Alzheimer's and Memory Care
Bridge to Rediscovery: Our Award-Winning Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program
When someone you love has Alzheimer's or dementia, it changes their world and yours. Providing Alzheimer's care and support 24 hours a day takes a toll on your energy, emotions, your family, and even your relationship with the person depending on you.
We understand and can help. Five Star Senior Living has designed an innovative Alzheimer's care program, Bridge to Rediscovery, that can help you provide the best possible care for your loved one.
A Unique Approach to Memory Care
Bridge to Rediscovery is an innovative approach that helps those with Alzheimer's rediscover the joy in everyday life. Bridge to Rediscovery is a special place within each Five Star Senior Living memory care community, uniquely designed to meet the needs of our residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory impairment. Residents enjoy the comfortable feeling of home, combined with the support and security they need.
- Engage the resident within their environment
- Provide an atmosphere of acceptance
- Provide activities with a clear objective that is meaningful to the resident
- Create unique activities for each resident
- Encourage families to learn, add to the program, & discover more meaningful visits
- Enable the resident to interact positively and reach their highest potential
How It Works
Bridge to Rediscovery celebrates the spirit within each resident through personalized activities that encourage creativity and self-expression. We work with residents individually, striving for small successes that help create a sense of accomplishment. Everyone wants to feel valued, and to be able to contribute to the people and world around them.
We help residents discover what that contribution can be today, with the strengths and abilities they have now. If a resident loves to garden, he or she can plant vegetables and flowers in the courtyard or grow an indoor plant. If someone was a teacher, they might teach a new game they’ve learned to a fellow resident.
In some cases, residents may even be able to relearn a portion of the skills they have lost. Simple activities like scooping beans into a pail, for example, may help a resident re-learn to use a spoon to eat soup. Instead of being defined by their disease, our residents are celebrated for who they are – artists, doctors, mothers, fathers – and who they will always be.
Inspired by the Montessori Tradition
The activities and philosophy of the Bridge to Rediscovery program were inspired by the Montessori-style approach to education used throughout the world to help children succeed. In the Montessori tradition, Bridge to Re-discovery focuses on the individual, and helps residents learn through meaningful, hands-on activities. Residents understand that they only need to be the best they can be, without having to compete for success.
Designed to engage the residents at different levels, these activities put the residents in control, giving them the freedom to decide how they want to complete each activity. Bridge to Rediscovery, like Montessori-style education, encourages learning by experience, allowing residents the joy of discovering things for themselves and rediscovering activities they've always enjoyed.
- Visual cues and themes to stimulate memory and help residents find their way
- Contrasting colors to help residents identify their surroundings
- Electronic door security inside & out for safety
- Comfortable, familiar furniture designed for the unique needs of seniors
- A specialized food & beverage program
We are proud to have been awarded the Assisted Living Federation of America's (ALFA) "Best of the Best" Award for our Bridge to Rediscovery (formerly "Revelations") program.
ALFA, the largest national association for professionally operated seniors’ Assisted Living communities, gives "Best of the Best" awards each year to those who have made a positive impact in the world of assisted living.
Distinctive Dining Program
Our residents in the Bridge to Rediscovery program still notice and enjoy attractively served, good tasting food, and a pleasant and elegant dining experience.
We serve three delicious meals a day, displayed Family Style on china specifically designed to make meals easier and more enjoyable for residents with cognitive impairment.
Meals are butler served by our well-trained staff, and always feature a healthy selection of well prepared, nutritionally balanced choices.
Residents are encouraged to participate at meal times, and assist themselves or others if they choose. We strive to make meals a time of rediscovering the joy and pleasures of dining and connecting with others.
Our Residents Enjoying Personalized Activities