The Life Enrichment program at Dolan enhances dignity and self-esteem by infusing purpose to each resident’s day. Engagement primarily focuses on enjoyment, rather than achievement. At Dolan Memory Care Homes, we are not aiming to achieve a perfect product but instead relish in the process.
Each individual experiences dementia differently. At Dolan, we engage all the Residents based on their cognitive strengths. The program promotes exercise and encourages involvement in daily life. Art and music therapy facilitate creative expression. Social interaction is achieved through holiday parties, tea socials, BBQs, meals, happy hours, exercise classes, cognitive stimulation therapy, and visits in the community such as Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis Art Museum, movie theaters, and bowling to name a few.
Dolan Memory Care Homes seeks out the Residents’ favorites by discovering their hobbies and past experiences through a Life Story. Drawing from their interests creates a more personable experience. Engagement at Dolan is a combination of scheduled events and spontaneous moments. Because of Dolan’s small size, the activities are individualized and designed to suit the Residents’ interests and abilities. Our mission solely is to endorse happiness and to embrace purpose in life.
In regards to exercise, we incorporate four different types – endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility – into our program. Endurance or aerobic exercise increases breathing and heart rate. This delays or prevents other diseases and improves one’s overall fitness. Strength exercises will make muscles stronger and will help Residents to stay independent and carry out everyday tasks. Balance exercises prevent falls, while flexibility exercises aid in maintenance and keep Residents limber.
- Healthy Steps Dance Class
- Raking leaves
- Walking around the beautiful gated backyard
- Walking Club
- Tai Chi
- Ballet Class
- Lifting weights and using resistance bands
Other activities include household chores, which offers the residents purpose. Residents are encouraged to help, but participation is not mandatory.
- Fold laundry
- Bake and cook
- Make the coffee
- Outings to the grocery store
- Fill the bird feeders
- Sweep the porch
- Water the flowers and gardens
- Set the table
- Retrieve the mail or newspaper
Social activities promote companionship and facilitate communication. Families of our Residents and CarePartners often attend our socials. The Dolan Homes also interact with each other by hosting and inviting Residents over from other Dolan Homes.
- Ladies Club
- Men’s Club
- Tea Socials
- Birthday Parties
- Themed Parties
- Movie Nights
- Casino Nights
- “Happy Hours”
- Holiday Parties
- Summer Barbeques
- Sunday Sundaes – Ice Cream Socials
- Yoga Class
- Ballet Class
- Religious Celebrations and Ceremonies
- Symphony Showings
- Senior Proms
- Boots ‘n Bling Dance
Dolan Memory Care Homes recognizes the importance of intergenerational connection and socialization. Through volunteer programs, we aim to engage the Residents with the community.
- Girl Scouts
- High School Student Volunteers
- Nursing Students
- Social Work Students
- Children from Religious Communities
The women at Dolan Homes have weekly beauty shop appointments, which includes haircuts, curling, and styling by hairdressers that come to each household. Also offered at each household are manicures. In addition to our musical entertainers, our art therapy program allows expression.
- Making Flower Arrangements
- Jewelry Making
- Embroidering / Needlework
- Arts and Crafts
The program also incorporates mind-stimulating tasks, which the CarePartners provide at the homes.
- Crossword Puzzles
- Word Search Puzzles
- Reading the Newspaper
- Working out Addition / Subtraction Problems
- Sorting Games
- Card Games
- Reminisce Discussions
- Jigsaw Puzzles
- Memory Games
At Dolan Memory Care Homes, we have accreditation and certification through the following programs:
- Music and Memory (Each resident has their own resident with an individualized playlist).
- Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (A brain exercise program that utilizes all senses and a hybrid of current events and reminiscing to facilitate engaging conversation).
- Healthy Steps (A multi-faceted dance program encouraging well-being).