The memory care philosophy at NewBridge on the Charles Assisted Living is one of support. We believe seniors with Alzheimer’s and/or a related dementia have great capacity for joy, creativity and happiness. We focus on habilitation – capitalizing and supporting each Resident's remaining abilities and, by reaching past the recognized loses, offering opportunities to feel a sense of accomplishment and joy each day.
Our personalized supportive services promote a holistic approach to care that focuses on mind, body, and spirit. We incorporate a wide range of expressive arts therapies, stimulating programs, entertainment and social events that reflect Residents' interests and enhance their health, overall well-being, and quality of life.
Each day our NewBridge Memory Care Assisted Living Residents enjoy strategically planned programs that serve as continual opportunities for engagement, cognitive stimulation, and feelings of success, independence, and dignity. Through interactive community living and a diverse range of programs, we offer:
A Personalized Approach to Maintaining Individuality and Independence
We are committed to constant communication with Residents and families to ensure that each individual is experiencing an optimal living environment. This starts with the pre-move in meeting, in which our team learns about our new Resident in detail – his or her history, talents, preferences, and goals. Based on this information, we work with families to develop an individualized service plan.
The focus is on wellness - emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and physical. An individual's service plan might include yoga classes, music and movement therapy, participation in multigenerational activities, spiritual programming, community gardening, as well as assistance with activities of daily living.
Then, at a minimum of every six months, our team meets again with each Resident and family to revisit the plan and make adjustments.
A Commitment to Lifelong Learning
At NewBridge on the Charles, we believe that learning never ends. Lifelong learning enhances daily life. Whether it is participating in discussions, listening to a musical performance, or exploring a new creative arts skill, we make sure our lifelong learning program is continually current, interesting, and appropriate for our memory care assisted living Residents.
The Rhythm Of Life ®
Art is at the heart of the NewBridge community. The arts keep us stimulated and engaged. Our program, The Rhythm of Life®, incorporates expressive arts into the lives of our memory care assisted living Residents. Our Residents have the opportunity to enjoy musical performances, play instruments, dance, create their own poetry, and express themselves through their own artwork. NewBridge on the Charles employs the latest techniques in expressive therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Students from Lesley University’s Expressive Arts Therapy Department, the nation’s largest and oldest graduate program in this field, train with us.
Vigorous Minds© - A Computerized Approach to Brain Fitness
Exercising one's brain is as important as exercising one's body. In our Vigorous Mind Brain Fitness Center, memory care assisted living Residents have the opportunity to participate in a series of brain exercises that focus on attention, memory, language, and reasoning. It's a fun and challenging way to stay active and engaged – as well as potentially delay further cognitive decline.
A Vibrant On-Site Multigenerational Program with The Rashi School
NewBridge on the Charles shares a campus with The Rashi School, a K-8 Jewish day school. This innovative, multigenerational concept brings seniors and children together in a setting of learning and sharing.
Research shows that seniors' struggles with isolation, loneliness, and sense of purpose, are significantly improved when children are an integral part of their lives, especially when they have the opportunity to contribute their meaningful skills and wisdom to a younger generation. Our multigenerational programming for memory care assisted living Residents has become a model for other communities. Over the course of each school year, students learn about dementia, types of therapeutic programming, and helpful communication techniques. They then join with Residents in self-designed activities such sports games, drumming and music, gardening and poetry writing. In a true partnership between NewBridge and Rashi, this innovative program provides benefits to Residents, life lessons for students and a sense of community and connectedness for all.