The Memory Care Community Difference

July 20, 2017

The other day I took my son for an appointment at a small neighborhood clinic. When we left, I remarked to him about the warm, friendly staff. My 18 year-old son happily declared without sarcasm, “yeah, it’s called community!” Even at his young age he can feel the difference between a typical medical clinic and one that promotes a genuine sense of community. At Augustana Care, we recognize and affirm the intrinsic worth of all individuals, at any age. This is one of the core values we have as a long term care organization. When this is practiced genuinely and well, it is a palpable thing among residents and staff. It’s a strong part of my spiritual care practice in memory care at Emerald Crest by Augustana Care. Our worship services build a sense of warmth and community between staff and residents that you can really “feel”, even after worship ends.

 Each of the 4 campuses at Emerald Crest gives the sense of a small village, rather than a large campus of apartments or a care center. Our residents retain a deep need for community, connection and meaningful interaction, even if just for the present moment. The warm supportive staff  helps to create a bond of community in which our residents thrive and it is a privilege to serve in this setting. As a Chaplain, I provide worship and spiritual care at each site, which enhances and amplifies this warm community bond among residents and staff.

Emerald Crest is unique in that we provide spiritual care in a stand-alone memory care setting. This is in large part due to the commitment of Augustana Care. If your family member or loved one would thrive in a smaller specialized Memory Care setting, please do contact or visit us. I can talk to you personally about our unique spiritual care programming. We also offer support to those family members and caregivers, which is especially important during the changes of this disease. Peace be with you, and enjoy the warm summery days! 

Rev. Lette Gamble

At Emerald Crest, we offer a deep knowledge of memory care in a specialized assisted living setting for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia-related conditions. We encourage you to contact us directly with any questions or request a tour. For tours and general information, please contact Christine Drasher at 952-908-2215.

For questions about our spiritual care program, or if you would like spiritual care and support for you or your loved one, contact Rev. Lette Gamble at 612-554-6379 or

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For over two and a half years my husband was a resident. A former nurse, a good friend of mine, went with me to look over memory care facilities and, after a few moments at Emerald Crest we both agreed this was the place for Chuck. I was happy to visit there and observe their daily activities and how they engaged the residents and how caring all the staff was. I have even visited after my husband's death, because I wanted to see staff people again. We couldn't have made a better choice.

— Alice, wife of resident