At one time or another, most of us have been told, “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way,” or, “Focus on the future.” But for some people, looking back is the only way to move forward. Our memories are very special to us in our lifetime, and for patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia, long term memory is often the most solid form of recollection available. The farther one goes into the past, the stronger the memory can become.
With this in mind, Dominion Senior Living enables residents to gain a fresh opportunity for memory recollection and cognitive enhancement through a computer called The SimpleC Companion. The SimpleC is described as “a wellness coach that promotes independence, engages memory, and supports positive living in seniors of every level of cognition.” This unique device is custom designed to fit each resident’s past and current lifestyle with the touch of the computer screen.
A SimpleC Care Specialist will collect stories and information from family, friends, or caregivers to develop the resident’s personalized story. The story or outline may include music they listened to in the 1950’s, a favorite sermon from the church they attended for years, or multiple photos of them growing up, or of their grandchildren. The particular story can play every morning while the resident is waking up and going about their daily routine, at night just before going to sleep, or any time in between. The multi-media library is extensive and capable of changing or adjusting to each resident’s needs.
SimpleC provides a way of staying in touch with one’s memories, and allows the resident to see and hear what their schedule is for the day. A list of the day’s activities can be displayed on the monitor while a loved one’s voice says them audibly. The schedule is created specifically for each resident and what they have need of. Announcements or words of encouragement can also be spoken from the front desk to each room to motivate the resident. The SimpleC Companion can help improve a resident’s participation in activities, nutrition, and even sleep quality. Overall, this great piece of technology acts to promote the resident’s quality of life on a daily basis.
The SimpleC Companion has not only been developed and tested for years, but has also been supported by several academic institutions, including Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Dominion Senior Living is the first in the region to make SimpleC available to each resident, and is just one of the innovations we use to provide the best care possible.
For those suffering from memory impairment, looking to the past is a form of therapy that possibly nothing else can offer. Through the use of technology, SimpleC provides our residents with a more solid hope for the future—all by mining the riches of the past.