Kennesaw Memory Care:
Continue your journey in a respectful, supportive community

At Heritage of Brookstone, we built our Valeo™ memory care community around the core values of respect and dignity so you can continue your personal story with the care you need. We provide the support that makes the most of your abilities and strengths, allowing you to remain in control in a safe, secure neighborhood with expert assistance. If you are searching for a memory care community in Kennesaw you will find our community is a great choice.

Page Contents:
Valeo™ Memory Care
When Do My Parents Need Memory Care?
How Much Does Memory Care Cost in Georgia?
What is Included in a Memory Care Community?
How to Have the Talk With a Parent in Need of Memory Care
Changing Care as Needed
Our Memory Care Community
Memory Care FAQs
Heritage of Brookstone Memory Care

VALEO (va-LAY-oh)

Kennesaw GA Memory Care Programs

Valeo™, derived from the Latin word for “thrive,” creates memory care programming based on the foundations of science and whole-person wellness. Our personalized programming helps residents with memory impairments – including forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s – live fulfilling, joyful lives. The Valeo™ wellness philosophy revolves around the Four Components of Wellness:

  • Physical: care for your body through nutrition and physical activity
  • Social: maintain and improve your life through new and existing relationships with people and pets
  • Intellectual: strengthen your mind to preserve memories and cognition with creative programs that exercise your brain
  • Spiritual: make time for your beliefs with opportunities to connect with your spiritual convictions

The Valeo™ philosophy guides the programming at our Kennesaw, GA, memory care community. Every team member you’ll work with is committed to your well-being. We’ll work with you to ensure you have the care you need through individualized programming that encourages engagement and connection.

Heritage of Brookstone’s memory care neighborhood includes:

  • Daily living assistance and memory care (supplemental costs may apply based on your unique service level)
  • 24-hour health monitoring
  • 24-hour security
  • Emergency response system in each bathroom
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Personal laundry and linen services
  • Concierge services
  • Wellness programs, including physical fitness programs
  • Maintenance services
  • Scheduled transportation services for social events and cultural programs
  • Utilities (except phone)

When Do My Parents Need Memory Care?

Not all older adults require memory care, so it’s important to recognize the signs. These might include:

  • Their safety becomes an issue – They wander around outside or have problems with daily tasks like bathing or getting to the bathroom.
  • Other people are at risk – It may be necessary to consider other people’s safety. For instance, they may leave the outside door unlocked, putting others in the house at risk. Those with dementia can become aggressive, as well. If their behavior changes, memory care is a practical way to keep them safe and improve the quality of their lives.
  • If a home caretaker, professional, or family member, can no longer handle that role. They may have their own health issues or are tired and need a break.
  • Their living conditions require a change. – Some people with dementia can neglect things like grocery shopping, eating meals, and personal hygiene. Memory care allows them to live more comfortably and have all the help they need.
  • They no longer can socialize. – Socialization is important to the quality of life and mental health. Our Kennesaw memory care community is just as much about companionship as it is about safety.

There are other options if memory care doesn’t seem the best choice right now. They can attend adult day care, for example, or move into our assisted living community instead. That would give them more freedom but still offer some assistance when they need it.

How Much Does Memory Care Cost in Georgia?

Pricing can vary from person to person based on the amount of care they require. For example, at Heritage of Brookstone, we charge a one-time community fee of 2,000 dollars and then, on average, just under 5,000 dollars for all-inclusive Kennesaw memory care. For those more suited to assisted living, the average cost starts at just under 4,000 dollars.

Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover these expenses. However, there are exceptions, such as medically required short term stays. Each family should talk with their supplemental health insurance provider to see what part of the expense they might cover.

In many cases, you will need to dip into personal assets to pay the cost. That can include:

  • Money from selling a house and other assets. You might take out a short-term loan while you liquidate.
  • Retirement funds – Without penalty in some cases. There may also be tax benefits that offset the cost of care.
  • Savings
  • 401K
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Family contributions
  • Veteran or employment benefits
  • Social security and pension

It might be wise to contact a financial advisor if there is a lot of property or funds to consider. That will allow you to make informed decisions and get the most tax benefits.

