Dorothy (front), Susan Wielechowski’s Aunt, and Sis(rear) were the inspiration and two of the original residents of Circle of Life.
About Circle of Life Care
Circle of Life Alzheimer's Homes is an organization whose sole focus is to uphold the dignity and respect of those afflicted with dementia. The goal is achieved by combining the contributions of all involved:
Family members, and
We have approached caregiving with that focus, from the time of our founding.
In 2009, Sue Wielechowski started her first residential home in New Jersey when caring for her aunt Dorothy.
Following an accidental fall which required physical therapy and rehabilitation, Dorothy was "temporarily' placed into a nursing home to oversee her recovery. Over the course of a few weeks, a temporary stay ultimately became a permanent stay.
Every week Sue would visit Dorothy for dinner and they would discuss the type of care she was receiving. Time after time Dorothy pleaded only for the independence she once had and the comfort of her own home. Thus began Sue’s journey into private residential care.
Due to a lack of curated care options in southern New Jersey for those with Alzheimer’s and various forms of dementia (which Dorothy herself had begun to develop in her old age), Sue turned her focus to those patients who she believed were not fairly represented in the home care community. She opened her first home in November 2009 with three residents in tow from other facilities.
Circle of Life provides assisted living residences in exquisite Northern Arizona for Alzheimer’s and others confronted with dementia -- each home is limited to three to five residents that live together with their certified caregivers.
Circle of Life specializes in the care of persons afflicted with Alzheimer’s and dementia -- however, seniors facing TBI's and Parkinson's challenges are equally welcome.
The small number of residents facilitates the one-on-one care and attention each senior deserves.
Scheduling is flexible: so we can fulfill each resident's desires and needs.
Visiting hours are open: you are more than welcome to spend time as you wish.
Circle of Life's Person Direct Care approach aims to assure that those under our care are seen individuals, NOT by focusing on their illnesses or on abilities they may have lost -- and as importantly, not on treating people as a collection of symptoms and behaviors to be controlled -- in other words, by 'warehousing" them.
Person Direct Care considers the person as a whole -- taking into account each individual’s unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs.