Memory Therapy Services in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Dementia and memory loss can affect the lives of those with it greatly, as well as their families. If your loved one is struggling with the symptoms of dementia, you don’t have to take on all of their care alone. At Terra Vista, we provide a safe environment for our residents to thrive with memory care therapies and programs. Your loved one will be in the very best hands.

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Types of Memory Therapy For Dementia

Physical Therapy

At Terra Vista, we offer a variety of activities that promote physical wellness. It’s essential that our residents feel safe and secure when they take part in physical exercise, which is why we have an expansive Innerwalk™ that is over 18,000 square feet. It provides our residents with beautiful gardens, walking pathways, and open areas to safely join in on our many activities.

Your loved one can participate in:

  • Yoga therapy
  • Day trip outings
  • Group walks
  • Gardening
  • Much more

Staying physically active has a myriad of benefits for your loved ones with dementia, including:

  • Improved sleep
  • Better overall fitness
  • Greater self-esteem
  • Reduced depression and social isolation

Keeping up physical health with enriching activities is absolutely essential to the happiness and health of our residents.

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Speech Therapy

Speech therapy has benefits for not only communication but for cognitive function, as well.

There are three main targets in speech therapy for our residents with dementia.


There are different stages of dementia, and as your loved one reaches the later stages, they will have some trouble understanding what’s being said to them and communicating their thoughts.

Our speech therapists help to preserve the ability to communicate. They can also offer suggestions for other methods to communicate with your loved one beyond verbal, like written words or pictures.


Our speech therapists will promote cognitive functions by doing activities with your loved ones that involve problem-solving, memory, and maintaining attention.


Speech therapists are essential in the late stages of dementia when your loved one may start to have trouble with drinking, eating, and swallowing independently.

Chewing and swallowing can become more challenging, as the muscles and mechanisms in their throat will no longer function like they used to. They will have less protection against the airway, which can cause them to choke.

Our speech therapy program typically includes:

  • Assessments
  • Reports
  • Reviews
  • Therapy programs
  • Support groups
  • Advice
  • Education

The assessments that are performed are vital for deciding on the most clinically appropriate and effective treatment plan for your loved one.

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Validation Therapy

The Validation method was first created by Naomi Fell in 1982 and has since been put into practice to help communicate with loved ones with dementia.

This method of communication puts empathy and listening first to ease any disorientation or frustrations that your loved one has. It suggests that you don’t try to pull them into your reality, but instead, you enter theirs. The conversations using the validation method will focus more on emotion rather than whether or not what is said is factually accurate.

At Terra Vista, we apply validation therapy to all of our residents so that they are both heard and seen the way that they want to be. This eases combative behavior and makes your loved one feel respected and comfortable.

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Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

At Terra Vista, we offer cognitive stimulation therapy to maintain our residents’ cognitive functions. This therapy involves a series of activities that not only promote cognitive health but also help them connect with others who are going through the same experience as them.

Some cognitive stimulation therapy activities could include:

  • Solving math problems
  • Coloring or drawing
  • Solving puzzles
  • Playing card and board games
  • Reading
  • Listening to music
  • Singing songs

Performing these activities regularly can have the following benefits:

  • Improved mood
  • Reduced agitation
  • Increased social engagement
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved cognitive function in many areas, like problem-solving, attention span, memory, language skills, planning, and reasoning
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Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapy programs we provide to our residents are vital to helping your loved one maintain their independence on a day-to-day basis.

This includes tasks like:

  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Sleeping
  • Communicating
  • Using the bathroom

In our occupational programs, we focus on four strategies to benefit your loved one.

Environment Modification

Environment modification is about giving your loved one a space that is safe for them through adaption, personal assistance, and verbal and social support.

Maintenance & Support Systems

With dementia, it makes it difficult to remember daily routines and habits. In occupational therapy, we support your loved one by reinforcing their habits and basic functions. This can be through the use of signs or by making it easier for them to perform their daily activities.

Promoting Their Strengths

With dementia, it makes it difficult to remember daily routines and habits. In occupational therapy, we support your loved one by reinforcing their habits and basic functions. This can be through the use of signs or by making it easier for them to perform their daily activities.

Physical and Cognitive Improvement

Physical and cognitive improvement requires activities that involve physical exercise and cognitive functions.
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Horticulture Therapy

In our gorgeous Innerwalk™, there are a number of gardens that offer the opportunity for horticultural therapy. During this practice, your loved one will be assisted by a therapist to learn and master planting, watering, and caring for plants.

