Experience the Warmth of Valentine’s Day at Park’s Place Memory Care

This Valentine’s Day at Park’s Place Memory Care, we celebrated the bonds of community and affection with a series of engaging activities tailored for our residents and their families. Our event showcased the unique approach Park’s Place takes in enhancing the health and well-being of its residents through music, art, and culinary delights, all within our beautifully designed facility with an open floor plan that encourages interaction and a sense of freedom.

Live Music and Engagement

Recognizing the importance of music in stimulating memories and fostering social connections, we hosted a live music session featuring timeless love songs. This event was not just entertainment; it was a therapeutic session that encouraged our residents to engage, interact, and reminisce, showcasing the holistic care approach at Park’s Place.

Creative Expressions and Culinary Joy

Valentine’s Day at Park’s Place was sweetened by the creativity and culinary skills of our community. With homemade cupcakes and various art projects, we provided opportunities for our residents to express their creativity and enjoy delicious treats. These activities are more than just fun; they’re integral to our residents’ cognitive stimulation and emotional well-being.

Building Connections in a Supportive Environment

At Park’s Place Memory Care, we believe in the power of connection. Valentine’s Day reinforced our commitment to creating a supportive and engaging environment for our residents and their families. Our staff, known for their compassionate care, treat every resident like family, ensuring that everyone feels included, valued, and loved.

The Benefits of a Caring and Engaged Staff

Our staff at Park’s Place are the heart of our community. Trained to provide personalized care, they ensure each resident receives the attention and support they need, embodying our ethos of treating each resident like family. This Valentine’s Day, their dedication was evident in every smile, hug, and word of encouragement, highlighting the compassionate environment we foster.

Looking Ahead with Park’s Place

Reflecting on the success of our Valentine’s Day celebration, we’re inspired to continue providing engaging and enriching experiences for our residents and their families. At Park’s Place Memory Care, we’re more than just a care facility; we’re a community that celebrates life, nurtures connections, and provides comprehensive care every day.

Join us at Park’s Place, where you’ll find a vibrant community dedicated to enhancing the lives of its residents through thoughtful care, engaging activities, and a supportive environment. Discover the difference of living in a place that truly feels like home.

A Heartfelt Tribute to Gerald “Jerry” W. Parks from the Staff at Park’s Place

Jerry Parks

Dear Park’s Place Community,

As the staff of Park’s Place, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gerald “Jerry” W. Parks, a cherished member of our family here. Jerry, who passed away on January 19, 2024, was much more than a resident to us; he was an integral part of our community, embodying courage and resilience in his battle with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

As the staff of Park’s Place, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gerald “Jerry” W. Parks, a cherished member of our family here. Jerry, who passed away on January 19, 2024, was much more than a resident to us; he was an integral part of our community, embodying courage and resilience in his battle with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

Jerry’s journey was a poignant reminder of the strength and grace one can display in the face of such a challenging condition. His indomitable spirit, his warmth, and his ability to find joy in the smallest moments were sources of inspiration for us all. Each day, Jerry showed us what it means to live life with purpose and positivity, despite the odds.

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Jerry’s wife, Karen Parks, and their children, who have shown immense strength and love throughout his journey. Karen’s unwavering support and dedication to Jerry’s well-being have left a profound impact on our community. Their family’s journey has not only been a testament to their love but also a powerful narrative that has raised awareness about the realities of living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

As a community dedicated to providing compassionate care, we were honored to be a part of Jerry’s life. His story and the support of his family have reinforced the importance of personalized care, understanding, and empathy in our work. Jerry’s legacy will continue to guide and inspire us in our commitment to our residents and their families.

We invite you to join us in commemorating Jerry’s remarkable life. A visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on February 1, 2024, at Kozlak-Radulovich Chapel, and the funeral service will take place at 11 am on February 2, 2024, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. To honor Jerry’s legacy, contributions can be made to the Gerald W. Parks Memorial Fund, which supports Alzheimer’s-related organizations.

In Jerry’s memory, we stand together in our ongoing commitment to Alzheimer’s awareness and research, striving towards a future filled with hope and dignity for those on this journey.

With deepest respect and remembrance,

The Staff at Park’s Place

Celebrating the Holidays with Dementia: A Guide from Park’s Place Memory Care

Discover practical tips for celebrating the holidays with loved ones who have dementia. Learn from Park’s Place Memory Care how to make these moments joyful and comfortable.

