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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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All About Pets!

Wed, Feb 23 2011 at 03:16pm

This morning MaryLee Gorham-Waterman who is the Development and Volunteer Director of the New Hampshire Humane Society was my guest.  MaryLee did a great job explaining all kinds of things to us including how while up here we do a great job in terms of managing dog population – that we have a ways to go when it comes to cats.   MaryLee noted that many of the dogs that are available for adoption are ‘transplants’ from southern states.   Let’s just say that MaryLee was ‘adament’ in recommending to our audience that mall pet stores are not the best option for adopting your new member of the family as their puppies come from ‘puppy mills’ that are oftentimes very substandard.

 

MaryLee went on to describe various programs including their present promotion of ‘Find Love in February’ which is designed to connect you with a new feline friend!   The Humane Society also has a ‘Meet Your Match’ program,  a ‘Senior to Senior’ program and sponsors monthly Pet Therapy visits to area long term care centers.   Great Job MaryLee and thank you for joining us!

 

We also talked about the benefit of value of Members of Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Centers having their own pets.   Part of the philosophy of care that we at Meredith Bay Colony Club is modeled on the concepts of the Eden Alternative for long term care that has been developed by the program’s founder Dr. William Thomas.  Dr. Thomas points out that not only are pet’s good company and therapeutic in helping to address loneliness – but that they also address another of the  ‘3 Plagues’:   that of Helplessness.   Having a pet to care for can be very important.    Sometimes with the best of intentions some retirement centers deny their residents the opportunity to be needed.   For us, being a progressive continuing care retirement community as well as a Center for Active Aging means helping to be sure that our Members are supported in fighting the ‘3 Plagues’ (Loneliness, Helplessness and Boredom) and encouraging and supporting our Members in having Pets is an important part.

 

I am amazed at how many prospective Members and their families who I meet with who are amazed that not only do we allow pets --- but that we encourage having pets and do not have all kinds of rules regulating, restricting and controlling pets and their owners.    I guess you could say that we are the most Pet Friendly CCRC that you could ever hope to find!   

 

The connection between Member and their four-legged friend is a very special one.    The Pet Loves to be Loved and its Owner Needs to be Needed!

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