Horticulture therapy offers a selection of benefits, like:

  • Promoting confidence and curiosity
  • Improving communication skills
  • Strengthening memory & cognition

Art Therapy

Art therapy offers numerous benefits for dementia patients, including increased confidence, enhanced motor skills, and maintained social connections. Through creative expression, individuals with dementia can find purpose and accomplishment, alleviate anxiety, and foster non-verbal communication. Popular activities like coloring, painting, sculpting, crafts, and decorating baked goods provide engaging outlets for artistic expression and memory preservation.

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Pet Therapy

Pet therapy offers numerous benefits for dementia patients, including improved self-esteem, reduced agitation, and increased social interaction. Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and fish are popular choices, each with unique advantages and considerations. At Terra Vista, we prioritize your loved one’s happiness and well-being, offering pet companionship alongside tailored memory therapy programs.


Aromatherapy makes use of scented essential oils from flowers, herbs, trees, and other plants to improve mental and physical well-being. It is gaining traction in dementia care as these oils can aid cognitive function, emotional stability, and physical relaxation. Lavender, bergamot, lemon balm, and rosemary are among the recommended scents. Ongoing research supports aromatherapy’s role in enhancing memory and mood, indicating its promising future in care settings.

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Our Recent Google Reviews

Based on 47 reviews
Tom Gearing
Tom Gearing
March 10, 2023
It was a relief to see the wonderful facility that my sister can now call home. The staff is very professional, attentive and comforting to the residents. I feel very comfortable knowing the great care that Oakbrook Terrace provides.
robin krusenoski
robin krusenoski
January 5, 2023
Just had a really comprehensive care plan meeting. The staff are good listeners and have great ideas. Thank you
Stacy Schuler
Stacy Schuler
December 30, 2022
The workers are so kind, and my aunt is so loved & well-cared for at Terra Vista! The facility is also clean & well-maintained.
Timothy O'Reilly
Timothy O'Reilly
December 30, 2022
Terra Vista is a top notch Care Facility!!! No matter what time I go there the Staff is always friendly and caring. The facility is always Clean and Oder free.. I highly recommend Terra Vista as a Top Notch Memory Care Facility...
Maria Wachholz
Maria Wachholz
December 7, 2022
My mom lived at Terra Vista for almost 5 years and they were professional, caring and attentive. They always listened to her needs and then came up with solutions to help her. The staff is amazing! The nurses, caregivers, office staff, everyone is helpful and personable. I knew that my mom was safe and they were equipped to deal with her needs. Always going above and beyond. Thank you Terra Vista!
Lisa Callahan
Lisa Callahan
November 30, 2022
Such sweet care and love given by a warm, thoughtful staff.
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NIcole Trusty
November 24, 2022
In one word, Awesome!!!!!!!!

Benefits of the Holistic Memory Care Approach

Delay Disease Progression

Both cognitive and physical therapies can help delay the progression of dementia. They help your loved one stay independent for longer and help them retain their cognitive abilities.

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Encourage Physical Fitness

Physical exercise assists with both physical and mental health, no matter what stage of dementia your loved one is in. Keeping up their fitness can help them maintain their independence by promoting the strength that’s needed to dress, clean, and perform other daily activities. It also helps them sleep, which is excellent for their mental health.

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Help Cope With Disease Symptoms

As the stages of dementia develop further, so do its symptoms. The effects of this disease can be very scary, which is why memory care focuses on helping your loved one cope with their evolving symptoms.

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Stay Socially Active

When your loved one participates in our many enriching programs, there is always time and opportunity to make new friends or stay connected to old ones.

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Reminisce About the Past

While short-term memory suffers with dementia, long-term memories are usually held onto. Reminiscing about your loved one’s important memories can help improve memory, stimulate mental activity, and improve their overall well-being.

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Memory Care Therapy With Terra Vista

At Terra Vista, your loved one’s safety and health are our top priority. For this very reason, we have programs designed specifically to benefit our residents, from speech therapy, socialization, exercise, and much more in a secure environment.

All of our residents are family at Terra Vista, and we are committed to providing them with comprehensive care, a safe and secure environment, and enriching activities that bring joy to each day. If you’d like to learn more about what makes our memory care center award-winning, call us at 630-793-0753, or contact us online.

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