The Summit has been a proud and well-respected part of our local community for many years. With the recent announcement that the SHINE® Memory Care curriculum has received a prestigious Certificate of Recognition from the Alzheimer’s Association®, the nation’s leading, voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care and research, the community is earning accolades on the national level. 

This unique distinction comes following a comprehensive review of the SHINE® Memory Care curriculum, which determined that the program closely follows the latest best practices and expert opinions for delivering outstanding, person-centered memory care.

It’s a meaningful achievement considering this distinction is shared by only 7 other memory care provider organizations in the US. And for families locally, it signifies that some of the finest-quality memory care available anywhere is found right here in our area.

We asked the memory care experts at The Summit what guidance and practical advice they’d offer families searching for a best-fit memory care solution for their loved ones. Here are the qualities they say to look for:

Compassion & Understanding 

A loved one exhibiting symptoms of dementia is hard on families, too. It can feel challenging and prove difficult to decide what to do. And while it may seem practical to take actions intended to help a loved one stay in their current home or residence, often times this is not the best solution. And here’s why: Caregiving is a full-time job, one for which family members aren’t typically well-suited. Care provider burnout usually follows, and both families and seniors ultimately suffer. 

With experiences of helping many families navigate through these challenges, The Summit says to consider the best interests and needs of both families and seniors and choose a memory care provider that offers proper support and care for both. 

There, this is achieved through the combination of person-centered SHINE® Memory Care, and providing active, ongoing support for families as well.   


Personalization is key as each senior is unique, with distinct preferences and needs. Based on the foundational principle of deeper personalization, SHINE® emphasizes on six individual points of focus to create a holistic approach to memory care that is unique to The Summit.

SHINE® emphasizes: 

  • Communication 
  • Team member training 
  • My Story, a personalized, biographical journey
  • Immersive dining experiences 
  • Life enhancement
  • Safety-centric neighborhood design   

SHINE®’s person-centered approach, SHINE®-certified and expertly trained team members at The Summit are at the leading edge of the dementia care industry. Through the power of SHINE®, supremely qualified team members work to build a program tailored to each resident’s abilities and needs, for a comprehensive approach to memory care that will have the most impact in enriching and supporting health, day-to-day life, and happiness.  

If you have a loved one with dementia, are looking to receive family support, or simply want to learn more about our SHINE® Memory Care Program and Alzheimer’s Association® recognition, please call The Summit at 302.235.8734 and speak with a Senior Lifestyle Counselor.

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