Benchmark at Rye

295 Lafayette Rd, Rye, NH 03870

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About the community Benchmark at Rye

Evolve Senior Living at Rye ~ assisted living care and compassion. Residents live their lives here with dignity in a safe, secure, and peaceful setting. We are an open, welcoming community and always have a place at the table at meal times for family members and visitors.

Coastal architecture in a beautiful setting; spacious and accommodating residences; and pleasing decor give Evolve at Rye a 'home-like' environment. We offer individualized loving care as well as continuing programs to support residents and their loved ones throughout the aging process. At Evolve at Rye residents and their families experience all the comforts of home...and then some.

Because memory care is our primary mission, every element of the Evolve at Rye home environment—from the residences to common areas to care management and staff training—is designed specifically to provide specialized care for the body, mind, and spirit of each resident. We recognize the challenges and opportunities of memory impairment and treat each resident with love, respect, and understanding to bring joy to their lives.

Senior Living Options Offered

Memory care

Pricing for Benchmark at Rye

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Amenities at Benchmark at Rye

Health Care Services

Diabetic care
Memory care
Incontinence care
Ambulatory care
Medication management

Staffing & ancillary services

Hospice available on-site
Doctor
Podiatrist
Physical therapist

Meals & Dining

Meals provided
Guest meals
Professional chef
Room service

Room Amenities

Wheelchair accessible showers
Bath tubs
Respite or short term stays offered
Wi-fi/high-speed internet
Ground floor units
Handicap accessible

Community Amenities

Memory care services

Wander guard or similar system available
Secured community
Designed specifically to accommodate memory loss
Memory care only community

Transporation & parking

Resident parking available
Transportation at cost
Property convenient to public transit

Common areas

Outdoor common areas
Indoor common areas
Indoor atrium
Beauty salon

Services

Beautician
Housekeeping
Laundry service / drycleaning

Languages spoken

Spanish

Primary language spoken by staff

English

Recreational areas

Arts and crafts center
Fitness center
Piano or organ
Raised garden beds

On-site dining options

Private dining room

Activities

Devotional activities on-site
Visiting chaplain or priest
Protestant services
Catholic services

Reviews for Benchmark at Rye

3.5

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3.4

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5.0
May 7, 2020
The White family - Loved one of resident/client
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A loving commuity

The initial engagement with the community was great. Evolve was very supportive in helping my parents in their transition from home to assisted living. They have been very accommodating with my parents specific food preferences. They offer two options at each meal and the food is healthy, tasty, and my parents really enjoy it. The activities have been very interactive and engaging. It was beautiful to see that my mom painted a picture. The staff recognize my parents individual needs and allow them to adjust. The staff spend the time to really get to know the residents personally. All of the staff are very attentive, Whenever we have a concern, they respond immediately by contacting us, truly listening and understanding us, and addressing the concern which gives our family great peace of mind.


5.0
May 5, 2020
Carol Bridges - Loved one of resident/client
The best care for mom

My mother has been a resident at Evolve since June of 2018. I could not be happier with the facility. The entire staff is wonderful including the nursing staff, LNA's, activities directors, chefs and dinning staff and the cleaning staff. There is such a feeling of family. The staff works very hard to meet the needs of each and every resident. The facility itself is beautiful and clean. The food is delicious. Mom is always a member of the clean plate Club! My mother thinks she's staying at a luxury hotel! The staff has been great through the quarantine. I receive email updates, texts and pictures of my mom quite often and once a week or so we are able to Face Time with her which has been so wonderful.


1.5
May 11, 2019
Brita - Loved one of resident/client
Memory Care Home?

The design of the residence has walkers and wanders in mind, which was the main draw when looking for a home for my mother. But monitoring of walkers is not staffed specifically, and Evolve’s care plan requires that a resident be located only after a full 2 hours have passed. In addition, the levels of care outline only personal care and habits of daily living, but do not at all address levels of management for Dementia behaviors. Likewise, activities are planned for gathering all residents at once, and no side activities are made readily available for residents who do not prefer the group activity or whose attention wanders.

