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Taylor Planning New Memory Care Neighborhood

Posted Mon, Aug 11 at 12:00am

New Memory Care Neighborhood Planned for Taylor Community

Laconia, NH – Preparations are well underway for the Oct.15 opening of Taylor’s new memory care neighborhood which will  provide specialized, residential care for seniors with memory loss and dementia.  Named Opechee Harbor, it will be home for up to 10 residents, most in private rooms. The secure neighborhood will also have a dedicated dining room, living room, social club room and country kitchen as well as an outdoor garden sanctuary.  

 “We recognize the need within Taylor and the community at large to offer dedicated support and care in a secure environment which promotes the highest quality of life for residents and their families,” said Liz Pomeroy, Taylor’s Administrator and Vice President of Operations.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are an estimated 5.4 million people living with the disease in the United States.  Nearly half a million new cases are diagnosed each year.  Bob Selig, Taylor Community’s CEO, said the new neighborhood is in response to the need to provide support for seniors and their caregivers in the Lakes Region who are experiencing this terrible disease. “Taylor has a long-standing reputation of providing a quality of life to seniors who are living independently and we can provide that same quality for seniors who are less independent.”  The new neighborhood will be open to Taylor Community residents as well as others throughout the Lakes Region and beyond.

 Although the demand is great, Selig said the new memory care neighborhood was kept intentionally small to ensure that the care giving staff could become familiar with each resident and attend to their individual needs.  “We want to provide the best quality care available anywhere for residents with memory loss and dementia,” Selig said. Taylor will use a universal staff model which assigns the same caregivers to residents day to day to provide continuity of care and build familiarity and trust.

Liz Pomeroy, Opechee Harbor’s Administrator, said several staff members have already been certified in Habilitation Therapy, a care philosophy specifically developed for persons with dementia and endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association. In preparation for the new neighborhood, three Taylor staff members recently completed the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Train the Trainer” program for dementia care. Paulette Beyer, Coordinator of Assisted Living; Stephanie Bennett, Clinical Director of Care Management and Pomeroy are now trained to train staff in an intensive and experiential-based program in the Habilitation Philosophy.

“We already provide individual and supportive care to seniors at any age and with any diagnosis,” Pomeroy said. “But our new specialized neighborhood will provide enhanced quality of life by fully integrating the habilitation model into every aspect of our residents’ lives.”

“Habilitation Therapy focuses on the individual’s emotional well-being. With Habilitation Therapy we don’t try to re-teach them what they have forgotten, but rather help the person to use all their remaining skills and abilities and draw on positive emotion which we retain longer than who a person is, or an actual event,” said Pomeroy.  “Our goal is to help our residents have the best day possible.”

“Our staff will have enhanced, specialized training to ensure we’re creating and supporting residents and families through this very difficult time in their lives in the most positive way possible.  We’re a care partner.”

“We were very deliberate about selecting the name Opechee Harbor,” said Selig.  “By definition, a harbor provides shelter, safety and calm.  That’s exactly what we intend for the residents of this new neighborhood.  We want an environment that provides a supportive emotional environment for residents and their families in a familiar setting.”  

Taylor Community is a not-for-profit, 501 C 3, continuing care retirement community providing a full continuum of retirement living including independent living, assisted living, respite, nursing, and memory care. Construction of Opechee Harbor is underway with a planned opening of Oct. 15, 2014 and applications are currently being accepted. For more information call 366-1400.  

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