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How We Foster a High Quality of Life for Those with Dementia

Grandfather and granddaughter looking at photos on the couch together

If you have a loved one with dementia, you’ve witnessed firsthand what has, and more important, what hasn’t changed about your family member. While the condition of dementia has identifiable signs and follows a fairly predictable path, how your family member progresses through each stage is as unique as they are.

One of the benefits of choosing a community that offers memory care like Freedom Square is we’ve helped hundreds of older adults, and their families, understand each stage of dementia. We know residents have their own experiences and understand high-quality care can make a world of difference.

Activities for People with Dementia

Even if your loved one is in mid- or late-stage dementia, it’s still possible for them to get involved in meaningful, enjoyable activities. With a few adaptations and simplifications, they may still be able to enjoy doing their hobbies, exploring their interests and engaging in other activities.

Even if your family member can’t fully participate in an activity, they may still respond to things that stimulate their senses: sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. For example, they may like the feel of wool even if they can no longer knit. They might enjoy petting a dog or cat, or appreciate the feel and scent of having lotion put on their hands.

What’s most important is to keep in mind all the things your loved one enjoys about life and find ways to help them continue to experience them.

We Provide Innovative Memory Care

At Freedom Square, our memory care residents benefit from the unique and innovative Heartfelt CONNECTIONS – A Memory Care Program®. Heartfelt CONNECTIONS is a nationally recognized, person centered, activity-focused program that offers people with dementia the care, respect, dignity and quality of life you want for them. It’s grounded in the knowledge that the abilities that remain after a dementia diagnosis are much more important than what’s been lost.

With our specialized dementia care, we focus on your loved one’s unique interests and abilities, like their family, friends, career, hobbies, and favorite foods. We then apply all these insights into creating individualized programming.

Available activities range from gardening and cooking to reading dementia-friendly novels, swimming, dancing, knitting and exploring area attractions. For example, we go on monthly trips to the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art to attend Art in Mind tours. This innovative initiative offers a discussion-based in-gallery experience for those with memory loss. Developed in collaboration with the University of South Florida’s Judy Genshaft Honors College, specially trained museum docents and undergraduate students facilitate an hour-long tour designed to promote expression, connection and an overall positive experience through the exploration of art.

Freedom Square Offers Compassionate, Experienced Care for Your Loved One

Freedom Square was nationally recognized as providing the best memory care by U.S. News & World Report. That’s because of our Heartfelt CONNECTIONS programming and the fact our memory care neighborhood features person-centered care in a setting that is designed for those with dementia. If you have questions about our memory care program, give us call, use or Community Assistant chat feature or contact us here.