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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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Memory Loss & Alzheimer's Care

Wed, Feb 16 2011 at 10:45am

It happens.  It happens all too often and increasingly we see memory loss as one of the most important reasons for why people choose to leave their own home.

A classic book called ‘The 36 Hour Day’ by Nancy Mace describes the almost impossible challenges that family members are confronted with in caring for their loved ones who have advanced Alzheimers.   It can feel like a 36 hour day.   It is often said that with Alzheimer’s there are really multiple patients:   not only the one person with the disease – but also the family members who very often are the primary caregivers.

You don’t have to go it alone.   We created The GARDENS to provide the Lakes Region with a dignified and affordable setting to provide the very best in care and support for those with Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s and related diseases. 

At The GARDENS we don’t take the place of families --- we work with families doing what we do best so that families can continue to do what they do best – which is to continue to be that bridge that connects their loved one’s past with their present.   Working together with Families we find ways to truly Celebrate the Moments!

Our Goal is simple:   To Maximize Quality of Life by creating Moments to Celebrate!   Alzheimer’s is not a disease that we are going to cure.   We do not spend our time on memory drills or reality orientation that only create frustration and sadness.   We do not concentrate on what someone cannot do --- we focus on what they can do!   Although people experience a great deal of loss – they still retain far more potential for new and different experiences.   That is where we focus our time and our energy.

Unlike other programs that rely heavily on structure – we embrace a culture of spontaneity, flexibility and individuality.    We respond to the needs of our Members – we don’t force them to respond to the needs of a ‘program’.    Most often it is all about doing simple things well by doing them at the right time and in the right way.    If it is a beautiful day outside and its ten o’clock in the morning and someone is dying for an ice cream cone --- then our job is to hopefully find 2 or 3 other people who would enjoy the same --- get into the trusty Ford Flex and head off around the Lake to find the best Ice Cream Parlor and have a great time in the process.   Lunch that day can be a little late.   Some days it  just makes sense to have dessert first!    

Dignity is a function of many things beginning with treating each person as an individual which is why everything we do is designed around individual needs that we know and expect will be constantly change.   Next dignity requires privacy as a sign of respect for the individual and to that end we are proud that The GARDENS offers only private apartments that are complete with their own private showers.  Lastly dignity also requires there be an underlying sense of security which is why we created a truly wonderful environment that provides for complete freedom of movement while at the same time providing the security needed to ensure safety.  We never use bracelets/anklets as a way of controlling or limiting a Members ability to move about unrestrained.

Although we pride ourselves on being residential in our approach we also recognize that great care requires the presence and availability of medical professionals including Nurses, our Physician Medical Director and our consultant Geriatric Psychiatrist.    We also add to that list our Executive Chef and his Staff who provide truly extraordinary meals!    The GARDENS by being a distinctive but separate part of the Meredith Bay Colony Club has all the advantages of being small – along with efficiencies and amenities that come with being part of a larger organization.   What other Memory Loss/Alzheimer’s Care Center has a 90 degree pool available under the same roof!

We realize the harsh economic realities of life and we are proud to be able to offer the best of care, services and amenities at a fraction of the cost that others are charging.    By providing care in a non-medical residential setting and by being part of the larger organization we can truly provide the best of care for less!

 

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