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I am just learning about senior living options for the first time? Can you help me understand the different choices?

  • Independent Living is ideal for individuals who can still live independently without problems, but desire access to occasional help.
  • Assisted Living is appropriate for individuals who have challenges completing any one of the daily activities needed for independent living. Residents at assisted living communities maintain as much independence as possible and also receive extensive support for socialization and mingling with their peers.
  • Assisted Living with Memory Care is essentially Assisted Living plus recommended memory care programs.
  • In a Memory Care Community, your loved one will receive everything an assisted living community with memory care offers, but in an environment designed exclusively for those battling memory loss.
  • The Skilled Nursing Facility offers nursing care and/or rehabilitation services to help injured, sick, or disabled individuals.

How much does it cost to live in a Sundance community?

There are many variables when caring for a loved one battling memory loss. At Sundance, we keep the financial portion consistent and very straightforward.

Each of our communities has one flat monthly rate, which includes all levels of care.

What’s not included?

  • Cable and Phone
    We don’t recommend these amenities. We prefer that your loved one is engaged and not secluded in their room. But, this is your loved one’s home and you can add these for a simple, flat rate.
  • Onsite Salon

Is your staff fully licensed and trained in memory care?

Yes. We only hire the most qualified people to lead each community.  We select members of our care team with a focus on character and competency.  We guarantee a loving professional care team will encircle your loved one, day and night.

Why is the layout of the building so important?

Loss of memory leads to forgetfulness about normal, daily activities. Becoming increasingly forgetful often leads to getting lost. And getting lost leads to loss of dignity, which can cause both agitation and depression. The flow of your loved ones new home environment was designed with these facts in mind.

Memory regression experts from across the country have frequently noted that Sundance buildings are designed with “immaculate functionality” for anyone dealing with memory loss.

  • 40 apartments total, divided into two “houses” of twenty
  • Each house is divided into two ‘wings’
  • Each ‘wing’ has 10 apartments
  • Each Sundance community is designed with an open floor plan between all common areas, which encourages social interaction and involvement.
  • Both private and semi-private apartments are available with and without private showers. Most of our residents prefer the spa for bathing.

What are the visiting hours at Sundance?

Any hour is the right hour for a visit. We understand Sundance is now home for your loved one. Whether you’d like to share a meal or drop by for a cup of coffee, our care team will ensure your visit is seamless.

What do we need to pack for our loved one’s move?

Great question.  We encourage you to bring anything that will remind him or her of home.  Pictures, keepsakes and a favorite chair are often at the top of the list.  Ten days of clothing is optimal.  Your family is encouraged to decorate the apartment, but we are also happy to furnish the room.

What is the resident to staff ratio?

Sundance maintains 6:1 resident to care team member ratio. We encourage you to pay close attention to how this number is calculated in any memory care community you are consider ing for your loved one.  We do not include the Executive Director, Wellness Director, any of the kitchen staff or the housekeeping staff in our number. During all waking hours, your loved one will be cared for by a Sundance team member specifically trained in memory care management and wholly devoted to serving six residents or fewer.

If my loved one doesn’t live near me, how do I get them to Sundance?

To bring safety and assurance to the process, we will send one of our care team leaders to accompany you and your family member to Sundance via the transportation method of your choice. Providing the care team leader is at our expense, not yours!

What services are available to my loved one onsite?

For people with dementia, it is important to establish a routine and limit changing environments. For this reason, most every service your loved one might need can be available within the walls of each Sundance community.

  •  Manicures/Pedicures
  •  Barber Shop and Salon
  •  Podiatry, Vision, Auditory and Dental Services
  •  Mobile X-ray
  •  Physical and Occupational Therapy
  •  Visiting MDs

How do you monitor the diet of my loved one?

Our menu focuses on minimally processed and locally sourced ingredients. We believe that real, whole foods are best for our residents.  We adhere to the belief that if your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, it’s not food and not beneficial to your loved one.

We serve three hardy meals per day, plus healthy snacks. Trained dieticians create daily menus specifically for people battling memory regression. And the food tastes fantastic.  Come join us for a meal!

How is medication managed?

In keeping with our commitment to blending compassionate care with the most advanced forms of technology, we manage all medication distribution through QuickMAR. Medicine is distributed to each of our residents in their room and never at the dinner table.

Is there a nurse on staff?

Absolutely. We have a nurse onsite during daytime hours, and have immediate access to a doctor and an RN around-the-clock.

How do I know that memory care is right for my loved one?

We have a simple series of questions we can walk through together to help you answer this question.  If we are not the right fit, we have great relationships in the area and will take you to a community that best suits your loved one’s current needs.

