Auxiliary House Memory Care Facility in Bethesda, MD

Auxiliary House is a memory care home in Bethesda, Maryland, that caters to residents in the early and moderate stages of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Our personalized approach to memory 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 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland. 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. Memory care residents can enjoy their independence and privacy while socializing with other residents and staff in the communal living room, dining room, kitchen, or sitting area.

Most of our residents’ needs fall in between those of a traditional assisted living community 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 in Montgomery County, which began in 1995 as an alternative to the larger and more institutionalized senior living communities. Our mission is to create a home-like environment where our residents can feel safe, comfortable, and loved. We believe quality memory care programs should be about an intimate relationship with our residents and a partnership with our families.

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 members 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 resident’s likes and dislikes. Our staff knows our residents’ favorite ice cream flavors 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 services. Our staff gets to know the residents personally, enabling us to offer care 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, podiatrists, dentists, and geriatric psychiatrists. Residents are welcome to continue to see their own healthcare providers, but we provide the option to utilize our doctors for convenience, and more monitored medical oversight.
Personal dining options

Personalized Dining

Auxiliary House offers three home-cooked meals a day and 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 family members to bring in special foods, giving residents the chance to find comfort in the food they've always enjoyed. We encourage residents who are able to participate in mealtime 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 management team members have worked with us for over a decade, some even longer. This speaks volumes about our staff’s dedication and experience in an industry with high turnover. We maintain a small resident capacity of 8, allowing our team to connect with each resident personally.

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.

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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Our high staff-to-resident ratio and the dedication and commitment of our caregivers help make us one of the best memory care facilities 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


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