The goal of Illuminations is to make the most of our resident’s independence as their need for memory care rises. Residents in this program continue to enjoy the independence of residing in their private apartment in assisted living, but receive additional support through enhanced interactions with friends and specialized social activities.
Innovations in Early Stage Memory Care
Research has proven that individuals with an active social network have a slower rate of memory decline. Illuminations caters to residents who are no longer capable of participating in assisted living activities due to memory impairment and short attention span. The program is designed to enhance opportunities for individual accomplishments and build strong social networks with peers. The Illuminations Coordinator assists each resident to make their own choices each day as to what activities the resident wishes to engage in, and provides appropriately challenging and meaningful activities to explore. Illuminations daily activities provide both structure and routine, proven to decrease anxiety for residents and their families.
Reminiscing: Reminiscence therapy promotes a sense of security by reviewing comforting memories.
Cooking: The goal is to provide opportunities to participate in a familiar activity, build self-esteem, and increase socialization.
Bridges to Memory Care: An opportunity for residents to volunteer in the memory care community. For example, residents may plan, decorate, prepare food, and participate in holiday celebrations with memory care residents. These interactions are beneficial in providing additional positive interactions with our memory care residents as well as a gentle introduction for Illuminations participants into the memory care setting.
Weekly Updates to Family