When Forest Park podiatrist Dr. Paul A Colon received the news that his mother, Millie Michaels, had Alzheimer's disease, he set out to provide her with the best possible care. As Mrs. Michaels condition worsened, her level of care progressed from intermittent care to in-home twenty four hour care. Eventually, Mrs. Michaels needed such consistent high level care for her physical needs that she had to be moved into a rehabilitation hospital for a short period of time.
However, during her stay for physical rehabilitation, Mrs. Michaels began to show signs of recovering some of her cognitive skills as a result of socializing with a community of people all day and participating in activities such as recreation therapy. Therefore, when Dr. Colon began looking for post-rehabilitative care for his mother, he searched for facilities that would not only take care of his mother's physical needs but her social well-being as well. He realized that in-home care was not the best arrangement for his mother, regardless of how well intended.
As a result of his dedication to his mother's care, Dr. Colon decided to build an assisted living home that offered personal memory care in which his mother would be proud to live. What had begun as a journey to find the best care for his mother transitioned to a learning process and a mission. Dr. Colon visited almost 100 other assisted living facilities, studying which programs engaged Alzheimer's and dementia residents and what activities enriched their lives by creating community.
The result of Dr. Colon's mission opened in December 1999, built the way his mother would have wanted it. In fact, Mrs. Michael's picture hangs above the mantle of the fireplace in Governor's Glen parlor with the following inscription below her picture: 'Dedicated to the memory of Millie Michaels and all those who have endured the challenges of memory impairment.'
On behalf of Dr. Colon, the staff at Govenor's Glen is proud to provide an excellent community for senior citizens that suffer from Alzheimer's, dementia, or other memory problems.
Located in the South Atlanta Metro Area in the city of Forest Park, Governor's Glen Memory Impaired Community is a privately owned and operated assisted living community. Our full time staff provides care for people who have memory disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or other memory problems that affect their daily lives. At Governor's Glen, our high energy, accommodating staff provides a variety of assisted living options including residential assisted living with long term care, short term respite care, or adult daycare.
With licensed nurses on staff and a board certified psychiatrist on call, our residents have access to monthly visits by a board certified gerontologist, regular podiatrist visits, in house dentist visits, on site physical therapy, as well as daily medication management.
Because our goal is to improve the quality of life of our residents through socialization and stimulation of the body and mind, we strive to create a vibrant, active community. We take pride in not being some old folks home for senior citizens to sit and pass the time.
From our full time chef who makes nutritious meals from scratch every day to our onsite beauty parlor and barber shop, our residents feel a sense of belonging. Everday our activities director creates fun activities to engage seniors who suffer from cognitive impairment. In addition to exercise classes geared toward seniors at different stages of Alzheimer's or dementia, we offer activities like pet therapy, music therapy, and sensory stimulation activities.
Whether a loved one is a long term care resident, a short term respite care resident, or a daily visitor in our adult day care program, we provide high quality personal care that extends beyond access to medical treatment by striving to create a stimulating, enjoyable community.