Better Dementia Care through Life Enrichment
Creating Purpose, Meaning, and Joy at ComfortCare Homes
For many, the picture of day-to-day life inside dementia-care facilities may include bingo games, beauty parlors, and movie nights. But these stereotypical “activities” are far from the reality for residents of ComfortCare Homes. Within these neighborhood homes, adapted for small groups of people with various forms of dementia, a commitment to person-centered care opens the door to infinite ways to engage and enrich the life of each individual.
Micala Gingrich-Gaylord, Director of Engagement at ComfortCare Homes, says the word “engagement” in her title is key. “Activities simply keep people busy. Enrichment and engagement are about increasing the quality of life by infusing meaning into every day,” she says. “At ComfortCare Homes, we don’t judge our success by the number of events or activities we offer, but by how effective we are in connecting with each person we serve.”