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http://assistedlivingmemoryboxes.com/blog Memory Boxes for the assisted living environment Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:42:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 http://assistedlivingmemoryboxes.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ALMB-Site-Icon.jpg http://assistedlivingmemoryboxes.com/blog 32 32 The Benefits of Memory Boxes in the Assisted Living Environment http://assistedlivingmemoryboxes.com/blog/index.php/2019/08/20/the-benefits-of-memory-boxes-in-the-assisted-living-environment/ http://assistedlivingmemoryboxes.com/blog/index.php/2019/08/20/the-benefits-of-memory-boxes-in-the-assisted-living-environment/#respond Tue, 20 Aug 2019 18:29:09 +0000 http://assistedlivingmemoryboxes.com/blog/?p=45 We have all at one time or another been forced to uproot ourselves from our comfortable, familiar surroundings.  Whether it be by circumstance or choice, moving is rarely easy. Add to this the challenges of aging and / or memory impairment, and the transition can be traumatic.

Regardless of age, displaying in our new residence photos and memorabilia is comforting as we are reminded of good times and relationships. Memory Boxes facilitate the display of memories while providing the functionality required in the assisted living environment.

Some of the specific ways a memory box improves a resident’s experience and quality of care are:

1. Memory Boxes are a valuable memory tool for residents.  They provide a memory prompt for orientation and wayfinding.  Displaying memorabilia that is familiar in unfamiliar surroundings provides both a navigational aid and a calming influence.

2. Memory Boxes build community.  Displaying memorabilia, whether photos or objects, offers a window into a resident’s life.  This insight prompts conversation to assist in building rapport and connectivity with both residents and staff.  By providing the memorabilia, family members are also included in both the discussion and process of caring for their loved ones.

3. Memory Boxes enhance the residential environment.  Memory boxes are personal, providing a sampling of each resident’s individuality.  The effect when touring a facility is notable.  A facility is transformed into a residence.  This effect is further enhanced by including in each memory box room signage to reduce wall clutter, and lighting to both accentuate the memorabilia and provide wayfinding.

With these benefits in mind, let Assisted Living Memory Boxes assist you in selecting the memory box design that’s right for your facility.  We offer multiple styles, recessed or wall mount, with custom color matching to your décor.  We’re here to help!

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What is a Memory Box? http://assistedlivingmemoryboxes.com/blog/index.php/2019/07/02/what-is-a-memory-box/ http://assistedlivingmemoryboxes.com/blog/index.php/2019/07/02/what-is-a-memory-box/#respond Tue, 02 Jul 2019 22:24:44 +0000 http://assistedlivingmemoryboxes.com/blog/?p=1 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.

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