Alzheimer’s / Dementia
Receiving professional memory care assistance is a positive next step when the time is right. Our hope is to reduce the barriers of fear and discomfort for family and friends, which we see so often. It takes courage to break down the walls of isolation between the individual and their loved ones. Coping with the emotions a familiar relationship and establishing a new comfort level with someone you hold dear can be a pain staking ordeal. Our well-trained care team is sensitive to the complexity of each situation. You can trust in compassionate guidance and assurance with this difficult transition.
We’re proud to be developing ongoing therapeutic programs individually tailored for those facing cognitive deterioration and memory loss difficulties. Our goal is to consistently provide our Lenity support team with appropriate and meaningful resources, training, and techniques to effectively interact with our memory care residents. These tools with enhanced creative intervention to naturally reduce stress levels and anxiety. Research demonstrates the need for a variety of techniques to enhance all of the senses. Incidentally, did you know the color red increases brain wave activity?
One technique is creating low sensory areas, sometimes referred to as a Snoezelen Room, to gently stimulate the senses, while minimizing agitation and confusion. The focus is to create a simple area of harmony that shields the resident from loud noises, commotion, and other surrounding stimuli by integrating such tools as, lighting, sound, music, images, color, texture, and aromatherapy. These techniques help to significantly reduce stress and sensory overload for those effected by dementia while initiating a calm low-key environment.
While the low sensory tools help relax and minimize external stimulates for the resident, creating low-impact activities and motion can be just as rewarding to the individual. Structuring purposeful and meaningful activities will improve mental status and functioning. Increasing activity is to formulate an individualized retro-hub tailored specifically to the persons past life interests and/or occupation, and then pattern a set of relative activities the resident can perform that reflect those interests. The familiarity of the retro-hub may draw the person in and out of the activity area during the day allowing them to explore and manipulate their surroundings on a regular basis. Examples would include caring for an infant, working with simple tools,folding laundry and various other activities.
Individuals with cognitive impairments and memory loss who receive daily therapeutic recreational activities demonstrate significant improvement in depression levels, active movement, mood, alertness, and social interaction; with a marked decrease in agitation and fall rate.