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June 28, 2024

Enhancing Care with Engagement Plans

Category: Memory Care

Author: Callee Steffler, Memory Care Director

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

Understanding Our Residents: The Role of Engagement Plans

An Engagement Plan serves as a life story for each of our residents, providing Care Partners and Directors with insight into who our residents are and their life stories before joining our community. It also offers information on the best way to care for them. These plans are crucial because our residents may no longer be able to communicate their preferences or needs effectively. Having this plan for staff ensures they are cared for and loved in a way that best suits them individually.

To prepare for the future care of your loved one, ensure the engagement profile is complete and updated as needed. This ensures that caregivers have the most accurate and up-to-date information to provide personalized care tailored to your loved one’s needs and preferences.

Elderly woman wearing a blue lei and holding a beach ball while sitting in a chair at The Boulevard Wentzville Senior Living.

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 Boulevard Senior Living of Wentzville in Wentzville, 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 SSM Lake St. Louis Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Bear Creek Golf Club, Wentzville Bluffs Shopping Center, Wentzville B&B Movie Theater, Quail Ridge Park, Wentzville Flea Market, and The Meadows at Lake St. Louis.

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