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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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3 Myths About Alzheimer's

Wed, Jun 01 2011 at 03:16pm

 Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects entire families --- not because it is contagious  ---- but because over time the burden of the disease oftentimes becomes greater for the caregiver than for the person with the actual diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.    Although families are hungry to talk about things --- their friends oftentimes do not know what to say – and so they say nothing.    Although Alzheimer’s is no longer a disease that is kept hidden --- it remains a disease that is very much misunderstood.

 

3 Myths:

 

1.         That the disease follows a predictable track that is the same for all.

2.         That those with Alzheimer’s require a highly structured environment and that spontaneous activity is inherently disruptive. 

3.         That caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is necessarily depressing

 

 

1.         The only thing about Alzheimer’s that is predictable is that it is degenerative.  It doesn’t get better, it sometimes seems to level off and hold steady for a while – but that over time it does get worse.   People do not necessarily become mean, paranoid, or non-cooperative.   A standardized behavior pattern is as likely to be created by a standardized environment.

 

At MBCC we recognize and celebrate the unique and individual aspects of each Member and each Member’s Family.    We work with each individual Member and with his/her Family to find what is the best approach for today and to continually reassess that approach to be sure what worked well yesterday is still the best approach for today.   We don’t expect the Member to adapt to our Program --- we expect our Program to adapt to each Member!

 

2.         Many people mistakenly assume  that the need to protect those with Alzheimer’s from situations that are overwhelming requires that they live in highly structured and very predictable environments.    Nothing could be further from the truth.    Those with Alzheimer’s need and appreciate spontaneous activity more than anyone else.   They are living in the moment and are not limited by what used to be done or how it used to be done.

 

At MBCC we practice CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS!   If someone decides at 10 o’clock in the morning that they want an ice cream cone --- our response isn’t to try to convince them that it makes no sense and that it would ruin lunch.    Our response is to find out if anyone else has the same desire --- grab the Van and head out to find the best ice cream stand around the Lake!    If Lunch isn’t until 2p that day ---- so what!   

 

3.         People generally feel that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s is inherently depressing --  that is just not true!    There is no question but what for a spouse who is the primary caregiver that it can be depressing along with being exhausting and frustrating.     It can oftentimes feel like “The 36 Hour Day” --- but with the right help there can also be a great many ‘good’ days!

 

At MBCC we don’t ‘Go it Alone’.   We embrace a team concept that gives us options that no individual and that no one family could ever provide!    We don’t cut the family off – we invite them in and serve as their partners in caring for their loved one.    We help the family members to learn how to let go of the past so that they can learn to Celebrate the Moments themselves.   Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease --- but while it robs people of their memory it doesn’t take away their capacity to experience new things.   We can’t  restore the past and we cannot guarantee what the future will bring ----- but we can and do Celebrate the Moments that we do have!

 

Coming Up:   A discussion about Retrogenesis!

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