Memory Care Home in Bethesda, Maryland

Auxiliary House is a memory care home in Bethesda, Maryland that caters to residents in the early and moderate stages of dementia. Our personalized approach to Alzheimer’s care, small home-like environment, and high staff-to-resident ratios make Auxiliary House an excellent option for residents with memory care needs.

Auxiliary House is a cozy, two-story home off of Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland in Montgomery County. It’s conveniently located across the street from Suburban Hospital and NIH Clinical Center. Its proximity to downtown Bethesda and Washington, DC makes it a very convenient option for families. 

Auxiliary House has 8 private studio bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. Residents can enjoy their independence and privacy while also having the opportunity for socialization with other residents and staff in the communal living room, dining room, kitchen, or sitting area. During nice weather, residents can relax outside on the porch or by our vegetable garden. 

Most of our residents’ needs fall in between those of traditional assisted living and memory care. We offer the security and safety features of a standard memory care community while also encouraging our residents to stay active and engaged.

Established in 1995

8 Private Rooms

1:4 Staff-to-Resident Ratio

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About Our Facility

Auxiliary House is part of Cedar Creek Memory Care Homes, which began in 1995 as an alternative to the larger and more institutionalized settings. Our mission is to create a home-like environment where our residents 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.

Auxiliary House offers the comfort of a small, two-story home situated in Bethesda, Maryland in Montgomery County. While located right across the street from NIH and Suburban Hospital, residents can still enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Bradmoor neighborhood.

Our home is designed for residents in the early to moderate stages of dementia. We provide 8 private studio bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. Auxiliary House also has a communal kitchen, dining room, living room, and sitting area for residents to enjoy.

Activities & Services

In order to encourage our residents to continue activities they may have been involved with in their homes, it is not uncommon to find a resident helping to set the table for meals, helping staff to fold laundry, or watering the flowers. Engaging our residents in meaningful activities around the home helps to create an aura of familiarity that brings them comfort and a sense of purpose. 

When residents move into Auxiliary House, we create a short biography that highlights their life accomplishments, where they are from, their talents and hobbies, and what brings them joy. Our “Family Album” with everyone’s story creates the basis for our activity program. It’s a way for our residents and staff to make connections and for our staff to learn about our residents and who they were before their memory loss.

Additionally, our residents enjoy three home-cooked meals a day served in our communal dining room. Not only does our staff adjust for allergies and dietary restrictions but we also know each residents’ likes and dislikes. Our staff knows our residents’ favorite ice cream flavor and how they like their coffee or tea.

Memory care facility residents in Bethesda, Maryland

Quality Personal Care

We have trained staff available 24/7 to help residents with activities of daily living, medication management, ambulation assistance, nutrition monitoring, housekeeping and laundry. Our staff get to know the residents on a personal level, enabling us to offer personalized care that is tailored to each individual's needs. In addition to our staff of caregivers, we have a delegating nurse along with medical professionals who visit the community. These include physicians, therapists, a podiatrist, a dentist, and a geriatric psychiatrist. Residents are welcome to continue to see their own health care providers, but we provide the option to utilize our doctors for convenience and more monitored medical oversight.
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Personalized Dining

Auxiliary House offers three home-cooked meals a day, as well as snacks, served in our communal dining room. Our small environment allows staff the opportunity to cater to the likes and dislikes of each individual resident. In addition to residents dietary needs and allergy restrictions, we know each person's favorite cereal and beverage of choice. We also encourage families to bring in special foods, giving residents the chance to find comfort in food they’ve always enjoyed. We encourage residents who are able to participate in meal time preparation. You might find a resident helping to set the table or clear the dishes, providing them with a sense of purpose and comfort and familiarity with household tasks.

Our Caregivers at Auxiliary House

What makes Auxiliary House stand out is the dedication of our staff. Many of our caregivers and members of our management team have worked with us for over a decade, some even longer. In an industry with high turnover, this speaks volumes about our staff’s dedication and experience. We maintain a small resident capacity of 8 which gives our team the ability to connect with each resident on a personal level. One way this is done is by creating “Family Albums.” Each resident receives their own short biography that documents their backgrounds, interests, and achievements; by reading and sharing these albums, staff members get to know our residents beyond their basic medical needs.

With a resident capacity of 8 and a staff of 10, our caregivers get to know each resident on a personal level. This allows them to deliver individualized and high-quality dementia care. Many of our staff have been with us for 10 to 20 years — in an industry with a generally high turnover rate, this number speaks volumes to the dedication and commitment of our employees. 

We have an excellent staff-to-resident ratio of 1:4 during the day and 1:8 overnight. We have staff available 24/7 to assist with activities of daily living, medication management, nutrition monitoring, housekeeping, and laundry. 

In addition to our caregivers and medication technicians, we have a delegating nurse,  two directors, an activity therapist, a maintenance supervisor, a human resources manager, and a business manager. Our team of dedicated staff works together to keep Auxiliary House running smoothly. 

Our staff to resident ratio of 1:4 allows us to provide very individualized care. Our caregivers assist with activities of daily living including bathing, dressing, grooming, medication management, nutritional monitoring, and laundry and housekeeping. We also provide in-house access to external health specialists when needed, such as doctors, mobile dentists, podiatrists, therapists, and geriatric psychiatrists.

Our homes run smoothly thanks to a team of dedicated individuals. In addition to our caregivers, we employ a delegating nurse, two directors, a maintenance supervisor, human resources manager, and a business manager. We also have an activity therapist who works directly with residents to design programs that meet their unique interests.

What Families Say

Bill Stein

These homes are wonderful. My mother was in two of them and my wife was in a third. Extraordinary care, a loving staff, and a family atmosphere. There is no place other than these homes that I would want my loved ones to be. They go beyond that extra mile to ensure that everything is right for our loved ones and their families. If you are looking for a special place, look no further. Cedar Creek Homes will provide the best care with love.

Anita Wahi

My dad lived there for about five years before he passed away last year. He had lived in other assisted living facilities before, but nothing compared to the care and love they gave him at Maple Ridge. My sister and I are so thankful to have found them and entrusted our dad’s care to them. Thank you, Maple Ridge.

Roz Blackstone

My mother lived the last few years of her life at Maple Ridge and received wonderful care there. I especially appreciated the pro-active thinking on the part of Anna, the administrator, and the great communication we established regarding Mom’s medical condition. Thanks to all of the staff there for all of their help.

Doris Jones

Cedar creek has been so great with my mother, I know she is in excellent quality care and a place she enjoys.

Amy McClure

Your help in this challenging period is greatly appreciated. Our entire family extends our thanks for what cedar creek has done for our father.

Selena Gollet

They have come to me when I felt the most desperate and shed a light on my way. Thank you cedar creek for all you have done.

Contact Us

Our high staff-to-resident ratio and the dedication and commitment of our caregivers help make us one of the leading dementia care providers in Bethesda, Maryland. Learn more about our home by filling out our contact form or calling us at 301-384-4017

Auxiliary House Memory Care Home
5501 Southwick St, Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 384-4017