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    Colonial Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care

    A custom Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s & Memory Care Facility in West Columbia, SC for your loved one!

    Colonial Gardens is an assisted living and memory care facility committed to their community, their residents, and their families. This retirement community is located in West Columbia, South Carolina, a city is known for its friendly, welcoming, and affordable options. Situated along eight miles of the beautiful lower Saluda and Congaree Rivers, your loved one will be surrounded by nature and fun activities such as the renowned Riverbanks Zoo, Botanical Gardens, and Waterfall Junction.

    Not only is our activity calendar full, but so are the hearts of our staff. We focus first and foremost on Person-Centered care that is personalized to each resident and their needs. We offer a wide range of care options, including transitional assisted living and memory care. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that cultivates independence, empowers choices, honors dignity, promotes well-being and offers support when necessary to improve quality of life. Our all-inclusive community suited for each individual and lifestyle allows us to meet these goals and provide the best care in West Columbia for your loved one.

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    After placing my Mom in a memory care facility in Columbia it was obvious after a few months that I needed to move her as the care was sub standard and we were making frequent trips to the ER due to falls. I moved her to Colonial Gardens and it is the best of the best. Caring staff, activities to stimulate the residents and silent alarm systems in each bedroom. I just wish I had known about them from the beginning.

    — Debbie McDaniel

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    Colonial Gardens offers world-class services and amenities:

    Our building is outfitted with ionized air filtering to remove viruses, bacteria, and other particulates from the air so that you can breathe easy. New residents are admitted after providing a negative COVID-19 test result. Our virus mitigation protocols include personal protective gear, sanitizer stations at all traffic areas, and cleaning throughout the community multiple times per day.

    Our Memory Care Life Enrichment Program is designed to honor the memories and experiences of our residents by providing physical engagement, spiritual support, sensory stimulation, social connections, intellectual discovery, and emotional expression. The program includes:

    • Sensory & VR Therapy: Stimulating the senses can produce a calming effect and in some cases help bring back memories
    • Music Therapy: Era-specific music to bring back fond memories and decrease anxiety
    • Aroma Therapy: Smells reminiscent from childhood such as home-baked cookies and fresh baked bread
    • Validation Techniques: Words are powerful and our residents are encouraged to give and receive positive feedback
    • Socialization: Residents and staff all enjoy time together each day in both large and small groups in safe settings to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation
    • Health & Wellness: Providing activities that promote residents’ physicality help to curb agitation, wandering and sleeplessness, while intellectual activities encourage learning and participating in both new and familiar hobbies
    • Spiritual Support: Music, discussion, prayer, affirmations, nature and other diverse means of spiritual support provides comfort and familiar purpose
    • Life Skills Stations: Miniature kitchens, faux engines, and mailboxes are among the many real-life scenarios and work the residents did in their youth
    • And much more!

    Our Person-Centered Care approach focuses on our residents’ needs, while our Active Living Programs allow them to live life to their fullest capability. Our residents feel at home in Colonial Gardens because our approach is based on the residents’ lifetime routine, not ours. Additionally, we provide health monitoring, medication management, assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, and oral care.

    Our community’s leadership team includes our Executive Director, Health Services Director, and Life Enrichment Director. Our passionate and dedicated team of skilled professionals offer exceptional support for our residents’ needs, including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs, through engaging daily activities.
    We have a certified Life Enrichment Director leading engaging daily activities, weekly on-site social events, and fun cultural excursions as part of a researched-backed health and wellness program.

    It’s easy to become spoiled with our 24/7 Dining Experience. We go beyond all-day dining so you can enjoy gourmet food prepared from the freshest ingredients by our Executive Chef and team of professionals any time of day or night. Since our quality of food and service must be experienced, we invite you to join us for lunch or dinner. Our chef is trained and happy to accommodate residents with dietary needs due to various health restrictions, such as low gluten and sugar-free diets, and much more.

    Our daily menu also incorporates foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet that fosters brain health. Our goal is that the MIND diet, in conjunction with our many Memory Care programs, will help hold off memory issues for as long as possible. Entrees are served on colored plates to stimulate appetite, and a server greets each resident individually with multiple daily menu choices. Learn more about our Memory Care dining program and the MIND diet.

    Sensory stimulation is the activation of one or more of the five senses (taste, smell, vision, hearing, and touch) with the goal of evoking positive feelings. This innovative therapy can reduce tension, agitation, anxiety, depression, and anger which are common behavioral side effects in seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias. By planning meaningful, stimulating activities and considering our residents’ unique interests, we can create personal experiences in our custom Sensory Spas and make a significant difference in our residents’ lives.

    Our state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Therapy enables residents to explore bucket list journeys and experiences they’ve always wanted to complete, all within the comfort of our community. With VR Therapy, your loved one can explore the Caribbean sea and virtually scuba dive with sting rays, or discover an untapped passion for music with VR first row seats to the New York Metropolitan Opera House. Whether it’s travel or new experiences your loved one seeks, our new, groundbreaking therapy can make almost any adventure dreams a virtual reality.

    Colonial Gardens is close to Lexington Medical Center, Westland Shopping Center, and Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park.

    Our many secured walking paths and well-tended, enclosed gardens encourage a daily stroll. Residents can feel safe while enjoying the outdoor environment with a patio that features comfortable benches and beautiful views.

