Discover Bristol Senior Living with the Benefit of  Dementia Care

Discover Bristol Senior Living with the Benefit of  Dementia Care

National Nurses Week: May 6-11

Dominion of Bristol | Residents on the community bus having ice cream

Within the senior living industry, and most assuredly at Dominion Senior Living, nurses serve as the backbone of care, offering not just medical expertise but also emotional support and companionship to residents. From administering medications to assisting with daily activities, they ensure that seniors receive the attention and assistance they need to thrive in their later years. Beyond their clinical duties, these nurses forge deep connections with residents, becoming trusted confidants and advocates for their well-being. Whether it’s lending a listening ear or providing a comforting presence, they go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of those they serve.

This year, in honor of Nurse Appreciation Week, Dominion Senior Living has asked several of our dedicated nurses why they do what they do. This is what they said:

Mary Layne, who has worked for Dominion for over three years, loves working with seniors because she was primarily raised by her grandmother. She states, “I feel like by working with seniors I’m giving back to her in some way.”

Brittany Harris, who has worked for Dominion for nearly a year, enjoys working with seniors for their company, conversation, wisdom, honesty and their love for others. She claims, “I love helping others, and always thought I would be a doctor, but once I started caring for seniors, I knew nursing was for me.”

Megan Roberts, who has worked for Dominion for over six years, loves learning the resident’s histories, serving them with the best possible care and being their protectors. She chose to become a nurse because she has always been nurturing and caring towards others, and she felt nurse was a good fit.

Sheila Young, who has worked for Dominion for just three months, can’t get enough of the stories her residents have of their achievements, dreams and families. She chose nursing because she “wanted to provide care for others when they needed it most, when they are unable to care for themselves.”

Jessica Reece, who has worked for Dominion for nearly six years, grew up helping to take care of her grandmother after she had a stroke, which she credits to playing a large part in her decision to become a nurse. She feels like it is an honor to be trusted to take care of someone’s parent.

At Dominion Senior Living, nurses make a significant difference in the lives of seniors by providing not only essential medical care but also companionship, empathy, and emotional support. Through their dedication and compassion, nurses enhance the quality of life for seniors, fostering a sense of security, dignity, and connection in their later years. As we reflect on their invaluable role, we would like to take a moment to express our gratitude to these extraordinary individuals who continue to make a profound difference in the lives of our residents and their families each and every day.

To all of the Dominion nurses who work round-the-clock to love and care for our residents, thank you!

In Bristol, Tennessee, memory care services are less than a ten-minute drive from the Virginia border. This specialized version of senior care is specifically for people living with dementia. Dominion of Bristol provides this care to remove the caregiving burden from family members.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over 270,000 people live in Tennessee and Virginia with this form of cognitive impairment. By 2025, those numbers will increase approximately 20 percent.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia in the United States and accounts for 60-80 percent of cases of dementia. Other forms of dementia include:

  • Mixed dementia
  • Vascular dementia
  • Lewy Body dementia
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease dementia

Memory Care From Tennessee to Virginia

Family caregivers are often the first to provide support to people with dementia. In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, loved ones may only need small amounts of care and supervision. However, caregiving can quickly turn into a full-time job.

Assisted living care facilities that focus on Alzheimer’s and dementia provide relief to prevent caregiver burnout and let families enjoy quality time together. Care teams with specialized staff take duties away from relatives and offer them peace of mind.

Dominion of Bristol | Seniors doing memory care activities
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Memory care at Dominion of Bristol offers a unique opportunity for people in Virginia to cut their costs for Alzheimer’s care.

How much is memory care?

According to the 2021 Cost of Care Survey, the national average for a senior living community is $4500 per month. Senior care in Virginia is higher ($5250), and Tennessee is slightly lower ($4150).

Because memory care is a specialized service, its monthly cost is higher than an independent living or assisted living community. Home health care is also an option for part-time support, but as most forms of dementia are progressive, loved ones will require 24-hour care. Full-time home care is over double the price of nursing home care.

Between Tennessee and Virginia, nursing home costs average between $7000 and $9000 per month. The skilled nursing care available in these facilities is for older adults who require medical treatment due to a chronic condition or recovery from a procedure. Because nursing homes are classified as health care facilities, temporary stays usually receive financial assistance from insurance or Medicare.

While Alzheimer’s and dementia care is available in some nursing homes, most people with memory loss do not require skilled nursing care.

Families in Virginia can find cost-effective options for care by visiting Tennessee.

The Benefits of Memory Care in Tennessee

Dominion of Bristol supports seniors living with dementia in a secure and loving home. Our residents can experience independence, accomplishment, and a sense of community thanks to our dedicated care staff.

Offering personalized activities of daily living and individualized projects is one way to reduce the anxiety and agitation some seniors with dementia experience. With access to daily engaging activities, residents are less likely to be:

  • Bored
  • Anxious
  • Stressed
  • Depressed

Family caregivers may face many challenges because their loved one is bored and lonely. It’s often difficult to provide basic care for yourself and a person with dementia while also finding time for activities and socialization. A study in the United Kingdom found that over 60 percent of people with dementia felt lonely, and 77 percent experienced depression and anxiety.

The trained memory loss experts at Dominion of Bristol assist residents with daily tasks as outlined in their personal care plan. We assist with duties such as:

  • Bathing and grooming
  • Personal hygiene care
  • Manage and administer medications
  • Meal preparation and eating
  • Transfering

Offering these services gives our seniors a chance to explore their passions, stay active, and make new friends throughout the community. Some of our daily events and activities include:

Dominion of Bristol | Residents on the community bus having ice cream
Dominion of Bristol residents eating ice cream

Our Bristol senior living memory care community provides residents with care day and night. Our care team understands that living with memory loss sometimes means being alert at times when most people are asleep. Help is always available at Dominion of Bristol.

Short-term Dementia Care in Bristol, TN

Our community is happy to be a resource for family members from Northern Tennessee to Virginia. We also provide short-term respite care stays for when caregivers need a break. Loved ones can live in our calming environment and expect the same comforts as our permanent residents.

Dementia respite care includes:

  • A private living space
  • 24-hour specialized care
  • Activities of daily living
  • Three meals and snacks per day
  • Access to enriching activities
  • Transportation to and from medical appointments


Visit Memory Care in Bristol

Find relief with memory care at Dominion of Bristol. We are conveniently located between Volunteer Pkwy and Bluff City Hwy in Bristol, TN. Contact us to ask questions and request a tour of our beautiful community.


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