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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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Russ Armstrong & Rich Crocker

Wed, Mar 30 2011 at 03:10pm

A NEW APPROACH TO SOCIAL SERVICE DELIVERY

 

This morning I welcomed Russ Armstrong and Rich Crocker as my guests on our weekly radio show AGING WELL.   Russ is the Chair and Rich a Member of the New Hampshire State Committee on Aging.   I knew they wanted to talk about the proposed State budget cuts and how if implemented that those cuts would affect Programs that serve the Elderly.    What I didn’t know – and didn’t expect – was that these two guys also had a solution to propose.

 

First things first…….. This isn’t their first Rodeo and they know how government and funding works.   These are two very practical guys.   I was relieved that they didn’t once turn the discussion to one of partisan politics.   What they did point out was how some cuts to programs will actually result in greater expense and not cost savings.   If services that are presently being provided efficiently and affordably are ended – and then need to be provided elsewhere – such as in an hospital emergency room --- could result in significantly greater expense.

 

You can save money by not buying oil for your car that is down 2 quarts – but you will pay far more later in the form of engine damage.   They pointed out that we need to be careful that short-term reductions in expense do not translate into increased future expense.

 

When I asked them what the long term solution was I half expected to hear that the problem was lack of revenue and that we should increase taxes.   While they did explain that our present tax structure creates a disproportionate burden on retired people than it does others --- they didn’t go for the quick and easy answer of ‘More Taxes’.    These are two very smart guys!

 

Now I know I don’t have the details correct and I want to have them back to tell me more – but essentially they are promoting the concept that individuals should have more control over the purchase of supportive services.   Instead of having government  or government sponsored agencies provide services – they are advocating a new approach that takes government out of the service delivery business and gives that responsibility to the private and the not-for-profit sector.  These guys believe in trusting and empowering the client to make their own healthcare decisions and live with the results.

 

I don’t know what’s going to happen with the budget – but I am sure that with leaders like Russ and Rich on the State Committee on Aging that we can expect some new and great things that will be both creative and practical!

 

 

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