Dementia Care in Bethesda, Maryland

Exterior view of Hillwood; Cedar Creek senior living in Bethesda, MD

Hillwood is an 8-bed memory care home situated in Bethesda, Maryland. Hillwood is part of Cedar Creek Memory Care Homes, which began in 1995 as an alternative to the larger and more institutionalized settings. With trained caregivers, numerous activities, and a homelike environment, residents are offered a safe memory care community where they will be treated with dignity and respect. Our dementia care in Bethesda, Maryland is designed to meet the unique needs of individuals living with memory loss.

Hillwood memory care home is located in the city of Bethesda, Maryland in Montgomery County between the Bethesda Country Club and Burning Tree Club. Dementia care residents can take in the picturesque surroundings of the city of Bethesda in the neighborhood of Burning Tree Estates.

Our memory care facility provides dementia and Alzheimer’s care services for residents with all levels of physical and cognitive needs, including end-of-life care. The private rooms and communal living space allow residents to enjoy both privacy and the company of other residents.

Established in 1995

8 Private Rooms

1:3 Staff-to-Resident Ratio

About Hillwood: Premier Dementia Care in Bethesda, MD

Respect is the cornerstone of who we are and our approach to care at Hillwood. We recognize that our residents are individuals with lifelong experiences. They deserve to be treated with dignity and to maintain their sense of self-worth. Our mission is to create a home-like environment where our residents with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia can feel safe, comfortable, and loved. We believe true dementia care is about an intimate relationship with our residents and a partnership with our families.

We support their right to privacy, their right to choose their daily routine, and their right to retain their existing state of well-being. We meet them where they are, designing a memory care program that builds on their skills and abilities and maximizes their opportunity for success.

While we are near many amenities, our location at the top of our long driveway up a small hill gives Hillwood a sense of privacy within the midst of a busy community. Both our front and backyard bird-feeders are frequented daily by numerous varieties of birds and our residents enjoy the peace and quiet of the natural surroundings.

Our senior living community consists of 8 private rooms with a common kitchen, dining room, living room, and sitting area for residents to enjoy. Our homes are specifically designed to resemble a home that our residents may have once lived in. Creating this aura of familiarity is what brings our residents comfort and a sense of normalcy.

Our Approach to Memory Care in Bethesda, MD

A senior engaged in dementia care activities at Cedar Creek's memory care home in Bethesda, Maryland

Activities for Cognitive Stimulation

Hillwood has a unique and individualized activity program, structured to meet the needs of residents with memory loss. Our amazing full-time activity therapist learns about each residents' unique background and finds opportunities to bring them joy. You may find her outside working with residents in our garden, taking residents on a journey with her iPad to explore their hometown, leading a reminiscence group, or playing resident's favorite songs on the piano. In addition, our caregivers are trained to engage residents in meaningful activities throughout the day, such as leading daily exercises or sing-a-longs, working on puzzles, and art projects.
Home-cooked meals at Cedar Creek's home for dementia care in Bethesda, Maryland

Home-Cooked Meals for Residents

Residents enjoy three home-cooked meals a day, as well as snacks tailored to their preferences. Because of the small size of our memory care facility, staff can cater meals to the resident's individual preferences and families can bring in special food items their loved ones may enjoy as well. Meals are served in our common dining room to encourage socialization and participation in meal-time. You might find a resident helping staff to set the table, or sitting in the kitchen with the staff while they cook dinner.
Meals are served in our common dining room to encourage socialization and participation in meal-time. You might find a resident helping staff to set the table, or sitting in the kitchen with the staff while they cook dinner.

Uncovering Personal Journeys: Sharing Unique Life Stories

When a new resident moves into Hillwood, we write a short biography on each individual to highlight their life’s accomplishments and to give us insight into the person they were before their memory loss. We discuss where they grew up, what they spent their lives doing, their families, hobbies, and their greatest achievements.

This “Family Album” provides the basic framework for our activity program. If we have a resident who loves to garden, we make sure to add gardening into our schedule. If a resident was an artist, our Activity Therapist spends time doing art programs with the residents. Our activity program is therefore constantly changing and why we can say it is truly unique.

Compassionate Senior Care Services

We have on-site, awake staff 24/7. Our staff members are well trained to provide personal care services, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, medication administration, assistance with ambulation and feeding when needed. They can provide care that is personalized since they know not only about the physical needs of each resident but also about their rich and personal history. Knowing this type of information when providing compassionate care is invaluable. Our high staff-to-resident ratio allows our staff to dedicate time to caring for each resident.

