65 Beaumont Dr., P.O. Box 940
Northbridge, MA 01534
Our 5 Essential Needs
The foundation of our therapeutic program
The Tapestry Program seeks to satisfy what we believe are five essential needs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss. By working towards the fulfillment of these needs, a life of meaning and companionship can be created, offering the possibility of slowing the progress of memory loss.
The Five Essential needs are:
- Sense of Purpose & Pride
Each day is filled with opportunities for success that build confidence and self-esteem. Helping with chores in the neighborhood, setting the table for meals and assisting other participants are a few examples.
- Respect & Dignity
Lifetime accomplishments are honored through sharing in reminiscing groups and casual conversations. Retained skills can be demonstrated through music programs, expressive arts and task-oriented activities, such as arranging chairs or folding laundry.
- Love & Friendship
Our culture of acceptance encourages the growth of relationships with family, neighbors and caregivers. Each elder is paired with participants of complimentary personalities, interests and abilities for small group activities, meals and other social gatherings.
- Physical & Emotional Safety
The Tapestry environment, with strong shape and color cues, promotes recognition and encourages our elders to explore their home. A personalized daily routine coupled with consistent caregivers fosters familiarity, helping to alleviate fears and minimize failures. Fall prevention efforts and exercises are practiced; safety concerns are addressed with controlled-access doors and a vigilant staff who gently escort our elders to wherever they need to go.
- Freedom from Pain & Discomfort
Knowing those with Alzheimer’s disease can face communication challenges, our attentive caregiving team seeks to monitor each elder’s mood and behavior for signals that he or she may be experiencing particular difficulty. Similarly, our interdisciplinary team partners with families, physicians and other professionals to see that the elder is as comfortable as possible.
Our Adult Day Health Centers have…
- An interdisciplinary staff trained and dedicated to Alzheimer’s care
- Alzheimer-friendly accommodations and features
- A welcoming environment featuring safety measures
- A full, interactive program of varied activities daily
- Consistent staffing for establishing familiarity and closeness between clients and staff
- Family support groups that meet each month
We meet individual needs with…
- Daily exercise programs with frequent walks outside
- Intergenerational and creative arts programs
- Poetry readings; baking groups; pet visits
- Music programs and sing-alongs
- Physically active games such as bowling, volleyball and horseshoes
- Sensory programs such as massage and aromatherapy
- Spiritual programs such as church services, prayer groups and the rosary