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Dementia Care: The Woodside Difference


More than 25 years ago, Presbyterian SeniorCare Network opened the first dementia-specific personal care community of its kind, Woodside Place of Oakmont. The goal was to enrich the lives of persons living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias by offering choice, freedom and the ability to live in the moment.  Soon after Woodside Place opened its doors, it became apparent that Woodside Place was different. Woodside is more than a “place.” Woodside is a model of care that offers each resident and their family member an experience.

The Woodside model is distinguished in its offerings because of one fact: our teams go into the world of persons living with Alzheimer’s. In addition to entering the world of the person with dementia and supporting them in their reality, the Woodside model is leading the way in many areas:  

  • Physical environment: the Woodside model features a continuous floor plan so that residents may walk freely without feeling as if they are confined. The décor is intentional—each has a distinct color and quilt display so residents can easily identify where they live via these visual cues. The community is secure, but offer lots of natural light and easy access to a secure outside area offering a continuous walkway that makes return to home easy and stress-free.
  • Person-centered programming: 24-hour programming and care systems are individualize, allowing team members to support residents in their reality. Montessori programming techniques are utilized to stimulate mental and physical activity and help each resident regain a sense of purpose. Adaptive technology is also used, such as It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L), which engages residents with integrated features that connect them to people and content. Through the Music and Memory program, we provide personalized playlists on iPods, which help to rekindle positive memories and minimize anxiety and challenging behaviors. Other non-invasive technology (no disruptive alarms or bells) is used to mitigate resident falls by providing real-time data about resident activities.
  • Expertise of the team: Each employee at every level of our organization is certified through the National Alzheimer’s Association. Woodside team members receive even more hours of specialized training. Additionally, more than 70 team members share their expertise as certified dementia care practitioners.

These three elements add up to the Woodside Difference: a groundbreaking social model of dementia care that has set the standard, providing flexibility and a level of individualization to care and services.

The Woodside model of care has been replicated more than 100 times world-wide. To learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia-specific care and service options at Presbyterian SeniorCare Network, please visit www.SrCare.org.

Presbyterian SeniorCare Network is expanding our footprint in Washington County by building Woodside Place of Washington. Woodside Place of Washington will open in 2019 as a split-level, two-story building with 36 resident rooms and a space for Adult Day services. For additional information on Woodside Place of Washington, visit www.SrCare.org/woodsideplaceofwashington.

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