Response from Benchmark at Rye

May 24, 2019

Good afternoon, Brita, I hope your day is going well. My name is Shawn, and I work at the Milestone Support Center (located in Vancouver, WA). I want to apologize for the experience you have had at this community. We strive to provide the best care and service to our residents and families. This review has been shared with the community and regional leadership team for further review. I hope I can help address some of the concerns you brought up. The design of our community is a large circle. This allows any member of our staff team to view the residents at any time. This design also lets residents roam the building while interacting with any staff or residents throughout the community. We also encourage residents to join in on the activities in one of the two living rooms. If they don’t want to, they can also spend time in one of the common areas. The two hours that you described is our bathroom checks. With this community being small and intimate, residents are checked on every few minutes. This community has three levels of care that do focus on personal care. The behavioral side of Alzheimer’s and Dementia can be incorporated into these care levels, but this community is not a skilled nursing facility that is equipped to deal with more extreme behaviors resulting from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. You are correct that the activities could be improved. Milestone has managed this community since February of this year, and in that short time, many improvements have been made. We had the National Director of Memory Support Operations come to the community for specific training regarding scheduling activities for the residents. We also now have a full-time Activity Director to create new and different activities that residents can enjoy. We are always looking to improve our activities based on the changing populations and are always happy to discuss any programming concerns with families. If you wish to provide any additional details about your experience, please send a private Facebook message to this community. I can then forward it over to our regional leadership team. Thank you again, Brita, and have a great rest of your day. Shawn – Digital Marketing


5.0
May 1, 2018
Anonymous - Toured community

Evolve is a warm friendly community. Bright, immaculate, updated and welcoming. I liked the circular structure of the building that surrounded a courtyard. In the courtyard were raised gardens, beautiful sculpture and big weather proof wicker seating. French doors opened to this courtyard. Why do I describe this. Residents freely can go in and out of the building from all sides. Some residents are not tucked away in their own "secure" neighborhood, meaning locked in. At 92, my mother with dementia, Alzheimer type, is still highly physically functional. She would know she is locked away from the rest of the community. This is why Evolve's architecture impressed me. The Incoming residents can bring their own furniture. More important the residents no matter their depth of journey were interacting with the staff, who smiled to say hello to me. Transitioning my mother into a memory care community is likely the hardest journey for me. As I walked through the building I noticed family members coming and going and this was near to lunch-time. I told they come to have lunch with a resident. I felt a sense of peace in this place. Evolve in a nutshell, is like walking into a home not an institution.


5.0
May 3, 2017
Pamela Welch
A safe,secure & loving home for my dear friend

My dear friend has been a resident at Sanctuary Care in Rye NH for almost two years. When my dear friends husband had to make the very difficult decision, to place her in a home, I am so grateful that Sanctuary Care became his choice. I look forward to my visits with her as it does my heart good to see the love & compassion that surrounds her. Alzheimers, dementia is a horrible disease and it takes such a toll on the whole family. Knowing your loved one is being treated with dignity and is being cared for with loving, compassionate, caring hands will certainly help to put your mind at ease. I wish this disease did not exist and there wasn't such a need for facilities like this. But unfortunately, there is, and for that I am so grateful for Sanctuary Care.


5.0
April 21, 2017
Richard M. - Loved one of resident/client
Very Happy With Sanctuary Care

My wife has been a resident at Sanctuary Care for almost two years. At the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, the problems at this facility were so significant that I began searching for other accommodations for my wife. Any reviews of one star during that time period are being generous. There appeared to be a toxic work environment with constant turnover and understaffing problems, along with numerous other issues. In early 2016, The former director was let go, and new management began to make an immediate impact. I had placed a deposit with another Alzheimer’s unit that would finish construction in four months. Fortunately, that four month period gave me a chance to see that a majority of my major concerns were being corrected. I placed moving plans on hold, and I am so glad that I did. The turnaround that I have witnessed is nothing short of incredible. Any issues that I may voice to management are addressed immediately. There is a feeling of love and caring that is impossible for them to hide. As I am writing this, I can see the faces of all the people that are responsible for these improvements. It is from top to bottom. The kitchen turnaround has also been remarkable. The new chef has changed more the just the menu. The kitchen staff is out interacting with the residents on a regular basis. If you are visiting at mealtime, you will always be offered a meal at no extra charge. Mealtime is now a wonderful shared experience, in addition to the food being great!!! Last but not least , the LNA’s. They are angels. I have recently learned that a number of them have a very lengthy commuting distance. They most certainly have similar job opportunities that are closer to home, but they choose Sanctuary Care because they tell me that they like it here. That speaks volumes. If you are reading these reviews there is a good chance that you are in the middle of a very difficult decision. I am comfortable offering my positive comments on Sanctuary Care and believe that they are worthy of serious consideration. I feel fortunate to have them caring for my wife.


