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Here we provide the setting for you to be just as busy as you want to be.

We cater to the active senior who wants freedom and convenience

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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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A MATTER OF PRIDE: Or Why Old Men Can Be So Stubborn!

Mon, Jun 13 2011 at 01:45pm

A MATTER OF PRIDE or Why Older Men Can Be So Stubborn!

 

Getting old isn’t easy.

 

For men who are used to not only taking care of themselves – but their families as well – it can sometimes be very difficult for them to be on the receiving end of things.

 

They don’t want to be helped – they want to be the helpers.

 

Not only do they sometimes resent the care they receiver --- they sometimes resent the giver of that care as well.    Oftentimes that caregiver is a family member --- a family member who feels they are being punished for helping.   The caregiver comes to see their older father as being both ungrateful and stubborn.

 

The father isn’t intentionally being mean – but oftentimes he has no one else to dump his anger and frustration on.   Sometimes the closest person is the only person – the daughter or son.

 

It doesn’t have to be that way.

 

One of the most beautiful benefits of joining a retirement community is the way it restores balance to a family!   It does this in two very important ways:

 

1.       It allows the father to receive his care and supportive services from someone else – from us – but not as a favor – but as a service he has paid for.    It keeps him in charge!

 

2.       It allows him to have friends and a social life of his own and independent of his families.   Not only is he busy, but his involvement makes it possible for him to have things to talk about with his family other than the weather.

 

Although men are sometimes a little reluctant to make the decision --- once they do join us they are the ones who most enjoy the benefits of the retirement community lifestyle.   Our weekly Mens Group is one of the most successful programs we have – and the men do all the work!  They’re in charge and all we have to do is to stay out of their way!

 

The best of all worlds is often not to have your Dad live with you --- but to have him live close by in a retirement community.   Best for the older parent – and best for the adult children!

 

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