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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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No More Cookies!

Fri, Mar 11 2011 at 03:40pm

 I gave up cookies for Lent.    For most people that would not be much of a sacrifice – but for those of us who can identify with Sesame Street’s ‘Cookie Monster’ it is still a very significant step to forgo one’s daily ration of one of the most important food groups.  

 

In the Christian tradition Lent is the 46 day period of preparation for Easter that begins with Ash Wednesday.    I bet you thought it was 40 days!  As it turns out the 6 Sundays in Lent do not count  ---  Don’t believe me?   Get out your calendar and count the days off!  And did you know that the ashes for Ash Wednesday come from the Palms that are burned from the previous year’s Palm Sunday?   And for those who are still interested in Lenten trivia:   Have you ever wondered why Easter seems to move around from year to year?   I grew up assuming that somewhere in the Vatican’s basement there was a huge calendar that extended out through the ages that listed out the dates of Easter.    The real answer is disappointingly mundane in that Easter is always on the first Sunday after the first full moon in Spring!   I never ever would have guessed that there was a lunar connection.   

 

Although Christian Churches are all about 95% in agreement with each other about what they believe --- they do tend to sometimes focus on the 5% that is different!    The old joke is that if two Christians were stranded on a deserted island – that within one year that island would have both a First Baptist and Second Baptist Church!   Within the Christian community we have certainly provided choices and options galore!

 

For me  ‘giving anything up for Lent’ wasn’t part of what we ever did.   It is a tradition that is variously interpreted to be a way to let our minor sacrifice be a reminder of the greater sacrifice of Jesus.   Other interpretations include using Lent as time to add something to our lives --- typically prayer, reflection and study – as a way to better prepare for Easter.   For some, Lent is a time to give something up --- and for others it is time to begin something new.

 

There is a generational difference in how we approach ‘sacrifice’.   While younger people will tend to want to receive acknowledgement for their acts of sacrifice and charity --- older people tend to want just the opposite.   Older people do not want attention drawn to them or to the things that they do.   Older people do the ‘Right Thing’ not to impress – but because they know that doing the ‘Right Thing’ is for them its own reward.

 

Because where I work is a not-for-profit, we receive a lot of donations --- and one of the most interesting challenges I have is trying to convince older people to allow me to recognize their good works.   For them it isn’t about embarrassment --- it is because they really do not see any need to make a fuss at all.   For them helping is its own reward.

 

Older people understand sacrifice –whether that be symbolically as part of religious preparation – or practically as what they have always done in order to provide for their family.   It is safe to say that for most older people giving something up for Lent would not be a sacrifice – it would be for them a privilege.

 

We see that same spirit today with our young men and women in the Armed Forces who at the very least sacrifice being able to home with their families and at the most are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.  Our men and women in uniform know what real sacrifice means.  

 

What is inspiring to me about both the older people I know and about our Service people is how both groups never focus on their sacrifice – they focus on the privilege  of being able to serve.  

 

The Big Lesson from my Older Friends and those in the Service:   The best sacrifice is one the one that you embrace because of the satisfaction it gives you of doing the Right thing!

 

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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