Life Enrichment Memory Care
The first thing you’ll notice when you enter our secure Life Enrichment Memory Care wing is our spacious, open floor plan. Our bright, airy dementia care program gives residents plenty of space to meet their needs, as well as the personalized care to experience the best possible quality of life.
All-Inclusive Memory Care
Kimball Farms offers the area’s only all-inclusive memory care program. This unique approach to assisted living memory care means residents receive the personal assistance with activities of daily living whenever they need it without additional expenses for levels of care.
Resident Care Assistants meet residents within their reality, providing supportive assistance and a life of dignity and respect. Enhanced activities are available throughout the day and in the evening to meet personal habits and preferences.
Embracing Their Reality
Our memory care program is based on the habilitation model developed jointly by Dr. Paul Raia of the Alzheimer’s Association and Joanne Koenig Coste, Alzheimer’s advocate and author.
The habilitation approach provides a framework for understanding, communicating, and interacting with people who have dementia, joining them within their reality for more positive experiences. Programming focuses on the skills and abilities that remain for a failure-free environment where residents can succeed and feel good about themselves.
When Memory Care Needs Progress
At PineHill Assisted Living, our Life Enrichment Memory Care Program (LEP) is designed for those benefiting from assisted living. When care needs progress, residents may transition to our Life Enrichment certified memory care at Kimball Farms Nursing Care Center. Our secure unit there mirrors the environment at PineHill to minimize confusion.
Memory Care Questions and Answers
The Director of our Life Enrichment Program shared the answers to many commonly asked questions about memory care at PineHill Assisted Living. You can also find answers to other important questions about our community on our FAQ page.
- What is the Life Enrichment Program (LEP)?
- How do I know if my loved one medically qualifies for LEP?
- How is the Life Enrichment Program different from traditional Assisted Living?
- What kind of activities do the residents in LEP participate in?
- Can families furnish a resident’s room?
- Why is the Life Enrichment Program special?
The Life Enrichment Program is a sub-division of PineHill Assisted Living and is specifically designed for residents living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. It is built on the philosophy of habilitation, which focuses on the skills that remain. Our program creates a safe environment where caregivers live inside each resident’s world. We provide as much assistance as our residents need for one all-inclusive monthly fee.
To qualify for the LEP, residents must still be able to be out of bed for a period of time, self-ambulate with the assistance of no more than one person, feed themselves – even if it’s mainly finger foods, and not present with any harmful behaviors to themselves or others.
The program is a self-contained, secure community, modeled after a typical home with a spacious open floor plan for common areas and a dining room, with private apartments clustered in neighborhoods. A secure outdoor courtyard is available for LEP residents to enjoy time feeding the birds, gardening, socializing, and many other activities. There is a licensed nurse on duty around the clock, and there is a higher staff ratio than in traditional Assisted Living. All staff in the LEP are provided specialized dementia care training.
The key to life enrichment is offering the best in every day. We find that familiar everyday activities make a great foundation. We focus on regular routines and build programming around resident interest/skill levels from interactive games to music, to walks or a picnic lunch. We paint, we include pet therapy, tai-chi, and billiards. Activities begin when residents wake and continue through into the evening – and we always encourage their engagement.
Yes, it’s very important. Residents bring their furnishings and accessories to maintain a connection with the life they have led.
Our residents are thriving. They are provided with enough stimulation to maintain the abilities they have. We place no expectations on them, but encourage them to be the best person they can be. We celebrate the good days, we bolster self-esteem, and we show them the utmost dignity and respect.
Contact us to learn more about compassionate Alzheimer’s and dementia care at Kimball Farms PineHill Assisted Living in Lenox, Massachusetts.