We all need a reason to get up in the morning. At Washington Gardens we understand that the keys to a life well-lived are community, inclusion and purpose. The Montessori-inspired Lifestyle places ultimate focus on supporting our resident's ideas, choices independence and empowering them to create a community that speaks to them. Our staff foster the natural spark within each individual by allowing forums for discussion, input and finally assisting in the details to make these ideas a reality regardless of deficits. Weekly resident committees, our Lifelong Learning University and frequent community service projects fill our resident's days with a true with sense of purpose, contribution and belonging. Our partnership with the Center for Applied Research in Dementia ensures that our communities are thoughtfully designed, staff are adequately trained and that each element of our lifestyles program is designed to strengthen a sense of community and success.
The Foundations of a Montessori-inspired Lifestyle at Washington Gardens:
- Social Roles - Taking great care to ensure each individual resident has a role to fulfill within the community
- Improving skills - Through repetition and use of procedural memory, skills can be learned or improved.
- Progression and Setting Goals - By working on projects or learning topics over a longer period of time, residents are more engaged and successful.
- Focusing on remaining skills: A special Montessori Assessment Tool, created by The Center for Applied Research in Dementia gives our staff a crucial glimpse into remaining skills often missed by traditional healthcare assessments.