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We Do Memory Care Differently

April 21 2020
A senior woman working at a garden bench.
Throughout its more than 30 year history, Watermark has sought ways, large and small, to enhance the well-being of our residents and associates. Success is mostly measured in the strong and durable relationships between residents and associates that bring with them trust, comfort and more than a bit of warm fun. Particularly in our Memory Care communities, growing and sustaining these vital interpersonal relationships are built into the programming. The journeys that residents and associates share are founded on daily rhythms that are not bound by a daily regimen of mostly healthcare-related tasks but by sharing together all that each day brings. Cooking meals together, putting together a scrapbook, filling the bird feeders on the patio, harvesting tomatoes in the garden, listening together to the special music that is the soundtrack of the resident’s life.

Each of our Memory Care associates undergoes training to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner. We call these universal caregivers Nayas. The word Naya, which centers on the concept of being engaged in the present moment, comes from the ancient language of Classical Sanskrit. A guide, person of wisdom, conductor and leader – these terms truly define our caregivers, and reminds community members to connect with each other and be mindfully engaged in each moment. In doing so, we cultivate a sense of well-being, community and creativity. From this thoughtful foundation, both residents and associates thrive. Our resident-centered approach provides a joyful, dignified life for each person entrusted to our care and peace of mind for their families. We use this Memory Care Vision Guide and video below as an initial part of our orientation for Nayas. It articulates our larger vision and invites Nayas to explore this new model for Memory Care.