When retirement and savings run out, it will be necessary to look for other ways of covering the expense. Medicaid can step in to pay the costs, but there are many factors to consider. A social worker or care coordinator can help work out the details like whether or not you meet an income standard. Please keep in mind that most memory care communities do not accept Medicaid.

What is Included in a Memory Care Community?

Memory care programs tend to be all-inclusive, meaning they include food, care, and living expenses in the monthly cost. In addition, those in memory care may have access to other services, such as barber or salon, podiatrist, security and monitoring, plus social programs and entertainment.

Our senior living community in Georgia offers a variety of amenities, including:

  • Chef-prepared meals served in a restaurant-style dining room
  • Wellness programs personalized for the needs of the resident
  • Media rooms
  • Social events
  • Socialization with other members of the community
  • Courtyards with walking panthers
  • 24-hour health monitoring
  • Emergency response system
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour security
  • Fitness

Our wellness programs are not just for residents. We welcome families to take part, as well. We offer family members other resources such as seminars that help educate them about dementia and other chronic conditions that affect adults, too.

We believe in taking a holistic approach to wellness that includes memory care programs that enrich those with memory impairment. That peace of mind is important to both our residents and their families.

How to Have the Talk With a Parent in Need of Memory Care

It can be a difficult subject to approach. The more information you have going into the talk, the better. For example, you and other family members should tour a memory care community and talk to the staff first. Then, pick up any resources they offer, such as brochures to take with you.

Also, make sure everyone in the family is on the same page. The more support you have, the more willing your mother or father might be to listen to what you have to say.

When having this discussion, practice active listening, meaning make sure the conversion is not one-sided. Talk about the fears you have for your parent, and how you want to improve their quality of life. Go over the amenities, the support they will receive and how living in a community with others will help them. Make sure to focus on the benefits and not on the condition or even your parent’s age.

Have the conversation as early in the day as possible, too. It may be more difficult to have a meaningful talk in the afternoon or evening.

Changing Care as Needed

One of the biggest benefits of choosing a senior living community like Heritage of Brookstone is the different care programs we offer for residents. The care progression typically goes from:

  • Independent living
  • Assisted living
  • Memory care

We offer both assisted living and memory care in our community. That means someone that starts with us in assisted living can move on to memory care with less disruption. Assisted living allows them to live with more freedom and to enjoy socializing with others and the different amenities. They can still get basic care services, though, like help with routine tasks and personal care.

As time passes, transferring to memory care allows them more personal attention while remaining in the same community. They work with caretakers and skilled nursing staff that they already know and who know them well enough to understand what they need.

Our Memory Care Community

Heritage of Brookstone, located in Kennesaw, Georgia, offers a community that focuses on safety, holistic wellness, and quality of life. Our residents have access to a luxury campus with walking paths, exquisite landscaping, and a courtyard garden.

We offer restaurant-style dining, a media room, and fitness programs.

Each of our residents has the support of our highly trained staff. Our team goes through extensive training to work with those who have memory impairments. That includes our support providers that work with residents daily to help them with tasks like bathing and getting dressed.

While with us, residents can enjoy visits from family and friends. They have large living areas and can even bring their pets and furniture.

They take part in some of our Valeo Signature Programs, as well. We offer art and music activities that allow residents to express themselves. They can play music, paint, create sculptures, and engage with others who have similar interests.

Other Valeo Signature Programs include:

  • Creature Comforts – We bring in trained animals to spend time with residents.
  • Travel Times – It’s a chance for our residents to get away by experiencing different cultures. We visit a different one each quarter by introducing culinary experiences, language classes, and other fun activities.
  • Legacy Kits – Our staff works with family members to create a Legacy Kit for each resident. It provides them with treasured items that help them remember the people and the events in their lives that have meaning. Of course, there are other ways to interact with family and friends, such as video calls.
  • Vita! – The wellness team in our Vita program helps design a daily structure for those residents with memory issues. In addition, the team works with them to engage in self-care tasks and memory care activities.

