Memory care communities which have received, or are in the process of earning, a Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Credential have demonstrated that their management and staff members have made a commitment to be the best they can be when serving persons with dementia. These communities represent the cutting edge in memory care.
Frontier Management

Memory care has a special meaning for Frontier Management. They understand how dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease or other related forms of dementia may be very distressing. Frontier communities are specifically designed to nurture activity, exercise, dining and restful opportunities as well as engaging and purpose filled activities that stimulate personal abilities. Residents are encouraged to do what they are able, historical knowledge is celebrated and acknowledged and new abilities are recognized and utilized.

gold level credential

Aspen Ridge
Bend, OR

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2019 Top-Rated Senior Care in Oregon by SeniorAdvisor.com (Aspen Ridge Memory Care)

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2019 Top Assisted Living Facility in Oregon by
Assisted Living Today (Aspen Ridge Memory Care)

Goodman Group logo

The Goodman Group is one of the most respected names in senior living and health care communities nationwide, and defined by the exceptional lifestyles, care and services provided at its managed communities. Their Pearls of Life program recognizes the value of each individual and helps residents live dignified, well-rounded lives, discovering the treasures, or pearls, within. Staff at Goodman Group communities deliver on the promise that each residents will have the opportunity to lead a purposeful life.

gold level credential

Regal Palms
Largo, FL

silver level credential medal

The Residence at Timber Pines
Spring Hill, FL

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2019 Pioneer Network’s Community Commitment Award (Regal Palms)

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2019 Quality Improvement and Health Outcome Award from American Medical Directors’ Association / The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (Residence at Timber Pines)

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2019 Bronze Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (Residence at Timber Pines)

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2018 Bronze Award in the Marketing category of the Senior Living track for the McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards (Regal Palms)

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2018 Bronze Award in the Marketing category of the Senior Living track for the McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards (Residence at Timber Pines)

Windsong logo

Montessori based dementia care is the signature method that the WindSong Communities have chosen to use when caring for seniors with Alzheimer’s and age-related dementias. Activities and everyday interactions are utilized as a means to reconnect to persons with dementia who may seem unreachable. Their vision for every resident of the WindSong Memory Care Communities is a sense of purpose, independence and comfort.

gold level credential

Windsong at Eola Hills Memory Care
Salem, OR

silver level credential medal

Windsong at Northridge
Greeley, CO

award2017 Innovative Program & Improvement Award by Oregon Health Care Association (Windsong at Eola Hills)

Sundance Memory Care logo

Sundance Memory Care has found that Montessori learning techniques are proven to work brilliantly for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The philosophy calls for a person-centered, educational approach, which includes empowering independence and hands-on activities. We are committed to affirming purpose and exceeding industry standards by creating a community in which residents are independent, encouraged to make their own choices and treated with respect, dignity, and equality.

gold level credential

Sundance Memory Care at Brushy Creek
Cedar Park, TX

Featuring all the comforts of home, Rowntree Gardens offers a close-knit community where friendships are formed, people care for each other with compassion and devotion, and every life is cherished. Gardens Memory Care provides compassionate and expert care in a safe, secure and peaceful garden setting.

bronze level credential medal

Rowntree Gardens
Stanton, CA

Jennings' logo

Rooted in Catholic values, Jennings celebrates and nurtures individuals as they age, through exceptional choices and continuous innovation. Grounded in the belief that every individual deserves to live in an environment he or she can call home, Jennings offers choices in a continuum of residences and services that support the freedom of independent living through the comfort of long-term nursing care. Bringing the outside in, the familiar combination of neighborhood and home is evident in the daily sights and sounds of a community that knows no boundaries.

bronze level credential medal

Notre Dame Village
Chardon, OH

Arbor Springs logo

Arbor Springs is Iowa’s only Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) that is dedicated entirely to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Arbor Springs cares for individuals through all stages of dementia. Located in a residential area, a hallmark of Arbor Springs is its award-winning design that offers residents the comfort, safety, and security of an environment similar to their own home.

bronze level credential medal

Arbor Springs
West Des Moines, IA

Friends Home in Kennett logo

Friends Home is a non-profit senior living community that offers a variety of living options to help residents remain independent and active. For more than 100 years, Friends Home in Kennett has been a special part of historic Kennett Square. It’s a place where life is comfortable, relationships are rewarding, and friends truly become family. Friends Home is dedicated to providing quality care in a homelike atmosphere for older men and women of modest means, encouraging independence and respect the individuality and dignity of all.

bronze level credential medal

Friends Home in Kennett
Kennett Square, PA

Residence Credentialing Tiers

Our tiered residence credential process recognizes initial training and milestones in the Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® residence implementation.

Tier 1 – Bronze Level

A residence may qualify for a Bronze Level Credential after a Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Dementia Programming two-day training is attended by a group of staff representing all departments. All attendees must pass an online quiz demonstrating knowledge of key principles. Post training, staff of the residence must create an action plan for MIL implementation and have it approved by CARD to achieve a Bronze Level Credential.

Tier 2 – Silver Level

A residence may attain a Silver Level Credential after a minimum of 3 months of Bronze Level credentialing. To qualify, a residence must have a representative subset of trained staff earning a MIL Trainer Credential. The trainer credential involves a demonstration of the ability to apply knowledge and principles presented in MIL training to specific cases involving residents. Ongoing training/in-servicing of newly hired staff and other internal procedures for ongoing  implementation of MIL must be in place. At least 50% of the Gold Level Credential criteria must be achieved, and an action plan must be in place for achieving the remainder of these criteria.

Tier 3 – Gold Level

A residence may achieve a Gold Level Credential after a minimum of 6 months of Silver Level Credentialing. To qualify, a residence must have a group of staff representing all departments attend the 2-day advanced course, Montessori Inspired Lifestyle®: Shaping a Montessori Community. In addition, at least 90% of the Gold Level Criteria must be achieved, with an action plan in place for achieving unmet criteria, as well as sustaining and explanding MIL programming. At least one exemplary and innovative achievement in applying MIL principles must be demonstrated. Gold Level Credential receipt requires a site visit by CARD staff.