and social distancing measures in place, to engage in therapeutic activities like seated exercise, reminiscence, and other appropriate cognitive programming.
The single-occupancy bedrooms all have outside windows and line the perimeter of this common center space. At Briarcliffe Gardens, resident bedrooms open to common areas with comfortable seating and things to do. The colors, light and air temperatures throughout are all calibrated in a concerted effort to comfort residents who might be prone to agitation or irritability.
As the tour continues, one will find a 24-hour retro-design diner, a movie hall, adapted recumbent bikes, a hair salon/barber, a sunroom for meditation and exercise, an herb and vegetable garden and a courtyard with fruit-producing trees, walking path and patio ~ perfect for the warmer days which surely lay ahead. The staff and administrators of this progressive center have taken into account every dimension of their residents’ lives and work diligently to anticipate their every need.
When family members are considering a possible long-term stay for a loved one who suffers from health concerns like Alzheimers/Dementia, Briarcliffe Gardens offers so much more than exceptional care and a helpful staff. It exemplifies everything that a memory-care residence should be ~and can be ~ in this modern age.
Until in-person tours are allowed, you can take a “virtual tour” of this state-of-the art residence by contacting Stefany Reed, Marketing Director, who is also a certified dementia practitioner, at 401.935.0935. Visit Briarcliffe Gardens online: www.briarclifferi.com.