Introduction

The holiday season is a time of joy, warmth, and family gatherings. However, for families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, it can also bring unique challenges. At Park’s Place Memory Care, we understand these challenges and are here to offer guidance and support to make your holiday celebrations as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Understanding the Needs of Individuals with Dementia During Holidays

Dementia can significantly impact how a person experiences the holidays. The hustle and bustle, while festive, can be overwhelming. It’s crucial to adjust your expectations and create a dementia-friendly environment. This includes keeping routines as regular as possible and minimizing overly stimulating activities.

Practical Tips for Visits and Outings

When planning visits or outings, consider the best time of day for your loved one. Smaller, quieter gatherings are often more enjoyable than large, noisy parties. Keep activities simple and familiar, like looking through old photo albums or listening to favorite music. Our team at Park’s Place Memory Care can offer personalized advice for your specific situation.

Recognizing Signs of Stress and Overload

It’s important to watch for signs of stress in your loved one, such as agitation or confusion. If these occur, provide a quiet space for them to relax. Remember, it’s okay to take a break and step away from festivities to ensure their comfort.

Engaging Activities for the Holiday Season

Engaging in simple activities can make the holidays special. Consider crafts that evoke memories, like decorating a family photo frame. Music is also a wonderful way to connect, as it can trigger happy memories and emotions. These activities align with the care approach at Park’s Place, where we focus on creating meaningful experiences for our residents.

The Role of Park’s Place Memory Care

At Park’s Place Memory Care, we specialize in providing compassionate, personalized care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our experienced staff are trained to understand the unique needs of our residents, making us an ideal partner in your caregiving journey. We invite you to contact us for more information or to schedule a visit to see how we can help make your holidays, and every day, better.

Conclusion

While the holidays can be challenging for those caring for loved ones with dementia, with understanding and patience, they can also be a time of joy and nostalgia. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. Park’s Place Memory Care is here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that the holiday season is enjoyable for everyone.

Celebrating Four Years of Excellence: The Park’s Place Fall Festival

Park’s Place Memory Care in Plymouth, MN, recently marked its 4th anniversary with a heartwarming Fall Festival. For those who couldn’t attend, we’ve got a delightful recap, and for those who did – let’s relive the moments!

Kicking off with the weather, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day in Plymouth, MN. The sun was shining, the leaves were a perfect palette of autumn colors, and the atmosphere was just right for a celebration among friends and family.

One of the biggest hits of the day? The live brass band! Their energy was contagious, and they played tunes that had everyone swaying, dancing, or tapping their feet. It was heartwarming to see our residents light up with joy and music filling the air.

Now, let’s talk about the food because, wow, did Chef Garrett outdo himself! He served up a variety of homemade delights that were the talk of the event. It was just the type of amazing, from scratch made food that is a staple at Park’s Place.

We also made sure there was something for everyone with activities that catered to all ages and abilities. It was important to us that every family member – whether young, old, or somewhere in-between – found a way to connect and enjoy the day. By the number of smiles we saw, it’s safe to say it was a success!

As we look back, what stands out the most is the sense of community. It wasn’t just about throwing a fun fall party. It was about giving our residents and their families a space to enjoy each other’s company in a comfortable, joyful environment.

More Than Just Memory Care

The core of our celebration wasn’t just about the festivities. It was a testament to what we’ve built over the past four years – a strong sense of community. Park’s Place isn’t merely a memory care facility; it’s a haven where residents and their families create cherished memories.

Join the Park’s Place Community

Missed the Fall Festival? Don’t fret! We’re continually curating events that foster engagement, warmth, and happiness. Discover more about life at Park’s Place Memory Care and understand why we’re the preferred choice for many.

Artistic Expression at Parks’ Place Memory Care

At Parks’ Place Memory Care, our mission is to continually introduce innovative therapies that uplift and engage our residents. We’re thrilled to announce our collaboration with Art 4 All, LLC, bringing the transformative power of art therapy to our community.

Art 4 All Enriches Parks’ Place

Our residents have been deeply immersed in the world of art, thanks to Larry J. Homan’s specialized 1:1 painting sessions. The canvas becomes a space of expression and joy, with each brushstroke telling a unique story. The sessions have been a resounding success, with residents showcasing their creativity and experiencing the therapeutic benefits of artistic expression.

The Therapeutic Power of Art in Memory Care

Art therapy goes beyond the canvas; it’s a holistic approach that has been shown to enhance cognitive function, emotional well-being, and self-esteem. Engaging in art can alleviate feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression, challenges often faced by those with memory-related conditions.

At Parks’ Place, our commitment is to offer a diverse spectrum of therapeutic activities. Our partnership with Art 4 All, LLC exemplifies our dedication to integrating unique and impactful therapies into our memory care program.

