Our Simply Me! Program establishes a care routine by using the elder’s life story.
People with dementia always remain unique individuals and this uniqueness should be the driving force of their lives and their care. We ask the family members to help us fill out a Growth Plan Journal, designed to touch on every aspect of the resident’s life including:
- Life skills: special talents and skills learned in their lifetime
- Childhood: names of their parents, as they often ask for them during this time, siblings, where they were raised
- Adulthood: marriage, children, career, awards, talents, travel, education
- Hobbies: what are their hobbies? (past and present)
- Late adulthood: retirement, grandchildren
- Daily routine, or Rhythm to daily life: when to go to bed, when to rise, when to eat, daily activities, simple pleasures, shower routine, bed-time routine
- Any other little things we need to know to make your loved one feel at home
Staff then use this information as a tool to create a routine to meet their needs, reminisce, re-direct, and re-call information from their past.
Crescent also uses Life Skills Stations, created to engage the resident in familiar tasks, such as:
- Housekeeping, laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, etc.
- Career skills: mechanics, office workers, wood-workers, farming, etc.
- Hobbies: sewing, fishing, sports, art, gardening, etc.
All staff, or carepartners, are then certified nationally through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. This training includes:
- What is dementia/Alzheimer’s?
- How does this affect a person’s personality and behaviors?
- How to communicate with persons with dementia related diseases
- How to re-direct and calm agitation using the person’s life story
- The importance of autonomy
- Our philosophy of care, including: alleviating loneliness, helplessness, and boredom, ageism, and the behaviors of the generations we serve.
We then teach our carepartners how to have “Knack” or the art of daily life with our memory care residents.
Crescent Senior Living employs a Nationally Certified Dementia Care Practitioner Trainer.
Heather Reynolds is the Director of Memory Care at Crescent Senior Living.
Heather has been working for Mission Health Services for nine years and oversees the staff development, education, and engagement services. She is a licensed nursing home administrator, Nationally Certified Dementia Care Practitioner Trainer, an NCCAP Certified Activities Director, Certified Dementia Care Manager, and Eden Alternative Educator and Mentor. Heather is also a member of the States Plan for Alzheimer’s and related Dementias, a Utah coalition aiming to improve the lives of those living with dementia.