Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Memory Care

Where comforting spaces and familiar faces bring peace to forgetful minds.

Each of The Bristal Assisted Living communities has a private and secure neighborhood called Reflections. Reflections is a highly customized and individually personalized memory care program that specializes in helping aging adults manage early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s Disease and other memory-related cognitive disorders. Every location is staffed with experienced senior care professionals who are trained in the latest approaches, therapies and proven modalities for enhancing memory health and quality of life for these special-needs seniors and their families.

10In line with our Healthwise 360° Guiding Principle at The Bristal, our many health, fitness, cultural, spiritual and social programs and activities at our memory care center is designed to promote better health in body, mind and spirit, reinforcing a sense of purpose for elders facing memory loss. This is particularly true of our memory care assisted living recreation program, which is led by specialists trained in therapeutic recreation. We include art and music classes that are based on research that demonstrates their effectiveness in Alzheimer’s care. Our reading circles, creative writing and other innovative memory care activities help keep the mind active and sharp.

All programs in Reflections, our memory care program are designed to reinforce a sense of place and purpose for residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. These memory care events and activities are fun for residents, individually paced, and are always delivered with sincere love and compassion. To ensure we provide the very best for our residents on an ongoing basis, our Reflections staff undergoes continuing educational training. By creating an atmosphere of familiarity and consistency, we keep our residents invested and engaged in the world and the people around them, which improves participation and promotes improved experiences and outcomes. We include the family in our efforts every step of the way, so that our residents feel supported by a circle of care that is comforting, dependable and rooted in understanding.

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Our staff undergoes ongoing sensitivity training through The Bristal’s Hands-On & Hearts-In® program, which helps identify and address cognitive challenges our residents may be experiencing day-to-day. By understanding these impairments firsthand, our staff becomes that much more aware of the range of abilities among our residents. It makes for more thoughtful and informed decision-making and realistic goal setting, all of which results in better care, happier days and improved quality of life for our residents in our assisted living memory care center, Reflections. This is one of the many ways memory care at The Bristal stands apart.

Safety and security are also top priorities. Our Reflections memory care area in The Bristal is electronic keypad-protected so that the daily activities of our residents can be managed within surroundings that are consistent and familiar to them. All in all, care in Reflections is provided in a safe, secure and giving environment, where family is always encouraged to participate. It is a vital component of The Bristal, a premier assisted living community our residents, quite literally, call home.


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Meet Kate Schneider, Reflections Programming Specialist

Kate Schneider

As Programming Specialist for the Reflections memory care program at The Bristal, Kate brings significant professional and educational credentials as well as extensive hands-on experience in the field of Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. This powerful combination enables her to integrate theory and practice in seamless ways that greatly benefit our memory care residents and their families. She develops, implements and oversees new and innovative therapeutic goals-based recreational programs that emphasize resident independence, wellbeing and social interaction.

Kate also uses her extensive knowledge to train the staff at The Bristal on the latest trends in Dementia care and to conduct sensitivity training for new hires. In addition to being a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP), she is also a trainer for CDP certification and certifies qualified staff members on site. Kate holds a Certificate in Gerontology from Saint Joseph’s College, a Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and a Masters of Science in Healthcare Policy and Management from State University of New York, Stony Brook. kschneider@thebristal.com