Honoring Choices: The Foundations of Dignity in Memory Care

 Honoring Choices: The Foundations of Dignity in Memory Care

“While research scientists tell us that a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is still in the future, it is also widely recognized that the entire care and programming approach to memory care today could be more responsive and effective, says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director of the newly-opened Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola in Pensacola, FL.

“In creating our beautiful new purpose-built memory care community, we have applied the knowledge gained from dementia research studies that show that choice and control are highly important to loved ones receiving memory care. This research demonstrates that memory care programs and activities that are most closely aligned with an individual’s personal interests, preferences, choices and sense of dignity are the most effective and have the most positive impact on the person’s quality of life.”

The Importance of Personal Preference and Choice in Memory Care Programming

The memory care research paper, “Are Persons with Cognitive Impairment Able to State Consistent Choices? examined the decision-making capacity of persons with cognitive impairment with respect to their daily care preferences and choices. The study found that “persons with mild to moderate cognitive impairment are able to respond consistently to questions about preferences, choices and their own involvement in decisions about daily living.”

“Based on these findings, the researchers concluded that “including the perspective of persons with cognitive impairment in both research and practice has the potential to enhance their autonomy and improve their quality of life.”

Customized Programming and Activities for Truly Person-Centered Care

Using this information, our programming at Clarity Pointe is more than a calendar of general activities – it is a celebration of the uniqueness of each person’s life. Based on the Heartfelt CONNECTIONS™ memory care program, our care team uses specific tools that enable us to learn each resident’s life story to form strong bonds and relationships.

Here, we value the importance of personal choice and individual preferences for our residents. This culture of honoring your loved one’s choices means that we don’t organize each resident’s day in the same way. At Clarity Pointe Pensacola, your loved one has the ability to decide what he or she wants to do. 

We don't mold our residents’ lives around a uniform “cookie-cutter” schedule like many memory care providers. In contrast, we create our programming around each resident's choices and preferences.

As an example, we create programming that incorporates your loved one’s favorite hobbies and activities, as well as menus that feature their favorite foods. Memory care authorities such as The Mayo Clinic and the Alzheimer’s Association concur that this approach is highly beneficial, providing residents with a sense of self-respect, pride and dignity that promotes a sense of calm and overall well-being.

LifeBioTM: Bringing Every Resident’s Personal Story to Life

At Clarity Pointe, our HeartfeltCONNECTIONS™ memory care program incorporates industry-leading LifeBio™ reminiscence tools – customized specifically for us – to help capture your loved one’s unique life story and bring it to life every day.

This special tool enables us to understand your loved one’s entire life story, enabling us to connect on a much more personal and familiar level. For example, LifeBio™ provides information on your loved one’s likes, dislikes, favored routines, other family members, friends, careers and hobbies, which play a major role in the design of their personalized care plans and daily activities.

Family members play a key role in the LifeBio™ process. By asking you insightful questions, we collect anecdotes and details about your loved one’s life. We then assemble that information into a life story booklet that is used every day by the Clarity Pointe team to help spark conversations, stir fond memories, plan activities and relive special moments to comfort and connect with your loved one.

Based on your loved one’s choices and preferences that you’ve shared, we customize their care plan to meet their uniquely individual needs – making your loved one’s experience very familiar, comforting and uplifting.

Lonette adds, “Because we view our residents’ lives as unique and special in their own way, Clarity Pointe Pensacola celebrates their individuality and strives to make every day an engaging, enjoyable and meaningful one for them.

“As one of our resident’s family members recently said, ‘Without these tools, there would be no chance anyone at Clarity Pointe would ever really be able to know Mom before dementia … who she is, what she’s accomplished … the things she liked to do, the food she enjoyed, her beliefs … the people in her life.’”

Supporting At-Home Caregivers and Families with information and Guidance

At Clarity Pointe Pensacola, we recognize the many challenges memory care caregivers face, and we’re always here to help. In addition to providing exceptional memory care for loved ones with memory loss, we also offer a variety of resources for families to help them meet the challenges of caring for a loved one with memory loss while continuing to have meaningful interactions and relationships.

You can also view Clarity Pointe’s valuable memory care articles and tips for at-home caregivers that address a variety of helpful topics that you can put to use today. And as we prepare for our grand opening this December, we invite you to visit our website for ongoing updates and information.”

Clarity Pointe … Our Difference is Clear

Clarity Pointe’s Specialized Memory Care “Living” Neighborhoods are truly changing lives for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – and for those who love them. At Clarity Pointe, our mission is to ensure our residents lead connected and rewarding lives.

Unlike other providers that offer a secure memory care wing in a skilled nursing or assisted living center, Clarity Pointe Pensacola offers three freestanding, purpose-built Memory Care communities that are solely and entirely dedicated to Memory Care Assisted Living. Our communities blend luxurious surroundings with specialized care that is individualized to each resident and delivered by a compassionate, expert team of professionals. 

We stay current on the latest trends and advancements in memory care and implement them into our residents’ care plans. Always moving forward, we combine the latest in evidence-based programming with luxurious, residential living, compassionate, respectful memory care and life-enriching activities that make each day meaningful.

For each of our residents, we offer a life that is engaging, fulfilling, inspiring and purposeful. 

To learn more about the Clarity Pointe Difference, contact us today!