Our extensive experience in dementia care has shown us that healing always comes from human touch, from empathy, and from purposeful engagement. Dementia sufferers live in a purple world – an alternative reality, and the best way to reach them is to “get purple” too. Right from the beginning of our relationship with a resident, we find out as much as we can about their history, their preferences and special talents and use that to help us sort through what their behavior is really trying to communicate. For example, if a resident is getting agitated and saying they must go home, we respond with, “Tell me about your home; what is it like? Why do you love it so?”
In addition, our team encourages families not to dwell on what has been lost but rather to be surprised by what is found. We have discovered that if we truly enter the moment, we can embrace what comes next. To help guide our families, we recommend they learn as much as they can about the disease because with understanding, comes acceptance. We also think it is beneficial to join an Alzheimer’s Association support group. Lastly our families are always welcomed and encouraged to join us as we participate in one of our Alzheimer’s Association events to help raise funds and awareness of the disease.
Please visit our website to learn more about our compassionate, loving memory care. While you are there, use the link on our home page to setup a tour or to inquire about pricing and availability.
MorningStar of Happy Valley represents the finest in senior living with our distinct mission statement – “to honor, to serve, to invest.” With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, we create a true home for residents within a beautiful setting. Please contact us to learn more about our exceptional assisted living and memory care community.