At Heritage of Brookstone, we offer a comprehensive care program built around safety, respect, and dignity.

What’s Next?

If you have a parent or relative who may benefit from participating in an active community like Heritage of Brookstone, the next step is to find out more about us. Contact us today – a member of our team would be happy to answer any questions you might have and to schedule an in-person or virtual tour for you. You can also download our senior living guide to get additional information.

Memory Care FAQs

What is a Memory Care Community?

A memory care community provides specialized care for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other memory issues. Due to advancements in comfort and amenities, the term “community” is considered much more appropriate. Today’s memory care communities provide intensive memory care in an enriching, home-like setting.

These communities offer high quality, personalized care that keeps residents safe and offers intellectual stimulation that improves awareness, stimulates memory, and increases social engagement.

What is the Average Cost of Alzheimer's care in the U.S.?

The average cost of care for Alzheimer’s disease in a memory care community in the United States is $5,000 or more per month. Assisted living costs about $4,000 per month, according to Genworth. According to AARP, memory care can add another $1,000 to $4,000 each month. Costs include assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), support from team members trained in memory care, nutritious meals, and custom programming to help each individual maintain a dignified life.

Does Medicare cover memory care facilities?

Medicare will pay for some costs, but it does not fully cover memory care, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Medicare will cover some doctor fees and Medicare Part D will pay for some prescription drugs, for example, but it will not pay for custodial long-term memory care.

Heritage of Brookstone Memory Care

We’re not just a memory care community. We’re a family of residents supported by a team that has the training and experience you need to thrive. Our team approaches assisted living and memory care with optimism and a desire to build a positive, joyful environment. People don’t just work at Heritage of Brookstone. They bond with residents, care for their needs, and engage with them every day.

Training

Our team includes clinically licensed employees with the expertise to support your needs, but we don’t limit our training. Heritage of Brookstone’s entire team, including operations, dining, and housekeeping employees are all trained to support the needs of residents with memory impairments. We train every team member on how it feels to live with different forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, and the support residents need on a day-to-day basis. Everyone you meet here will find ways to engage with you, making connections and gaining an understanding of your life.

Full-Team Involvement

Our cooks aren’t cloistered in the kitchen. Our housekeeping doesn’t just come and go in the background. Every individual on our team is a support provider who’s here for you. They’re trained to go above and beyond what you expect, taking the time to get to know you as an individual and finding ways to create moments of joy.

The full involvement of our team means that you won’t just get to know other residents – although you’ll do that, too – you’ll get to know our team. We encourage everyone in our community to share their own interests and experiences with you and other residents, connecting on a more personal level.

At Heritage of Brookstone’s memory care community, you have a complete network of support and connections to help you continue your story. But if you need time to yourself, there’s plenty of privacy and quiet. We’re here to support what you need when you need it.

Strengthen Your Family Connections

Family is a key part of crafting joyful, active lives for those with memory impairments. Our Valeo memory care philosophy encourages connection with family members. Come visit your relatives or friends, engaging with them and their new connections in the community to kindle joy and help them reconnect with memories. We’ll work with you to preserve your relative’s legacy and memories for yourself and future generations.

Virtual dementia tours

It’s difficult to understand what your relatives or friends with dementia are feeling on a day-to-day basis, but understanding their point of view can be invaluable. Virtual Dementia Tours allow you to put yourself in the shoes of someone living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia so you can see how they feel and learn to communicate more effectively.

Our Virtual Dementia Tour lets caregivers, relatives, and friends that are closely involved in the support of someone with dementia experience their day-to-day challenges. Seeing the tough situations they face with strength and poise will help you empathize with their needs and better support their journey.

We’re happy to help answer any questions you have about memory care and Virtual Dementia Tours. Contact us for more information or to learn when the next Virtual Dementia Tour will be offered at Heritage of Brookstone.