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As the number of Ohioans living with dementia continues to rise, locals and family members of loved ones look to memory care communities for support, guidance and care. Watermark Retirement Communities aims to do just so with their innovative approach to memory loss at The Gardens within the Pinebrook community.
The Gardens offers peace of mind within a home-like upbeat environment complete with a variety of open spaces that bring people together, an outdoor courtyard with a garden, salon, various options for dining and many other features all designed to help residents thrive. Innovation at The Gardens translates through its caregivers, who have been specially trained and certified by National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. The caregivers, known as Nayas communicate through validation rather than correction to show understanding and support.
“Our Nayas provide understanding and support to our residents, validating what they are thinking and feeling, rather than trying to correct them,” said Pinebrook Executive Director Kelly Sears. “We reaffirm who each resident is as a person, seeking to understand and fulfill needs they may not communicate but that are essential to their wellbeing and ability to live to the fullest.”
Another aspect unique to The Gardens is their flexible dining options such as the Thrive Dining™ program. Exclusive to Watermark Retirement Communities® the program is geared toward residents with cognitive and neuromuscular challenges. By eliminating the use of utensils and preparing food in more friendly way, seniors enjoy meal time with dignity and simplicity. The community also offers a Personal Pantry Program which includes a space for residents to store their favorite foods which they can access at any time.
“At The Gardens, our focus is on what our residents can do,” Sears said. “It’s also on encouraging them to try things they may have never done before, so they experience the joy and satisfaction that comes with discovering and accomplishing something new. After all, constantly learning, growing and sharing with other people is at the core of meaningful life for everyone.”
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