Memory Care of Westover Hills Installs Life Stations for Resident Comfort Their Reality
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If you were to walk the halls of Memory Care of Westover Hills, you might see a mom reliving the moments of her child’s infancy or a man working with tools. For the residents of Memory Care of Westover Hills, these brief moments in the community’s Life Stations are a viable way for them to live in their own reality without anxiety, fear, or confusion. “When a resident has Alzheimer’s or dementia, they revert back to their younger days,” Executive Director Tawana McDaniel explains. “We started doing these stations right when the pandemic hit because we couldn’t take them to the activity room … This is an added activity, especially during a time when they are missing their families.”
The community has three stations built into its seating areas and has plans to add more environments. The first station is a nursery, complete with a crib, baby dolls, and strollers.
Residents who believe their child is an infant can relive these precious moments, and others who simply love kids have found peace sitting in the nursery.
For those who are higher functioning and like to work with their hands, the community has created a garage station, complete with safe tools and music. Those who like crafts can escape into their work while exercising their brains and memory. Finally, the last station is a music area. It includes a piano and an antique record player. The music station is especially powerful, Tawana says, because music can be therapeutic for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Studies have found that even the lowest-functioning dementia patients can sing along or hum to songs they first heard years earlier. “It never ceases to amaze us when we walk by these stations, and we actually see the residents making use of the space and enjoying the space,” Tawana says. “It fills you with joy to see. You know that this right here is really helping them get through this.” The community plans to create more stations, Tawana added, including an aromatherapy section. The addition of a new station and the success of the previous three are due, in no small part, to the dedication to resident care Tawana believes her entire team encompasses. “I am just blessed to have an amazing team at Memory Care of Westover Hills,” Tawana says. “We came together and came up with ideas. We all work together as a team to make it a reality.”
For the residents of Memory Care of Westover Hills, the stations offer a way to relive happy memories and engage in meaningful activities.
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