Our Care Neighborhood
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the environment, our neighborhood is comprised of single story, cottage style homes located on a quiet cul du sac nestled in the rolling hills of Santa Ynez Valley, providing Assisted Living Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Caregiver Support Services, Life Enrichment Day Program and Overnight Respite Care.
Eden Alternative Philosophy of Care
We have chosen to be part of the Eden Alternative Registry as it honors our mission to transform institutionalized senior care into warm and loving homes.
What you will see and feel at Friendship House
…the absence of long corridors, closed doors, elevators and stairs
…small cottage type homes each with cozy common areas for social and life enrichment activities
…gardens, walking paths, flowers, birds, pets, and in the background the faint sound of children at play
…residents are engaged with purposeful activities which are failure free and person centered
…friendships between care partners and residents
…continuity of resident care and compassionate staff
…wellness programs and health monitoring by licensed R.N and L.V.N.
We provide Person Centered Care
Our staff has many years of experience in Alzheimer’s and dementia care and we provide continuity of care by having the same care partner’s care for the same residents daily. We place a premium on active listening and observing so we can adapt to each resident’s changing needs, this keeps each person at the center of our care planning, taking into account their unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs.
Our enrichment activity program is designed to provide “failure free” activities according to the ability of each resident. Our small homes enable our staff to create individual programs for each resident.
A place like home
Five cottages provide home to 40 residents. We’ve taken great care in making our homes feel like “their home.” Each home has been newly decorated and features a cozy common area for social and life enrichment activities. Residents enjoy their own bedroom, many with private bath. Companion Suites are also available. We encourage decorating their new home with some familiar things-family photos, artwork or a favorite piece of furniture.
Our Life Enrichment Day Program
Adult Day Care helps seniors to continue living at home with their loved ones by providing a safe, supervised place during the day. By ensuring every participant is in a nurturing environment, our program allows caregivers to work without the stress of having to worry about their family member. Individuals in the program participate in cognitively stimulating activities to keep them as active and engaged as possible. Our program includes a variety of social and recreation opportunities, meals, transportation and bathing/grooming services. Open Monday-Friday 7am-7pm and Saturdays 9am-5pm.
Over Night Respite
Everyone needs a break. Respite care provides caregivers a temporary rest from caregiving, while the person with Alzheimer’s continues to receive care in a safe environment. Using respite services can support and strengthen your ability to be a caregiver. We offer the option for a stay overnight, for a few days or a few weeks. Overnight care allows caregivers to take an extended break or vacation while the person with dementia stays in a supervised, safe environment.
Services and Amenities
- Trained caregivers specializing in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care
- 24 hour supervision and assistance
- Assistance and supervision with all activities of daily living- bathing, dressing, and grooming
- Wellness program with nurse oversite
- Medication management
- Transportation to medical appointments
- Nutritionally balanced family style dining, special diets plans, times of meals can be tailored individually
- Linen, laundry and housekeeping
- Activity programs, social events and outings
- Family Engagement Program
- Group activities appropriate for memory impaired seniors
- Full service beauty salon and barber shop
- Spa manicures and pedicures available
- Beautifully landscaped neighborhood with meandering walking paths and garden sitting areas
- Wanderguard security system for exit control
- Fully enclosed gated and secure neighborhood