The 10 Principles of Serenades Memory Care
- Purpose-Built Design
Sonata’s understanding how residents interact and live within their home is the driving force behind the design of our communities. Our themed, barrier free neighborhoods offer residents the same opportunities they experienced at home. Colors, décor and finishes give visual cues that encourage residents to engage in each space offering a calm atmosphere that stimulates all of the senses.
- Person-Directed Care with Social Support
By learning the resident’s history, significant habits and preferences, we can help the resident bathe, dress and prepare for his/her day in a way that makes sense to the resident. Daily routines such as waking later or eating later are respected and integrated into his/her routines. Routines with flexibility are the hallmark of the program. Consistent staffing in neighborhoods encourage on-going relationship building.
- Family Partnership
Learning as much as possible about the resident’s life history, preferences, routines and habits from family members and friends is the basis for our programming. Family lounges and private courtyards are an integral feature of our design.
- Personalized Environment(s)
Tailoring the environment of a resident to make surroundings
feel comfortable is accomplished by working with the family and significant others.
- Therapeutic Interactions Through Activities
We make every effort to interact in ways that help the resident experience success and have a sense of belonging. We are trained to be “proactive caregivers” and develop relationships with residents through interaction.
- Freedom and Choice
Although our residents are living with memory impairments and face challenges daily, it is important to respect their choices and offer them freedom, while living in a secured community. Residents are able to wander within their neighborhood and courtyard, and our life enrichment program offers a variety of choices that residents can engage in and give them a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
Every resident’s day includes nutrition, hydration and fitness programming. In addition to assisting with personal care, the Director of Resident Care assesses residents upon a change in condition and coordinates with families and physicians to ensure appropriate services are provided.
- Program Director
Our certified Program Director ensures the daily implementation of
the Serenades Program and conducts life enriching activities designed to stimulate and give sense of purpose to our residents. Structured activities are provided seven days a week and are designed to give the resident options, as well as life skills that keep residents active and stimulated.
- Aging in Place
Familiarity and continuity are important factors when caring for those with memory loss. Our partnerships with hospice providers enable residents to remain ‘at home’ and provide both the resident and family with additional support services during this time.
- Commitment to Training
Team members receive initial and on-going training provided by Sonata’s National Certified Dementia Care Practitioner. Every team member is required to obtain “Serenades” Certification prior to working independently with residents. Team members will continue developing their skills and utilizing best practices by attending ongoing education and training sessions.