What is the Connections program?
The Pegasus Senior Living Connections program is the backbone of our memory care. It’s data-based philosophy rooted in neuroplasticity to promote rebuilding brain growth. We utilize the latest therapeutic treatments to provide calming comfort. Associates rely on personal engagement to gain trust and provide individualized care.
Our purposeful programming stands upon these four principles:
- Engaging the Emotions
- Encouraging Movement
- Challenging the Brain
- Supporting Socialization
Over a decade ago, Pegasus Senior Living Health and Wellness Consultant Dr. Sandra Petersen experienced a stroke that severely affected her speech, mobility and memory. The neuroplasticity treatments that helped return her to teaching and consulting in senior living after only two years of rehabilitation inspired what would become the Connections program.
“I lost use of the left side of my body so I couldn’t walk,” says Dr. Petersen. “I had trouble completing a sentence. I had trouble with word finding and thinking of what things were called.”
From working with brain health specialists, Dr. Petersen learned how to create neural pathways around the damaged areas of her brain. Through challenging the brain she began learning Spanish. The motions of ballroom dancing classes gave her the ability to walk without assistance again.
”If it could work post stroke, why couldn’t the same idea of neuroplasticity work in memory care? And so I began thinking about how I might be able to take those neuroplastic concepts, those of connecting through emotions, moving and providing new information to retain and gain skills.” – Dr. Petersen
Introducing Connections to Lancaster, CA
We’re cutting the ribbon and welcoming memory care to our assisted living community in sunny Lancaster, CA. The Havens at Antelope Valley invites people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia to experience comforting care with us.
Our city is a rich cultural hub and our community is no different. From experiencing the beauty of the Poppy Reserve, the good times on The BLVD and the wonder of The Musical Road, we want our residents to continue living independently and enjoying life. We’re here to provide the care and assistance they need to do so.
What is memory care?
Memory care provides assisted living to folks living with memory loss due to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our services take the stress away from the families who are acting as caregivers, so they can go back to enjoying their time together.
Here’s what memory care at The Havens at Antelope Valley brings to Lancaster:
Our specialized memory care associates take the time to get to know each resident on a personal level. Working with families, our goal is to offer activities that are specific and special to everyone living with us.
We utilize the Connections philosophy to ensure brain healthy activities. Playing games, enjoying the company of furry friends and pursuing art are all fun things to do in addition to being rooted in purpose.
Our small resident-to-associate ratio lends itself to creating a strong sense of community. We all come together to create a large extended family. We’re always encouraged to see residents forming bonds in our spacious family room, enclosed courtyard and dining room.
Why choose memory care in the Antelope Valley?
Just north of Los Angeles County, the Antelope Valley boasts sunshine 281 days of the year. In an article about why Lancaster is in the top 100 places to live in America, they say, “Jackets are optional. Sunglasses aren’t.”
Besides the rejuvenating power of the sunshine, our activity schedule is full of reasons to choose The Havens at Antelope Valley. Establishing a routine with a daily structure can maintain cognitive function, decrease stress and increase mood.
The Alzheimer’s Society recommends 150 minutes of exercise per week. Breaking that number down could equal ten minutes of activity a few times per day. To get the heart rate up and the body moving in our community we:
- Dig around in the raised garden beds
- Do chair exercise
- Play washer toss
- Have paved paths in our secure outdoor area for the walkers club
What kind of care and services do The Havens at Antelope Valley offer?
So your loved one can maintain a sense of independence, our dedicated licensed nurses and trained memory loss caregivers provide:
- Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance
- Medication management
- Personal check-ins
- Dining assistance
- Behavior tracking and management
- Physical, occupational and speech therapy available on-site
Our team is vast with expertise in so many areas. Here are some of the services we offer:
- Seasonal dining options for three meals a day
- Housekeeping and laundry services
- Transportation to and from appointments, entertainment and shopping
- Beauty salon and barbershop
We encourage our residents to live life to the fullest despite a diagnosis. Through building community, those who choose spending time with us experience fulfilling lives and discover a new sense of purpose.
Visit Memory Care at The Havens at Antelope Valley
Our memory care community opens soon. Be among the first to benefit by contacting us. We can set up a time to enjoy lunch and a tour of our recently renovated senior haven. Let The Havens at Antelope Valley provide the care so you can get back to being a family.