Dignity, compassion, and quality care are the guiding principles in our memory care households. This approach is designed to provide the best quality of life possible for a loved one and offer peace of mind for family members.
Our specially trained staff will support and care for residents and provide engagement, choice, and purpose to the highest potential in their everyday lives. All while living in a spacious and luxurious environment that is safe and secure.
Dignity, compassion, and quality care are the guiding principles in the Morris, Kirby, and Luther memory care households. This approach is designed to provide an engaging quality of life for a loved one living with cognitive loss in addition to offering peace of mind for the family members who care for them.
Assisted Living with Memory Care is designed for people experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. We combine the help-as-needed care of assisted living with the special needs of early-stage memory care. No one person with Alzheimer’s or dementia has the same experience. Unique and personalized medical assistance helps residents continue living as independently as possible.
Our specially trained staff will engage and care for residents and provide freedom, choice, and purpose to the highest potential in their everyday lives. All while living in one of our 38 spacious and luxurious apartments in an environment that is safe and secure.
Our renovated Morris (5th floor), Kirby, and Luther (4th floor) memory care households offer opportunities for residents to socialize in our open kitchens and community spaces or enjoy some privacy in their apartments when they want it.
In addition, we have developed a suite of individualized therapies, called Living Well Memory Support, to better serve our residents. This series of programming, which includes art, music, cognitive exercises, and physical well-being therapies, offers a holistic, one-on-one approach to memory care services. This unique and extensive therapy program has been developed to fully engage and stimulate residents — mind, body, and spirit.
This unique and extensive program offers a holistic, one-on-one approach to memory care services. It is anchored by SAIDO and includes a suite of other person-centered cognitive therapies.
Marjorie P. Lee is the second organization in the country to pilot SAIDO for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. We are also the only retirement community in Cincinnati authorized to offer this breakthrough therapy.
SAIDO is a non-pharmaceutical memory care intervention that relies on the stimulation of the prefrontal cortex, also known as the learning center of the brain, by engaging residents in specific yet straightforward mental tasks. Specially trained caregivers engage one-on-one or in pairs for 30 minutes, five days a week. These meaningful relationships are key to more social engagement in the community and stronger cognitive skills—both of which improve quality of life.
This approach incorporates multiple software tools and is designed to enhance your loved one’s overall quality of life holistically. TV and film, sports, health & wellness, cognitive stimulation, games & puzzles are just some examples of the hundreds of applications employed in this person-centered, memory care technology.
Each resident receives personalized music playlists delivered on Apple iPods and other digital devices that tap deep into memories and stimulate social interactions and behaviors that may have been dormant for years. These benefits carry over to other activities, helping residents become happier and more social. The music also has a calming effect.
HealthRHYTHMS is a research-based program founded by drum manufacturer Remo, Inc., and developed by neurologist Dr. Barry Bittman and music therapist Christine Stevens. Drum circles help build empathy among participants by simply being together and connecting through rhythm. The program provides an opportunity for physical activity and guided imagery. For those who may not join in a conversation, they can express their thoughts through drumming, and it is very freeing.
The Marjorie P. Lee art therapy program was developed in early 2016 by our art therapist and a professor at the University of Cincinnati – Clermont College. For an entire college semester, one university student intern is partnered with one resident artist from our Amstein, Kirby, and Morris Households. The group is introduced to a master artist who serves as the inspiration for the art-making, and then each resident produces their own artwork with the intern assisting, as needed.
At the end of the semester, each resident artist chooses to exhibit the images along with the artist and student statements. The program encourages residents to explore artistic opportunities using various two- and three-dimensional art materials and fosters relationship building.
This program works to improve range of motion, increase strength, reduce pain, relieve stress, lessen feelings of depression, and other areas of both physical and mental wellbeing. It employs multiple techniques, including chair aerobics, yoga, Tai Chi, relaxation class, and massage therapy.
Different than traditional music therapy, this program is a therapeutic mutual support group program. The main focus is to engage residents by helping each other. Healthy, thriving communities are strengthened by not only what we can do for residents but also what they can do for each other.
Based on techniques developed by renowned dementia care expert Teepa Snow, this program strives to connect, protect, reflect, and respond while working with dementia patients. It includes a unique, entertaining, and energetic delivery system of caregiver education that explains the brain’s physical changes and why performing tasks, thinking, reasoning, and processing becomes difficult for people with dementia. Click here to read more about the Positive Approach to Care model.
In February 2020, ERS announced the creation of the Center for Memory Support and Inclusion with the hiring of Shannon Braun as its Director. ERS, an innovator in providing care, support, and education for those living with cognitive loss, and their care partners, launched the Center to be the leading resource for the community it serves.
Braun will manage all of ERS’ memory care support efforts, including the oversight of its living environments, therapies, and training programs for staff, along with its community outreach programs, under the umbrella of its new Center for Memory Support and Inclusion.
“ERS is proud to launch our Center for Memory Support and Inclusion to support our neighbors in the city of Cincinnati,” said Laura Lamb, President and CEO of ERS. “This comprehensive approach to memory care is a first of its kind in the city, and we look forward to expanding our offerings to the other communities we serve in the future.”
“Considering her extensive experience, combined with the hands-on knowledge she earned as an early-stage program coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, we expect Shannon to be a wonderful leader of our Center for Memory Support & Inclusion, including the Dementia Inclusive Cincinnati movement where she’s successfully created and hosted Memory Cafés throughout the city,” said Lamb.
The launch of the Memory Support Center, and the expansion of Dementia Inclusive Cincinnati, is made possible by a recent $250,000 grant provided by the Sutphin Family Foundation and an individual donor. The grants will support individuals living with cognitive loss and their care partners where there is a gap in education, resources, and care options. Learn more about the Center.