Through Sandra O’Connell’s work as executive director of The Auberge at Peoria – A Memory Care Community, she is certain of one thing: everybody — no matter their stage in life or level of cognition — has something to contribute.
“We do not separate our residents by ability, so it is very common to see someone who is higher functioning sitting next to and working on a project with someone with higher needs,” she said.
The Auberge at Peoria – A Memory Care Community features 88 comfortable suites for its residents.
The facility offers a continuum of care to all residents so they will not have to move to another part of it if their level of cognition declines, O’Connell said.
“This truly can be their forever home,” she said.
One way that The Auberge at Peoria – A Memory Care Community is different, O’Connell said, is that it applies the Montessori techniques for life engagement.
Instead of merely offering basic activities like bingo to residents, O’Connell said The Auberge at Peoria – A Memory Care Community uses the SPARK program that focuses on community contribution, inclusion and belonging, lifelong learning and purpose.
“We have a flower committee and a baking committee that bakes cookies for our local fire department and for the Alzheimer’s Walk,” she said.
“We believe that everybody has something to contribute, so we try to give them purpose-driven activities and social roles. We meet them where they are.”
Recently, residents enjoyed making homemade red wine, which they named Jacques de Auberge and then served at an event.
“A number of people who attended the community event said they would pay money for the wine at the store,” O’Connell said.
Care is available 24 hours a day, and residents enjoy a number of amenities like fine dining in a warm environment, monthly town hall meetings, quarterly family events and holiday parties.
Because wellness is an important part of daily life, O’Connell said they also offer regular exercise classes. On-site physical, occupational and speech therapy are also available.
The Auberge at Peoria – A Memory Care Community
13391 N. 94th Drive, Peoria