There is a feeling of comfort in strolling down a Main Street. It can be anywhere in the United States – the heart of the Midwest, deep in the South, in a picturesque New England town or even in a small city on the wide open range. The feeling is nostalgic, and it brings back sweet memories.
It is that community feeling that Oaks at Chanticleer has mimicked for their Alzheimer’s and dementia residents. With their very own Main Street, residents can window shop the local “Barbara’s Boutique” and, of course, browse the latest fashions. They can see a movie in the local movie theater; stop for a creamy, cold treat in the old-fashioned ice cream parlor; and visit the community art studio or play one of various neighborhood pianos. The ladies can spend a little or a lot of time getting spruced up at the hair salon.
Residents get together for walking, chair aerobics, dog therapy, Bible study, ice cream socials, happy hour and enrichment hour, which includes retaining math, reading and writing skills.
Community Relations Director Gaalon Lukie added that the residents love to play bingo and indoor putt-putt, and of course, enjoy the weather in one of the various outdoor courtyards.
Lukie said, “Our Montessori lifestyle allows our residents to feel as if they are walking through downtown. They can visit their neighbors as they peruse the community.”
Oaks at Chanticleer is located on Berkmans Lane in Greenville, near Greenville Memorial Hospital. Residents are safe and the highly trained and experienced staff treat them like family.
“Our CNAs are trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Their training ranges from behaviors to diets to even activities. This way, our staff can interact with our residents in every way possible and make them feel understood and happy,” Lukie said. “Oaks at Chanticleer is a complete memory care community committed to serving with faith, knowledge, compassion and love.”
For more information on Oaks at Chanticleer, call 864-657-4473.
By Theresa Stratford