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Montefiore’s Assisted Living Memory Care Pavilion
– The Willensky Residence.
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The Willensky Residence, A Montefiore Assisted Living Memory Care Pavilion 

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As a leader in senior healthcare since 1882, Montefiore, in Beachwood, Ohio is pleased to add this innovative residence to its continuum of services by creating a new memory care pavilion for individuals with early- to-mid-stage dementia who need assisted living and dementia care support. Through an exterior expansion and interior renovation, this forward-thinking project is fullfilling a much-needed service for the community.

By caring for those with dementia in an assisted living setting, this soothing yet stimulating refurbished and expanded space will keep individuals active and engaged in a compassionate, supportive and safe environment. There is a separate and secure entrance with ample parking for visitors to provide direct access to the pavilion.

The Willensky Residence provides an alternate for individuals who do not yet desire or need intense services at a nursing home level of care, but may still need 24 hour supervision and support,” explained Seth Vilensky, Montefiore President and CEO.

In the renovated space, there is an open and safe kitchen with a comfortable dining room and counter area allowing residents and staff (and/or family members) to help prepare breakfast and bake together with a focus on independence. Lunch and dinner will be provided from Montefiore’s central kitchen. A new spa room… 2 laundry rooms, along with cozy spaces for visiting, activities and interactive programming, reinforce its person-centered, home-like ambience. Each resident will have the freedom to choose the degree of socialization, as well as his or her daily schedule. A newly designed activity room has life stations…

Vilensky continued, “We recognize individuality and will encourage choices and allow residents to live their lives in a way that feels familiar to them while using the abilities and skills they still have, rather than focusing on abilities and skills that have diminished.”

Resident living spaces includes 18 studio rooms and seven suites. Each studio room has its own private bathroom with shower while each suite will have a living room, bedroom and private bathroom with shower  All 25 rooms/suites are refurbished with built-in closets, new flooring, paint, lighting, window treatments and furniture (unless the resident/family member brings or buys their own furniture and personal items). New shower, vanity, sink and faucet, lighting and decorative finishes, along with safety features, enhance the overall warmth and intimate feeling of each resident room.

The 1000 square foot exterior expansion, adjacent to the kitchen and activity/dining room, includes a living room and multi-faceted library with computer stations. A highlight of the expanded space is a multi-sensory environment (MSE) room which offers stimulation of senses – touch, sound, smell, taste and sight – proven to help those with dementia reconnect with their environment. This type of room is based on the success of a Snoezelen® Sensory Room, an alternative treatment approach where individuals with memory impairment and other types of dementia are offered opportunities to become more aware of their surroundings and encourages better interaction with their environment and those around them.

This relaxing and comfortable MSE room will offer soothing background music and peaceful sounds (e.g., birds singing, wind blowing, ocean waves, etc.), aroma therapy, visual displays including colorful and tactile artwork – to reduce agitation, anxiety and apathy and increase mobility and communication.

Off of the kitchen and activity/dining areas are safe, secure and accessible walking paths, outdoor gardens and courtyards which will be used for activities and horticulture and healing therapy.

We are really excited about being able to change the face of memory care here at Montefiore,” Vilensky said. “We have the ability to be innovative like this and to fill a community need.”

Montefiore is working in partnership with Dr. Lori-Stevic-Rust, PH.D., ABPP, clinical health psychologist and dementia expert, as its program advisor for this new assisted living memory care program and pavilion. Dr. Stevic-Rust holds a doctoral degree in psychology, a master’s degree in community counseling and has been awarded a Diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Board Certified Clinical Health Psychology. She is a contributing writer for Cleveland Business Connects magazine and is a regular contributor to Fox 8 News and WKYC channel 3.  Dr. Stevic-Rust is a national speaker on health-related topics with specialty areas in geriatrics and stress disorders.

This assisted living memory care pavilion on Montefiore’s Beachwood campus opened in the fall of 2012. For more information, please contact Kristen Morelli, memory care program manager at 216.910.2323 or e-mail kmorelli@montefiorecare.org.



“Central Park”

Central Park” – the heart of the unit features colorful indoor trees and flowers, park benches, a lamp post, a virtual blue sky, sounds of nature, carpet that looks like grass and cobblestones –all leading to a comfortable, secure and caring setting with a focus on each resident’s individual needs.

Our thanks go to the  Morton Gross Family for their generous support for the renovation of this area.

Nature Therapy Program and Healing Garden

Nature therapy is a interactive social activity that may improve memory, provide sensory stimulation and exercise, reduce stress and lesson tension. For residents with dementia, activities that are meaningful and help recall their pasts are important. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes and experiences of nature and gardens assist in accomplishing this.