    Whether you’re going away on business, planning a vacation, or simply need a break from caregiving, respite care at Colonial Gardens is the perfect solution for providing your loved one with the Person-Centered Care that they need. Our safe, nurturing environment and professional staff will support the wellness needs of your loved one. Take advantage of the full amenities of our community; your loved one can rest while socializing with team members and other residents and you’ll have peace of mind knowing each suite features its own emergency response system. Contact us today to learn about the various levels of care available to our respite and short-term stay residents.

    To alleviate the stress involved with such a life-altering change, Sunshine Retirement Living Communities have partnered with trusted national moving company, northAmerican, to institute a senior-specific program that lessens the strain associated with moving. To learn more about this moving program, click here.

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    Our one-time community fee helps fund expenses incurred in making your loved one’s suite move-in ready and keeping the community beautiful and comfortable for all our residents. There are no upfront buy-in fees to reserve future higher levels of care or long-term contracts. Cost of care may increase or decrease as a resident’s needs change and is subject to change due to periodic and transparent assessments completed by onsite nursing staff and partnered caregivers.

    Colonial Gardens – Facility ID: CRC-1542

    Through Sunshine Retirement Living’s partnership with eHealth, residents can research, compare and enroll in Medicare insurance plans that cover their doctors and prescription drugs. Residents can shop online or speak to one of eHealth’s licensed insurance agents over the phone by calling (803) 234-5290 (TTY 711) or explore options online – click here. There is never a cost to speak to an agent, and you are under no obligation to enroll in a health plan. eHealth’s mission is to help people find coverage that works for their personal needs.

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    Resident Activities at Colonial Gardens

    Weekly Physical Activities

    Every Tuesday

    – 10:30am | Armchair Yoga
    – 6:00pm | Courtyard Ball Toss

    Every Wednesday

    – 10:30am | Strength Training
    – 6:00pm | Horse Shoes

    Every Friday

    – 1:15pm | Nature Craft: Leaf Pressing and Stained Glass
    – 6:00pm | Volleyball


    – First and third Monday 6:30pm | Therapy Dog Visit
    – First Thursday 3:00pm | Trip to deliver Dog Biscuits to Animal Care Clinic
    – First Friday 3:00pm | Dance Social

    Weekly Mental Activities

    Every Sunday

    – 10:15am | Communion
    – 3:00pm | Gardening

    Every Monday

    – 1:15am | Daily Chronicles and Devotional Readings
    – 3:00pm | Crafts for a Cause: Dog Biscuit Making

    Every Thursday

    – 11:00am | Musical Hymns
    – 6:00pm | Corn Hole Game

    Every Saturday

    – 10:30am | Fitness Class
    – 3:00pm | Movie and Manicures

    View our full monthly calendar here opens a new window or call today &

    learn more about our various daily activities: (803) 234-5290

    Colonial Gardens - West Columbia, South Carolina Senior Apartments

    Why Choose Colonial Gardens for Your Loved One

    Colonial Gardens is located in a beautiful South Carolina landscape. Our staff create a wonderful, welcoming environment for all of their seniors and their memory care patients. If you are looking for a reliable housing facility for your loved one, then we are the best choice in the area!

    We encourage and promote good physical health and wellbeing among all of our residents. We assist with everything they need, but also give them their independence when they want it. Overall, we are one of the most advanced senior care facilities around.

    If you are looking for a transitional care unit, our team also has you covered there too. We can provide all the services any senior needs.

    Our Setting

    Our memory care facility is located near shopping areas, parks, and the best doctors in the state. We also make sure to keep the area nice for our residents. The lawn is always tended to and neat. Plus, there are also many different paths for them to walk on and enjoy the outdoors.

    Plants are beneficial for people’s mental health and well-being, so we always make sure to keep plenty of greenery around. Your loved one can enjoy the well-kept scenery any time they choose, as long as they wear their Colonial Gardens’ bracelet.

    We make sure the outdoor areas are kept enclosed to ensure your loved ones are safe. This allows them to walk and get sun at their leisure, but also prevents strangers from entering the facility.

    Our Services

    At Colonial Gardens, we offer the best Alzheimer’s and memory care in the area. We also are known for having amazing transitional care programs. We always offer the best services to our residents, no matter what their unique needs are.

    As part of our services, we always make sure to offer nutritious food and snacks at all hours of the day. We also offer them gourmet meals that follow the MIND diet, which is essential for keeping the brain healthy.

    No matter what your loved ones’ unique needs are, we can always provide meals that suit them. We have many options for them to select from. If you know they have dietary concerns, be sure to let us know. We will always give them what they need. Of course, we also consider their personal tastes!

    Additionally, we also offer many different events and activities for them to participate in. No matter what their interests are, we have things for them to do! We offer Armchair Yoga, Strength Training, and social dances. Plus, there are many arts and crafts to do. We also have many outdoor games for our residents to play.

    Call Us Today!

    Choosing a new home for your loved one is challenging- we understand what you are going through. Let us help you make the process easier. We offer tours, so be sure to reach out to us today. We would love to take you around the facility and show you everything we have. Our staff also will answer any questions that you can think of.

    To view a list of all of our locations, visit our locations page.

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    Colonial Gardens Assisted Living & Memory Care

    (803) 234-5290