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The Arbor Company, the South’s premier operator of outstanding senior living communities, is proud to announce the introduction of its unique Bridges memory care program for residents at its Barrington Terrace senior living community in Fort Myers.Most senior living communities offer a one-size-fits-all approach to memory care, not tailoring programs to individual residents and the stage of their dementia. The Arbor Company sought to change this approach by developing its Bridges program, which provides three “neighborhoods” for residents based on their needs and abilities:
  • Assisted living: Arbor’s assisted living program focuses upon providing residents with anything from minimal assistance to comprehensive care. It’s the perfect choice for most seniors looking for just the right amount of care and assistance to supplement, but not change, the lifestyles they love.
  • Bridges: The Bridges neighborhood is for seniors with early-stage dementia and memory loss. Bridges is a high-sensory, purposeful environment that offers the perfect amount of support and the right types of activities. Residents are surrounded by others in similar stages of memory loss, thus resulting in less isolation and more comfort.
  • Evergreen: The Evergreen neighborhood is specially designed to provide 24-hour support for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Driven by the latest memory care research and backed by extensive staff experience and training, Evergreen is a smaller, more intimate, low-sensory neighborhood that features completely individualized care programs, specialist attention, aromatherapy, Namaste programming, and even counseling and support for family members.
The introduction of the Bridges program to Barrington Terrace brings an innovative level of memory care to Fort Myers. This Arbor community is now able to offer more tailored options to residents with dementia and advanced clinical needs, as well as match their life engagement needs by providing a unique and robust schedule. Moreover, the Bridges program makes introductory memory care more affordable, as residents pay for a higher level of care only when they truly require a move to the Evergreen neighborhood.“Our new neighborhoods at Barrington Terrace make an immediate impact upon families who tour,” says Laura Ellen Christian, The Arbor Company’s Vice President of Engagement and Training. “Bridges feels like home and is well decorated and inviting. Evergreen feels spa like with aromatherapy, and we have brought the outdoors in with wall plants and local island photography. And those are just the aesthetics: The services and programs Barrington Terrace offers its residents are beyond compare. We are excited to introduce the Bridges concept to Fort Myers and to the families who will benefit from our unique philosophy of memory care.”
Teresa Keating, RN

About the Author: Teresa Keating, RN

Teresa is a registered nurse with 30 years’ experience working with the senior population in England, Tennessee and Florida. Originally from Weymouth, Dorset, England she has been involved in all areas of healthcare in a post-acute care setting including hospitals, rehabilitation and home health. Her experience includes being a business owner, marketing director and a director of nursing. Teresa is married to Gary for over 20 years and has two children.