Below is a roundup of some of my favorite solutions for innovations in memory care.
Here is a link to more about the affordable solutions from LifeBio that work in both memory care and in senior living/health care (we feel that knowing the whole person and capturing life stories effectively is so very important---we make it simple to gather at least a simple biography on every person using the web, an app, or our Life Story Guide or our MemoryBio Photo Album for starting conversations with those who have dementia), but I am also going to suggest some of my favorite programs that are also complementary....
1) Snoezelen incorporates a specialized selection of sensory equipment and materials that may help clients adapt their responses to sensory stimulation and to advance education and therapy goals. Each SNOEZELEN MSE is tailored to meet the needs of specific populations according to age and ability. The blend of sights, sounds, textures, aromas, and motion provide stimulation of the primary sensory systems and may be modified to meet each participant’s sensory needs. http://www.snoezeleninfo.com/main.asp
2) Dementia care training from the Eden Alternative. Based on the award-winning book by G. Allen Power, M.D., this in-depth 2-day learning experience uses the framework of culture change to create a new approach to caring for people who live with dementia. Learn why the current paradigm for dementia care can never produce satisfactory results and explore an experiential model that facilitates growth, meaningful engagement, and improved well-being via the application of person-directed practices. http://www.edenalt.org/events-and-offerings/educational-offerings/dementia-beyond-drugs/
3) Computer technology from some of our favorite partners --- Connected Living, It's Never 2 Late, and Status Solutions. All amazing technologies that work well in conjunction with LifeBio in community settings. Bring the technology in the door and just watch what happens! Technology has been found to lower the need for psychotropic drugs, plus there are so many opportunities to connect with younger generations as a result.
We'd love to share more about how LifeBio's solutions are affordable and easy to use. If you're looking for a solution that can be either "high tech" or "low tech" and you'd like to involve family and volunteers more in the life of people with memory challenges (and truly get to KNOW them as a whole person beyond their clinical needs), LifeBio is a great solution for you to consider. www.lifebio.com/health provides more information or please call 1-866-LIFEBIO or 937-303-4576. LifeBio is used in over 400 communities from coast to coast -- senior living, hospitals, hospice, adult day programs, home care, and more. There is a video, a brochure, and a white paper available at the weblink!
Please get in touch! So many life stories....so little time!