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Some of our Valeo Signature Programs include:
Create and Compose
Art and music draw residents away from daily concerns and take them on a journey of self-expression, while helping them relive fond memories. Residents enjoy painting, drawing and sculpture and will both listen to and play music in a unique program that capitalizes on the therapeutic benefits of art. Neurological research also shows that creating art and listening to music can improve cognitive function, helping the brain actively compensate for changes in function that are often associated with aging and memory impairments such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Art also helps residents relax, reduces anxiety, provides socialization and fosters a stronger sense of identity.
Residents and their families create a treasure chest of specific items that are familiar and meaningful and reflect aspects of their identity. The items have specific historical relevance to the individual’s life experiences, special interests and association with important people or life events. The kits and their contents provide a means to fun and meaningful interactions with each resident that connects them to their past and creates special moments of reminiscence that can be used to enhance their quality of life in the present. Legacy Kits are used by both caregivers and family members on an ongoing basis to foster positive interactions and active meaningful engagement with residents.
The very act of getting away—physically or even mentally—relaxes the mind, renews the soul and opens us to new opportunities and ways of seeing. Continuing to facilitate the travel experience for individuals who have been diagnosed with dementia often provides pleasure, connection and intellectual stimulation while triggering memories and offering an escape from the day-to-day.
There’s no denying the bond between humans and animals. While a tactile experience, pets offer therapeutic benefits, too: comfort, enjoyment and socialization. Research also shows how bonding with animals can lead to health improvements, such as lowering blood pressure and rates of heart disease, reducing stress and even decreasing anxiety and depression. Creature Comforts is a pet program that brings gentle animals into the retirement community – whether dog, cat, bird, fish, amphibian or reptile – to interact with residents. It’s also a perfect time for residents to show pictures of past pets, or recall memories of their own animal experiences – all in the name of creating a positive impact on the intellectual, social, physical and spiritual well-being of every person.
Routines provide daily structure and a sense of purpose to those with memory impairments…but how can you turn such everyday tasks into enjoyable experiences? VITA! takes the seemingly routine activities of daily living and makes them a pleasant, memorable action. Led by the community’s wellness team, VITA! programs may include trivia, brain teasers, singing songs, meaningful conversation and exercise, all while paying attention to self-care. The result: daily “to-do’s” become moments of joy, creating positive moods and enhancing quality of life. For residents living with dementia and other memory impairments, VITA! practices help to calm and bring a sense of peace and focus to the activity of the moment by creating a pleasant event that improves both physical and cognitive function. Taking time to be fully engaged and mindfully present for the basic tasks of each day is important not only for the individual, but equally so for team members.
“One day at a time—this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.”
― Ida Scott Taylor McKinney
Contact us to learn more about the dementia care and Alzheimer’s programs at our Westchase memory care community near Tampa, FL.