A memory box is a box typically made from wood with a glass or wood door where keepsakes and mementos are stored. Often used for people with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia, memory boxes serve as a beautiful way to celebrate and give tribute to people, places and events important to the person using the box.
Why are memory boxes important to an Assisted Living Facility?
Memory Boxes serve many functions in an assisted living environment. The most important things in life, as most will agree, are our relationships. When a resident’s family fills their loved one’s box with objects and photos that bring back pleasant memories, this is not only uplifting to the resident but also gives the caretakers an opportunity to connect with the resident on a personal level. A simple question about one of their displayed mementos can help foster a feeling of family and strengthen caretaker-resident bonds.
Another benefit to investing in memory boxes is the feeling of home that they give to the resident. What is the first thing we do when we move into a new house? We put our cherished photos on the wall. This simple gesture for the resident is another aid in helping them feel comfortable and at home in an initially unfamiliar environment.