Research indicates...

...that, while persons with Alzheimer's Disease gradually lose their short-term memory during the early stages of the disease, their long-term memory may remain largely intact into the later stages of the disease progression.  Drawing on the aspects of long-term memory most readily available to persons with dementia, the center's entire environment supports our residents through specialized communication and care techniques, orientation cues, and way-finding assistance.

Rolling dough for fresh baked cookies, folding clothes fresh from the laundry, planting in the flower beds; familiar pastimes that create a sense of home.  At The Fountainview Center, our therapeutic, leisure and recreational activities are built upon daily routines familiar to the residents and are core to our "Best Friends" Approach to care.  They are designed to provide continuity with previous lifestyles and preferences while supporting present life conditions and interests. The center's therapeutic programming features levels of care designed to correspond with the stages of disease's progression.  Residents with similar abilities and interests are staged into communities where programs and services can be specific to their needs.  Each community's daily schedule includes a variety of purposeful, adult-oriented activities with opportunities for success.  An extensive therapeutic activity program is carefully planned for each individual

Fountainview's Signature Programs

Unique Care programs adopted and redesigned or expressly designed by Fountainview to enhance the quality of life for residents of our community.

Best Friends: Staff is specifically trained in the “Best Friends Approach to Care” a model of person-centered care for our residents.  What does it take to be a Best Friend to a person with Alzheimer’s Disease? All the same ingredients that goes into any good friendship: mutual respect, affection, understanding and support. It means sharing times, feelings, memories and new experiences. It’s not hard, it’s our nature. Being a Best Friend to our residents is a part of our philosophy of care.  Staff becomes their memory through knowing their life stories. They learn new ways to solve concerns, encourage positive interactions and improve meaningful communications, making each day consistently reassuring, enjoyable and secure for the residents.

Namaste, “honoring the spirit within”:  An innovative holistic program of care and activities that provides meaningful connections for residents. This program affirms the individuality and enduring spirit of each person at the end of their journey with life. Sensory based practices include real-life vignettes, soothing music, pleasing aromas, and gentle massage to emphasize comfort and pleasure. It supports the belief that the spirit of residents with advanced dementia continues to live. We see the spirit in residents’ eyes, their smiles, and their responses to a loving touch. This is the spirit undaunted by disease, the spirit beyond the disease; it is the essence of a person. 

The Explorers Club: Designed to meet the needs of those residents who wander, pace , rummage and may display aggressive energies, residents are invited into a controlled and protected, quiet environment where they have the freedom to explore different activities and items of interest to them.  These interactions with residents, who are usually difficult to engage in traditional group activities, seemingly enjoy the environment and the experience.

Courtyard Café: A unique dining experience for residents at a higher level of functioning, with remaining abilities to walk independently, engage in small conversations and appropriately socialize. Courtyard Café has an ambiance of “dining out”. Residents are assisted to the Fountain Room located next to the Gardens, the tables are set with linens, china, glasses and meals are served by wait staff.  Flowers arranged on each table and classical music enhances socialization.

Timeslips: A fun, creative storytelling event with an interactive group of 6-8 residents creating stories lead by one or two facilitators. At each event a picture is presented and open-ended questions are ask to create the story, the residents have an opportunity to share thoughts, from profound to nonsensical promoting an environment for  socialization, expression and enjoyment.