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June 28, 2024

Enhancing Care with Engagement Plans

Category: Memory Care

Author: Ashleigh Koenig, 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 North Olmsted, 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.

In a hallway at a senior living community, a senior woman wearing a blue hat and plaid shirt stands with a young woman in a floral dress and white hat, both smiling and about to head to a special event.

The Engagement Plan is an in-depth profile that provides comprehensive information about your loved one, including their care needs, interests, and history. It includes their favorite family recipe and the names and occupations of their parents, creating a complete picture of who they are.

Building Trust: The Role of Engagement Plans in Dementia Care

For someone living with dementia, an Engagement Plan is vital. It serves as an essential tool for the care team. If your loved one experiences sundowning and asks about their parents or children, the plan helps the team understand who they are referring to. This knowledge builds trust and enables the team to de-escalate difficult situations. Additionally, it guides the team on how to best engage your loved one, whether they prefer group activities, one-on-one interactions, bingo, or reminiscing.

To prepare for the future care of your loved one, start by asking them questions. Creating a legacy book together can be a great way to start conversations. Gathering this information now, while your loved one can still participate and provide input, will be immensely helpful in the future. If multiple family members can contribute, reach out to them. The more stories and information we have about your loved one, the better we can care for them.

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® North Olmsted in North Olmsted, 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 St. John West Shore with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Crusher’s Stadium, Crocker Park, North Olmsted Senior Center, North Olmsted Library, Bradley Woods Park (Cleveland Metro Parks), and Cleveland Zoo.

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