Prestonwood Court

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7001 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX 75093

Overview

Care Types: Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s Care

Prestonwood Court’s climate-controlled entranceway leads into a lovely marble-floored lobby, where a friendly receptionist directs visitors. The lobby stretches into the living room, replete with a piano. The hallways outside residents’ apartments are marked by memory boxes and the occasional decoration. Inside, tall windows and twelve-foot ceilings translate into excellent lighting. Each apartment is equipped with a call system, a handy way for residents to find out the day’s menu and activities—or ring an attendant. (Attendant response time averages thirty-two seconds!)

The dining room comprises three interconnected rooms; the setup is cozy. Dining room tables are set with linen tablecloths and napkins. Large windows and artificial lighting brighten the space. At mealtimes residents are given menus to peruse. Caregivers take note when residents are not present during meals—and informally track food and fluid intake. The dining director, who has a catering background, is responsible for the menu, which we found excellent and varied. The activity director announces the day’s events at breakfast. Snacks are offered at most activities. Coffee and tea are available all day. A bistro serves snacks in a delightful café-style atmosphere. Plans to add a mini convenience store are underway. The third floor kitchen is home to a large island that often hosts activities. A nearby dining area accommodates residents who prefer to take their meals in a more intimate space. A collapsible wall separates this dining area and movie theater; it can be adjusted to enlarge either area as needed. The theater hosts sixteen movie chairs with moveable snack trays.

Additional communal areas include a chapel, game room with a pool table, a TV room and a crafts room. The crafts room has wooden floors and multiple cabinets, creating a practical space for resident artists—many of whom are painters. An enclosed courtyard opens to the dementia unit and the fitness area. The courtyard fountains are surrounded by seating so residents can enjoy lunch here in mild weather. The facility also has a lovely plant and herb garden. During our tour, many resident dogs were enjoying a romp on the property.

Throughout the day, staffers provide a verbal reminder of the day’s activities, which are also are listed on large-print hallway calendars and in monthly newsletters. Weekend schedules are less robust than during the week, as residents are more likely to have visitors then. Residents from the dementia unit participate in the same activities occasionally. Events include games such as Bunco, Pokeno and Yahtzee, along with bingo, giant crossword puzzles, ice cream parties, therapy dog visits, trivia and watching travel videos. Live entertainment is occurs twice a week and lunch outings take place weekly. The fitness center boasts a full-size heated saltwater pool. The pool room is heated at a comfortable level. Classes include group exercise and aquatic exercise. One of the aquatic classes is sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. A fitness trainer provides individual support.

The dementia unit features carpeted studio apartments. The main dining area is sunny and bright; assisted dining takes place in another room. Residents congregate after dinner in a TV room with sofa and seating. The room was a bit dim when we visited. Staffers are well trained in aiding residents with dementia, and are very sensitive to the issues these residents face. A monthly family support group is open to anyone coping with the effects of dementia, including family members from the larger community. In fact, for a recent meeting, the group requested a specific guest speaker; the facility quickly obliged.

The management team is extremely responsive to resident and professional suggestions, adapting themselves and the environment to suit residents’ needs. During construction, one local care manager objected to plans for a vaulted ceiling in the dining room; she maintained that a lower ceiling would be more conducive to conversation. Prestonwood Court’s management considered her suggestion carefully, and happily made the accommodation.

Amenities

  • Diabetes Care
  • Adults 55 and over accepted
  • Rooms Wired w/ Cable
  • Arts and crafts area
  • Common Areas with TVs
  • Computer area
  • English Language
  • Free Transportation Services
  • Guests Allowed at Meal Time
  • Gym
  • Housekeeping Services Available
  • In-house Laundry and Drycleaning
  • In-House Religious Services
  • Spa Services
  • Kitchenette in resident rooms
  • Entry Fee Required
  • Lectures/educational programs
  • Community Dining Available
  • Medication Administration
  • Parking for Guests
  • VA Benefits Assistance
  • Financial Advice
  • Laundry Services for Linens
  • Game Nights
  • Offsite Activities Available
  • On-site haircuts/barber services
  • Outdoor Patios and Gardens
  • Pool/Jacuzzi
  • Recreation room
  • Resident musical group
  • Licensed by the State
  • Semi-Private Apartments/Rooms
  • Single Room Units Available
  • Some Pets Are Allowed
  • Studio Apartments Available

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