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CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS

CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS is Meredith Bay Colony Club’s unique Alzheimer’s Care and Memory Support Program that is provided in our State-of-the-Art, safe and secure memory support center that we call The GARDENS. The GARDENS is comprised of 24 all private apartments – each with its own bathroom and private shower. Dignity, Privacy, Safety and Security are the basic building blocks on top of which CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS is built.

Let there be no mistake about it --- Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that affects not just the individual – but the families who so often provide the needed ongoing support and care. The CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS program at The GARDENS at MBCC provides Members and their families not just the sense of security that comes from living in a safe, secure yet friendly residential setting – but also a rediscovered source of joy that can come from being in a setting that allows each Member to find a little bit of success each and every day --- to find something to be proud of and to find something to smile about!

KEY ELEMENTS OF CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS

1. We focus on all that a Person is right now and all that they can still be --- not on what they have lost or no longer can do.

2. We believe that each person is wonderfully complex and multi-dimensional including emotional, creative, inquisitive, musical, spiritual and physical aspects – in addition to cognitive and memory based functions. We recognize that although life will be different because of cognitive changes – that it can and should be as interesting, as stimulating and as much fun as possible.

3. We respect the need for some structure and predictability – but we celebrate spontaneity and the opportunity to discover new ways to help make people smile.

4. We believe in ‘seizing the moment’ even if that means upsetting the ‘schedule’. So what if we have lunch an hour late?

5. We respect the individual and acknowledge that there will be changes from month to month and from day to day. We realize that we need to constantly readjust our approach in order to meet our Member’s constantly changing needs.

6. Our Member’s Family are our friends and we realize that by supporting our Member’s families that we support our Members.

7. Our Staff Members are artists who wonderfully balance Caring and Creativity to meet not only the practical needs – but Quality of Life needs as well.

8. A safe and secure social setting that is open and welcoming to all Members is essential to creating an environment that is both fun and uplifting.

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The 3 Plagues - An Eden Alternative

Tue, Dec 21 2010 at 10:08am

The Three Plagues – An Eden Alternative

 Dr. William Thomas – the founder of the Eden Alternative notes that of all the problems that might be associated with aging that there are 3 that are both so prevalent and so severe as to be called ‘plagues’.    These are:  Loneliness, Helplessness and Boredom.

 At Meredith Bay Colony Club we provide all kinds of services and amenities --- but behind everything we do is an awareness that at every turn we need to be looking to combat these 3 plagues.   Dr. Thomas recognizes that if we do not address these 3 plagues that Members will not have the  quality of life that they deserve.

 Retirement communities are not always good at fighting the 3 plagues.

 Many retirement settings just assume that because their residents live in such close proximity to each other that no one could ever be lonely.    That of course is not true --- and some would say that loneliness is intensified by feeling isolated in a social setting.    By way of comparison ---- who do you think feels more lonely – the student who attends a school with hundreds of classmates and doesn’t feel that she has a friend – or the homeschooled student living out on a farm?    Seeing other people active and engaged can actually make feelings of loneliness more intense.   We need to be careful that with the best of intentions that we do not make matters worse.

 At Meredith Bay Colony Club our response to this could not be more basic.   We provide individual attention and we communicate in multiple ways to better meet the needs of the tremendous variety of Members that we have.    There is no single solution to loneliness – but personal attention is the place to start.    At MBCC it isn’t about ‘groups’ --- it is all about ‘individuals’!

 Most retirement communities actually contribute to their residents feelings of helplessness.   They unfortunately tend to take away responsibility as a part of providing services.   The net effect is to reduce the level of control that a resident has and that directly contributes to increasing the feeling of helplessness.   

 At MBCC we both depend and rely on our Members to tell us what to do and how to do it.   We don’t have to read minds and they get what they want, how they want it --- and in the process they get to stay in charge!    Wonderful things happen when you trust your customers!

 How can a retirement community be boring?   When the activities become ever so predictable.  It worked last year so let’s do it again this year in exactly the same way.   There is a time and place for ritual and tradition --- but it is not all the time and everywhere.

 At MBCC we never know what to expect --- and a wonderful case in point is what happened the other weekend --- when a small gathering of Members took on a life of its own and grew to include more people in more and different ways.

 One of the many special things about Meredith Bay Colony Club is how so many things just seem to happen without benefit of extensive planning --- and how some things just happen spontaneously with no planning at all.   Such was the case last Sunday when some Members came together to build Gingerbread Houses that evolved into an eggnog inspired Carol Sing! 

 The Gingerbread House construction met with some problems including a near catastrophic roof collapse that resulted in this ‘Handyman’s Special’ aka ‘Howie’s Hidaway’!    Simple things done together can become very special things and it is heartwarming to see how Members reach out to each other not just to help each other, not just to support each other but to have fun together as well!   Ours is a talented, spirited and fun loving group!

 Fighting the 3 Plagues of Loneliness, Helplessness and Boredom is an ongoing battle --- one that is never complete and each day brings new challenges.   But it is a battle that we at MBCC feel is important  --- and it is one that we are doing a great job with!

 

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