MorningStar at Arcadia: The Best Assisted Living Phoenix AZ Has to Offer
“We have been treated wonderfully here at MorningStar at Arcadia, the staff giving us great respect and friendly courtesy.” (Resident)
Graciously Appointed Senior Spaces
In January 2014, we completed the transformation of an existing four-story super-structure into a gorgeous Phoenix assisted living community designed by the award-winning Phoenix firm of Thoma-Holec Design. Recently, Thoma-Holec Design, swept the Senior Living Category at the national 2014 ASID Design for Excellence Awards, winning the first Place Award for MorningStar at Arcadia. Read more – Click Here
Dedicated to making your retirement years carefree, MorningStar at Arcadia offers 80 assisted living suites on three levels, with spacious studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom floor plans (including penthouse suites). Within our Reflections Neighborhood on the second floor, we offer 30 suites devoted to the individualized, specialized care of residents with memory impairment from Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia.
In January 2014, MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Arcadia proudly opened its doors in the time-honored Arcadia neighborhood. Later in the year, the nationally reputed Phoenix firm of Thoma-Holec Design swept the Senior Living Category at the National 2014 ASID Design for Excellence Awards, winning First Place for the gorgeous, contemporary décor that makes MorningStar at Arcadia so remarkable.
In contrast to other senior assisted living facilities, MorningStar’s exceptional architecture and design will impress you from the first. Our graciously-appointed spaces are extensions of your private suite, beautiful and ready to receive your callers any day of the week.
To be candid, Dorset* was a source of unabated conflict since joining our Reflections neighborhood, the direct result of his advanced dementia. Victimized by the disease, he was wandering, falling, combative, not eating, refusing medications, and generally pulling the place apart—all without the ability to verbalize his needs or feelings. Declining rapidly, Dorset was put on hospice care.
While challenged in every regard by his behavior and mystified by how best to help, our amazing care team (with one voice) resolved not to give up. They also resolved not to fear his aberrant behavior (which, in itself, can be a formidable challenge in memory care). And that’s where the magic began.
Because of the constancy of our touch and abiding concern, because we chose to draw near even in his most agitated states, because we repeatedly reminded him he is loved, Dorset has gained over 20 lbs and his falls have decreased dramatically. Today he is a delightful company…smiling and having a wonderful time with his extended family and fellow residents. And, in glowing tribute to the power of love, he has graduated from hospice care.
At MorningStar, we call this A Radiant Moment.
*Name changed to protect privacy
MorningStar’s Phoenix Assisted Living Community Offers the Lifestyle You Deserve
• Three meals daily prepared by an Executive Chef
• Dining Room with restaurant-style service
• Private Dining Room (for intimate dinners)
• Theatre (including Wii)
• Library (including a computer and newspapers)
• General Store (featuring sundry items for daily living)
• Salon (for hairstyling, manicures and pedicures)
• Fitness Room
• Spa Bath
• Massage Room
• Tropical Aquarium
• Life Enrichment Room
• Fireside Courtyard (with fountain)
• Two Enclosed Patios for Memory Care
• Wellness Programs & Activities
• 24-hour Care Staff
• Our assisted living Phoenix community also has a Full-time Licensed Nurse
• Scheduled Transportation
Yet the feature we brag about the most, the one that attracts the most attention, is our atmosphere of love, of community, built one loving relationship at a time. By this, we can—and do—offer the very best in senior assisted living, memory care and respite care.
Our entire staff is engaged in finding ways to build that spirit of community. Even for respite care residents (here for a short recuperative stay), there’s the promise of new friendships. And for the most tender among us, our memory care residents, each day presents opportunity to stimulate the brain and find moments of spontaneous joy.
MorningStar at Arcadia is conveniently located in the heart of the Valley, adjacent to the popular neighborhoods of Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Please drop in or give us a call at 480.300.4700 to schedule a tour of our assisted living facility. We certainly hope you like what you see in our gracious home.
