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Memory Care at Ecumenical Retirement Community in Harrisburg, PA

Living With Memory Loss

Memory loss can be one of the most challenging issues of aging. It can be particularly difficult for family members who find it harder to maintain relationships or spend quality time together with their loved ones. To best serve seniors and their families, we provide personalized therapeutic care for individuals with memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Caring for residents with Alzheimer's means recognizing they are individuals, deserving of respect and dignity. We build on this belief through our early- to late-stage memory support services, a unique program that strives to enhance the quality of each resident's life.

Despite the challenges of memory loss, our aim is to help residents lead happy, fulfilling lives by participating in activities, sharing memories, contributing to a purpose and enhancing connections and loving relationships with their friends and families.

Depending on the stage of memory loss, our memory support program includes:

  • Personalized support plans to match your loved one’s needs and preferences in a personal-care or secured neighborhood setting
  • Caregivers trained in memory support techniques
  • The Validation communication process
  • Brain fitness activities and memory games to provide fun as well as intellectual stimulation
  • My Life Story projects to build our understanding of your loved one to in turn foster a better connection
  • Specialized exercise programs

Validating A Connection

Ecumenical is proud to offer the Validation® Method, through our specially trained co-workers, to our residents with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Validation is a leading-edge memory loss therapy where co-workers enter the resident’s reality rather than trying to bring the individual with memory loss back into ours. It teaches caregivers how to listen with empathy and ask questions that help those with memory challenges to fully express their concerns and frustrations ultimately reducing anxiety, building trust and restoring dignity. Best of all, Validation helps co-workers understand and appreciate the wisdom and knowledge of an individual with dementia. For more information on Validation, visit www.vfvalidation.org.

Supporting The Whole Family

Dementia is a family disease, not only affecting the loved one with memory loss. We understand that and offer a support group for families caring for a loved one with dementia and resources to use in coping and even strengthening your own cognitive skills through memory games and education. In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, we host an on-campus support group open to the public, whether you have a family member residing with us or not. We’re here to help all families living with these challenges as much as we can.

Memory Support Group
Last Wednesday of every month
7 p.m.

Taking The Next Step

We helped many families find support in caring for their loved one with memory loss as well as helping the family members themselves find balance and strength. Let us help your family find what you need. We are available any day of the week to review care options and tour of our memory support program. Contact us today to schedule your personal tour. We look forward to meeting your family.

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