We understand that, in many peoples’ lives, a transitional time comes when additional assistance for daily living is required. Sunshine Retirement Living provides options that respect and cherish our residents with the finest care and amenities available. We’re here to help your loved one gently transition to an environment where they can enjoy personalized care options and a plan as uniquely individual as they are. The needs, goals, and interests of each of our residents are our highest priority in everything we do.
At our Assisted Living and Personal Care communities, our nursing team and trained caregivers offer a higher level of individualized care that includes services ranging from medication management to assistance with daily activities such as hygiene and healthcare. Assisted Living and Personal Care communities are ideal for seniors wishing to retain their independence to the fullest possible extent, but who may need assistance with some daily tasks such as taking medication, getting dressed, or keeping their apartments clean and tidy.
Sunshine is an innovator in cutting-edge Life Enrichment programs because we know that social, cognitive, and emotional health are just as important as physical health. Our Assisted Living and Personal Care communities provide abundant opportunities for fostering friendships and engaging in social activities. Our Assisted Living and Personal Care communities are also all conveniently located near shopping centers, restaurants, hospitals, parks, churches, and more with complimentary transportation and assistance available to make exploring accessible and enjoyable.
Our Assisted Living and Personal Care communities offer a full spectrum of services such as personal hygiene and grooming, dressing and clothes selection, showering and bathing assistance, meal assistance, continence management, mobility support, socialization, and medication assistance. Our professional and trained staff are on-site 24/7 to monitor residents and assist them with needs small and large, including emergencies. Taking care of our beloved residents means taking care of their entire family and giving them the peace of mind knowing that we’re here to ensure the most enriching environment possible.
Sunshine’s approach to collaborative care begins with in-depth discovery and an ongoing, detailed assessment process centered around individual needs, values, and preferences to create custom Person-Centered Care for each resident. It depends upon open and transparent communication and equal collaboration across all departments. The end result is an approach in which each individual resident benefits from the six core tenets of Person-Centered Care.
For example, a housekeeper overhears a resident’s conversation in which she reminisces about baking cornbread with her mother. The housekeeper understands the conversation opens opportunities to build happy memories within the six core tenets of Person-Centered Care and shares it with teammates.
The housekeeper offers to help the resident tidy up, and they dust together while building on the conversation about favorite cooking. The resident feels like she is participating rather than simply being served.
Caregivers use the same strategy as a redirection tool any time a resident is reluctant to receive care and support with daily activities so that they do not feel forced to participate in unwanted activities.
The Health Services Director and Executive Director use this information as a positive call to the family, sharing discovery with them and leading to more beneficial family and resident interactions when visiting.
The Life Enrichment Director adds this cooking life skill to her personalized activity care plan for the resident. Reminiscing topics related to her childhood are researched and used in one-on-one and group interactions. A kit of kitchen tools and kitchen towels like those from her childhood is developed through partnering with family members.
The Executive Chef engages the resident in re-creating her mother’s recipe for cornbread in the same style as the resident prefers it. Then the Chef and the resident do a cooking activity together (the bread is prepared beforehand and reheated), giving the resident the opportunity to share her beloved mother’s recipe with all residents.
The important factor in Sunshine’s Person-Centered Care is the collaboration of team members who understand the importance of communication and participation. The development of this approach begins in the earliest phases of our relationship with the resident and family, and it involves every level of the community’s team, from front desk staff and housekeeping to executive directors.
A robust life enrichment program is vital to providing meaning in the daily lives of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or any dementia illness. Like tending vegetables in a garden, each of the six Sunshine Pillars of Wellness act to nurture and grow the solid foundation on which our collaborative person-centered care approach is built.
Based on the Sunshine Pillars of Wellness, the Memory Care Life Enrichment Program draws from a philosophy that is rooted in a Montessori-style approach. While the Montessori method was initially developed for early childhood education, the philosophy and approaches – modified to honor the age and experiences of our residents – provide sensory stimulation and encourage cognitive stimulation while building on existing social skills.
The important factor in Sunshine’s Wellness Garden is the collaboration of team members who understand the importance of communication and participation. The development of this approach begins in the earliest phases of our relationship with the resident and family, and it involves every level of the community’s team, from front desk staff and housekeeping to executive directors.
Providing activities that promote residents’ physicality help to curb agitation, wandering, and sleeplessness.
For people with dementia, isolation often follows failure and embarrassment in social interactions. Activities offered in both large and small group settings that encourage “failure free” opportunities for socialization, building relationships, and community are an integral part of our wellness model.
Recognizing and embracing the needs of each person’s spirituality through music, discussion, prayer, affirmations, nature, and other diverse means of support provides comfort and familiar purpose.
Residents with dementia enjoy learning. Intellectual and educational activities based on interests that encourage the action of learning and participating in new things is important.
Gentle touch, pleasant visual images, enjoyable sounds, yummy meals and snacks, and aromatherapy are used to encourage meaningful interactions. Purposefully designed areas with theme settings from a resident’s past can spark memories and interests, and can encourage independent or group interactions.
Whether it is through dance, reminiscing and storytelling, or simply being, emotional expression flows throughout the day. We strive to create opportunities to engage peoples’ passions and connect with them on a deeper level.
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