See what residents and their families have to say about The Memory Center, Virginia Beach.
– The Galanides Family
If I could give The Memory Center 10 stars I would.
My father passed away last week after living at The Memory Center for 2 years. Instead of suffering through the difficult later days of Alzheimer’s, he joined a family at The Memory Center and THRIVED. Every detail of the facility was a thought toward making the residents feel as comfortable and independent as possible – far more than every other home we visited. The village and neighborhood set up of The Memory Center will be obvious when you visit. What may not be as obvious is the love and caring provided by the nursing staff. If is not faked or forced – The Memory Center somehow manages to hire the most amazing people that bring a warm spirit to their work.
On my father’s last day, our family gathered by his bed. Throughout the course of the day, we were awestruck to see almost every member of the nursing staff – both on and off duty – come by to say goodbye to my dad with tears in their eyes. They didn’t avoid the room; they brought friendship, love and tenderness to him in his final hours. They were genuinely saying goodbye to a friend.
– Beth Bierman Burns (Daughter)
Finally! The kids and I knew my wife needed more attention than I could consistently give. Even she was aware of her mental changes. We had not kept the changes from one another. Her mother was an Alzheimer’s patient. We were vocal about my wife’s needs. I discussed with family and friends the best places that provided constant care. My wife went with me to observe the care given at these centers. Then it occurred! Our primary care physician asked if we knew about The Memory Center. We did not. I made arrangements for she and I to attend the center. Our son and his wife attended with us. WOW! The surprised we discovered:
- The building had four sections with similar arrangements
- A theater to see films and live performances
- A bank with money for the residents to use
- A beautician to keep the residents lovely
- A library enticingly kept
- A tavern for some who wanted it
- Nurses and assistants to provide loving care
- Thoughtful administrators to answer all questions
- Fenced grounds to allow the residents to walk among the flowers
- Chaplain led services
Well now! This is the place! Even though it took several months to decide to roll, we knew this was it! No more looking. That was nine months ago. The family still feels the same. They care.
– J. Stamey
My mother was a resident of The Memory Center for the last five years of her life. From the first moment she felt genuine caring and she just delighted in the daily group and individual activities. As a nurse, I was particularly concerned with her physical care and nutrition and The Memory Center exceeded my expectations in ever way. As she declined, additional measures were implemented to help her mobility and allow her to continue to enjoy the music and spiritual events, to keep her hair and manicure appointments, and to participate as much as she could. Her final days were attended to with love and compassion. I recommend The Memory Center without reservation. The medical, nursing and support staff are the best.
– Nancy Kennedy
Making the decision to allow others to care for a beloved family member may be one of the most difficult decisions a family can make together. My family’s decision was so much easier that it often can be because of The Memory Center. From compassionate and understanding administrators who helped us initially – and still continue to serve us – to the licensed nurses and certified nursing assistants who care for my Mom every day, I know and trust The Memory Center to do what’s best for my Mom – no matter what. And with that trust comes peace of mind for each member of our family.
– Dr. Deborah Cunningham Breede