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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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Mon, Nov 22 2010 at 08:54am

#273     November 22, 2010

 THE EMPTY CHAIR

Nothing captures the spirit of family and friends coming together better than the traditional Thanksgiving Day Dinner.  Thanksgiving never fails to bring back all kinds of memories for families – even for those families separated by distance and differences.   In theory at least Thanksgiving is a relatively straightforward holiday based on families coming together to share what starts out as a relatively modest meal.   Keeping things simple being more complicated than it might appear we quickly turn that simple meal of turkey and vegetables into something that is  very extravagant.    

Of course With the notable exceptions of the Macy’s Parade and Football, Thanksgiving remains a largely non-commercialized holiday.  When is the last time you bought Pilgrim decorations?   Of course the lack of commercialization on Thanksgiving Day is more than made up for the very next day that now best known as ‘Black Friday’.     For some Thanksgiving has turned into a kind of ‘rest day’ before the big shopping event the next day.   For others Thanksgiving is a dedicated football day that happens to be accompanied by a special meal.

 It is when we sit down at the dinner table that our memories become the most clear.  It is then that we are reminded of those who are not present.   When we stop being busy that there is no avoiding the memories of past Thanksgivings.   It is when we sit down in those moments before Grace is said that we catch a glimpse of Thanksgivings past – oftentimes going all the way back to our childhood. 

 Oftentimes this glimpse brings with it a kind of sadness.   It is as though there is an empty chair at the table.  A chair that reminds us of someone – who while not physically ‘present’ at our table -- will always be a very real ‘presence’ in our lives.    When someone dies they do not stop being a part of our lives.

 Thanksgiving is of course a day that we designate to be reminder for us to stop and remember all those things that we have to be thankful for.  And while we recount our many blessings including the food we have to eat, the family and friends we have to share it with, our health, our well being and our good fortune in living in such a wonderful country – we also need to offer our thanks to those that have gone before.  We need to acknowledge our thanks to those family and friends who now occupy that Empty Chair.   They gave us much during their lifetime to be thankful for and now we have our memory of them to continue to be grateful for.   Although they are gone, they are never to be forgotten.

 That Empty Chair is also held in honor of many people who we never knew personally – but who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf in the service  of our country.   The freedom that we have was purchased by their sacrifice.  Each Thanksgiving we need to be thankful for all the men and women in our armed services who protect the freedom that we enjoy.  These are men and women who willingly put themselves in harms way, who join knowing that many of their Thanksgivings will be spent half a world away from their own families.

We are grateful for their sacrifice and we pray for their safe return as soon as possible.

 Of course we owe a debt of gratitude to a great many other people including those at work in law enforcement and emergency services who keep us safe, those working in hospital and retirement communities providing care and others who are working in order to support their families.   Many people need to spend time away from their own families in ways that make it possible for us to be with ours.  

 Let the thought of an ‘empty chair’ be a reminder to not only be thankful for those able to be ‘present’ --- but also for the ‘presence’ of those who have gone before.

 Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 Age Well!

 Howard Chandler has worked in elder services for over 35 years and is Vice-President of Meredith Bay Colony Club along with being a Partner of White Mountain Eldercare Solutions.  Your comments are always appreciated.   chandler@metrocast.net

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