Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Care

Every employee of Sentara MeadowView Terrace has received specialized Alzheimer's and dementia care training. Our mission is to enrich the lives of our residents and their families by providing compassionate resident-directed and person-centered care.

Within Sentara MeadowView Terrace are two special communities designed to care for individuals experiencing Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other memory related illnesses:

  • Primrose Park is a 24-bed neighborhood
  • Periwinkle Cottage is an 18-bed household

Both are self contained, secure, and staffed with carefully selected and specially trained caregivers. Each community includes private and semi-private rooms, common areas, a family sized kitchen, memory boxes outside each room and an inclosed outdoor serenity garden with continuous walking paths leading back inside.

Enriching each resident's life

An individualized plan of care is designed for each resident focusing on strengths, preferences, his or her life story, interests and abilities. We recognize that each resident is an individual with differing personalities and our goal is to provide the respect and dignity due each one.


Compassion and concern for both our residents and their families are our cornerstones of care. We work toward preventing problems before they occur rather than reacting to them. We maintain dignity through respect for personal preferences, we help residents feel safe and secure and we employee empathetic listening skills to interpret non-verbal communication.

Principles and Beliefs

We believe that all behaviors have meaning and may indicate needs that may not be easily expressed in words. We also believe that we must interact with individuals in their own reality rather than expecting them to enter ours. This "best friends" approach to care has helped us provide the highest quality of life for our residents since our doors opened in 2001.