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FLOURISH℠ MEMORY CARE AT CHARTER SENIOR LIVING
Our goal for residents inspired the name of our Memory Care Program at Charter Senior Living communities. Flourish℠ Memory Care is rooted in the belief – and supported by leading-edge research – that people living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss can grow and flourish, regardless of where they may be on their journey.
Our comprehensive Memory Care program focuses on eight aspects to provide helpful support and loving care that honors who they are and where they are in their journeys:
- Well-being through structured daily activities focused on holistic wellness
- Nutrition by creating healthy, joyful dining experiences
- Meaningful relationships by connecting with family, new friends and staff
- Rest and restoration using calm, comforting, technology-focused interventions 24/7
- Socialization and engagement for daily connection and life enrichment
- Support with devoted, compassionate, personalized care
- Sense of purpose by learning individual stories that inspire fulfilling programs and meaningful living
- Environment that is welcoming, serene and homelike
THE “PERSONAL TOUCH” PHILOSOPHY
We call our philosophy of Memory Care for dementia and Alzheimer’s residents “Personal Touch.” The “Personal Touch” philosophy of care promotes the self-worth and familiar life history and functions of each resident, individually. This philosophy is driven by our mission statement: To enrich the lives of our residents, staff and associates through our programs, communications, environments and true commitment.
The principles of “Personal Touch” care are:
Treating people kindly, with respect and honesty is how we treat each other in our daily lives. The same is true at our care communities that serve a population of seniors who suffer from various forms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Residents are people. The “us vs. them” attitude is not tolerated. We have an obligation to care for our residents and provide an environment that is familiar and warm.
Activities are a fundamental component of the daily programs at our Memory Care communities. However, the activities that are featured for residents with dementia are significantly more familiar. Our activities are not only “age appropriate” but they are also simple and routine. Furthermore, our communities embrace intergenerational programs, visiting pets, and sensory stimulation, among many others.
Communications for Memory Care residents are two-fold at Charter Senior Living. First, we communicate through our quarterly Care Conferences to review and update the Service/Care Plan of each resident. This is done with the management, support staff and resident family and/or responsible party. Finally, we communicate with residents through respectful and slow encouragements, without quick questioning or confusing dialogue.
Our Memory Care communities feature an Activity Kitchen for the familiarity of a kitchen in the house. Residents may work, complete chores and prepare dishes, with unobtrusive supervision and support. Each Memory Care neighborhood has its own dining room where residents may eat “family-style” or each plate will be served individually. Of course, all menus are professionally developed and meals are cooked on site. Wonderful snacks, juices and teas are available 24 hours a day.
Charter Senior Living has developed an environment that is comfortable, yet stimulating. Every detail from paint colors, furniture selection, to the carpet and artwork have been taken into consideration. The outdoor common areas are available to residents seeking fresh air, the warmth of sunshine, the sounds of leaves and birds and the opportunity to enjoy gardening. The interiors feature a wonderful fish tank, a television lounge in each neighborhood and barrier free walking.