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Redefining Home

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After resisting a move, Lee discovered her best place.

Adeline, or Lee, Anthony is a resident of Lone Mountain Memory Care in Scottsdale, Arizona, Spectrum Retirement’s first community dedicated solely to Memory Care. Local residents may know her name, for many years she was a member of the volunteer group the Sun City Posse. In addition, her dedication to the Peoria School District won her the Volunteer of the Year award on her retirement. Friends and relatives alike affectionately call her “Grandma Lee.”

After suffering a heart attack at age 92, the trauma affected her mental health — dementia set in and her health started failing. Lee spent her days sitting alone in the room of her former Assisted Living community, coloring or watching television. Whenever Lee would go out, she needed a wheelchair and was often confused and sad. She called her daughter, Darcy Forst, several times a day.

Darcy knew her mom deserved better. She toured a total of eight Senior Living communities before finding Lone Mountain, which features a new paradigm in Memory Care focusing on individualized care using a Montessori method and emerging technologies such as It’s Never 2 Late. This cutting-edge program allows residents to video conference, receive and send video and images, travel back in time to view old neighborhoods via mapping technology, sing Karaoke-style to the music they love and play multisensory stimulation games and trivia.

One month after her move, Lee is a different woman. Instead of sitting in her room, she sits in Lone Mountain’s outdoor courtyard or participates in activities with her new friends. When she colors, she is joined by residents and staff. Darcy rarely gets a desperate phone call now and, on a recent visit, she noticed the TV in her mom’s room unplugged and the wheelchair unused.

Darcy didn’t need proof of her mother’s improvement, but she received it, nonetheless. On her first cognition exam at Lone Mountain, Lee’s caregivers reported a six-point increase — a huge jump and the only increase she’s seen in the past year.

“Lee’s gotten her vitality back,” said Darcy. “Because of the loving staff that makes her feel important, she has purpose again.”

Darcy’s health took a positive turn, too. Caring for her mother had taken its toll, and she started medication to lower her blood pressure. Today, she’s off the medication and back to normal. She and her husband took their first vacation in a year — and sent pictures to Lee through the It’s Never 2 Late system. Lee recently shared with her daughter that she often goes to bed laughing — another first in more than a year.