The Verandah Offers Quality Memory Care to Lake Charles Seniors and Peace of Mind to Their Families

Sunshine Retirement Living reminds the community of the availability and benefits of the memory care programming at The Verandah Retirement Community, Sunshine’s Lake Charles, Louisiana, facility. The Verandah provides independent living options for active seniors, but it also provides assisted living and memory care services for seniors who need more specialized care.

Specifically, the retirement community provides research-backed memory care programming in addition to independent living and assisted living options. Katerina W., a family member of a resident said, “My mother has been at the Veranda for three years now. She was having real struggles when she was living alone, forgetting things, feeling isolated and frightened and unsure. The people at Verandah helped her with a specialized care plan and she’s actually seeming much more like her ‘old self.’ I don’t worry because I know she’s safe and she finds it easier to cope with the memory care therapies. She actually loves the Verandah.”

The Verandah takes pride in offering well thought out and clinically proven programming for its memory care residents. The community’s memory care program is built upon the “Six Sunshine Pillars of Wellness,” which include providing residents with support in the areas of physical engagement, social connections, spirituality, intellectual discovery, sensory stimulation, and emotional expression. This Memory Care Life Enrichment Program draws from a philosophy that is rooted in a Montessori-style approach. While the Montessori method was initially developed for early childhood education, the philosophy and approaches – which are modified to honor the age and experiences of the Verandah’s residents – provides sensory stimulation and encourages cognitive stimulation while building on existing social skills.

The community’s memory care programming is designed to nurture the physical, social, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional needs of the residents. Residents can experience music therapy, aromatherapy, validation techniques, social activities, and health and wellness activities. Each of these activities is designed specifically for the needs of memory care patients, meaning that residents can fully participate in the community’s programming and socialize with their neighbors.

Much more information about the facility and its programming can be seen at

Even the Verandah’s dining program is designed to support residents’ memory care needs. The community offers a unique 24/7 dining experience; residents can enjoy gourmet meals prepared by the community’s chef at any time of the day or night. The daily menu also incorporates foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet, which is intended to foster brain health. Entrees are served on colored plates to stimulate appetite, and a server greets each resident individually with multiple daily menu choices. The Verandah’s goal is that the MIND diet, in conjunction with the community’s memory care programs, will help hold off memory issues for as long as possible.

The availability of high-quality memory care and assisted living at the same location as independent senior living means that The Verandah is an ideal choice for both active seniors and those needing more assistance or memory care services. The community also offers a seamless transition from independent living to assisted living and/or memory care should residents’ needs change.

Alisa Simonel, a counselor at the Verandah, said that “Many families are not aware that anyone’s needs can change, and that it is important to have a plan already in place if an elder member of the family begins to need more help. Each individual is different, but it helps to sit down and speak with someone knowledgeable about what is likely to come about before a loved one is in crisis. We help families with those options and discussions every day – it’s part of my job, and we are glad to help.”

Family-owned and patient-centered, parent company Sunshine Retirement Living manages two dozen retirement communities across the United States. By providing a full range of services in their independent living, assisted living, personal care, and memory care communities, Sunshine Retirement Living promotes independence, confidence, and community among their residents. The organization's mission is simple: to enrich the lives of those they serve. To learn more about their services, communities, or philosophy, visit or connect socially.

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The Verandah Retirement Community
Sarah Peters
5851 Gray Market Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70605