The memory loss journey – whether from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory-related illness – is unique to each individual. That’s because the brain is a complex organism, and because each person’s memories and experiences are completely different, these forms of illness can manifest and affect individuals in countless ways. Not only that, but these forms of diseases have a secondary effect on family members, which can have a psychological and emotional effect on both the patient and their loved ones, requiring an even different level of compassion, understanding and treatment.
It makes complete sense, then, when it comes to caring for such a varied, wide-ranging and complex disease, that care methods should be tailored to the needs of each patient. However, not everyone recognizes the importance and the need for this individualized approach to memory care and support.
“Many senior living communities offer Memory Care with a cookie-cutter approach,” says Rob Low, Director of Community Relations at YourLife™ of Pensacola. “But because Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias aren’t one-size-fits-all, that approach can actually make the journey more stressful and difficult than it has to be. The very best form of Memory Care takes into consideration each individual’s abilities and challenges, strengths and symptoms, stories and memories, preferences and dislikes. In other words, the best approach focuses on supporting the person first and managing the disease second.”
The YourStory Personalized Approach to Memory Care
Every day at YourLife™ of Pensacola, we see first-hand how personalized, adaptable care plans and compassionate, flexible caregivers can help residents living with dementia and other memory illnesses. Our ultimate goal is to give our residents joyful, meaningful and fulfilling lives through every stage of memory loss, which we accomplish through a person-centered approach to support and care. How do we do this? Through our innovative YourStory programming. This signature approach creates an individualized experience centered around each resident, building a full schedule of amenities, services, dining and more that’s designed for them … but more importantly, defined by them.
We don’t view Memory Care as something that’s done to our residents. It’s something that’s done with our residents. Memory loss doesn’t change who we are as individuals, so we understand how important it is to honor and celebrate each resident as a person. By honoring and celebrating the qualities, characteristics, experiences and memories that make each person unique, we’re able to create a meaningful lifestyle that gives our residents choice, purpose and joy each and every day.
Here are just some of the benefits the YourStory approach provides to our Memory Care residents:
Enjoying Favorite Hobbies
Our preferences and enjoyments play such an important role in who we are. Knowing what each resident enjoys or has enjoyed doing in the past can help us re-capture past moments to create new, happy memories. Since many residents come to us at later stages in the dementia process, we work with family members to create a full picture of who their loved one is and what meaningful pursuits helped to define their life so we can provide the experiences they deserve. By knowing everything we can about our residents, we’re able to provide seamless care from what they’ve known to now.
Finding New Passions
We believe that new memories and enjoyments can be created for residents, no matter where they are in their Memory Care journey. Because we focus on what each person is still able to do (instead of focusing on what abilities are no longer accessible to them), we’re able to provide a variety of activities, experiences and opportunities for our residents to enjoy. By learning something new, we’re able to foster a sense of accomplishment, confidence and dignity, which is something that’s more beneficial than any medication can provide. Cooking classes, bird-watching, trips to the local community, musical experiences and more – our residents’ social and activity calendars are filled each and every day with opportunities to try something new and different. And if it turns out that they discover a new favorite thing to do? We’ll be sure to work it into their existing care program because, after all, variety is the spice of life!
Maintaining Independence & Sense of Purpose
A familiar routine is one of the best ways to provide Memory Care residents with a sense of comfort and confidence. And, although it may seem counterintuitive, it’s also one of the best ways to help them live independently! By understanding what to expect when it comes to their care, residents are able to move throughout their day and enjoy their options when they’re presented. And the best way to provide a familiar routine is by working with our residents and their families to understand their preferences. If a resident has always gotten up early, we’ll make sure that happens. If he or she has always enjoyed dinner at a certain time, we’ll provide that consistency as well. This knowledge will help our compassionate caregivers provide the best support possible for each individual, as well as allow them to form strong relationships and bonds with our residents.
Receiving the Highest Quality of Care
The ultimate goal of our YourStory programming is to provide our Memory Care residents with the highest quality of care possible. Every aspect of our program is designed to support residents physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually at all levels, which amounts to a full-person, holistic approach to care that becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
But we also know that this approach can only be possible through a unified, caring staff of the best and the brightest caregiver. We take our purpose seriously, which means our caregiving staff is made up of highly-trained individuals who have passed rigorous care training (and who continue to stay up-to-date on groundbreaking care techniques in Memory Care treatment).
We also look beyond the tactical level and hire caregivers who have an innate compassion and understanding for seniors and the needs of individuals living with dementias. Our high standards mean that friends and family members can be at ease, knowing their loved ones are receiving the assistance they need every second of the day, and that they will always be surrounded by the care, support and love they require and deserve.
For more information about YourStory programming or how YourLife™ of Pensacola provides engaging, enriching lifestyles for our Memory Care residents, please contact our team today at 850-898-3334.
The Memory Care Your Loved One Deserves.
Offering the very best in Memory Care, YourLife™ of Pensacola was designed specifically with residents in mind. We’ve created a community where residents can define their own lifestyle, based on their preferences, needs and story, all while having the peace of mind of 24-hour support and the freedom to define their own lifestyles.
Because we focus solely on Memory Care, all of our resources and attention are on catering to each resident’s needs while providing unequaled peace of mind for families. Our licensed nurses and YourLife™ Personal Care Specialists are on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide personally inspired care and support, no matter what your needs. With such dedicated care, our residents have the support they need to live as independently and engaged as possible.
At YourLife™ of Pensacola, YourStory comes to life. Whether you want to enjoy our exclusive activities and YourStory programming, spend time exploring our services and amenities, relax in our easy-to-navigate Memory Care neighborhoods and living areas or try something new, the choice is entirely up to you. Contact us to learn more!