Shawano

Oconto Falls

Marinette

Memory care:

providing special care for those with dementia 

The Cottages Memory Care facility is dedicated to providing the special care that is required for someone with dementia. Our Memory Care facilities are a place where your loved one can reside in a safe and supportive environment. Staff members are professionally trained in approaches and care for all types and stages of dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s Disease.

Memory Care includes helping our residents with frequent reminders, redirection and calm reassurance. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is not required to live at The Cottages Memory Care.

Family Support:

The Cottages staff understand the importance of working with the entire family. We are here to offer you support. The Cottages Care Program will offer you guidance and help you understand ways to communicate and spend quality time with your loved one. You will be able to leave knowing they are living in a safe, secure and loving environment. Learn more on our Family Information page or learn more about Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia on our Resources page..

The Cottages Memory Care facility is dedicated to providing the special care that is required for someone with dementia.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is not required to live at The Cottages Memory Care.

Memory Care FAQ

What is Dementia Care?
Dementia care is provided by professional staff in Shawano, Oconto Falls and Marinette, that are well trained in caring for, approaching, conversing and understanding those who have dementia. The most common form being Alzheimer’s Disease. A Dementia Care facility will also teach the family about the disease and help them in understanding how to communicate more effectively.
When do we know it is time for Memory Care?

Our Quiz will help you determine if it’s time to consider a visit to The Cottages Memory Care. If you suspect that someone you love is suffering from a form of dementia, contact your primary care physician for a screening. Then Contact Us and we will help them live the life they deserve!

Is a diagnosis of dementia required to live at The Cottages Memory Care?

No. However, an in-person assessment can determined if the Memory Care or Assisted Living Apartments are the best environment for your loved one. The Cottages offers both living arrangements.

What makes The Cottages Memory Care different than other assisted living facilities?
The Cottages Memory Care only serves those with memory difficulties. Our staff are required to have additional education on dementia and are highly trained in the specifics of caring for an individual with behaviors or personalities that come along with the disease. By serving all with memory problems we are able to maintain our Residents dignity and pride even when faced with the battle of the disease.
What are your rates?
Rates are based on a number of factors from your loved ones physical, emotional, and cognitive needs. The more information we have about your loved one, the more accurate we can be in quoting you a rate. The Cottages Memory Care offers 3 Levels of Care to reflect dementia progression.
Do you work with Medicare?
Medicare does not cover the actual stay in assisting living facilities. Medicare or supplemental insurance may help cover other costs such as medications and durable medical equipment you may need. Medicare does cover therapy, temporary skilled nursing needs or Hospice care in assisted living.
What happens when I run out of money?
We do work with Family Care; Medicaid’s LTC plan for reimbursing Assisted Living for care.  This topic is highly complex and as a result we recommend talking to a member of the Management Team about your specific financial situation.
Do you have visiting hours?
No we do not; family and friends can visit at any time.
Can we decorate the room (hang pictures, etc)?
Yes, and we encourage that. We find that the more the room looks like home; the more the resident living there feels like they are home. It also helps significantly in lessening the adjustment time to new surroundings.
Do you have a Dr that visits the Memory Care?
Yes, we have several that come to see their patients at Memory Care. We can give you a list of those upon meeting with you.
What activities do you offer and how often?

Our Activity Directors specialize in creating fun, entertaining and meaningful activities for our residents. Activities vary from range of motion exercises every morning to singing, small crafts, baking, puzzles, games, etc. We are a certified Music & Memory facility that encourages laughter and happiness through all kinds of music to spark memories. While the Activity Director sets up our activities and does facilitate most of them; our Care staff also actively participates in engaging our residents in these activities throughout the day.

Can we bring pets to visit?

Yes, pets are always welcome at The Cottages.  We just ask that they are either leashed or kenneled upon entry or anytime they are in one of our common areas.  In the specific apartments; your pets can roam as you wish them to.  If someone wants to have a pet to live with them; that would be a discussion to have with a member of The Cottages Management Team.

Memory Care Information for Families

In 2018, it has been estimated by the Alzheimer’s Association that 5.8 million people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

The Cottages treats a whole person, not a patient.

In 2018, it has been estimated by the Alzheimer’s Association that 5.8 million people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. The Cottages Memory Care facilities are dedicated to providing the individual care that is required for someone with dementia.

The Cottages treats a whole person, not a patient. We ask caregivers and family members to help familiarize us with new Residents by filling out a “Who I Am” sheet which includes information like their place of birth, childhood memories, family stories, favorite hobbies, occupation, likes, dislikes, and morning and evening routines.This information helps to provide insights into the person’s preferences and routines which will help The Cottages Caregivers do a Plan of Care for the Resident.

Understanding fears and things our Residents love is greatly important. Many times Residents will pull memories from childhood or early hobbies or activities they loved to do. They may go back to wanting to do them – that’s ok. Professionally-trained Caregivers believe that it’s important to understand their Residents’ current world and what they are experiencing now.

Through this practice, we can try to give each Resident some peace of mind and a feeling of safety in a non-judgemental environment. All family information is confidential, regardless of content.

If possible, the person with dementia should be involved in their care planning. As the disease progresses, the person’s needs will change and, and in some cases, a particular type of care may no longer be suitable. As this occurs, the care plan will also change.

The Cottages staff is here for your family. We offer you support and help you understand ways to communicate and spend quality time with your loved one. You will be able to leave them with us knowing they are living in a safe, secure, and loving environment.

How Do We Know When It’s Time?

Although some families are able to care for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia, it may come to a point where home care is unmanageable and unaffordable.

Some questions when deciding if the time is right for your loved one include:

  • Have accidents occurred with appliances in the home such as forgetting to turn a stove or oven off?
  • In the event of a fire, do you feel your loved one would follow appropriate emergency measures including calling 9-1-1 and leaving the premises?
  • Has your loved one gotten lost or unable to remember personal information such as address or a contact phone number that enable them to return home? Has he/she gotten lost while on a walk or running errands?
  • As the caregiver, is your health at risk, are you missing a lot of work or are unable to manage other responsibilities? Do you have support to care for your loved one?
  • Is the amount of home care assistance needed in the near future likely to become so great that it is not an option for your family?

Our Quiz will help you determine if it’s time to consider a visit to The Cottages Memory Care. If you suspect that someone you love is suffering from a form of dementia, contact your primary care physician for a screening. Then Contact Us. We will help them live the life they deserve.

Memory Care Facilities Include

Diagnosis of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is not a prerequisite to live at The Cottages Memory Care. We will meet with you and your family to help walk you through the admission process and determine the best way to transition your loved one to our Memory Care facility

Private Spacious Units with a Full Bathroom

Safe & Secure setting

24/7 state certified caregivers/specialized dementia care

Home Cooked Meals and Snack program

in house nursing and physician visits

family emotional support & hospice care

chapel private lounge areas 3 seasons porch

Beauty/Barber/podiatry Services

Laundry Services

All of the mentioned amenities are provided in a truly home-like environment. Our professional staff members are trained to meet our tenants needs with courtesy and respect, and every effort is made to help make the Cottages their new home. Our tenants are welcome to use the grounds to entertain their family and friends.

*beauty/barber shop services are available at an additional cost

Contact us to request info or schedule a tour!

Or call — 715-201-6556

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Our Mission is to provide assistance with compassion, respect and dignity to our communities older adults. 

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