Holistic Approach to Dementia Care
Hope is what we all crave, what we cling to. So hope is what we deliver at MorningStar. For the memory-impaired, hope comes wrapped in intentionality and creativity.
“Dementia is such a scary road for families, especially when they don’t understand the disease, says Teresa Jones, Wellness Director, MorningStar at Arcadia. “All they do know is that it’s turned their parent or spouse into someone else.”
“Central to my responsibility (and joy) at MorningStar is caring for the family members. My door is always open to them, day or night. When they come into my office, everything else stops. ‘How are you feeling after today’s visit? Was it a good moment, a bad one?’ I want to be there to comfort and advise.”
For dementia sufferers themselves life becomes a purple world, an alternative reality. The best way to reach them is to “get purple” too, go where they are in their thoughts and meet them there. “I just got back from London,” one resident might say. And we respond, “How was your trip? What did you do? Glad you’re back home.” Or in a more agitated vein, “I want to go home. I have to get home.” Our response: “Tell me about your home; what’s it like? Why do you love it so?”
“Dementia introduces a crazy rhythm and reason,” Teresa explains. “It’s our job to study each resident’s history and personality, and figure out what each behavior is trying to communicate.Read more...
Adverse behaviors are often side effects from antipsychotic drugs. Teresa stresses, “As a staunch advocate for families, I’m going to wrack my brain and exhaust every resource before I go the pharmaceutical route. My goal as Wellness Director is to have less than 10% of my residents on any kind of drug.”
Success stories from Teresa’s chapter book speak loudest…
One of our residents is a retired captain from the Phoenix Fire Department. When he came to us, Murray*, was impulsively rising from his seat and falling often. The cause was easy to finger when we learned he was on Haldol which produces hallucinations and insomnia as it robs the appetite.
Here was another situation when an antipsychotic was prescribed not to counter psychosis, but to control some other symptom. “We begged hospice to take him off. His family was in full agreement, seeing what the drug was doing to their beloved father. It took an Act of Congress, but we were successful”.
To curb the falls, especially at high-risk times of day, we made Murray a nest in one of our common areas. Reading on the floor had always been his habit. So there he was content and comfortable, with staff and residents all around. Teresa proudly reports he hasn’t had a fall in three months. Has no skin tears. And thoroughly enjoys three meals a day.
“His wife has cried many times with joy, so appreciative is she of our intervention and love,” says Teresa. “For the first time in a long time, she’s relaxed enough to go on vacation, confident in our care. That’s the best compliment we can get.”
Another story, this one incriminating Depakote, a powerful tranquilizer: “We titrated one of our gentleman off that drug,” says Teresa, “substituting a routine he’d loved throughout his life: taking leisurely walks. Now, Barry* walks our greater neighborhood 3-4 times a day, with staff.” By this, he has come back to life: engaged all day long, serving others, tidying up, joining in.
“Our team at MorningStar at Arcadia is amazing. We’re clicking on all cylinders these days, working every day to make a difference and make a connection. It’s truly a gift and a pleasure to work in memory care.”
* Names have been changed to protect resident privacy
Michael Ibarra: A Heart that Beats for Seniors
Michael started working with seniors as a 17-year-old through his high school’s DECA program. Noticing his steadfast compassion with residents, his employer offered to pay his tuition for caregiving coursework. He joined MorningStar’s Reflections staff with a year’s experience as a caregiver for the memory impaired.
“Memory Care residents just have this natural welcoming nature to them, which I thoroughly enjoy,” he remarks. His compassion is borne, in part, from losing his own grandmother to dementia.
After four months, Michael began serving in Life Enrichment. Today he leads activities for the entire community. In this role, he can spend even more time with residents and know each one even better, which he loves.
Young as he is, Michael feels a very strong connection with seniors. “I like to make them feel important—because they are.”
MorningStar at Arcadia’s mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest” sets us apart from other senior living options. We have built a foundation on honoring God, valuing our seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Set in a warm, loving atmosphere with exceptional architecture and resort-style amenities, MorningStar at Arcadia offers our residents the best assisted living in Phoenix AZ.