MeadowView emphasizes a social, active, and diverse activity program, keeping activities front and center. People with dementia live in the moment and our job is to give them as many good moments as we can. We do not focus on problems and deficits, but rather, ask what strengths and abilities remain. Simple things like making a bed, preparing a dinner table, sorting and matching socks, or doing laundry constitute meaningful activities for our residents.
Throughout all areas of MeadowView, Montessori-based programs exist, where residents enjoy free choices of caregiver directed “lessons” to stimulate their cognitive, physical, and social being. “Lessons”, or activities, are reminiscent of the past, respectful of the lifestyles and occupations of residents, and focus mainly on the areas of practical life, sensorial, and cultural studies. Lessons are purposeful, give residents a social role, and provide stimulation to keep residents engaged, no matter their stage of dementia. Exercise, music, art, and pet therapies enhance the entire wellness program.