Case Narrative: A Unique Approach to Memory Care

Case Narrative: A Unique Approach to Memory Care


John will be moving from assisted living into our specialized memory care community.

Steady activity, an infectious laugh and a quest for lifelong learning has kept John young at heart. John tends to struggle in engaging in active socialization in larger groups; however, John says that he feels like he is being overwhelmed with the variety of activities and that it makes it difficult for him to actually connect on a meaningful level. When John talks to his loved ones, he looks for opportunities for where he might gain a friend, and even asks if they might find him a job.

He often reminisces about his role model and father figure, David, who ran a local produce shop. John loved to visit with David and would spend hours at the store watching and learning how to build a relationship one customer at a time. David gave John his first job at 8 years old, sweeping the store and chatting with the customers on their unique needs. John still talks with pride about that first job, and of his old New Jersey neighborhood where his favorite shop was located. John misses the community of that neighborhood and the simple joys in connecting with a purpose.

John can still have a significant role in his environment, and an impact in the community.

Harmony has created a unique approach to memory care programming and community design to help residents like John. The Pheasant Ridge Memory Center has been designed so that all communal space acts a “town center” and sits at the heart of the community while being surrounded by the residents’ rooms. In the community’s town center, residents like John can choose to take on roles such as a job at our “general store” in order to fulfill his or her desire for meaningful activities as well as fostering a setting for community engagement.

We’re here to help John. We’re here to help you.

Here with you along the way, Harmony Senior Services.