PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place, an award-winning assisted living community owned and operated by Wingate Healthcare, has named Cara Holcomb memory care director. In this role, Holcomb will manage the day-to-day operations of the assisted living community’s memory care program, The Neighborhood.
A certified dementia practitioner and certified activities director, Holcomb has over 25 years’ experience in the senior living industry. Most recently, she served as program director for another local senior living community’s memory care unit. She also has extensive skilled nursing experience.
The Neighborhood at Melbourne Place was designed for individuals with both early- and late-stage dementia and provides personalized memory care plans that incorporate therapeutic activities tailored to each resident’s interests and needs. A cornerstone of The Neighborhood program is the community’s Namaste Care. Based on the Hindu term for “honoring the spirit within,” this therapy for residents with advanced dementia provides sensory stimulation through massage, gentle range-of-motion exercises, aromatherapy, music therapy, and soothing grooming such as haircuts, hair brushing and facial shaving — stimulation that can decrease agitation and improve a resident’s quality of life.
Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place was recently named a 2018 Caring Super Star by Caring.com for being top-rated senior living community in three or more consecutive years since 2012.
Located at 140 Melbourne Road, Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place offers traditional assisted living and memory care.