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Providence Living at Maitland

by Susan Shalhoub

Featured Photo from Providence Living at Maitland

Possibilities are in the air at Providence Living at Maitland, the 58-unit residential memory-care community conveniently located near the corner of Maitland Avenue and Maitland Boulevard. The two-story community is nearing completion and now leasing, says Debi Covert, executive director, and the staff is getting ready to welcome residents and their families this spring.

The promise of Providence Living’s beautiful, unique environment may best be symbolized by the property’s large courtyard and fountain with its Tree of Life design, says Debi. Offering integrative support to those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Providence Living’s I’m Still Me programming honors each resident and meets them where they are.

“What we find is that residents do much better with good life-centered memory support – not a memory-care unit,” Debi says. “We don’t believe you can care for memory. We believe you should support it. You can minimize decline with a supportive environment and stimulative activities. People come to us and see a reduction in depression and anxiety in their loved ones.”
Safety is paramount at Providence Living, as well. Its resident suites have been designed with thoughtful features such as trip-resistant flooring, germ-resistant surfaces, and emergency call systems.

Expert Advice: When to Explore Senior Living

Debi says families can look for signs that may indicate it’s time to have a conversation about senior living.
Falls are one of those signs. Also, if families are visiting and noticing an older relative is having more generalized confusion, not eating, or not taking medications, those are other warning behaviors that living independently may be getting more difficult to navigate.

Those with dementia also can start to experience paranoia, Debi says. For example, they can become fearful about people coming to their door. COVID-19 has heightened these fears for many.

“But at communities like ours, they can safely engage with other people, and they actually thrive,” says Debi, noting COVID-19 safeguards are in place when residents interact with other residents and with visitors.

Whether it’s a fall at home, confusion, or paranoia, it’s important to realize warning signs early, says Debi. If left on their own, some seniors may get confused and wander from home – causing heat exhaustion or injury, such as a broken hip.

A Positive Outcome for All

A certified dementia practitioner with 30 years of experience, Debi understands the often-complicated dynamics that can precede a transition into a memory-care community like Providence Living. Adult children will sometimes feel guilty about exploring senior-living options for a parent, though they are unable to adequately care for that parent themselves. Doing so would set up a difficult scenario, she notes.

“For children to care for a senior often sets up a complicated relationship,” Debi says. “You become a parent to your parent. Here, you can come into a residence such as ours and have a really good visit with them. They don’t want you telling them what to do. It’s not about putting people away, or making anyone feel guilty. This is a residence, it’s a home, it’s a dining room, it’s an apartment. My goal is for people not to suffer, live a quality life, and be happy with people who care about them like the staff at Providence Living do.”

Providence Living makes the transition as easy as possible, offering move coordinators to handle logistics for each new resident. But for seniors still uncertain about moving, the most reassuring feature may be that leasing at Providence Living is always month-to-month. In this way, a senior and his/her family can explore if the residence is right for them, with no long-term commitment.

“A senior doesn’t have to feel pressured to stay long-term,” says Debi. “They can come and get healthier and receive on-site therapy short-term. Otherwise, they feel they are making a lifelong decision.”

But with all of Providence Living’s offerings – music, walking paths, movie theater, salon, art studio, and health club – seniors who sample this inviting lifestyle will almost certainly want to stay.

“People with dementia still bring so much joy and still deserve joy,” says Debi, “and that is what Providence Living provides.”

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