5.0
March 20, 2017
Brenda Bouchard - Loved one of resident/client
Sanctuary Care is a Jewel on our Seacoast! We're so lucky to have a community like this in our backyard!

We are so very lucky to have a memory-care community with a staff of dedicated, hard-working, caring, loving, committed, respectful and beautiful people right here on the Seacoast who have established, fostered and brought to maturity the jewel that is Sanctuary Care! ... My husband has Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease. He's lived at Sanctuary Care for more than three-and-a-half years. In the past year, since [Removed], our Executive Director, stepped into the role and other well qualified and experienced people have taken on leadership/director roles in their areas of expertise, Sanctuary Care has become a premier memory-care community (I would disregard reviews prior to [Removed] direction and question anonymous reviews). The dedication and commitment of [Removed] and the Sanctuary Care family to their standards of care and understanding of memory loss and memory care, assistance with living, nursing, activities, dining and aging is beyond reproach. The atmosphere is pleasant, homey and very comfortable. The community is clean. The food is delicious. My husband is safe, happy, clean, cared for, engaged and loved more than I could have hoped for. His needs are met on every level. His quality of life is greater than I could have imagined - and frankly, more than I could have provided at home. He is treated with great dignity. The LNAs, nurses, activities, kitchen/dining staff and other support staff have some of the biggest hearts I've ever seen. They're angels! ... Seeing how loved, well cared for and happy my husband was, my sister and I made the decision to move our 90-year-old mother into Sanctuary Care last fall, as well. And while my husband's and mother's needs are very different, she, too, receives the same kind of loving care as my husband. Her needs are met where she is, just as my husband's needs are met where he is. Our mother is safe and secure (she's not alone anymore), content, stimulated, cared for, cared about, happy, treated with dignity and is an integral part of the community! ... I have been caring for my husband and mother for more than 12 years between the two of them. My standards and expectations are very high. We would never have considered moving our beloved mother into a community that didn't meet those standards and expectations. My sister and I discuss daily how delighted and grateful we are to the Sanctuary Care family and community for the care they give to our two precious family members in this season of their lives. ... As an aside, I recently spoke with a hospice nurse of 25 years who travels throughout New Hampshire. She said Sanctuary Care is the best community she visits and that the culture stood out to her on her first visit. She recognized that the care is truly resident centered and that the staff genuinely cares and loves their residents. That is a ringing endorsement! ... A musical entertainment group was recently performing, and they commented on how they had played in six different communities in the past week but they had not seen the kind of care, compassion and engagement they observed at Sanctuary Care. Another wonderful endorsement. ... I am also an Alzheimer's advocate. I received the 2016 Alzheimer's Association's Impact Movement Advocate of the Year Award in Washington, DC, last spring. I'm very involved with the Alzheimer's and related dementia community at large, and I wholeheartedly and fully endorse Sanctuary Care, their team, their community and the love and resident centered care they provide. That is saying a lot as I am now my husband's and my mother's care advocate, and I take their well-being and the care surrounding this stage of their lives VERY seriously and personally! ... My review is current, and unlike anonymous reviews, I am happy to leave my name and phone number if anyone should have any questions about this special community. Brenda Bouchard, [removed]


0.5
January 15, 2017
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Very Unhappy!

We are very unhappy with Sanctuary Care. The high turnover of staff is unacceptable. They lock the patients in their rooms at night, the aides hide in closets because they are afraid of some of the residents. At our family meeting we all decided that it was necessary to bring in a hospital bed. It took 2 months to finally have a bed brought in - unacceptable. They don't have enough staff. Many families are very disappointed not only our family. Dementia is a very sad disease and this facility only makes it harder for the residents and families. We have to barely give 1 star.


