For those with cognitive disorders like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, maintaining a high quality of life and enjoying enriching activities are essential. We at Marjorie P. Lee (MPL) take this to heart — and dignity, compassion, and quality care remain our guiding principles.
Here, our residents can engage in new opportunities and exceptional service from a team dedicated to supporting their best outcome. Our memory care neighborhoods constantly innovate and develop to ensure support for those living with memory loss or cognitive disorders.
How do we do this? We leverage the knowledge and expertise of Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS) Center for Memory Support and Inclusion.
MPL & The ERS Center for Memory Support & Inclusion
The Center for Memory Support & Inclusion was founded in February 2020 and is led by Director Shannon Braun.
Shannon is a social worker with extensive experience in memory support. Before joining ERS, she served as an early-stage program coordinator with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati. Now, she manages all ERS memory care support efforts, including the oversight of our living environments, training courses, and community outreach programs.
Under Shannon’s leadership, Marjorie P. Lee and other ERS communities can provide comfortable living spaces, exceptional memory support, and individualized cognitive therapies. Shannon and the Center also ensure our staff members are trained to expertly care for our memory care residents' unique needs.
Let’s take a closer look at each of these areas.
Our Memory Care Neighborhoods
The Center ensures that MPL continues to create a comfortable environment that our residents can call home.
Each of our recently renovated memory care households provides individualized learning, growth, socialization, and support opportunities. We ensure every resident has access to the privacy they desire — although, there are also spaces to socialize and connect with neighbors if they wish. Our open kitchens and community spaces create some outstanding areas to come together to interact, learn, and engage with various activities.
We've paid attention to even the smallest details in private and community spaces — such as colors, visual cues, and smells — that might be overwhelming for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other cognitive disorders.
Our Memory Support Therapies
In addition to maintaining a quality environment, the Center also helps Marjorie P. Lee offer cognitive therapies known as “Living Well Memory Support.”
Living Well Memory Support is a suite of individualized programs designed to engage residents and stimulate their minds fully. In turn, these therapies allow our residents to achieve a more positive outlook.
Our cognitive therapies include:
- SAIDO Learning®
- Horticultural Therapy
- IN2L (It’s Never 2 Late)
- Music & Memory®
- Art Therapy
- 360 Wellbeing
- Java Music
- Positive Approach to Care®
To read out each of these therapies in detail, visit our website.
Our Memory Care Staff
Staff is a critical component of memory care at MPL and the Center for Memory Support and Inclusion. We invest in exceptional learning and growth strategies for our employees to best support those who live with cognitive loss and their care partners.
Our staff's thorough training includes Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care® program, the ERS-developed Yes, And! training program that builds on theories of improv to positively engage with residents facing challenges in their day-to-day lives.
If you’d like to “meet” some of the team members who work in our memory care neighborhoods, click here.
The Benefits of Person-Centered, Engagement-Focused Memory Care
Thanks to the help of ERS’s Center for Memory Support and Inclusion, the Marjorie P. Lee team is able to not only improve our residents’ quality of life but also help them achieve holistic wellness and a balanced life.