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By Joe Siegel
The Smithfield Woods assisted living facility at 171 Pleasant View Avenue is now offering services for seniors suffering from Alzheimers and dementia.
Smithfield Woods was previously North Bay Manor, then changed to Brookdale-Smithfield.
Meridian Senior Living, based in Maryland, are the new owners of Smithfield Woods.
Smithfield Woods’ memory care program is called “Montessori Moments in Time.”
“It is a specific program for our company,” said Alyson Walsh, Community Relations Director. “Montessori is an educational philosophy and so it is very person-centered program. We only have 35 units so it’s very individualized for that specific group of seniors.”
“From a cognitive standpoint, they struggle,” Walsh continued. “They struggle every day, whether its finding words, whether its remembering family, whether it’s remembering how to get dressed, (Alzheimers) is such a terrible disease there’s no cure for.”
Key elements of the program include enabling residents to positively interact with their environment and to function at their optimal level through validation and other specialized programs, providing a safe, supportive and productive environment helps strengthen positive behaviors and allows their personality to emerge, all while maintaining their respect and dignity, and enabling family and friends to actively reconnect with their loved one as they participate in the educational process.
The facility has 40 apartments for assisted living. The minimum age for residents is 65. Walsh noted the oldest resident will soon turn 104 years old.
Assisted living units start at $3850 per month, with the memory care units starting at $4300 per month.
Smithfield Woods offers residents a variety of social and educational activities. There have been trips to Twin River casino and Buttonwoods Zoo. There is a movie theater and a chapel which offers non-denominational services. Other amenities include a game room, arts and crafts studio, library, beauty/barber shop, and a therapy room.
There is also a large dining room, which will soon undergo renovations.
“We offer three gourmet meals a day, our food here is delicious,” Walsh said. “Our desserts are even better.”
For lunch, typical offerings include Rhode Island Clam Chowder, Sweet Potato Salad, and Boston Cream Pie. Dinner items have featured salmon with citrus beurre blanc sauce, eggplant parmesan, and lemon meringue pie.
The staff provides residents with transportation to doctor’s appointments. There is also a 24 hour emergency response. Registered nurses and LPNs are on call. The facility also provides housekeeping and laundry service.
“Our housekeepers are amazing, our dining staff is so much fun, they have a great time with the residents,” Walsh noted.
Walsh said the large front lobby is going to get a makeover with new furniture and colors.
There are also guest speakers and performances by local artists, civic groups, and schools.
“We’ve had the Smithfield High School chorus come, we’ve had the pre-school from across the street come. On Halloween, they trick or treat here,” Walsh said. “Now that we’re (owned) by a new company, we really have the ability to participate more in the community. Smithfield is a great place to be.”
For more information, call 401-232-5577 or visit the website at www.smithfieldwoods.com.