In the six years since Memory Lane Cottage opened in New Tampa, its exceptional staff has helped individuals and families cope with the challenges that come with dementia-related diseases. Their quality care and compassion are so genuine that several residents have lived at Memory Lane since the facility opened.
“The fact that many of our residents have been here for so long says mountains about the quality of life we provide at Memory Lane Cottage,” said Administrator Kelly Irish “We are dedicated to providing a loving, intimate, environment where our residents retain a sense of independence and dignity.”
Memory Lane Cottage has just 20 residences. It’s this small size and its commitment to only memory care patients that attracted Irish, who was recently named administrator after 12 years working in senior care management, in both corporate and private settings.
“Because we’re not trying to be everything to everyone, we can focus 100% on memory care residents,” said Irish. “We do not offer independent living or assisted living, and this makes us really unique.”
A common problem for dementia patients, Irish continues, is sensory overload in loud, noisy and crowded environments often found in larger facilities.
“Memory care residents have difficulty processing information in a crowd, and can be overwhelmed by the constant distractions and noises of a large community,” Irish said. “Our environment is peaceful and more conducive to people with memory loss.”
The building that houses Memory Lane Cottage is designed to look and feel like a luxury estate home. Its furnished, private suites have full baths, all which open directly to a common living room and dining area located next to the kitchen, just like a private home.
The scent of cinnamon baked goodies wafts regularly from its open kitchen to stimulate residents’ appetites. Each resident has a mailbox is in the courtyard to check, and outside is a private courtyard with walking paths and gardens to encourage residents to explore and enjoy the outdoors in a safe setting.
Family involvement is very important to the Memory Lane Cottage community, and staff welcomes input from family members to help guide the level of service they provide. Many employees, including Irish, have had family members with dementia, and have a personal understanding of the emotions and challenges families face.
“Coming to terms with a family member’s dementia or Alzheimer’s diagnosis isn’t easy, and choosing a compassionate environment for your loved one’s long-term care can be equally daunting,” said Irish. “We’re here to help, and invite you to visit Memory Lane Cottage to see if we’re the right place for your loved one.”
Published June 23, 2021