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June 28, 2024

Enhancing Care with Engagement Plans

Category: Memory Care

Author: Maria Sady, 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 Strongsville, 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.

Creating Life Stories: The Importance of Engagement Plans

An Engagement Plan is a life story that helps us, as the memory care support team, get to know our residents. This plan allows us to ask important and relevant questions about their birthplace, upbringing, education, family, likes, and dislikes. The Engagement Plan enables us to provide person-centered care tailored to everyone.

For residents with dementia, the Engagement Plan is especially important. It provides talking points, as they often remember details about their parents and childhood. The plan also helps manage behaviors by offering insights that assist the memory care support team with redirection.

To prepare for the future care of a loved one, start gathering answers to important questions you may not yet know. As the disease progresses, they may be unable to provide these details, so begin early and document everything.

Two senior women, both wearing glasses and bright blue feather boas, sitting close together on a couch, smiling and happy to see each other in a senior living community.

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® Strongsville in Strongsville, 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 Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mallard Creek, Southpark Mall, Strongsville Historical Society, The Greens of Strongsville Shopping , and Don’s Pomeroy House.

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