Ruth’s Way: Memory Support at Jordan River
Every aspect of Ruth’s Way has been custom-designed specifically to enhance the day-to-day living experience for our wonderful residents.
Just as we have in other areas of The Farms, we have gone far above and beyond the expected to create a memory support experience that is absolutely unmatched by any existing service. Our team of experts refined every aspect of the design of the residence, from the overall layout, to the selection of materials, to the location of outlets and how lighting is managed. We did this for a simple but important reason: to ensure that every aspect of the residence, both major items and small details, come together to enhance the day-to-day lives of our residents
We all value our independence. For memory support residents, however, our goal is always to encourage independence in a way that also reduces stress. For example, the interior walking loop encourages movement and exercise. Square dining tables encourage social interaction while maintaining a sense of personal space. And at each resident’s suite, a secure memory box allows the residents to personalize their space, encourages reminiscing with friends, and helps them more easily identify their own home.
Welcoming. Reassuring. Comforting. Just ask Harvey Kennedy.
After researching multiple continuing care retirement communities, Harvey and Sandy Kennedy chose to move to a townhome at The Farms at Bailey Station in July 2021. “We liked the vibe of this place. Everyone here was so friendly and welcoming, and that really appealed to us,” says Harvey. He adds, “I’m a planner by nature, and both my wife Sandy and I agreed we needed a plan in place for the future—especially if one or the both of us should need care down the road.” Little did they know they would be relying on that plan much sooner than they thought.
Not long after the Kennedys moved into their townhome, Sandy needed to transition to the Ruth’s Way Memory Support neighborhood at the Jordan River Health Campus, a part of The Farms at Bailey Station located just across the street. “My hat’s off to The Farms and Jordan River staff for guiding Sandy and I through this transition. Jordan River is very nice and really well thought out. Sandy has remained a resident of Ruth’s Way since it opened, and she is safe, secure, and well taken care of—plus, I’m close by. Given the circumstances, this was the best possible situation I could ask for,” says Harvey.
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Innovation throughout Ruth’s Way
Here are just a few of the key features of Ruth’s Way that have been carefully designed specifically for our memory support residents.
Personalized Care Plans
Our trained staff develops a personalized care plan for every resident, designed to encourage independence, personal growth, and interaction with other residents.
10′ wide corridors, a centrally-located caregiver station, and an open floor plan encourage resident movement and exploration, preserve personal space, and make it easier for our staff to see and hear the full environment.
Wall outlets are placed higher than usual to make them easier for all residents to access. Flooring and carpet are comfortable but easy to use even with assistive devices (walkers, canes, etc.). Even the signage is custom, with a larger and easier-to-read font
From our pictures along the walls that provide stimulation, prompt long-term memory, and inspire conversation, to the placement of interactive items throughout the residence, every area of Ruth’s Way is thoughtfully designed to keep residents entertained and active both physically and mentally.
Food is important at any age, both for our physical and social health. Our chef-designed meals and healthy snacks include a variety of local favorites and feature fresh ingredients throughout. Of course, special dietary needs are always addressed.
Open Design with Discrete Activity Areas
While the open design promotes physical movement and helps eliminate barriers that can be frustrating, it’s still important to have delineated areas that encourage small-group discussion, game-playing, etc. These gathering spaces allow for more comfortable interaction while remaining open to caregivers and staff.
Seating, Tables, Handrails and More
Community seating has been tested for seat depth, armrest design and height, and ease of use on approach and exit. Handrails in residence care areas were designed by an occupational therapy team and feature a universal grip for adaptive needs such as Osteoarthritis. We have thought through even the smallest of details to ensure every aspect of Ruth’s Way is optimized for the physical and mental needs of our residents.
Ruth’s Way Courtyard
The residence offers a beautiful, secure outdoor space with a resident garden, all easily accessible from the main activity area.
Spa and Hair Salon
We all want to be pampered. Our Rane tub, which raises to a semi-sitting position to make it easier for entrance/exit, allows all of our residents to enjoy a nice warm bath. And to complete the experience, the on-site hair salon is right nearby in the East corridor.