Positive Approach Method

The Positive Approach Method was pioneered by Teepa Snow (see video below), after a career spent caring for those with dementia and as a primary caregiver herself. The Positive Approach Method is a person-centered approach that evolved to meet the complex and unique needs of individuals using effective and structured technique. This approach focuses on therapeutic approaches to create positive outcomes, modified environmental support and also alter task expectations. It stresses the value of connections when verbal communication and interactions with the resident are altered.

Our Administrator, has spent extensive time studying Teepa Snow's methods and approach and has become a certified instructor. We believes strongly in redirection and understanding the cause of a behavior rather than over medicating to mask the underlying problems. We are excited to pioneer this approach in our Blue Ridge Neighborhood.


Music and Memory Program

Our Music & Memory Program is unique to the area, and got a welcome boost with a recent grant from the Dave Matthews Band’s Bama Works Foundation. The program provides iPods with personalized song lists to those with memory loss. Indeed, according to the Mayo Clinic, research has shown that listening to music has emotional and behavioral benefits for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. That’s because musical memories remain largely undamaged in those suffering from memory loss. The feedback from trial programs across the country, and around the world, has been so positive that a total of 11 U.S. states have integrated the program into public policy. Wisconsin, for example, has successfully funded more than 300 nursing homes to become certified Music & Memory facilities and provided equipment for more than 3,500 nursing home residents through the state.

“One resident we worked with had just moved in the week before, and he was confused, agitated and a bit combative,” said Mountainiside Activities Director Penny Goldman. One day, frustrated, the man got out of his wheelchair and walked out of the room where he was being monitored. Nursing staff got him seated again, and then went to get his iPod.

“We put his headset on, turned on the iPod, and for two hours he sat there listening to his favorite music,” Goldman recalled. “Every once in a while he’d say, ‘I love this song,’ ‘I remember this song’ or ‘This song is so good.’ When it was time to go into the dining room for dinner that evening, he insisted on taking his iPod with him. It calmed him, and the effects of that lasted well into the next day.”

The Music & Memory Program is one of many innovative programs serving residents of our Blue Ridge Neighborhood.

Snozelen Room Therapy

Snozelen therapy was pioneered in the 1970's by two Dutch therapists, Jan Hulsegge and Ad Verhuel. It was initially developed to aide those with intellectual disabilities, however, it was later realized the benefits that it could provide to those with brain trauma and Alzheimer's disease.

For those living with Alzhemier's disease and other dementia related diseases it helps combat the isolation, frustration and anxiety that comes as the disease progresses. The multi-sensory environment encourages decompression and relaxation away from the loud noises, constant chatter and bright lights that are typically associated with senior living communities. Our Snozelen room will allow residents to relax in plush recliners with soft background music, fidget blankets and soft things to stroke, enjoy aromatherapy and watch soothing scenes via LED projector. Learn more about Snozelen therapy.

The Snozelen Room is also where we will utilize our Music and Memory Program.