My loved one wanders, will they be safe?

Yes.  Ask about our “Hug Rotations”.  Every 30 minutes, we lay eyes and hands on your loved one, through a handshake, a hug or a back rub. This is our approach to rising above the industry average of 3-4 hours between viewing of each resident.

Also, each resident’s room is equipped with CISCOR.  The room is programmed to the specific needs of your loved one.  If he or she is a fall risk, sensors notify caregivers of all movements,  and movements are tracked electronically for you to see how well your loved one is getting around. Come by for a tour and ask to hold one of our care team’s notification devices. They’re fantastic!

Do you take residents out for day trips in community?

This question is very, very important.  We bring the local community to Sundance.

Going on outings sounds like a good idea.  And, we’ve shared that Sundance team members love to laugh and have a great time. However, studies consistently demonstrate that memory care patients function best when their environment remains consistent.

Can my loved one have a pet?

We love pets! Dogs, cats and fish are all welcome. We frown on reptiles. We will explain more if reptiles are an issue.

Have more questions? No problem! We want to help.

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A Walk Together

At Sundance, affirming pupose for your loved one is our top priority. Our approach, A Walk Together®, is powerful medicine and a positive way to bring new life to potentially frustrating circumstances.

A Walk Together includes:

ENGAGING CARE

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.”

It is incredibly difficult, at times, to see “the good” as you watch a loved one struggle through the impact of memory regression. Our diligent focus is to lift up and support our residents and their families with a level of care that individually engages the resident and includes their family. You will see this demonstrated as you begin to receive pictures emailed or text messaged to you of progress and successes as we work through your loved ones care plan.

Care Team Ratios
6 residents to 1 caregiver. We are committed to have industry leading resident to caregiver ratios. While this is unusual for the industry, we believe it is crucial in allowing us the freedom to be patient with your loved one in daily activities or therapies.

Hug Rotations
Memory Care that's engages individuals
This is a Sundance favorite. The typical model in an assisted living or memory care environment is to visit residents a couple of times per 8-hour shift. In our opinion, this is just not enough social interaction. Due to our low resident to caregiver ratios, we visit each resident at least every 30 minutes during all waking hours. Things do get busy at times, but in our opinion there is little that is more important than to take the time to give a hug, hold a hand or simply rub a back.

Research like this has consistently shown that touch can be very beneficial to the majority of people living with forms of dementia.

S.T.O.R.Y.
Montessori approach to dementia care begins with the knowledge of your loved one. This first step naturally unfolds during our admissions process where we begin to hear your loved one’s STORY unfold. We use this valuable information to create a STORY box in our Visitor’s Center, build a personalized routine schedule, create and present individualized activities based on your loved one’s strengths and interests and also a community role. Through STORY we are able to create a meaningful role and purpose for your loved one our Sundance community.

S- Strengths: One-on-one activities are presented to your loved one to assess their remaining strengths in 4 categories: motor, cognitive, social and sensory.

T- Triumphs: Targeted questions will allow us to determine what triumphs or victories your loved one cherishes most in their life.

O-Occupation: Capturing a person’s trade or profession is an important part of identifying roles and creating activities within our community. We will use their past skills to formulate activities they may be most familiar with during their occupation or trade.

R- Residence/Relatives: We want to know where your loved one lived and with whom during the various stages of life. This information allows us to create a memory book with your loved one to help them hold on to their past and identity for as long as possible.

Y- Youth: The full story begins from a person’s youth and that is what we strive for at Sundance. We ask our families to think back to the very beginning and share pieces of their youth with us. This allows us to tap into the first learned procedures and reinforce those through specific activities.

At Sundance, every day is a new page in your loved one’s STORY. We are so thankful that you allowed us to help write this new chapter in their lives.

A PURPOSEFUL DESIGN

Details matter. Details really matter when it comes to the living environment of someone living with any form of memory regression. The floor plan of the home? Important. The color of the plates? Important. Rounded corners in their bedroom? Important. Each choice made in the layout and amenities of a Sundance community is made with memory care in mind.

Design of the building
Each Sundance community has two separate living environments housed under the same roof: a North House and a South House. These two communities rarely interact. The building was designed this way with your loved ones DIGNITY in mind. The needs of a person battling some form of dementia increase as the illness progresses. Residents who require less assistance live in one house while those with increased needs live in the other. This allows your loved one to be surrounded with new friends in a similar season of life.

The Details
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FLOOR PLAN – The floor plan of each community is designed with short, wide wings that flow toward the center activity area that is flooded with natural light. Each wing only has ten apartments so your loved one sees their same new friends each day.

