When a retirement community takes on the responsibility of caring for residents with memory challenges, it’s not as simple as opening the doors to new residents. The staff must be specially chosen and trained to work with these residents, and the community and its programming must be tailored to meet the specific needs of those experiencing memory challenges.
Marshall Pines Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Evans, Georgia, has risen to the challenge. They’ve created a warm, welcoming environment that provides memory care residents with the safety, care, dignity, and quality of life they require.
The community’s philosophy is built around providing individualized, Person-Centered care that caters to the particular need of each of its residents.
Research shows that people experiencing memory challenges find routines to be calming and grounding. Familiar routines are essential to memory care residents’ quality of life. These routines include their sleep schedule, hygiene routines, clothing preferences, and eating schedule. At Marshall Pines, your loved one’s personal routines will always be honored to the greatest extent possible.
Many retirement communities plan weekly events and outings to entertain and stimulate their residents. But specialized memory care communities like Marshall Pines plan events specifically for residents with memory challenges, which are intended to nurture cognitive function as well as provide socialization. These activities include table games and word games, which research suggests are beneficial for maintaining cognitive function. Residents also enjoy music therapy, where the community focuses on providing era-specific music to bring back fond memories and decrease anxiety. The staff at Marshall Pines also plans plenty of social activities, which boosts residents’ self-esteem, which in turn supports better sleep habits, healthier eating habits, and more interest in exercise. Regular socialization through planned community activities also provides residents with a sense of inclusion as well as a strengthened sense of time and place.
At Marshall Pines, everything from the community’s grounds to the residents’ dwellings are designed with residents’ safety and comfort in mind. All of the residents’ living spaces are specifically designed with consistent, flat flooring, accessible bathroom safety features, and safety pull cords to keep residents safe and comfortable. Residents also wear location-based pendants to provide their loved ones with peace of mind. And the community common areas and outdoor grounds are designed to be both safe and secure as well as conducive to residents living a full, engaged life.
Believe it or not, even Marshall Pines’ unique 24/7 dining program is designed to serve its memory care residents. The community has created a daily dining routine that assists with residents’ memory care needs. Residents receive their meals on brightly colored plates, which studies have shown to stimulate appetite and increase food recognition. Additionally, the community’s dining staff incorporates foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet, which includes foods known to be “brain healthy” in the dining experience. The chefs also work to accommodate each residents’ various desires and dietary restrictions, including low-sodium, gluten-free, vegetarian, and more.
At Marshall Pines, your loved one is never alone, and you have complete peace of mind. The community’s trained and licensed staff is available 24/7, ensuring that your loved one receives the assistance that they need at any time of the day or night.
Because routines are so important for the well-being of memory care residents, Marshall Pines has designed every program at its community to support healthy, grounding routines for its valued residents.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Marshall Pines, contact our friendly team today.