Ascension Living Providence Village Celebrates Opening of New Memory Support Residence

Waco, Texas (February 8,2023) Ascension Living Providence Village, located at 300 West Highway 6 in Waco, celebrated the opening of its new assisted living memory support cottages during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 31. Due to an ice event that day, another open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

“More people than ever before are experiencing memory loss,” said Amanda Sonnier, Executive Director, Ascension Living Providence Village. “And for many families that means another family member, or several, are caring for their loved ones. We are committed to providing compassionate, personalized memory support services that meet the needs of seniors in the Waco area.”

The newly renovated memory support wing is designed around what is familiar and comforting to residents with dementia – all in a cottage-like setting that feels like home. From color choices to noise control and lighting, to an open-air kitchen and private room layouts, everything was taken into consideration to honor each resident’s unique needs. The new wing offers 40 apartments.

The specially designed program and renovated space will support the entire family, not just the resident. Before a resident is admitted, the team gets to know the family’s loved ones so the team can develop tailored care and support. Support plans will help residents feel in control of their days, choosing which services they want and when they wish them to be delivered.

The wing’s Dignified Dining program will help ensure that each resident’s dining experience meets their unique needs. Residents also benefit from specialized technology that allows them to get in touch with loved ones via one-touch video calls, connect with residents who share similar interests, and build a digital personal profile of their favorite content from a library of thousands of educational resources, videos, games and more.

All associates at Ascension Living Providence Village who engage with memory loss residents and their families participate in advanced training. The hands-on training helps the team deliver the right care and support for residents to meet their unique physical, emotional, social and sensory needs. It also provides associates a unique “inside-out” look at what it’s like to live with dementia. This allows the team to fully understand the impacts of the disease, resulting limitations, and the reason behind residents’ changes in behavior.

“We invested in this construction project to meet the evolving needs of seniors – specifically our residents, " said Lisa Musgrave, RN, BSN, MHA, Senior Vice President of Post-Acute and At-Home Services, Ascension. ”It is imperative that we help our residents receive care they need, when they need it, in the most appropriate setting with specially trained staff. It is a pleasure to say that Ascension Living Providence Village now offers assisted living, independent living, long-term skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and memory support. Because of this transformational construction project, Ascension now offers the complete continuum of care – from hospital services to post-acute care to senior living and outpatient services – on this campus.”
To schedule a visit, call 254-761-8500, or learn more at ascensionliving.org/providencevillage.  

Ascension Living Providence Village leaders take part in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony before the official opening of its new memory support cottages.

Darrell Pietsch, MD, Medical Director, Ascension Living Providence Village; Amanda Sonnier, Executive Director, Ascension Living Providence Village; and Philip Patterson, FACHE, President, Ascension Providence, celebrate the additional service now available on the Ascension Providence campus. 

Deacon Greg George, St. Jerome Catholic Church, blesses the new memory support cottages and Ascension Living Providence Village team members.

Ascension Living and Ascension Living Providence Village leaders commemorate the opening of the new 40-apartment assisted living memory support wing.

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About us

Ascension Living Providence Village is a senior care and living community in Waco, Texas, offering assisted living, independent living, rehabilitation and therapy, long-term skilled nursing, and memory support. As a community, we welcome all faiths, and are inspired by the Mission and Values of Ascension Living to provide high-quality, compassionate, personalized care with dignity, especially to those in our communities who are most in need. To learn more, visit www.ascensionliving.org/providencevillage

Ascension Living, based in St. Louis and part of Ascension, is a mission-driven senior living provider deeply connected to our Catholic faith that cares for the physical, mental, spiritual and social well-being of all individuals we serve. Our Mission calls us to provide spiritually centered, holistic care to seniors, particularly those most in need. We offer a wide range of programs tailored to meet the unique needs of older adults. Regardless of everyone’s stage in life, our goal is to provide seniors with opportunities designed to make their lives joyful, enriching and satisfying. With communities in 11 states and the District of Columbia, our ministries are continually developing and adopting new best practices in care that enhance the experiences of our residents, program participants and patients. Learn more at www.ascensionliving.org.

Ascension (www.ascension.org) is one of the nation’s leading non-profit and Catholic health systems, with a Mission of delivering compassionate, personalized care to all with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2022, Ascension provided $2.3 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 140,000 associates and 37,000 aligned providers and operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 138 hospitals in 19 states.