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.
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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.
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 25 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.
We also provide in-house access to external health specialists when needed, such as doctors, mobile dentists, podiatrists, therapists, and geriatric psychiatrists.
What Families Say
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.