 

SundanceMemoryCare--137PLATES – Our plates are red. There is macular degeneration that often accompanies memory care needs. Mashed potatoes and gravy or other neutrally-colored foods will often blend in with a standard, clinical, white plate.

 

SundanceMemoryCare--38HAND RAILS – On your next visit to a Sundance community, slide your hand behind the solid wood handrails that run the length of our walls. You will notice that they are anchored to the walls with solid wood. This prevents skin tears in aging skin. When we say “every detail matters”…we mean it!

 

INNOVATIVE RESOURCES

We really love what we do so do not be surprised when you walk in and see a smile on our face. We are in constant communication with specialists and industry thought leaders on new and innovative memory care resources. While we recognize that technology will never replace an excellent care team, it does supplement them well. We have 3 anchor technology components in each of our communities.

Snoezelen Room

Snoezelen Room Multisensory Environment

Snoezelen Room Multisensory Environment

Snoezelen RoomThe “Snoezelen Room” is a multi-sensory environment. To be clear, Sundance’s goal in the care of your loved one is to not just accept the difficult changes that come along with dementia. We work diligently to offer outlets to maintain or improve their cognitive abilities from the first interaction we have with your family. This room helps provide changes in brain arousal which decreases stress, pain and anxiety while increasing trust and communication with the care team. This is a “person-centered” first response intervention to depression, agitation or anxiety rather than a “medication-centered” first response.

CISCOR Resident Monitoring
Pull cords in a resident apartment are a great resource in an assisted living environment. But what if the resident cannot remember the purpose of the pull cord in their time of need? CISCOR is state-of-the-art technology which allows us to track our resident’s movements and activity within their apartment thus reducing the risk of falls. Each apartment is customized to the specific needs of the resident. The CISCOR system also immediately alerts care team when a resident has an episode of incontinence. Each care team member, and the Executive Director, carries a notification device that tracks and communicates resident activity. This monitoring system pairs perfectly with our hands on Hug Rotations!

QuickMAR
Medication management has been a core competency of Sundance since our inception. Often times our residents are on a variety of medications when we meet them. QuickMAR is the technology platform used to insure each medication is delivered at the precise time of day in the precise quantity.

Resident & Family Testimonials

Just wanted to "Thank you" and all of the staff at Sundance for a lovely Mother's Day celebration. The roses, sugar scrub, and dinner were all very nice and thoughtful. It really meant a lot to me since we are still uncomfortable with taking Mom out of Sundance. Although Mom... Read More

It’s not easy entrusting my dependent, vulnerable mother to anyone. It feels like when I took my children to preschool for the first time. Sundance is feeling more and more like an extended family to us. Thanks for all you do.

I wanted you to know I was extremely pleased with the care given to my dad Billy Campbell. I thought the staff was most knowledge, extremely friendly and willing to help. He was treated with the respect he deserved and earned. I never once heard a disparaging remark or comment... Read More

In three days at Sundance, the staff knew more about my Dad's needs and habits than the nursing home was able to learn in a month. The specialized attention is unbelievable. We're so thrilled to have found Sundance. It's great to find people who know how to work with people... Read More

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Sundance has been an answer to prayer for my family. My siblings and I were searching for a facility for our mother. We asked God's guidance to help us find the right place. After touring Sundance and meeting the staff, we knew our search was over. It was the right... Read More

Sundance was a blessing in a time of crisis. They took my mom in and cared for her when she couldn’t care for herself, restoring her dignity. They allow me the freedom to love my mom as a daughter. I will be forever grateful.

Karl got sick in January and it looked like a nursing home was again in his future. Two weeks later, Peggy fell and broke her hip, so the two of them were in the same nursing home in Rusk, Texas. Like in NJ, Karl didn’t respond well to the environment... Read More

Finding a place to care for a loved one is one of the most difficult and emotional processes I have ever undertaken. A facility that is safe, in addition to being well managed and staffed, is the first step and Sundance is certainly all of these. The next and more... Read More

I believe my Aunt Celia is getting wonderful care at Sundance. The staff members have a great attitude and are very attentive to all of the patients. I am confident that the specialization in memory disabilities has helped my aunt to regain some of her memory skills. I am sure... Read More

My 90 year old mother has been a resident of Sundance for a year. She moved here directly from her home. The move was initially hard, but the staff made it easier for her and our family. From our first visit, we felt that this was the best place for... Read More

We recently moved my mother to Sundance in Katy, and it has been such a positive transition for her. The Sundance staff members are all extremely positive, encouraging, and nurturing to the residents. They not only make our mom feel like part of their "family," but also everyone in our... Read More

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