Skilled Dementia Care

Skilled Dementia Care at Garden View Care Center

Dementia Care

Hearing a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia is never easy. It often leaves families with many questions regarding how to provide the proper care, which is often extremely difficult to maintain without experienced, professional medical assistance. Garden View Care Center is the expert in skilled dementia care in the St. Louis, Missouri, area, offering 24-hour skilled nursing care that changes with the individual’s needs, providing peace of mind for families while maintaining dignity and respect for the resident.

If you have a loved one who has been diagnosed with dementia and are looking for a safe, caring residence, give us a call, or submit our contact form below to schedule a tour.

Understanding Dementia

Understanding Dementia

Dementia is not considered to be part of normal, healthy aging. It’s defined as a deterioration of memory, concentration and judgment due to an organic disease or disorder of the brain. This can also sometimes be accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes. The disease changes memory and/or thinking skills so severely that it impairs a person’s daily functions, such as driving, shopping, working and even communicating.

Types of Dementia

Although dementia is used as an overarching term, there are several different types.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease: The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s accounts for roughly 60% to 80% of diagnosed cases. It is a progressive disease that worsens over time, eventually hindering a person’s ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Visit our Alzheimer’s Care page to learn more.
  • Vascular Dementia: This form of dementia may occur after a stroke or other condition that blocks blood vessels within the brain. These blockages and reductions in blood flow deprive certain areas of the brain of oxygen and nutrients, leading to a decline in thinking skills. Also referred to as vascular cognitive impairment (VCI).
  • Lewy Body Dementia (LBD): LBD is estimated to be the third most common dementia cause behind Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. It is a progressive dementia caused by abnormal microscopic deposits that, over time, damage brain cells, causing a decline in thinking, reasoning and independent function.
  • Huntington’s Disease: Also a progressive brain disorder, this form is caused by a single defective gene, resulting in changes within the central area of the brain, affecting movement, mood and thinking. Because the gene is considered to be dominant, anyone who has inherited the gene from a parent will eventually develop Huntington’s Disease.

To learn more about these and other types of dementia, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website at

Common Dementia Behaviors and Symptoms

Every case is different, but there are several symptoms and behaviors that are commonly seen in individuals with dementia. These typically include:

  • Apathy
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
Diagnosing Dementia

Diagnosing Dementia

Unfortunately, there is no exact test to determine whether an individual has dementia. Based on symptom review, many physicians will be able to determine whether an individual has dementia. Sometimes, doctors will work together with specialists like neurologists, neuropsychologists, geriatricians and geriatric psychiatrists in an effort to make a diagnosis, but still will most likely be unable to determine an exact cause.

A full physical exam and lab test will be performed to identify if symptoms may be caused by a separate health concern, such as depression, sleep apnea, medications, thyroid problems or vitamin deficiencies, as these can be treated to help diminish or eliminate symptoms. A neurological test may also be performed to test reflexes, coordination, muscle tone and strength, eye movement, speech and sensation. A mental cognitive status test can help provide the physician with insight into the person’s memory, thinking and simple problem-solving abilities.

While there is not a cure for dementia, it is possible to provide treatment when properly diagnosed. For many progressive dementias, including Alzheimer’s, therapeutic medication can be utilized to help reduce cognitive and functional decline, while other options can help to temporarily slow worsening symptoms to improve the individual’s quality of life. Receiving a diagnosis early will allow the person to begin treatment sooner, possibly helping delay disease progression.

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If you suspect your loved one may have dementia, or has already received a diagnosis, give us a call, or submit our contact form below.

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"Although my sister has only been at Garden View for about a month, we have been impressed with the facility and her care. The O'Fallon location is located in a park-like setting. The family area with the finches bird cage is comfortable and there are many activities available to the residents. The staff is friendly and kind. The resident rooms are larger than other facilities I visited plus they work to make a new resident feel at home allowing personal items to come such as TV and lamp. The family is happy with the decision we made to have my sister at Garden View." 

- Veronica B

“I have been at GVCC of Chesterfield for almost a year and I absolutely love this community. It is on 12 acres, set far back from the road, it looks like it was placed in the middle of a park! The staff here have so much longevity and care in their hearts! The maintenance director can tell you a residents favorite snack or channel to watch on TV and the Chef makes personalized omelets for the residents for breakfast! This is a great, small community in Chesterfield!”

– Jodi L.

“I worked at Garden View in Chesterfield as a Receptionist from August of 2020 to May of 2021. I will say it was the less stressful job I ever had. The moment you walk in you will be amazed with the cleanliness and the beautiful art work hanging on the walls. It is a very peaceful community where people truly care about one another. I will miss the smiles of the Residents and the welcoming smiling faces of all the employees. I will miss every department I had a chance to work with. If you want a great place to work this will be the place. If you are looking for a great retirement home to place a love one in this would be the place. The nurses truly care about the Residents and go above and beyond to make sure they are taken care of.”

- Angela U.

“My 92 year old mom had been living at an assisted living community that promised us the moon and the stars and failed to deliver. Once we realized our mom wasn’t getting the care or attention she deserved my sisters and I decided to begin our search. A friend of our family had recommended Garden View Care Center of Chesterfield after her dad had such great care in the memory care area and we are so thankful every day that she told us about Garden View! We were so afraid

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“My mom-in-law is here for rehab following a fall. I can't say enough great things about the staff. Everyone is so helpful and really seem to care. They even keep her hair in a cute style and keep her clean and looking nice; this with every random time of the day visit we have made since her admission so we know it's consistent. This is a beautiful facility; very clean and no unpleasant odor anywhere we've wandered and she really likes the food, saying it's delicious. Unfortunately my mother-in-law may have to become a long-term resident but on the plus side, she'a already in a place that we approve of and making friends.”

- James B.

“I visited this facility. My father was in a horrible, neglectful nursing home before he was transferred to Garden View. He is doing so much better now. He is walking better, eating better, more content. No place is perfect, but they really try here. The management does not tolerate poor care, and that makes all the difference in the world. The physical environment is well maintained and clean. They have activities for the residents. My father is safe now.”

- Ronley