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Innovative, Compassionate Memory Care
Elder Care Alliance’s innovative and engagement-focused memory care program is based on the I’m Still Here™ philosophy. This evidence-based approach is founded on the belief that every person living with cognitive impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is fully capable of experiencing a high quality of life, regardless of the severity of memory loss.
Residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia are always fully supported, inspired to be confident, capable of learning and growing, and encouraged to create.
Elements of Evidenced-Based Memory Care
Paramount to the care we provide is helping each resident feel safe and comfortable, while continuing to provide intellectual stimulation and engagement in life experiences. Elements of evidence-based memory care include:
- Adapted environments
- Specialized communication techniques
- Individualized learning approaches
- Parallel programming, adapted to the stage of the disease
- Purposeful social roles
We engage residents with meaningful activities, while providing 24-hour quality care services at all four of our assisted living communities: AlmaVia of Camarillo, AlmaVia of San Francisco, AlmaVia of San Rafael, Mercy Retirement & Care Center.
Unique Approach to Memory Care
Memory care residents have increased opportunities for engagement, connection and purpose, resulting in improved functioning and a higher quality of life. They receive specialized memory care programming, along with all of the typical assisted living services, in a safe and supportive environment.
Programming is designed to meet the needs of residents as they progress through the stages of the disease. Residents are encouraged to stay active and engaged by attending art therapy classes, movies and community events like a Super Bowl soup social. Not everyone will be interested in the same activities, so we offer a variety of activities embracing a wide range of interests.
Memory care team members use evidence-based approaches to nurture those with dementia, including optimization of communication techniques, environmental adaptations to the environment and meaningful life enrichment programming.
Specialized Memory Care Training
Elder Care Alliance team members are grounded in four fundamental principles, honoring each resident through dignity, respect, independence and choice. They have robust training – based on the latest research – in all areas of memory care:
- Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
- Communication techniques
- Dining experience
- Managing behavioral expressions
- Life enrichment
Our caring staff combines specialized training with programming techniques designed for those with cognitive impairment delivered in a comfortable, residential setting. The team in each community’s memory care neighborhood includes a Memory Care Director, Life Enrichment Coordinator and spiritual care services and support staff.
We work to replace the four A’s of Alzheimer’s (anxiety, agitation, aggression, apathy) with:
- Focus of attention
- Language expression
- Positive mood
- Accessing memories
- Emotional connectedness
- Social participation
- Short-term event memory
- Future orientation
To learn more about Elder Care Alliance’s memory care program, contact us.
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