THE TRIBUTE PROGRAM™
Quail Park of West Seattle
The Tribute Program at Quail Park is purposefully designed to address the unique needs of persons living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Our Memory Care program seeks to honor the distinctive life story of each resident, paying tribute to previous accomplishments and significant life events, focusing on his or her remaining strengths while nurturing their present relationships.
Our Tribute Program focuses on:
- Resident Directed Care
- Knowing each Person’s Life Story
- Communication and Understanding
- Partnering in Care
We consider it a profound honor and privilege to be able to share in the closing chapters of our residents’ distinguished life stories, and give tribute to both their past, and present, experiences and achievements.
In this program, we recognize that a person’s current limitations and disability can be significantly minimized by creating a comfortable and familiar environment that focuses on the person’s remaining strengths, nurtures their present relationships, and helps recreate pleasant experiences of the past.
Resident Directed Care
Our approach to Memory Care considers the whole person; understanding that through Resident/Family Directed Care the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual facets of an individual are closely intertwined, and anything that affects the person in one of these areas, may deeply influence the other aspects of their well-being. Although a person’s physical care may require time and attention, it is the continuing nurturing of the mind and spirit that truly brings meaning to life and that is the focus of the Tribute Program and our team.
Knowing the Person’s Life Story
Caring for the whole person is best accomplished when the people providing the care know a great deal about the person for whom they are caring. By learning about and appreciating the individual’s life story; including the significant relationships, experiences, places, vocations, affiliations, hobbies and interests, as well as the struggles and losses that impacted their lives, our team members can help evoke meaningful memories, bringing enjoyment and purpose to their present life experience. Additionally, we strive to minimize stress and frustration, while respecting the person’s individuality, by understanding and honoring his or her personal preferences in daily routines, food, clothing, activity, comfort, and enjoyment.
Communication and Understanding
The Tribute Program places a strong emphasis on effective communication with our Memory Care residents, and on actively listening to what a resident may be trying to tell us. The early stages of memory impairment can be frustrating and frightening to the one who is experiencing it. Every emotion, expression, and behavior exhibited by such an individual has meaning. A change in a resident’s mood or behavior is usually a signal that something is troubling them, or that something may have changed in their physical condition. By listening with our eyes, minds, and hearts, as well as our ears, we can understand that resident’s message and respond accordingly.
Partnering in Care
Finally, the Tribute Program recognizes that memory loss is not only experienced by the person who is impaired but that it is an experience shared by everyone who is part of the person’s life. We truly value the trust placed in us by a resident and their family when they choose to live here and allow us to assist them with their needs through our Memory Care program. We pledge to work in partnership with the resident and family, as well as with physicians and other healthcare providers, to achieve the highest quality of life possible for the resident. We consider it a profound honor and privilege to be able to share in the closing chapters of our residents’ distinguished life stories, and give tribute to both their past, as well as present achievements and experiences.
Eldergrow was founded in 2015 by Orla with a mission to bring the healing powers of nature indoors to elders living in senior-living settings. The beautifully handcrafted gardens provide residents with renewed purpose as they nurture their indoor gardens. Eldergrow is driven by two innovative, therapeutic horticulture programs that both feature mobile indoor gardens.
The Therapeutic Horticulture program includes an indoor sensory garden filled with fragrant and colorful plants to provide sensory stimulation and reminiscing opportunities for residents. An Eldergrow Educator also conducts interactive therapeutic classes and provides garden maintenance twice a month. The Educator builds relationships with the residents of their community, and tracks their individual wellness goals set forth by the American Horticultural Therapy Association (sensory stimulation, cognitive stimulation, socialization, motor skills, spatial awareness, and creative expression).
The ground-breaking DIY Culinary Herb Garden program includes a garden bed filled with fresh herbs which is supported by Eldergrow’s unique Herb of the Month program. Fresh herbs are shipped to communities every month, along with curriculum featuring Herb of the Month recipes for chefs to give cooking demos and lessons for activities directors. The program allows residents to focus on the culinary aspect of gardening, playing off the growing farm-to-table movement. The herbs grown in the Eldergrow garden can then also be used in the community dining program.
Both gardens are handcrafted in partnership with a job training program that employs and trains disabled veterans and adults living with disabilities. Now in 20 states and over 150 communities on the continental U.S., Eldergrow continues to offer residents with more and more meaningful connections to nature.
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