Dignity, compassion, and quality care are the guiding principles in the Morris and Kirby memory care homes. 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..
In addition, our specially trained staff will engage and care for residents and provide freedom, choice and purpose to their highest potential in their everyday lives. All while living in a spacious and luxurious environment that is safe and secure.
Our newly renovated Morris and Kirby memory care homes 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 therapies, called Living Well Memory Support, to better serve our residents. This series of programming, which includes art, music, advanced 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 residents and stimulate their minds. Read below to learn more about our Living Well Memory Support Program.
ERS has developed a suite of cognitive therapies to better serve our residents both in long-term care and assisted living memory support. The program is anchored by SAIDO, where we are the second organization in the country to pilot this break-through therapy for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Our suite of person-centered cognitive therapies and programs include:
Marjorie P. Lee is the only retirement community in Cincinnati authorized to offer SAIDO. This program is a non-pharmaceutical intervention that relies on stimulation of the prefrontal cortex, the learning center of the brain, by engaging residents in simple yet specific mental tasks. Specially trained caregivers engage one-on-one or in pairs for 30 minutes, five days a week. These meaningful relationship are key to more social engagement in the community and stronger cognitive skills both of which improved quality of life.
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.
For each resident we set up 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. It often has a calming effect as well and carries over to other activities where our residents become happier and more social.
A growing body of evidence points to the benefits of gardening for older adults. Enter ERS’s Horticultural Therapy program. Aimed at helping our community members remain healthy and independent, it is a natural extension of our commitment to the six dimensions of wellness and positive aging. "The goal of the program is to help those individuals who may or may not be able to get out into nature be more connected to it,” explains AARROWOOD Plants & Flowers, LLC President Robert Evans, who developed the horticultural therapy program and now leads the classes. “This is achieved by working with individuals or groups in horticulturally related projects.” Continues Evans, “We use seasonal potted plants and fresh cut flowers in our sessions. Sometimes we use supplemental videos of gardens. The approach is to focus on mindfulness and become as aware as we can of our sensations during our projects. Often, it brings up memories from the past that are shared with the group. It also provides an awareness of the changing of seasons. The program is always changing based on the needs of the participants.”
Our art therapy program was developed at Marjorie P. Lee Retirement Community 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 Amstein, Kirby and Morris Households. The group is introduced to a master artist who serves as the inspiration for the art making and the 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 aims to encourage residents to explore artistic opportunities using various two and three dimensional art materials, and encourages relationship building.
This program works to improve both physical and mental wellbeing including range of motion, strength, pain reduction, stress relief, and lessening of depression. It employs multiple techniques including chair aerobics, yoga, Tai Chai, relaxation class and massage therapy.
Different than normal music therapy, this program is a therapeutic mutual support group program. The main focus is to engage residents in helping each other. Strong, thriving communities are strengthened by not only what we can do for residents, but also what can they do for each other.
Based on techniques developed by renowned dementia care expert, Teepa Snow, this program strives at all times 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.
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