Creating environments where moments of joy, independence, and wellness are the focus each and every day
Wellness services have been developed in partnership with experts in the industry, including nurses, gerontologists, state regulatory agencies and administrators. Based on best practices, our Live Well! Programs focus on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness. It is our practice to conduct a resident assessment prior to move in with the resident and his/her family and key members of our team. Based on the desires and preferences of each resident, a resident-directed service plan is developed. At regular intervals we check in with the resident in order to provide continual support for the changing preferences and needs of each resident.
Dining Services is designed with the needs and preferences of the individual resident, seasonal availability, and regional tastes. Ridgeline Management is afforded preferential group purchasing allowing for quality food at the best value. This is reflected in the varied nutritious menus and recipes provided to each community.
Ridgeline's Life Enrichment programming is continually evolving to meet resident preferences and interests. Our vision includes an elder-directed culture providing a transition to an expanded life. We recognize that the transition into elderhood is an important milestone, and that an elder is a person who is still growing, still a learner, still with potential, and whose life continues to have within it promise for, and a connection to the future. Residents will have the opportunity to explore new adventures; find exciting opportunities to learn and teach; will be able to care for others, and leave a legacy; and experience a variety of social, recreational, and wellness activities. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual enrichment will eliminate the three plagues of elderhood: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom (source: The Eden Alternative).
Our elder-directed culture in our memory care communities is a place where love is greater than fear. We provide a holistic environment for cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual enrichment based on elder-directed, validating methods, and the latest research on elder wellness. Our approach was designed by a Ridgeline Gerontologist, Validation workers, and Eden Alternative Educators. We believe that those who have memory loss deserve exceptional people in their lives. Our team knows that our jobs are to support the health needs, certainly. However, elders' social, spiritual, and emotional needs are no less important.
The family members and the disoriented elder must be treated as one unit. We recognize that the family is experiencing their own losses and they need education, support, and treatment. Our team has the opportunity to act in our fullest capacity as navigators, healers, and helpers of people. We believe that loving interactions with those with whom our elders feel safe will enrich their lives, even in their diminished cognitive and physical state. We believe that each resident deserves respect and honor, and whose work it is to synthesize wisdom from long life experience, and formulate this into legacy for future generations. In partnership with families and the residents, we create a life story as part of our work. The story is collected in written, oral, and video form. Our approach provides an environment where each elder may find a sense of belonging, companionship, self-esteem, and joy.