5.0
December 2, 2016
Jeanine G.

My mother has been at Sanctuary for almost 2 years. The last 6 months have brought wonderful changes to the community. The focus is, and continues to be, improvement in all areas. A new Food Director and a new Activities Manager, to mention a few, are bringing new and wonderful ideas to the home. My mother is extremely well cared for, and treated so lovingly, by everyone from the caregivers to the nurses to the administrative staff. My father, who visits daily, is made to feel very welcome, like a family member. The changes over the last 6 months under the leadership of the new Director have been very positive. I would confidently recommend Sanctuary Care to anyone who is in the process of transitioning their loved one to a community for people living with Alzheimer's.


4.0
November 11, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
Doing Much Better, My Mother is Being Cared For Well Here

It is still a bit of a transitional process for my mother here at this community. I know she is safe and being cared for well overall. She is doing better each day. They have a very good staff. They have been very helpful and friendly. They do a good job with keeping the community and her room well-kept. The location is very convenient for our families to travel too. Everything is working out very well, and I would recommend this community.


0.5
July 17, 2016
Anonymous - Resident/client
Terrible experience!

The experience that we had a Sanctuary Care was terrible. The staff turnover is extremely high. They have gone through three executive directors. The food is terrible. Residents only receive water or watered down juice. The residents are locked in their rooms at night since they don't have enough staff during the evenings. Please don't let the outside fool you. These poor residents are not taken care of properly, with the turnover so high, they do not know the residents! Residents sit in urine soaked clothes, lie in beds for hours. Evening activities are sitting in front of a tv with no staff member close by.

Response from Benchmark at Rye

July 27, 2016

We are sorry your past experience was unpleasant. However, in the last six month's Sanctuary Care has undergone a renovation in staffing. Our current management team and nursing directors are dedicated to resident care. Staffing levels rise above memory care recomendations for assisted living. We are proud of our staff and the loving care they provide. Please stop by our community to take a second look at our community. We would love to see you pleasantly surprised! Linda Bresnahan Executive Director


5.0
May 16, 2016
Linda Boyle - Loved one of resident/client

My mom was at Sanctuary Care for a little over two years when she took a turn and started spiraling downward. I would like to share our family's experience of the "end of life" process. From the first sign, the nursing staff was on top of things. The staff Dr. was brought in to examine her (with my permission). By the way, he is wonderful. When she was taken to her bed and hospice was called in our vigil was begun. For five full days she was lovingly cared for, sat with and given appropriate medication to keep her calm and comfortable. Although she was mostly unresponsive, she was continuously changed, moved and cleaned. All the staff went out of their way to keep family members comfortable with food and drinks that never ended for five days. I really can't say enough about this staff. They made my mom's last days as peaceful and pain free as humanly possible. Their compassion and professionalism is top shelf. All of them, including the kitchen and maintenance staff were wonderful and respectful. At any given time there were upward of 13 family members there at all hours of the day and night and every one of them were highly impressed with staff at Sanctuary Care and the care given. Thank you Sanctuary Care.


5.0
March 24, 2016
Valerie Sobel - Loved one of resident/client
Verified Review
"Mimi's Place"

?It has been seven month since Mimi first walked through the doors at Sanctuary Care. We now call it "Mimi's Place" describing not only her location but also her state of mind. She vacillates between being alert and cognitively aware of everything around her and being confused and lacking orderly thoughts. I visit daily and feel totally welcomed by this staff. They are empathic and understand the needs of memory compromised individuals at varying stages. The staff are knowledgeable, patient, positive and masters at redirecting Mimi. I see and appreciate the care she receives and how they try to engage her with a robust set of activities. The internet Family Care Portal keeps my extended family involved in Mimi's daily routines. The staff, no matter what their position, knows the needs of each resident and work together with compassion to provide for their optimum care here at "Mimi's Place"


4.0
February 26, 2016
Paula Agrella - Loved one of resident/client
Not my experience at all.

Not much in those negative reviews make sense to me. My Mother has been in Sanctuary Care since it opened and has been very happy. This is a community and family should become part of the solution when possible instead of hypercritical. I read the negative reviews to my husband and he thought something was a little fishy too. Tour the facility and meet with the staff before making your decision. It helps to try to walk in the shoes of the caregivers. Extremely difficult job which sadly I could not do myself. I admire anyone that is in the profession of caring for elderly and especially persons with dementia. I am not that strong a person and I know it but I can be helpful and supportive of those taking that are doing what I cannot for my mother.


