Monarch Memory Care is a model of caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. The program is based on four pillars of care, including social connection and meaningful engagement, person-centered care, family support and involvement and caregiver education.
We help residents achieve a full life by tailoring care to their individual needs. By creating a safe and structured environment and founding their day on set schedules or routines, our staff can focus on individual strengths and help our residents feel more like themselves.
The monarch butterfly symbolizes the transformation that comes with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other types of memory impairment diseases. When we understand each resident’s journey, we can focus on individual strengths and help our residents feel a sense of normalization.
Social Connection & Meaningful Engagement
Studies show that socialization has a positive impact on seniors with dementia and can even prevent or reduce signs of depression. Cognitive based activities are incorporated in the daily routine to help residents maintain or regain important life abilities.
We incorporate the National Wellness Institute’s six dimensions of wellness into our daily activities to build a sense of wellness and fulfillment. The six dimensions of wellness include emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual.
We recognize that everyone has a unique life story. We take special care to learn as much as we can about each resident and get to know them as a person.
Some of the tools we use to learn about each resident include:
Social History Form: This form is completed upon move-in with help from the resident’s loved ones and helps us get to know each resident as a person, understand their likes and dislikes, and tailor their services accordingly.
Functional Needs Assessment: This is completed prior to move-in by our Director of Nursing and helps us learn about physical abilities and clinical issues that impact the resident’s daily life. This assessment is updated regularly to ensure we are providing the right level of care.
Global Deterioration Scale (GDS): This assessment is completed upon move-in and helps us understand the cognitive deficits and set realistic goals for living situations and therapy, as well as to maintain independence and improve quality of life for individuals with dementia.
Family Support & Involvement
Making the decision to place a family member in a memory care community can be a profoundly difficult choice for a family. It is our goal to support our families by maintaining an open-door policy, providing educational and social opportunities and partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide additional resources.
Our memory care unit leader receives Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) training, which is the highest standard in Alzheimer’s and Dementia education. All Monarch caregivers receive Monarch Program Training, Teepa Snow Ongoing Education and Global Deterioration Scale Training.
If you are responsible for a loved one’s Alzheimer’s care and are stressed, burned out, or looking for help, Bluegrass Senior Living provides a safe, comfortable, home-like environment for residents to thrive. Our secured memory care community offers private rooms and nursing services in a residential setting.