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Liberty Village offers an enhanced memory care program

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MARYVILLE – Liberty Village of Maryville has unveiled a newly enhanced memory care program for its residents and future residents.

“Memory Lane – Fitness for the Mind” debuted on July 28 at Liberty Village, located at 6955 State Route 162 in Maryville. The program is designed to exercise the brain, improve memory and maintain independence.

“Through years of research by the Alzheimer’s Association, Liberty Village was able to create a structure with specialized and individualized programming for the patient, to help them maximize function and physical abilities,” said Dena Boss, Marketing Director of Liberty Village. of Maryville. “They use the Allen Cognitive Scale, performed by a licensed professional, and designed to determine the patient’s exact level of memory impairment. Once the assessment is complete, it is color coded to help memory care specialists quickly identify activities and enrichment programs for the resident.

“Research has proven that the program we run here helps residents. It will not stop or prevent the disease, but it may delay the onset or worsening of symptoms. We keep residents engaged and keep their minds active. We are working with our residents on what they are still able to do. We take these abilities and capitalize on them in order to allow the patient to feel a sense of accomplishment, thus minimizing frustrations and behaviors.

The Fitness for the Mind program was developed to focus solely on a resident’s strengths. Using these strengths, Liberty staff then implement personalized therapy programs that have been specifically designed to focus on existing memory function, allowing staff to exercise the resident’s brain.

Therapy teams will perform a thorough assessment of each individual to target their remaining abilities. Enrichment programs will be offered throughout the day based on that person’s specific cognitive abilities. These programs are designed to enhance these abilities as well as provide opportunities for social interaction, intellectual stimulation and recreation.

“We started this program two years before the pandemic, but COVID has stopped the rollout so far,” said Memory Lane director Chaela Pollard. “Memory Lane – Fitness for the Mind is an individualized program for residents, and it’s color coded and individualized to keep their minds busy. The program is much easier for my staff to be able to work with each resident.

Each resident of Memory Lane is designated by their functional level using a color code.

Memory Lane’s activities and games are also color-coded, with a sticker on each activity designating the levels it’s suitable for.

“Staff know what color a resident is, and it lets them know what activities to do with each person and how to teach them how to play the game,” Pollard said.

Liberty Village replaced their dishes with red, which is an appetite stimulant, which has been shown to increase appetite by 25% and fluid intake by 84%.

Similarly, Liberty Village has changed all toilet seats in Memory Lane to black with a contrast wall, helping the resident easily identify themselves, which will reduce falls and help them maintain independence in their self-care.

Liberty Village memory care specialists have received rigorous training in caring for people with memory impairments. They are available around the clock to ensure that all interactions are guided by evidence-based interventions that will boost each resident’s cognitive abilities.

Specialized programs are offered daily to improve brain power and exercise the mind. Programs are guided by recommendations from highly trained professionals and are based on individualized assessment of each resident’s unique level of functioning.

Enabling each resident to retain as much independence as possible is of paramount importance to Liberty Village staff. By focusing on this independence, Memory in Motion programming allows each individual to do as much as possible on their own, with guided support and assistance as needed from memory care specialists.

Memory in Motion programs provide independence with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing and maintaining personal hygiene. Fitness for the Mind programming also focuses on programs to enable residents to walk, eat independently, and maintain continence for as long as possible.

Additionally, Liberty Village offers monthly support group meetings, with the next meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, August 19 in the Memory Lane Activity Room. Pollard will lead the group.

Boss emphasized that the event is for the whole community and not just people who are part of the Memory Lane family.

“A lot of other people need this support, and we want to make sure we’re providing it to them as well,” Boss said. “In return, we build a relationship with them.”

For more information or to visit Liberty Village of Maryville-Memory Lane-Fitness for the Mind, call 618-288-3800 or visit https://libertyvillageofmaryville.com/.