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The 3 Stages of Dementia

Dementia is a term used to describe a set of symptoms that interferes with the activities of daily living and includes memory loss, difficulties in thinking and behavior changes. It’s helpful to think of the progression in three stages — early, middle and the later stage, and it’s important to know that there are ways to live well at all stages.

No matter how a person’s needs change over time, good support makes a difference. With a full continuum of quality health services along with an immersive community of friends,events and experiences, residents will thrive socially, emotionally and physically at every stage. This sense of community is what makes the Vinson Hall lifestyle so welcoming.

Early Stage Symptoms of Dementia

As your care partner, the Independent Living lifestyle supports residents who wish to remain active and involved. With a full selection of services and amenities, residents can choose to attend a lecture, go on a day trip or enjoy a live concert. With maintenance-free living, household chores are replaced with fun activities and time for friends.

Independent Living services and amenities support a full and active lifestyle with:

  • Three unique dining options and special chef-prepared meals  
  • Indoor pool, therapy room, fitness center and walking paths
  • Arts and crafts studio, fireside living room and library
  • Business center with computers
  • Guest suites for visitors
  • Billiard room, common areas and Wi-Fi
  • Convenience store, beauty salon and barbershop

Middle Stage of Dementia

The Sylvestery provides 24/7 specialized care and support for middle stage dementia residents. Personal suites with private bathrooms and beautiful, light-filled common areas are designed for comfort and ease. Residents enjoy a vibrant community of friends, dedicated caregivers and personalized services.

Services, activities and amenities at The Sylvestery include:

  • Chef-prepared meals and healthy snacks
  • Personal laundry and housekeeping services
  • Personalized activities for those living with dementia
  • Beauty and barbershop services
  • Scheduled outings and transportation to appointments
  • 24/7 care and support by a dedicated team

Later Stage of Dementia

With the right support in place, people living with dementia at this later stage can enjoy quality of life as more serious challenges and difficulties arise. Our specialized memory care and skilled nursing teams are available 24/7 and provide peace of mind, security and assistance for patients and their families.

Care, support and comfort in later stage dementia may include:

  • Assistance with social engagement
  • Medication management
  • Positivity and encouragement
  • Stable routine, regular bathing and nutritious meals
  • Clean, safe and comfortable environment
  • Assistance with bathing, dressing, dining, and personal care
  • Beauty and barbershop services

If you’re interested in learning more about how we accommodate a resident’s changing needs with a full continuum of care, please call us at 703-536-4344; or fill out this form on our homepage, and we’ll get back to you with the information you need.

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