Memory Care Assisted Living at NewBridge on the Charles



Memory Care Assisted Living Programming

Programming is the heart and soul of a good quality memory care program.  It is through the program events in a carefully planned day that residents experience feelings of validation, self worth and joy.

At NewBridge, we strive to make each therapeutic program "failure-free" by capitalizing on the strengths and the skills of each individual resident.  Our goal is to create a feeling of success in participants that will carry them throughout the course of their day.

Many of our programs center around the expressive arts: music, movement, art, poetry and drama.  These practices allow for creative expression that does not rely on verbal skills.  The focus is on the process of the experience, rather than on the outcome.  All of our program staff are Masters level expressive art therapists.

Please walk with us through a sample day of programs and the philosophy behind each. To see this month’s calendar, click on one of the links below:

 Sample Day

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Program

Category

Description

10-10:30

Current Events

Cognitive

As Residents are finishing breakfast, one by one they gather for this first program of the day.  The leader will focus on positive news stories and use them as a springboard for discussion.

10:30-11

Yoga

Physical

There is some form of physical exercise daily: yoga, small weights, Kaiser machines, walking, balance/stretching groups or Wii.  Our pool is open on weekends for family swim!

11-12

Storytelling

Cognitive/Creative

It is important to give time for each Resident to be seen and heard.  In a storytelling group, we offer Residents a chance to reminisce, share their history and be creative with their peers.

12-12:30

Group Sing

Creative

This group serves as a good transition from the activities of the morning to the next event: lunch!  The Music Therapist may use a guitar, drums or a keyboard to encourage residents to participate in a shared musical experience.

12:30-1:30

Lunch

Nutrition

Residents dine in a very home-like kitchen area.  There are no menus or confusing choices.  Staff provides one item at a time so that Residents do not feel overwhelmed.  We utilize the expertise of a Nutritionist who helps us to plan well-balanced, healthy meals.

1:30-2:30

Experiential Art

Creative/Cognitive

Various artistic medium will be explored under the guidance of our Art Therapist: clay, paint, collage material, pastels etc).  Whatever the group theme might be, the goal is to give participants a sense of creative freedom.  The outcome is secondary to the shared group experience.

2:30-3:30

Walking Group

Physical

One of the many benefits of NBOC is its location: we are situated on 163 acres of land surrounded by the Charles river.  On a beautiful day, Residents might walk one of our nature trails.  If the weather does not permit outdoor walking, the group might take one of our indoor walkways to the Community Center.

3:30-4

Break/snack

Nutrition

A good time for Residents to have a snack during an informal break.

4:00-5

Song Writing

Creative

This program takes the concept of creative writing

5-5:30

Brain Games

Cognitive

Another transition group which will guide our Residents from the activity of the afternoon into dinner.  The leader might use our computer program, VIGOROUS MINDS, to facilitate cognitive stimulation.  (Please visit their website to try sample the program www.vigorousmind.com).

5:30-6:30

Dinner

Nutrition

Dinner is our main meal of the day.  Again, no menus.  We get to know our Residents likes/dislikes very well and there is always a back up entree' in the kitchen.

6:30-7

CNN/News

Cognitive

A quiet time after dinner for Residents who enjoy watching the news.

7-7:30

Poetry discussion

Cognitive

Programs after dinner are designed to help Residents transition into the end of their day.  This particular group may involve the leader or Residents reading familiar poems out loud to the group. The poetry might inspire a group discussion, or even a shared writing experience.
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