On March 30th, Vintage Hills at Prairie Trail hosted a Progressive Tour for the public to learn more about dementia and to see the opportunities within our community. The tour focused on three very important areas: food, quality of care and understanding dementia.
At Vintage Hills we create high quality, freshly prepared menu items that are transformed into incredibly tasty, nutritionally balanced, and protein packed meals. This program is called Thrive Dining™. Residents who require assistance due to physical or cognitive challenges are able to participate in the Thrive Dining™ program which consists of preparing the food in a particular manner and serving it as one or two bite hors d’oeuvres intended to be eaten by hand. Many individuals with dementia or other health challenges struggle with eating, through our Thrive Dining™ program, they are able to reduce unintentional weight loss and enjoy their meals again.
At Vintage Hills, quality of care is very important. Our Naya program plays a crucial role in the lives of our residents within our Memory Care unit. Our caregivers are called Nayas, and they act as a guide engaging with our residents in the present moment. Our Nayas know each resident’s life history and that allows them to be able to meet each resident’s needs in an individual manner. We have partnered with the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners to offer a rigorous curriculum of dementia education to each of our Nayas. Our staff have an enhanced understanding of the disease process and this education gives them skills and tools to be more effective and proactive to fill our residents’ days with meaning and joy.
We offered the public a chance to experience what it is like to have dementia during the Virtual Dementia Tour. While it is difficult for anyone to know how it really feels to walk in the shoes of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, the Virtual Dementia Tour gets you very close to that reality. This inside look can help family and professional caregivers better understand this devastating brain disorder, adjust how they provide assistance with activities of daily living, and soften their own reactions to behavioral issues — ultimately resulting in more optimal and compassionate care. During this experience, individuals are given special glasses, gloves, shoe inserts and sometimes head phones to muffle sounds. They are asked to do activities of daily living. Many family members who participated were surprised at how difficult the simplest tasks were.