Chad Stewart’s job is to make his workplace feel like a home.Stewart is the Executive Director for Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care. He knows that a retirement home needs to have a welcoming, intimate atmosphere—to be the sort of place that seniors would want to stay and families would want to visit.
“We want the residents to feel like they can have guests over, just like they would in their own home,” he explains.
To that end, Waterhouse Ridge Memory Care is divided into four smaller neighborhoods, each with its own staff and access to an outdoor courtyard. The central atrium is outfitted with games, a bistro, Wi-Fi and a hearth, to encourage guests to get comfortable and stay awhile.
Another difference is that Waterhouse Ridge specializes in memory care services. The residential care home is independent and locally owned, too. That means Stewart’s managers can focus on having meaningful interactions with their residents, instead of spending the day in meetings with a corporate office.
“Managers at Waterhouse Ridge get to spend a significant amount of time serving our residents, and that’s not typical in this industry,” Stewart explains.
Stewart has been in the senior housing industry since 2006, working his way up from caregiver to assisted living coordinator to executive director.
As an INSIDER in retirement living, Chad Stewart ensures that everyone at Waterhouse Ridge is up to date with the latest in memory care theory and healthcare technology. He is educating his entire staff with the training programs of Teepa Snow, a nationally-regarded dementia and Alzheimer’s care expert and advocate.