Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are two conditions that no one wishes for, yet they happen even to the people closest to us. If that happens, you would want your beloved to get the best assisted living care available. Well, we just bumped into one, and it’s much more effective that you might even imagine!
The lantern is a provider of assisted living facilities in Ohio, and they’ve come up with something quite interesting to that end. Their new program, called Svayus, includes an almost complete reflection of the 1930s and 1940s neighborhoods in which the the facilities are located. This goes a long way in improving the patients’ memories, and that can’t be a bad thing!
The Lantern operates 3 such sites in North-Eastern Ohio, and they’re all doing quite well. The purpose of the design is meant to stimulate the patients’ through the kind of environment they can relate to. The sites include a golf course too. According to the C.E.O, Jean Makesh, the goal is to enable the people to experience and interact with their environment despite their diagnosis. Cool!
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 3 senior adults dies after suffering from Alzheimer’s or another dementia. With over five million people living with the disease as of 2016, friends and family members spend a lot of time and funds to care for their loved ones. Some are able to hire a caregiver, while others look to nursing or assisted living facilities for help. Finding a place that will treat your family like their own family can be difficult, and here is where Lantern succeeds. The unique environment, dedicated staff, and visionary leader are a combined force that are helping patients and their caregivers cope with dementia.
Inside the walls of Lantern’s facilities, residents are able to walk on floors that look like grass or stony pathways. Their residences don’t look like standard rooms on the outside either. The stark clinical setting doesn’t exist here nor does the décor of a busy hotel. Like homes of yesteryear, the exteriors are painted to invoke small town, homey vibes that remind clients of a time gone by. Details such as the paint colors have a therapeutic purpose as well. Soft greens, and warm reds and yellows welcome you. Also present are a little waterfall, porches bedecked with lights, rocking chairs, and the sounds of chirping birds. The ceiling resembles a sky, where the sun shines during day and darkens at night, activating the porch lights. “Shops” line the walkways and clients can relax and chat with each other on a stroll down its “Main Street”. Aromatherapy scents are released throughout the space to help allay anxiety, or bring feelings of joy and peace.
Here, time travel is real. According to Makesh, the atmosphere is meant to encourage memory retention by keeping folks linked with their pasts. Along with the stimulating environment, the program provides a range of rehabilitation treatments including occupational therapy, psychotherapy, and speech therapy. Residents are assessed according to their abilities, and are also involved in classes throughout the day. Extras like fitness, manicures, movie screenings, and a spa are also offered. The aim is to keep them learning, doing, and caring for themselves and maybe even be able to return home. The world of Svayus is built on maintaining as much independence as is possible, while creating a sense of belonging too.
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