Your memory care community aspires to be person-centered – the kind of environment where residents know their neighbors, care for each other, collaborate with caregivers in sustaining their environment, connect to families and outside communities, and maintain agency in their lives.
This is a Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Credentialed Community, the pinnacle of memory care, the careful combination of evidence and empathy.
Achieving this credential demonstrates that your facility and community:
We often take for granted how much we value our neighbors, and the comfort of being part of a community. Making new neighbors feel welcome just comes naturally, yet this opportunity is often missing in residential care settings. The Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® model emphasizes true community values.
Assisted by Montessori-structured participation methodologies, residents in our communities participate in decisions such as the locations of daily outings, the code of conduct for the community, their entertainment options, activities schedules, menus, visitor rules, charitable donation programs, how to commemorate the passing of their neighbors, and more.
A Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Credentialed Community is a seamless, symbiotic combination of your residents and your facility — where residents and staff have a shared investment in creating an environment that goes beyond industry standard expectations across the long-term care market.
A Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Credentialed Community is a place where residents with memory impairments can:
Isolation often is an unintended byproduct of residential care, and memory care in particular. Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® emphasizes the importance of connectedness to the broader community and the world. Maintaining cultural connections, rituals, customs and practices is an essential part of our lives, which must continue to be maintained and nurtured, regardless of our diagnoses or residential settings.
When visits involve engaging in activities together and sharing good moments, families and friends look forward to visiting. In Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® communities, visitors often are surprised by the abilities and skills demonstrated by their loved ones. Our goal is to raise expectations and create environments for living fully.
When our friends or neighbors become ill or pass away, it is our natural reaction to want to support them, to mourn their loss, or express our sympathy to their survivors. Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® emphasizes the importance of enabling all community members to maintain these uniquely human expressions.
Imagine having all decisions in your life made for you by someone else. Being a member of a household or community means having a voice in all matters that affect us. Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® encourages and supports involvement of all stakeholders in community decision-making.
If your organization aspires to provide the quality of care that leads to a Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Credentialed Community quality of life, you’ve already begun the process.
But what happens next?
Once the gold standard is reached, the results speak for themselves. Successful communities demonstrate:
Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® emphasizes the importance of maintaining independence, maximizing and utilizing abilities, and being actively engaged in a variety of activities throughout the day. This creates environments in which residents’ level of functioning can be maintained, and the need for greater levels of care can be delayed.
We use the word “responsive” to describe behaviors sometimes exhibited by persons with dementia, instead of “challenging” or “disruptive”, etc. Such behaviors are neither random nor “part of the disease.” They occur in response to unmet needs. In Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® communities, staff are trained to discover reasons why responsive behaviors occur. More importantly, however, the environment enables individuals to successfully engage in a variety of meaningful activities throughout the day. Under these circumstances, responsive behaviors become the exception and not the norm.