The model has three key components:

1. Resident Assessment

We utilize an extensive life story questionnaire and other surveys to learn what’s really familiar and meaningful to the person. Daily routines. Interests. Hobbies. Family connections. Dietary preferences. This personal information, gathered largely from family input, guides person-centered care at every stage of dementia.

2. Cognitive Assessment

Cognition is the primary determinant of a person’s level of independence. We use Claudia Allen’s Cognitive Disabilities Model to determine an individual’s cognitive level. This information provides a road map for daily staffing needs and activity management.

3. Adaptation to the Cognitive Level

When people have Alzheimer’s, what has been meaningful to them all their lives doesn’t change. What changes is their ability to engage in life independently. So we meet them at their cognitive level and adapt our care approach to engage them in life.