Parks’ Place: Pioneering in Memory Care

Our collaboration with Art 4 All, LLC is a testament to our ongoing efforts to foster a dynamic, nurturing environment for our residents. We’re unwavering in our quest to discover and implement groundbreaking therapies that enhance the lives of those in our care.

Become Part of Our Thriving Senior Living Community

If you’re keen to explore more about Parks’ Place and our dedication to creating a stimulating, enriching environment for our residents, we invite you to connect with us. We take immense pride in our vibrant senior living community and the avant-garde memory care services we provide.

At Parks’ Place, we champion joy, connection, and holistic well-being. Sometimes, it’s manifested through the gentle strokes of a paintbrush on canvas.

Community Leaders Join Us for Lunch at Parks’ Place Memory Care

At Parks’ Place Memory Care, we believe in the power of community. We recently had the distinct honor of hosting a group of esteemed community leaders for a special luncheon at our facility. This event was about sharing a meal, opening our doors and fostering connections with the community we proudly serve.

Among the distinguished guests were the Plymouth Chief of Police, Eric Fadden, and the former Mayor, now a dedicated Met Council member, Judy Johnson. They, along with ten other influential business leaders, graced our dining hall, making the event truly memorable.

Our very own Chef Garrett outdid himself, preparing a lunch that was both delicious and visually appealing. The meal was a great example of the high standards and quality food we serve every day at Parks’ Place.  We take pride not just in our care but in every aspect of our residents’ experience.

The highlight of the luncheon was a heartfelt presentation by Karen Parks. She shared the mission and vision of Parks’ Place, providing our guests with a deeper understanding of our commitment to excellence in memory care. It was an opportunity for our guests to hear about our dedication to providing a nurturing environment for our residents and the passion that drives our team.

Our attendees didn’t just hear about our values; they witnessed them. They saw firsthand the love, care, and dedication our staff bring to Parks’ Place every single day. It was a vivid demonstration of our ethos in action, and we hope it left a lasting impression on our esteemed guests. It was a testament to our reputation as a leading memory care facility in Plymouth, Minnesota.

In conclusion, we are grateful for the opportunity to connect with community leaders and share the Parks’ Place story. We remain committed to being an integral part of the community, and we look forward to more such engagements in the future.

Llamas Visit Parks Place Memory Care: A Unique Animal Therapy Experience

At Parks Place Memory Care, we’re always looking for innovative ways to enhance the lives of our residents. Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting a group of friendly llamas, providing a unique animal therapy experience that brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

Llamas Bring Joy to Parks Place

Our residents had a fantastic time interacting with these gentle creatures. They were able to pet, feed, and simply enjoy the company of the llamas, creating a day filled with joy and laughter. The event was a hit, with residents’ faces lighting up – a testament to the therapeutic power of animal interactions in senior living communities.

The Therapeutic Benefits of Animal Interactions in Memory Care

Animal therapy is more than just a fun activity. It’s a form of holistic therapy that can significantly improve mental and emotional well-being. Studies have shown that interacting with animals can reduce feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness, which are common in individuals living with memory-related conditions.

At Parks Place, we’re committed to providing our residents with a diverse range of therapeutic activities. The llama visit was a perfect example of how we incorporate unique, effective therapies into our memory care program.

Parks Place: Committed to Innovative Memory Care

The llama visit is just one of the many ways we strive to create a dynamic, supportive environment for our residents. We’re dedicated to exploring and implementing innovative therapies and activities that contribute to the overall well-being of our residents.

Join Our Vibrant Senior Living Community

If you’re interested in learning more about Parks Place and our commitment to providing a rich, engaging environment for our residents, we’d love to hear from you. We’re proud of our vibrant senior living community and the innovative memory care services we offer.

Remember, at Parks Place, we believe in the power of joy, connection, and well-being, and sometimes, they come in the form of a friendly llama visit!

Celebrating Father’s Day at Parks Place Memory Care: A Heartwarming Event



Introduction:

At Parks Place Memory Care, we honor and celebrate the extraordinary men and fathers who have touched our lives. On June 16th, we hosted a special event, “Breakfast with the Guys,” to commemorate Father’s Day in a truly memorable way. Join us as we reflect on the heartwarming moments and explore how Parks Place consistently goes above and beyond to honor our residents and provide engaging activities.


Honoring Fathers and Men:

“Breakfast with the Guys” was a heartfelt tribute to our fathers and men, acknowledging their invaluable contributions and the love they bring to our lives. We believe in going the extra mile to make our residents feel cherished, and the event allowed us to express our deep appreciation for their presence in our community.

