The Value of Life Skill Stations in Memory Care

Alzheimer's Care

MorningStar Memory Care at Bear Creek uses a range of resident-directed approaches to palliate symptoms and revive joy.  One technique we have found that helps us to connect with our residents is to set up life skill stations as a way to awaken dormant memories and to take them back to significant moments in their lives in order to find joy in the present.

Life skill stations can be something as simple as a rack of vintage hats or baby dolls resting comfortably in a corner.  Illustrating the power of this technique is a poignant story one of our caregivers relates regarding a resident who, upon arriving at Bear Creek, could not find comfort and had difficulty fitting in.  After a long discussion with the man, our staff member learned that the gentleman had been a bike shop owner and avid cyclist back in Germany.

Filled with this information, the next day our caregiver brought in her own bike, a tire repair kit and a few tools to set up an informal bike shop.  Making a few “adjustments” to the bike such as deflating the tire, taking off the chain and raising the seat, the staff member brought in the resident.  The man broke into a smile and got busy repairing the bike.  Soon he was happily riding around our outside trails.

This is just one example of how Bear Creek’s caregivers go the extra mile to connect with our residents and to affirm their dignity and respect.  Whether it is through the power of music, dance, art, aromatherapy, or animals, our goal is to heal and comfort while taking into consideration the uniqueness of each person.  Set up a tour to take a look at all of the ways we work to make our residents feel right at home!

MorningStar at Bear Creek is a memory care community that uses progressive methods to palliate symptoms and revive joy.  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, and is devoted to creating a true home for residents within a serene setting.  Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our loving community.

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