Montessori learning techniques have been proven to work brilliantly for people living with Alzheimer’s and other
Montessori learning techniques have been proven to work brilliantly for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The philosophy calls for a person-centered, educational approach, which includes empowering independence and hands-on activities. We are committed to affirming purpose and exceeding industry standards by creating a community in which residents are independent, encouraged to make their own choices and treated with respect, dignity and equality.
We make sure to discuss with family members how their loved ones’ birthdays have been celebrated in the past and honor any traditions that help them remember it’s their special day. Whether it’s baking the birthday cake, arranging centerpieces or singing “Happy Birthday,” residents are involved in the festivities according to their unique skills.
To signal lunch time, 50s and 60s tunes are played. Think, “Here Comes the Sun.” As music plays softly in the background, residents can begin gathering at the tables for lunch at 11:15. The music stops, and the chime of a bell signals the beginning of the meal. Before residents begin eating, a care partner blesses the food with a prayer.
Conversation cards are placed on each table to help cue meaningful engagement and relationship-building between residents, care team members and any visitors.
Every day at Sundance presents residents with new and familiar activities to enjoy. At each table in the living room, residents can find sheets of paper with a list of all the events happening that day. They can create a flower arrangement for lunch centerpieces, take a stroll in the backyard or hang out in their rooms—the choice is entirely theirs!
Reading is the last learning skill that fades, and we want our residents to hold on to that for as long as possible. The books at Sundance are specially designed for and curated by our residents.
The onsite salon and barbershop is a favorite stop for many residents. Our stylists look at photographs of each resident to make sure they’re giving them a hair style they’re familiar with.
Part of the Montessori approach calls for hands-on activities on a daily basis. Residents are empowered to create beautiful works of art, which are displayed and sold at art community shows.
Residents can choose from a variety of activities, many of which are inspired by their own passions and interests. Through our intergenerational programs, residents enjoy teaching children about the things they do in their community, like growing vegetables in the garden.
Residents choose their own bedtime routine, including their curfews. The care team assists with bedtime routines, giving each resident a friendly, loving hug and providing words of comfort and encouragement: “We’re so thankful to have you here.” “Always remember that you are loved.” “You are special to so many people.” “You are appreciated.”