Dignity, compassion, and quality care are the guiding principles in memory care households. This approach is designed to provide the best quality of life possible for a loved one in addition to offering peace of mind for family members.
Our specially trained staff will also engage and care for residents and provide freedom, 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.
Our newly renovated memory care households offer opportunities for residents to socialize in our open kitchens and community spaces or enjoy some privacy when they want it.
To help, we have developed a suite of individualized cognitive therapies, called Living Well Memory Support, to better serve our residents.
This unique and extensive program offers a holistic, one-on-one approach to memory care services. It has been developed to engage residents and stimulate their minds fully. 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 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 technology.
Each resident receives personalized music playlists delivered on 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.
GreyMatters is a tablet application that aims to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers. Through an interactive life storybook, music, and games, the app helps patients and families preserve yesterday’s memories, as well as share today’s joyful moments.
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 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.