Memory care that elevates your well-being.

In the secure Valeo™ memory care neighborhood at The Monarch at Richardson, you and your family will discover a sense of community and an extensively-trained team that is focused on safely maximizing your abilities and well-being.

VALEO (va-LAY-oh)

Memory Care Programs
Derived from the Latin word meaning “to thrive,” Valeo offers programming designed specifically for residents with memory impairments such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Valeo wellness philosophy centers on holistic care, maintaining and improving what is commonly referred to as the Four Components of Wellness: physical, social, intellectual and spiritual well-being.

  • Physical: engaging in self-care through both activity and proper nutrition
  • Social: strengthening and developing existing and new relationships — with both people and pets
  • Intellectual: performing creative, stimulating programs to reignite memories and preserve cognition
  • Spiritual: reserving time to connect with one’s personal beliefs

The Valeo philosophy is integrated into every aspect of our memory care programming. Customized to the individual, Valeo helps you thrive by creating opportunities for meaningful interaction, one-on-one engagement, building relationships and growing connections.

The following services are included in your monthly fee:

  • Assistance with daily living is all inclusive for memory care residents
  • 24-hour health monitoring led by a licensed nurse
  • 24-hour support
  • Emergency response system in each bathroom
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Personal laundry and linen services
  • Concierge services
  • Fitness and wellness programs
  • Maintenance services
  • Scheduled transportation services for social events and cultural programs

CUSTOM PROGRAMMING

Your life experiences and desires are unique, so all of our programs are adapted to you as an individual. We assess your interests and abilities, then build a personalized approach to create meaningful moments in each day. Our Valeo™ Signature Programs are designed to honor your legacy; increase awareness, cognition and engagement; and stimulate pleasant long-term memories that provide joy and pleasure.

FAQs ABOUT MEMORY CARE

What is a memory care facility?

Memory care facilities, also called memory care communities, specialize in assisting people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia or memory impairment. Attention is paid to creating a safe, comfortable and engaging environment that meets the unique needs of people living with these conditions.

Some memory care communities provide daytime care for people who still live in their personal residences. Others offer round-the-clock care for residents. Individual needs, preferences and support systems should be taken into account when selecting the right option for your family.

What types of memory care activities does a community include?

Residents enjoy activities like brain games, art classes, music programs, dancing, exercise and visits from local youth groups. Some communities bring in entertainment like live musicals performances. Sometimes, a local manicurist or hairdresser may stop by to offer residents a little pampering.

Does Medicare cover memory care facilities?

The short answer is yes. However, there are significant limitations to keep in mind. Medicare pays for some, but not all, memory care costs, including care provided by a memory care community.

Families that need Alzheimer's or dementia care can expect Medicare to pay:

  • Inpatient hospital care, a portion of doctors' fees, as well as medical devices and equipment
  • Some prescription drugs (under Medicare Part D)
  • Up to 100 days of skilled nursing in a home residence under certain circumstances
  • Hospice care delivered in-home, at a memory care community or an inpatient hospice community

It's important to note that Medicare does not cover “custodial,” long-term care at a memory care community. However, Medicaid does cover some or all of these fees for people who qualify for the coverage.

HELPING HANDS TO HELP MINDS THRIVE

Individuals who build a career at The Monarch at Richardson assisted living and memory care community are filled with optimism and a genuine desire to help others. You don’t just work at The Monarch at Richardson – you care, motivate and engage.

Training
Our industry-leading training programs teach all team members — even non-clinically licensed employees such as operations, dining or housekeeping — how to compassionately support the day-to-day needs of residents with memory impairments such as dementia and Alzheimer’s while finding ways to engage with them. Our methods and leadership permit team members to slow down, make connections and gain a deeper understanding of residents’ lives.

Interaction
Every person on the team — from housekeepers to bookkeepers to the dining and wellness teams — are considered support providers in the memory care community and are trained to go above and beyond. Team members take the time to truly get to know each resident and work every day to create moments of joy. Team members are encouraged to blend personal interests and experiences with the lives of residents, lead group activities and interact on a regular basis. Residents have endless opportunities to stay engaged in positive experiences yet can always find privacy and quiet time when they need it.

Family
For the Valeo memory care philosophy to achieve success, we encourage families to play a key role in engaging residents and rekindling joy and memories. Valeo is an opportunity to preserve the legacy and memories of family members for new generations.

VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOURS

Putting yourself in the shoes of someone living with Alzheimer’s, or other forms of dementia, is a great way to help you understand and communicate effectively with your family member or friend.

We understand that it is difficult to care for someone living with dementia without having walked in their shoes. The Virtual Dementia Tour lets caregivers personally experience the tough day-to-day challenges those with dementia face. The empathy and patience you will feel for people with dementia following this sensory stimulation experience are immediate.

To learn about when the next Virtual Dementia Tour will be offered at The Monarch or to hear more about how residents here are thriving, contact us today.