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June 28, 2024

Enhancing Care with Engagement Plans

Category: Memory Care

Author: Emily Koziatek, Memory Care Director

An Engagement Plan captures significant details, events, and memories from a person’s life in a personalized narrative.

Group of senior residents sitting around a table under an umbrella in a courtyard, engaging in conversation and enjoying the outdoor setting at a senior living community.

It helps caregivers, family members, and healthcare professionals understand and connect with an individual on a deeper level. By creating an Engagement Plan, we improve the quality of care, making it more person-centered. Personal information enhances communication, providing comfort and a sense of identity for individuals with dementia.

At The Westbury Senior Living, we gather this information as soon as possible, before a resident moves into our Memory Care Neighborhood. As dementia progresses, it often becomes more difficult for residents to communicate their wants, needs, and wishes. These plans help us meet their desires throughout their dementia journey.

Senior woman with gray hair wearing a blue shirt and beads, sitting at a table and carefully slicing blue kinetic sand into thin pieces during an activity in a senior living community.

An Engagement Plan is like a life story that details how individual residents go through their day. The plan includes their favorite meals, level of independence, favorite events and places, work history, and family information. An Engagement Plan is crucial for effective communication and understanding their daily routine.

To prepare for your loved one’s future care, observe their actions, take notes, and understand their reasons for doing things. Make a list of their favorite foods & drinks and document their bedtime routine. This preparation will help you be ready for what lies ahead.

Start now to prepare for your future and/or the future of your loved ones. Provide detailed information about your background, history, likes, and dislikes.

Include what makes you happy, sad, and fearful. Mention any special things that bring you joy and comfort. These Engagement Plans improve caregiving, aid in emotional comfort, and facilitate communication. They also enable those around you to honor your life and ensure you receive personalized and compassionate care. You can find free templates online at legacyproject.org and crisisprevention.com.

The Westbury Senior Living in Columbia, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near University Hospital and Boone Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mizzou Tigers, Columbia Mall, The Broadway Shops, MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Finger Lake State Park, and LA Nickell Golf Course.

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