Live, Love, Laugh
The Symphony Moments® Memory Care Program is very different from other more clinical programs that are offered elsewhere. At its core, our Moments® program places a very high importance on the intrinsic social needs of our residents:
- The need for companionship and understanding
- The need for respect and dignity
- The need to belong to a social group of peers
- The need to be an active participant in their lives through decision-making and participation in meaningful activities throughout the day
We developed this program to meet the unique needs of seniors at all stages of Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other forms of memory impairment. As the disease progresses, time and place no longer have the same meaning they once did. Our caregivers seek to be in the resident’s world – in their moment – providing a comfortable and enjoyable place for them to feel safe, in control, and appreciated. We focus not on what is missing, but on what is still there. We validate or confirm their thoughts and emotions; we do not attempt to reason or correct them. Trying to reason with someone who has lost the power to reason only serves to create conflict. This approach allows our residents to feel content and calmer by minimizing confusion, agitation, and frustration.
Life Skill Stations
At Moments Manor Orleans, special “Life Skill” activity stations can be found throughout the building that enable our residents to relive happy memories from their past. These areas are designed to focus on family, work, and hobbies or pastimes. One may have a baby crib and rocking chair, complete with life-like dolls to stimulate the memory of family; others may have a work bench or typewriter, and others have clothing and vanities that can be used to re-enact getting ready to go out for a special evening or date. We encourage our residents and families to spend time at these life skill stations, which bring such comfort and familiarity to many of our residents.
At Moments Manor Orleans, each resident has a “Memory Box” located outside of their suite door. This collection of photos and mementos tells their life story and allows us to engage in meaningful conversation and activities that are important to that resident.
It is just one more way visitors and staff can connect with the seniors who live with us.