In July 2010, the first resident moved into the Memory Care Program located on the first floor of the St. Paul’s Villa. The program is designed to create a home-like atmosphere through a resident-centered individualized approach to care and living. Justin Weber, Administrator of the St. Paul’s Villa remembers, “Until the Memory Care program opened, St. Paul’s had to discharge residents with advanced memory impairment. It broke our hearts. That’s why we created this program. When seniors and their families needed us the most, we wanted to be there for them.”
Since opening, St. Paul’s Villa has welcomed over 75 residents, and during that time, many guests in need of temporary accommodations of just a few days have enjoyed our “respite” rooms. Currently, we have 55 Residents in the program who are being cared for with dignity, kindness, and respect.
The Memory Care Program has a large open patio to encourage walking and gardening, while providing easy access to fresh air. In addition, there are several activity rooms, a dining room and nurses’ station, all in a secure setting.
Outside of many residents’ doors are memory boxes which contain pictures of the resident, family and friends depicting a vibrant and active life. These pictures serve as reminders about where our Residents came from and who they are. Outside the physical floor, the program is active with fitness walks in the neighborhood, and outings to Balboa Park and Mission Bay. Most importantly, daily activities keep Villa seniors in the present moment and engaged where they don’t have to rely on their memory to live a joyful and vibrant life.
“We are really excited about bringing the Memories in the Making Art Program to the Memory Care Program next year,” says Megan Thomas. Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can bring with it a constant reminder of failures and losses. The Memories in the Making Art Program is not about failure. Every picture is important and valid. Its value lies in the creative process and experiencing the pure pleasure that comes with creating art from color, lines, and shape. The ensuing sense of accomplishment brings renewed joy and self-respect to those that participate.
It is because of your philanthropy and support that St. Paul’s succeeded in developing the Memory Care Program at the Villa.
For more information, please contact Jaimie or at (619) 239-6900. 328 Maple St, San Diego, CA 92103