Memory Care Center: The Commons

Willow Valley Communities’ Memory Care Center’s stunning entrance will draw you in. The 32,965 square-foot secure Commons building will include an array of services and amenities for Residents with dementia, their caregivers, and the greater community.

The Commons building contains an array of services and amenities, all designed to support Residents and provide as normal a life as possible. The enclosed, soaring atrium will flood the Commons with natural light, making it feel like an outdoor plaza. Greater exposure to natural light has been shown to reduce depression, lessen agitation among people with dementia, and improve workplace satisfaction.


Adult Day Center

Families will feel confident enrolling their loved one in the adult day program which provides a stimulating social environment, while giving caregivers a break. Those Residents will be able to experience all the amenities in the secure area of the Memory Care Center.

The Bistro

A bistro/restaurant will offer a pleasant, casual restaurant for  Residents and their visitors—and will also be open to all Willow Valley Communities Residents.

Brain Institute

Located near the entrance to the Memory Care Center, and just outside of the secure area, the Brain Institute will include spaces designed to preserve and enhance cognitive wellbeing. This area will offer self-assessment tools for early identification of memory impairment, brain games, virtual reality, and will highlight the latest technological advances related to memory care. 

Assessment Center

Open to the community, our clinical partner will provide assessment and treatment services for those experiencing memory loss. Neurologists, geriatricians, and neuropsychologists will help establish individualized plans that aim for early identification and treatment of neurodegenerative disease. 

Resource Center

Open to all, educational materials related to dementia, caregiving, brain health, and healthy habits for living well will be available to loan and to keep. Volunteers and clinical staff will be on-site to answer questions, provide guidance, and offer empathy.


The site’s design will allow  Residents to move freely from their household into the central courtyards and the common amenities. Those who enjoy the outdoors will be able to take in the sights, sounds, and aromas of a natural meadows, walking paths, beautiful sensory gardens, a lake and water features. Barbecue areas will allow for grilling-out and a playground for children will entice intergenerational bonding.


A greenhouse will allow for year-round gardening.  A combination of horticulture therapy and aromatherapy will help to restore a sense of tranquility.

Grocery Store

Residents can pick up a snack independently or work with a Team Member to gather ingredients for meals to be prepared in their household. A bakery and ice cream parlor will be hallmarks of the grocery store for the Residents’ enjoyment. 

Meditation Room

A meditation area is provided for Residents who desire a quiet location—possibly for  spiritual reflection or sensory stimulation. For groups, this area may offer chair yoga or tai-chi classes, or music therapy. 

Dance & Fitness Studio

The exponential benefits of combining music and movement will bring joy to Residents while increasing cognitive functioning, improving strength and balance.

Therapy Suite

Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists will be on-site to ensure that Residents have access to the tools and assistance they need in order to enjoy life at their highest level of functioning.

Performance Stage

An open stage in the atrium will provide a space where entertainers, presenters, concerts, and various larger group activities can be enjoyed. A true destination for community engagement. Residents passing by as they navigate the infinity walking loop will become naturally intrigued and engaged. 

Team Member Rejuvenation

Working with memory-impaired individuals can be challenging. A dedicated Team Member renewal area will offer staff a soothing environment in which to get away for a bit, relax, recharge, and avoid burnout.

Brain Café

Open to visitors from the community, a la carte items available for purchase at The Brain Cafe will provide delicious and nutritious foods to support optimal brain performance for all while providing education about the benefits of key ingredients. 

Salon and Spa

A salon and spa offers normal hair care along with more specialized spa services like massages, facials, and nail care.

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