Let us welcome you home to North Star, the Memory Care program at Aster Gardens. North Star is a world-class, person-centred program designed to support you in living your best life.
Memory Care is a form of specialized care that caters to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, other related dementias, and other memory concerns. It draws on our own experience, clinical best practices, and evidence-informed research. This program inspired the development of our Memory Care Neighbourhoods, which provide 24-hour supervised attention, care, and support in an intentionally designed, home-style space.
Driven by passion, knowledge, experience, research, and partnerships, we created the North Star Memory Care and Brain Health Programs at Aster Gardens with you in mind. Our goal is to provide the highest possible quality of life to people with memory concerns through providing care enriched with love, respect, and trust in a safe and comfortable environment.
This vision has been fueled by our own personal and professional experience providing supportive living services and residential mental health services, combined with clinical best practices, evidence-informed research, and key partnerships. These partners include the University of Alberta’s Dr. Adrian Wagg, the University of Manitoba’s Dr. Zahra Moussavi, Personalized Dementia Solution’s Karen Tyrell, Grier Dementia Training’s Kim Grier, and many others. We partnered with the University of Alberta to build a best-in-class Memory Care model we call the North Star Memory Care Program. Our knowledge partnership with the University of Manitoba gives us access to their best-in-class technology to create and test app technology to see if brain health disease can be delayed or deferred in a live incubation environment. We have also created partnerships with colleges to support programs, including the healthcare assistant program and the supportive care assistant program. Both of these programs allow us to inspire and empower a new generation of students to engage in seniors’ housing and care.
On behalf of the entire Optima Living family, a special thanks to our many partners who contributed to the realization of this dream. Our vision of world-class North Star Memory Care and Brain Health, where every person can live their best life, would not be possible without their generous collaboration and support. These partnerships help us be able to deliver on our promise of Let us welcome you home.
Person-centred care is more than just words – it is a lived experience. It is based on values, compassion, empathy, respect, love, and dignity, and its essence is woven into each of the four pillars of the Optima Living Memory Care Program. Person-centred care has driven the development of this program, from the physical design of our space to our care partner training and the various offerings we provide to residents at Aster Gardens. We will support you through an individualized approach in which you will have a say in each decision regarding your care. We want to know your story, who you are, what you like, what you hope for, and how you want to live.