The Tribute Program at Quail Park is purposefully designed to address the unique needs of persons living with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of mild dementia. This program seeks to honor the distinctive life story of each individual, paying tribute to previous accomplishments and significant life events. In this program, we also 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.
Whole Person Care
Our approach to care considers the “whole” person; understanding that 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 impact the other aspects of their being, as well. Although a person’s physical care may require time and attention, it is the continuing nurture of the mind and spirit that truly brings meaning to life and that is the focus of the Tribute program.
Knowing the Person’s Life Story
Caring for the whole person can be 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, we can help evoke meaningful memories, and bring enjoyment and purpose to their present life experience. Additionally, by understanding and honoring personal preferences in daily routines, food, clothing, activity, comfort, and enjoyment, we can also help to minimize stress and frustration while respecting the person’s individuality.
Communication and Understanding
The Tribute Program places a strong emphasis on effective communication with our 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 person 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 not just our ears, but with our eyes, minds, and hearts as well, we are able to understand the 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. 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.