Individuals with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, may reside on our secured memory care neighborhoods for increased structure and safety.
Our memory care neighborhoods specialize in behavior modification and intervention pilot programs including Cognitive Re-direction Strategies, Horticulture Therapy, Music Therapy, Aroma Therapy and Art Therapy.
To ensure that our residents with memory issues are given the best possible care, we work to have dedicated team members on the memory care areas on each shift. This is vital to ensuring that changes in a resident’s care needs or cognitive abilities is met. With consistent staff, family members form relationships that are built around trust which helps in making routine, as well as tough, care decisions.
Another important aspect of our women’s memory care neighborhood is our multi-sensory, or Snoezelen, environment, named the Ellowsky Oasis. In this relaxing space, residents can experience an environment that reduces agitation and anxiety, but also engage and delight, stimulate reactions and encourage communication for our residents.
We made sure to have black-out curtains so the room could be completely dark if necessary. Our room has varied lighting, a drawing station and a rocking chair. The residents are also able to watch waterfalls, a flickering fire or waves crashing, while laying on a huge adult-sized bean bag. It was also particularly important that our room did not feel child-like, as many of these rooms can become when primary colors are used over and over.
Many of our residents utilize the room to reduce stimulation that can cause the agitation. Not any different than the rest of the general population, our residents like to go to a place alone that is quiet and soothing to calm down. In our new community, each memory care area will have its own multi-sensory room, appropriate for the residents who live on that neighborhood.