The Jefferson City Memory Neighborhood is an intimate 22-bed secure, center that provides loving care for residents who have been diagnosed with memory related disorders.

Our secured neighborhood has been designed to meet the special needs of residents with memory related disorders. Residents with memory related disorders require sensitive care over the progressive course of their illness.

We are a progressive unit with activities and programming; the difference is that activities are schedule and programming are activities we encourage that are not scheduled. For example, encouraging our residents to help set up and clear the tables for meals, washing dishes, folding towels, sweeping, watering plants, etc. All tasks they would normally do at home, but they assist with our belief of offering a homelike environment but still providing a structured schedule with routines which avoid confusion and allow our residents to become acclimated to the unit.

An example of a day in our memory center might include:

9:30am:     Exercise Class
Leg strengthening program developed through our Therapy Dept offered six days a week

10:30am:   Baking Muffins
Done by the residents, cued by the staff. Residents read the recipes, measure ingredients, stir, etc. This simple activity stimulates their brains, manipulates their fingers and offers an appetite stimulating aromoa which increases meal consumption at lunch.

11:30am:   Daily Chronicles
Newspaper from a website specifically designed for Alzheimer's patients. They are encouraged to take turns reading out loud and discussing the information while waiting for lunch.

2:30pm:     Courtyard stroll
When weather is nice.

3:30pm:     Scarf Dancing
This is a gentle soothing physical exercise to help lessen agitation and confusion that often starts at this time of the day

4:15pm:     Music Bingo
Keeping our residents engaged in the afternoon is extremely beneficial to preventing the negative side effects of sundowning.

Everything that we do in our unit is carefully planned so that we can offer optimal care for Alzheimer's residents, for example, our family style-dining. White place mats are set on tables with red Fiestaware dishes, red glasses and silverware is set on yellow cloth napkins. Red and yellow were chosen for several reasons; they are both colors that the residents can easily distinguish. The disease affects their eyesight, the way colors appear to them and spatial distances. Studies have shown that eating and drinking out of red dishes increases meal and liquid consumption. Every evening we offer hand and foot massages and/or back massages to help them relax prior to them retiring for the evening.

We are constantly researching ways to improve our residents lives.

Memory Enhancement Training

While there is no cure today for memory related disorders, research is continually being conducted to find ways to extend the quality of life for those with the long term debilitating disease. Memory enhancement training with a focus on conditioning the long term memory can assist the resident with daily tasks requiring recall, repetition and naming.

Our professionals have been highly trained to provide compassionate care for the unique needs of our residents. Programming provides emotional and therapeutic activities to maintain the remaining strengths and abilities of each resident. Special emphasis is placed on recognizing individuality and contributing to the resident's self worth.