3.5
February 26, 2016
Paula Agrella - Loved one of resident/client
Not my experience at all.

Not much in those negative reviews make sense to me. My Mother has been in Sanctuary Care since it opened and has been very happy. This is a community and family should become part of the solution when possible instead of hypercritical. I read the negative reviews to my husband and he thought something was a little fishy too. Tour the facility and meet with the staff before making your decision. It helps to try to walk in the shoes of the caregivers. Extremely difficult job which sadly I could not do myself. I admire anyone that is in the profession of caring for elderly and especially persons with dementia. I am not that strong a person and I know it but I can be helpful and supportive of those taking that are doing what I cannot for my mother.


1.0
February 7, 2016
Concerned caregiver - Industry reviewer

I advise anyone who is thinking of placing their loved one here to do your research. It is an absolutely beautiful place and is designed with those with memory problems. However, watching residents not receiving the care they need because there is just not enough staff is to concerning to overlook. The staffing or lack of has been a constant. And the staff they have are untrained and uneducated to care for those with memory issues and especially at end of life.

Response from Benchmark at Rye

July 19, 2016

We are sorry your past experience was unpleasant. However, in the last six month's Sanctuary Care has undergone a renovation in staffing. Our current management team and nursing directors are dedicated to resident care. Staffing levels are above the recommendations for memory care assisted living. We are proud of our staff and the loving care they provide. Please stop by our community to take a second look . We would love to see you pleasantly surprised! Linda Bresnahan Executive Director


5.0
January 24, 2016
Daughter - Loved one of resident/client
Wonderful care

My mother moved from a rehabilitation center to Sanctuary Care one year ago. There have been many changes within that year, always with the focus on ongoing improvement as well as growth of every department and function at Sanctuary. My mother has always received wonderful, loving care from each and every staff member and on the rare occasion we have had questions or concerns about my mother or about the facility, I have received immediate support and honest answers. The facility and grounds are beautiful and well maintained, making for a very home like environment. I would highly recommend Sanctuary Care to anyone looking for a home for their parents.


0.5
January 16, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
concerned son

Huge staff turnover. Always short staffed. Have been hearing for months with the new management it is going to change. Trying to set-up a meeting with the director is nearly impossible as she does a great job of avoidance.


1.0
January 15, 2016
Anonymous - Loved one of resident/client
Worried daughter

I chose Sanctuary Care because " how they are memory care." My mother has been there over a year now and what a difference I have seen in this change of management regarding education of staff. How can you having a nursing director with no dementia experience? A few people with knowledge of dementia doesn't make the facility memory care. You might have a building designed for it, but the people make the building. It absolutely makes my stomach turn how I have witnessed staff interaction and not knowing how to interact with someone with this illness. I have questioned staff about their training and they all state their isn't any specific dementia training. Really???? Please research memory care specifics before deciding on a facility, my mother will be joining a new community this spring that truly specializes in memory care.


5.0
January 12, 2016
LovingNephew - Loved one of resident/client
Wonderful Caregivers

I have a close relative who resides at Sanctuary Care and she loves living there where she has been for more than a year. Every time I visit, I can tell both by her wonderful surroundings, the great staff, and most importantly by the smile on her face that she is well cared for. Dealing with memory loss of someone close to you isn't easy. There is a lot of emotion involved and, frankly, caring for them is a difficult task. The last thing you need is to be worried or concerned about how they are being cared for. With Sanctuary Care, there is no need to worry. Laurie [removed], who runs Sanctuary Care, has always been very responsive to any requests or questions I have. She's dedicated her life to caring for people with memory loss and it shows and is also reflected in the care given by her staff. What I really like about Sanctuary Care is that it feels like a home environment and it reminds me of when I use to visit my aunt at her home. She seems to be just as settled and happy there.


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