St. Anne’s memory care program is focused on resident-centered dementia care, with the ultimate goal of creating an environment in which residents feel safe and appreciated. We encourage independence, rediscovery, and exploration in a homelike environment.
St. Anne’s staff members are specially trained to understand, communicate, and interact with memory-impaired individuals; developing warm relationships that enhance residents’ comfort and quality of life. It is our job to keep our residents engaged and fulfilled.
Along with providing daily living assistance and coordinating any necessary medical care, we are dedicated to addressing our resident’s cognitive needs. Staff use information about each resident’s past lifestyle, career, family, hobbies and interests to develop personalized activities that make them feel comfortable. We provide our residents an outlet for creativity through arts, learning, and spirituality.
Components of resident-centered care:
- Meeting the resident’s core psychological needs
- Recognizing all behavior is meaningful communication
- Knowing the residents with dementia
- Teaching staff to have fun and be emotionally available
- Changing the language of care
- Changing care planning to involve residents, families and staff
Memories in the Making
St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus is a participant in the Alzheimer’s Association Memories in the Making® program, which offers creative art expression for individuals with early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Even after residents with dementia have lost the ability to use words, they are able to paint their thoughts, emotions and memories in a manner that is expressive and beautiful. Art becomes their voice. Through this experience, residents with Alzheimer’s are often able to reach outside of their dementia and paint a picture that reconnects them with a past memory.
- Encourages decision-making and independence
- Counteracts social isolation, encourages socialization
- Improves communication, social skills, motor coordination and manual dexterity
- Improves mental alertness through program solving, vision memory, concentration and imagination
- Provides and acceptable and safe alternative for venting emotions
Memories in the Making meets weekly in small groups under the guidance of a staff member who has been specially trained to work with residents with memory loss and dementia.