In addition to our staff, we have doctors, nurses, therapists, dentists, podiatrists, and other health care professionals who can visit residents at Hillwood. Residents are welcome to continue to see their own health care providers, but we provide internal care options of utilizing our doctors for convenience and more monitored medical oversight.

A Team Committed to Personalized Care for Dementia & Alzheimer’s

A dedicated caregiver supporting a resident with Alzheimer's disease at the Bethesda memory care home.

With a resident capacity of 8 and a staff-to-resident ratio of 1:3 during the day and 1:8 overnight. Our caregivers get to know each resident personally, enabling them to provide individualized care.

What differentiates Hillwood from other communities is the loyalty of our staff. Many of our caregivers have been working with us for over 10 years, some for over 20. In a field with a generally high turnover rate, these numbers demonstrate our staff’s dedication and passion for long-term care.

In addition to our caregivers, our management team consists of a delegating nurse, an operations coordinator, a human resources manager, a business manager, an activity therapist, a maintenance supervisor, and two directors.

An older woman preps meals for memory care residents with dementia in Bethesda, Maryland

Home-Cooked Meals & Housekeeping

With only 8 residents, our intimate environment enables us to tailor meals to our resident's specific needs and preferences. We have a professional cleaning service visit every two weeks to complement our staff's efforts. We also have on-site laundry facilities to ensure our residents always have clean clothing, bedding, and towels.
A Bethesda dementia caregiver assists a senior in a wheelchair at Hillwood memory care home

Custom-Tailored Senior Care

The goal of Hillwood memory care community is to engage residents in activities designed to provide meaning and improve quality of life. The activities at Hillwood are therefore constantly evolving and may include art, music, exercise, word games, reminiscence therapy, puzzles, and more.

25+ Years of Expertise in Providing Memory Care

Finding a place that meets the ever-changing needs of your loved one is no small task. Our 25+ years of experience in memory care has helped make us one of the best memory care facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.

At Hillwood, our home becomes our residents’ home. We take the responsibility of caring for your loved one the same way we would expect for our own family members. For us, there’s no higher praise than the smile of an engaged, happy resident or the thanks of a grateful relative. Contact us today to schedule a tour and discover the compassionate dementia care we provide in Bethesda, MD.

What Families Say About Our Home for Dementia Care in Bethesda, Maryland

Ashley Dotson Madison

This community was great! They were very helpful and informative, and had a lot to offer for a much lower price then a lot of the other surrounding communities! Also love how all their homes are memory care homes in a small intimate environment!

Elaine Kallen Fertig

After visiting other facilities I chose Auxiliary House for my father as the staff was very one-on-one, dedicated, caring and their personal involvement with my father was outstanding – also making the family feel reassured and comfortable.

Kathy Sabatier

My mother has been a resident at Auxiliary House for over 4 years. We feel so fortunate to have found this wonderful place where the staff care so deeply for all the residents.

Ann Moseley

My mother has been in Cedar Glen for two and a half years. It was the second facility I visited and my search stopped there. It’s a genuine home, not at all institutional, where all the residents are known and loved as individuals. It’s also very professionally run and there are clearly systems in place to ensure high standards of care. Staff turnover seems almost nonexistent. It’s exactly what a care home should be and I feel so lucky to have found it.

Dave Chapman

My mother lives here. Ruthie and Anna are the best, not just for managing the facility and communicating to families, but for being visionary and pro-active during these very trying times. I never wonder if my mom is well cared for. Thanks to all the staff for everything they do for all the residents, not just my mom — we’re lucky to have found this home.

Tracy Perkins

Mom moved from Auxiliary House to Hillwood when she needed more care. Both houses are managed by Cedar Creek. Fabulous company that knows dementia inside and out and cares for the residents in small homes (not institutional entities). Staff are great and have a long tenure with the company, the management is helpful and informed, and we couldn’t be happier with the care they provide. Strongly recommend. It was a great place for Mom.

Mary Goldstein

Hillwood is Amazing! My Uncle has been there since October of 2019 and he is very happy. If you want your love one to be safe, happy and well cared for this is the place for them! I am so thankful for all the staff and management do for my Uncle.

Joanne Irving

I cannot say enough positive things about the wonderful care and attention my mother receives from the superb staff at the Cedar Creek Homes. I feel blessed to have found them.

Jane Kelley

Exceptional management. Wonderful and VERY dedicated staff. Loving environment. Creative activities. I can’t say enough positive things about my 11 year experience at this home. You will sleep well at night knowing your family member is in the best possible hands.

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Hillwood Memory Care Home
7401 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 384-4017


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