Dogwood Forest communities offer a specialized program called Inspirations that is designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or other memory impairment conditions. The program is housed in an independent section of each community that we call our Inspirations Neighborhood.
Dogwood Forest takes a comprehensive approach to memory care that focuses on Inspiring the Mind, Body and Spirit. Activities, sounds, scents, and innovative neighborhood surroundings stimulate the senses for memory recall. A wellness director, dedicated to the Inspirations Neighborhood, leads health initiatives. Dignity and independence are preserved with the assistance of specialized staff.
What truly makes Inspirations special, however, is the company’s extensive investment in memory impairment education that covers the disease process, communication tools and caring for residents with mental, physical and emotional needs. Each Dogwood Forest associate, including management, is required to complete the acclaimed Person Centered Care Training for Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other memory impairment diseases. This program provides an additional intensive hours of training, above the basics, that not only educates and trains staff on the disease process; it also accentuates the philosophy behind Person Centered Care and Relationship disciplines.
Dogwood Forest is also proud to sponsor Virtual Dementia Tours from the non-profit Second Wind Dreams. This program gives individuals an eye opening opportunity to experience aging and dementia first hand and gain an understanding of the cognitive and physical limitations that these residents face on a daily basis.
Certified training programs from the Alzheimer’s Association and up-to-date research are a sampling of the other tools we utilize for staff education and training.
Families are an integral part of the Inspirations program and are encouraged to visit often. Regular updates keep them informed on the progress of their loved one.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia are difficult disease, but our Inspirations program has proven time and time again that this doesn’t have to be the end of a wonderful and meaningful quality of life. We are very proud of our state-of-the-art Inspirations Neighborhood program and have witnessed the positive changes that it has made in the lives of residents.