From floorplans to daily activities and philosophies of care to dining options, there are a wide range of elements you will analyze when vetting memory care communities.
What’s important is to find the right fit for your mother or father’s specific needs, lifestyle, and personality.
At The Grove at Oakleaf Village, we create a supportive and loving environment that will honor every resident’s life story.
For example, based on our knowledge of dementia environments, we’ve developed a design consisting of smaller and more intimate settings to best support each resident.
We call these “ability-based neighborhoods.”
In this post, we explain what this innovative environment model of care is and why it’s ideal for individuals living with dementia.
What Is an Ability-Based Memory Care Neighborhood?
Ability-based memory care neighborhoods are vibrant communities made of 10-12 residents.
With the kitchen and dining room at the center, they create a meaningful communal space for residents to build relationships, eat healthy food, and enjoy what the community has to offer.
At The Grove at Oakleaf Village, we offer four neighborhoods tailored to residents who are at a similar level of need and ability.
Utilizing our daily rhythms concept, caregivers in these neighborhoods facilitate natural day-to-day happenings, whether they be coffee hours, meals, or other opportunities for socialization and relationship building.
Why Are Ability-Based Neighborhoods Ideal for People with Dementia?
These neighborhoods foster and cultivate relationship-based care in a more optimal way than the generic memory care model you’ll find at other communities.
- The neighborhoods have a natural wayfinding system. Instead of residents pacing the hall of a memory care wing, these neighborhoods allow residents to stroll in a natural and circular fashion.
- The small neighborhood size allows for closer relationships and less confusion and disorientation.
- The neighborhoods have a homelike environment. Unlike dining halls in many other memory care communities, these neighborhoods have smaller dining rooms where everyone can gather around a table and see what’s cooking in the kitchen.
With each neighborhood’s warm, homey environment and intimate nature, residents are able to connect with each other as well as the caregivers that provide assistance.
In addition to web-based training, our caregivers participates in classroom-style training led by a Certified Dementia practitioner.
Our team also works with residents and their families to create two guides that inform the team’s delivery of care…
- My Ideal Day: This guide covers a resident’s preferences, quick facts, and conversation starters. It’s displayed in the resident’s room and allows team members to seamlessly engage in meaningful interactions with him or her on a daily basis.
- My Life Story: This guide includes a more comprehensive history that will support improved personalized reminiscing and conversation that honors a resident’s life story.
With their training and intimate knowledge of the resident’s story, our caregivers are able to manage difficult scenarios that are common with people living with dementia and soothe residents in a personalized way.
That said, the physical layout and thoughtful memory care program of our neighborhoods create an environment that focuses on Mom or Dad’s abilities…not disabilities.
Curious to see ability-based neighborhoods?