An Introduction to Memory Boxes
What is a Memory Box?
A memory box is a box typically made from wood with a glass or wood door where keepsakes and mementos are stored. People with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia benefit most from their use. Memory boxes serve as a beautiful way to celebrate and give tribute to cherished memories. It reminds us of 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. Consequently, a resident’s family can fill their loved one’s box with objects and photos that bring back pleasant memories. This is uplifting to the resident and 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 of investing in memory boxes is the feeling of home that they give to the resident. For example, what is the first thing we do when we move into a new house? We put our cherished photos on the wall. Therefore, this simple gesture for the resident is another aid in helping them feel comfortable and at home in an initially unfamiliar environment. Therefore, for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia, this is a crucial element to making a smooth transition to their new home.
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