Providing Unique and Engaging Activities:

At Parks Place Memory Care, we strive to create a vibrant and engaging environment for our residents. “Breakfast with the Guys” was just one example of the many special activities we organize throughout the year. From themed parties and creative workshops to family carnivals and personalized experiences, we are dedicated to providing unique opportunities that bring joy and fulfillment to our residents’ lives.

The Power of Meaningful Connections:

“Breakfast with the Guys” showcased the power of connections and the strong sense of community at Parks Place. It was a moment for our residents, staff, and the Plymouth First Responders to come together and forge new bonds. Stories were shared, creating an atmosphere of warmth, gratitude, and togetherness.

Conclusion:

“Breakfast with the Guys” was a heartwarming event that celebrated the cherished fathers and men at Parks Place Memory Care. With a delicious spread of pancakes and bacon, we delighted in the simple joys of shared meals and meaningful conversations. This event exemplified our commitment to honoring our residents and providing engaging activities that enhance their overall well-being.

At Parks Place Memory Care, we continue to seek out opportunities to create unique experiences and foster connections among our residents and the wider community. Through our dedication and personalized approach to memory care, we strive to make each day special and meaningful.

Join us in celebrating fatherhood and the incredible men in our lives. To learn more about our personalized memory care services and the engaging activities we offer, please visit our website. Be a part of our community where love, respect, and cherished memories thrive.


Discover the exceptional care and engaging activities at Parks Place Memory Care. Visit our website today to learn more about our personalized memory care services and how we honor and celebrate the remarkable individuals in our community.

Celebrating the Summer Solstice with a Memorable Carnival at Parks Place Memory Care

The summer solstice carnival at Parks Place Memory Care was truly a night to remember! I had the pleasure of attending this wonderful event, and I have to say I was blown away by the joy and laughter that filled the air.

Delicious Treats: Our culinary team served up tasty treats, including corn dogs and various snacks and beverages. The blue raspberry snow cone was a crowd favorite, providing a refreshing and sweet dessert option.

Balloons, Caricatures, and Fun: A talented balloon artist delighted guests with their creative balloon twisting, making a variety of shapes such as flowers, puppies, and more. Our caricature artist captured the unique characteristics of each person in their drawings, providing a personalized keepsake. Due to popular demand, we plan to invite the artist back for future events.

Games, Prizes, and Rubber Duckies: Guests and residents enjoyed the friendly competition at our carnival games, including Plinko, flick the Chicken, and a rubber duckie matching game. Winners received exciting prizes, adding to the fun and excitement.

Temporary Tattoos and Expressive Art: Our dedicated volunteer offered a selection of temporary tattoos, allowing residents and guests to express themselves with colorful designs. From unicorns and dinosaurs to Marvel characters and flowers, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Melodies and Music: The duo Amy and Adams provided live music, creating a pleasant atmosphere and enhancing the overall enjoyment of the event.

A Night to Remember: The summer solstice carnival was a resounding success, thanks to the efforts of our dedicated staff and the enthusiastic participation of our residents, families, and friends. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who made this event truly special.

At Parks Place Memory Care, we continuously strive to create engaging and memorable experiences for our residents. Our goal is to bring joy, connection, and lasting memories to their lives. We invite you to join us for future events as we prioritize the well-being and happiness of our residents.

Thank you to all who contributed to the success of the summer solstice carnival. We look forward to creating more treasured moments together!

Discover the vibrant events at Parks Place Memory Care. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment to providing exceptional care and creating joyful experiences for our residents and their families.

Taking Away the Car Keys

Taking away the car keys is no simple task.  It is much more than operating a machine, there are many emotions tied to driving a vehicle.  Think back to when you got your driver’s license, and the feelings of independence and freedom that came with it.  Getting your driver’s license was one of the steps towards adulthood.  Now, imagine what it would feel like to have your license or the car keys taken away.  It could be utter devastation, even when necessary. 

Driving a vehicle is a complex task, your hands and feet need to operate quickly to push the appropriate pedal, turn the correct direction, use the correct lever, push the correct button, etc.  In addition, you need to know where to go and respond to what is happening around you.  As cognition declines, these tasks (which have become automatic) become increasingly difficult and can become dangerous for the driver and others on the road.  The driver may or may not recognize that he or she is not driving safely.  Some people voluntarily will give up the keys, others will not.  Family members and caregivers need to be diligent in their observation of their loved one’s driving ability.  And when the time comes, approach their loved one with compassion, kindness, and creativity.

Parks’ Place Memory Care is a privately owned assisted living home, specialized and specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Our home is for people of any stage of dementia so they are able to age-in-place in their home.  For tours, general information, or admission inquiry, please contact Kaitlin Kelly at 763-710-8484.