Bishopscourt Memory Care Programme
Sight, smell, sounds, touch all evoke memories and an effective memory care program can really add to the quality of life of our Residents and others who we encounter in aging services across the field of care.
Our Activities team have years of experience in using everyday familiar items, from vintage gadgets to toys popular when residents were in their youth, to stimulate mental activity, ease agitation and encourage positive interaction among our residents in the Nursing Home.
We have created The Memory Care Program on display in the Nursing Home which brings items on themes such as:
The Sensory Box
Contains sensory items for residents with cognitive impairment to evoke memories by sight, smell, sound and touch. Items include lavender pouch, colourful toys with different feels, old photographs, pipe tobacco and many more.
The Memory Box
Contains everyday items that we would all be familiar with to help evoke conversations that include residents, families, friends and employees. Items include tin whistle, a deck of playing cards, a mouth organ, an Ireland holiday card a wind-up alarm clock and many more.
The Personal Memory Box
Contains items specific to a resident that will evoke memories and conversation points for families and friends to reminisce about. Examples of these items would be old family photographs, a letter, a particular smell or anything that will aide memory.
The Story of – Booklet
Help us with memories of your loved ones by completing our “The Story of Residents Name” booklet. The information from this booklet will provide memories from their life including special memories, special people, places their likes and dislikes, interests and hobbies and favourite stories.
Incorporating sight, sound, smell and touch into an activity programme for residents with dementia can reduce stress and create a calm environment where loneliness is reduced by shared memories.