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June 28, 2024

Enhancing Care with Engagement Plans

Category: Memory Care

Author: Tiffany Brown, Memory Care Director

An Engagement Plan captures significant details, events, and memories from a person’s life in a personalized narrative. It helps caregivers, family members, and healthcare professionals understand and connect with an individual on a deeper level. By creating an Engagement Plan, we improve the quality of care, making it more person-centered. Personal information enhances communication, providing comfort and a sense of identity for individuals with dementia.

At Vitalia Rockside, we gather this information as soon as possible, before a resident moves into our Memory Care Neighborhood. As dementia progresses, it often becomes more difficult for residents to communicate their wants, needs, and wishes. These plans help us meet their desires throughout their dementia journey.

Preparing for Future Care: Family Conversations and Research

An Engagement Plan serves as a person-centered reference to help residents stay engaged and socially active. These plans contain details such as a person’s favorite games, dislikes, preferred snacks, or beloved movies. They are particularly important for people living with dementia, as they can help achieve a sense of purpose and pleasure. Individualized events can also play a significant role in managing challenging behaviors.

To prepare for your loved one’s future care, consider having family conversations, conducting research, and carefully assessing their needs and abilities. Gathering this information now can help ensure that their care plan is personalized and effective in meeting their needs as they continue their journey.

A cheerful volunteer playing balloon games with memory care residents, spreading joy and creating cherished memories.

Start now to prepare for your future and/or the future of your loved ones. Provide detailed information about your background, history, likes, and dislikes. Include what makes you happy, sad, and fearful. Mention any special things that bring you joy and comfort. These Engagement Plans improve caregiving, aid in emotional comfort, and facilitate communication. They also enable those around you to honor your life and ensure you receive personalized and compassionate care. You can find free templates online at legacyproject.org and crisisprevention.com.

VITALIA® Rockside in Seven Hills, OH offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Cleveland Clinic Mary Mount with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Gol Cleveland, Cleveland Metro Parks, Spiva Center for the Arts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Zoo, and A Christmas Story House.

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