Our Memory Care Program
We believe there’s a clear connection between the head and heart, and we use one to reach the other. We apply insights from each resident’s life story to develop an activity program for each resident. Activities are designed to promote physical and emotional well-being, and maintain a sense of independence, satisfaction, dignity and quality of life. We focus on each resident’s unique abilities and celebrate their successes.
Frequently Asked Questions
From the time your loved one begins to develop dementia until the stage when self-care starts to become difficult, it could take 10 years or more. At what point do you seek help? Here are some of the signs it may be time to consider memory care:
· Your loved one has trouble with hygiene and basic self-careYour loved one is no longer able to leave the home due to unpredictable behavior
· Your loved one has become increasingly agitated or aggressive due to dementia
· Your loved one is no longer able to hold a relevant conversation
· You worry about your loved one neglecting their finances
· Your loved one exhibits concerning physical changes like weight loss or frailty
· You find yourself worrying about your loved one and their safety at home
· You, as the caregiver, are overwhelmed, burnt out, or can no longer effectively provide the care services that your loved one requires
Dementia is not a single disease, but rather a wider term that refers to a group of symptoms severe enough to cause daily difficulties. Memory, reasoning, mobility, judgment, ability to toilet and feed oneself, and lack of knowledge of time are all indicators of dementia. Dementia can be caused by more than 100 distinct factors.
Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Bodies illnesses, Vascular dementia, and Frontotemporal Lobar dementia are the most frequent causes of dementia. However, dementia itself can be caused by a variety of factors.
Positive communication can drastically transform how you engage with a dementia-affected loved one. It can make a world of difference in keeping a pleasant, good relationship despite the disease’s progression.
The most beneficial thing you can do for yourself is eliminate the word “lying” from your vocabulary. Instead, adopt a new term: Embracing Their Reality. This means that we agree with and believe what our loved ones tell us, even if we know that story is false.
Although it may appear that you are lying, keep in mind that a person with dementia does not necessarily live in the same reality as you or me, so what is true for them must also be true for us. Trying to “correct” someone with dementia by arguing with them does not work.
When speaking with a loved one, the most important thing you can do is avoid arguing with them. Even if you think you’re “helping” by explaining things to your loved one, he or she will likely not comprehend and become even more irritated as a result.
Many patients with dementia believe that toys and baby dolls that appear life-like are real. As a result, many people with dementia find that spending time with a doll or stuffed animal provides them with positive energy. Unless the person with dementia does not believe it is real, we always consider the doll or stuffed animal to be real.
Early afternoon, usually before 2:00 PM, is the best time to visit your loved one. As the day progresses, many individuals with dementia become fatigued, a phenomenon known as “sundowning.” During this period, residents may become worried, angry, upset, and irritable. You may discover that your loved one is more content before 2:00 pm.
We understand that it can be difficult to visit a loved one with dementia. He or she may be impatient or easily agitated, but that does mean they do not want to see you. Residents always look forward to seeing their families, but it’s vital to consider what the ideal time is for you and the person you’re seeing.
Try bringing your loved one an item from home, a dish to try, or talk to them about your day to spark conversation.
While some people with dementia are aware that you reside somewhere apart from them, others are not. Please do not tell your loved one that you are “going home,” even when it is difficult to say goodbye after your visit. He or she may not comprehend what you’re saying, but he or she will almost certainly want to accompany you. This might lead to an issue.
Instead, propose an activity he or she can participate in, and then walk away once he or she has become engaged.
You may also talk about something else you need to get done that day and say that you’ll have to leave to finish it. Tell your loved one that you’ll see them soon, but that you need to “go to the store.”
Your loved one may have lost the ability to speak verbally. This is common with dementia, so don’t let it stop you from visiting. Patience is key when dealing with a loved one, as is asking simple “yes or no” questions. Tell him or her about your day, your vacation, or a cherished pet you both know. Just because this person is unable to communicate does not mean they cannot understand you or value your visit.
Please do not stop visiting. It’s fairly common for an individual with dementia to get confused about time, and when this happens, they can mistake you for someone else. Do what you can to go along with their reality and try to make the visit as pleasant as possible. Even if they don’t recognize you, they will still appreciate your time.
If something goes missing, please notify a member of staff so that they can begin looking for it. The best thing you can do to avoid the misplacement of items is to use a black permanent marker to label all of your loved one’s belongings. Also, try to accept that sometimes, things will go missing. Many individuals with dementia pick up items, move them around, and then forget where they put them.
Blogs: Dementia By Day
“When Someone You Know is Living in a Dementia Care Community” by Rachel Wonderlin, MS
“Making Tough Decisions About End-of-Life Care in Dementia.” by Dr. Anne Kenny
“The 36-Hour Day,” by Dr. Peter Rabins
All Memory Care services at The Heritage of Green Hills are delivered in our beautiful, brand-new Care Center and provide a secure yet home-like environment for residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
At our community, Memory Care means compassionate, insightful, individualized care that honors a loved one’s life story, accomplishments, and specific needs. Our specially trained Memory Care staff offers supportive and knowledgeable care that enhances feelings of independence and self-worth.
Customized, respectful Memory Care programming provides just the right balance of stimulation, care, and nurturing needed to promote autonomy. Memory Care also includes:
Promoting the wellbeing of our Memory Care residents by helping them live longer, healthier lives is the foundation of our Well by Design programming. Guided by the concepts of the Eight Dimensions of Wellness, we provide opportunities to enhance the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, vocational, spiritual, and environmental wellbeing of our residents as well as attend to their healthcare needs.
Each Memory Care resident’s unique personal story serves as a springboard to creating individualized wellness programming that enhances dignity by capitalizing on successes and abilities.
To ensure the best in Memory Care Wellness, we provide:
At The Heritage of Green Hills, we pride ourselves on offering a uniquely delicious dining experience for our residents. To enhance the tasty and nutritious meals prepared by our culinary-trained chefs, we seek out locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and keep our menus fresh and continually updated. Our soups, for example, are made onsite from scratch using chef-prepared stock.
Our Memory Care Dining Room is open-air, so residents can hear, see, and take in the aromas of their meals as our chefs prepare them, enhancing sensory experiences. Dining is restaurant-style, with beautiful linens and full table service. In addition, we provide:
Activities and Amenities
Tapping into the vocational training and personal history of our Memory Care residents enables us to provide activities that enhance sensory stimulation, abilities, and socialization. By offering a wide variety of organized group events and outings, the residents in our care enjoy opportunities to visit animals at the zoo, see the vibrant colors of autumn leaves, watch the Canada geese at a local park, and taste fresh-pressed apple cider from a local orchard.
Additional activities and amenities include: