Imagine living in a world where even the most routine daily activity, such as tying your shoes, becomes a struggle to complete. A dementia diagnosis makes life complicated and our team at Summerset understands the complexity of this disease. Our progressive memory care facilities are designed to delay development of the disease as much as possible.
Under the direction and guidance of Alzheimer’s and memory care expert, Jessica Zepeda, we have developed “Inspirations”; a program that helps our residents stay active, participating and engaged and provide a sense of feeling at home for each resident and their families.
We have implemented a True Reminisce Therapy Program which provides residents with tactile, sensory input through murals, photographs, smells, lighting and activities. Here is a brief description of our reminisce therapy program at our progressive memory care facilities, explained by Regional Director of Memory Care, Jessica Zepeda.
Reminiscence Therapy involves the discussion of past activities, events and experiences with another person or group of people. This discussion usually occurs with the aid of tangible prompts such as photographs, household and other familiar items from the past, music or archive sound recordings.
Reminiscence Therapy typically involves informal weekly group meetings in which participants are encouraged to talk about past events.
In addition to group therapy, individual sessions with the residents are a key component to the Reminiscence Therapy program. These individual sessions can be considered a Life Review for the residents.
These Life Review sessions are used to help guide the resident chronologically through their life experiences and can encourage them to talk about and evaluate these experiences. These sessions may also involve family and friends of the resident, whose combined knowledge, background, experience and understanding of their loved one may lead to creating a life-story book for the resident.
Family care-givers are also increasingly involved in Reminiscence Therapy and it has been found to be one of the most popular psychosocial interventions in dementia care, while being highly rated for effectiveness by staff and participants.”
In addition to our innovative reminisce therapy program, we have indoor and outdoor features that make Summerset Lincoln the premier progressive memory care facility in Northern California.
Some features include: