When the plans were being drafted for Briarcliffe Gardens, a memory care assisted living residence tucked in the shady woods of Johnston, owner Akshay Talwar, and his team poured over every detail. Every design decision was based on thorough research conducted throughout the country on similar residences. Every detail, from the amount of light that bathes their common rooms to the patterns on the floor to the placement of furniture, was carefully calculated, all with the intent of enhancing the quality of life and the safety of the residents of this busy center.
As soon as one walks through the doors of Briarcliffe Gardens, these research-based design features are immediately apparent. Nothing here looks haphazard or unplanned. Visitors and residents alike experience a “sensory journey” as they tour the center. There is a feeling of spaciousness, light and openness here which appeals to all the senses and which dispels the feeling that one is in a secured environment.
To start, Briarcliffe Gardens is built entirely on one floor with dining and living spaces in the center, forming the social core, much like one’s own kitchen. On any given day, this warmly-lit common room is filled with residents who are being guided through crafts, games or socialization exercises. In adjoining rooms, it is not uncommon to see residents engaged in therapeutic activities such as seated yoga, tai chi, pet and music therapy.
The single-occupancy bedrooms all have outside windows and line the perimeter of this common center space. Numerous skylights provide diffuse sunshine during daytime and natural and artificial lighting are balanced to create a seamless transition between daylight and nightfall. The colors, light and air temperatures throughout are all coordinated in a concerted effort to comfort residents who might be prone to agitation or irritability.
As the tour continues, one will find a 24-hour retro-design diner, a movie hall, specially adapted recumbent bikes, a Wii gaming center, a hair salon/barber, a sunroom for meditation and exercise, an herb and vegetable garden and a courtyard with fruit-producing trees, walking path and patio. The staff and administrators of this progressive center have taken into account every aspect of their residents’ lives and work diligently to anticipate their every need.
From the time when the first ground was broken on Briarcliffe Gardens, this state-of-the-art memory care assisted living residence’s primary mission has been to provide a secure, nurturing and vibrant community for its many residents.
When family members are considering a possible long-term stay for a loved one who suffers from health concerns like Alzheimers/Dementia, Briarcliffe Gardens offers so much more than exceptional care and a helpful staff. It exemplifies everything that a memory-care residence should be ~and can be ~ in this modern age.
To schedule your personal tour Briarcliffe Gardens, located on Old Pocasset Road in Johnston, contact Akshay Talwar at 401-944-2450. For more information, you can also visit them at www.briarcliffegardens.com.
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