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Dementia & Memory Care

Three unique memory neighbourhoods

Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease  can be a life changing event and may feel overwhelming, this is why Alavida Lifestyles has focused on ensuring we have exceptional Memory Care. We know the importance of ensuring your loved one remains engaged in life and the community, therefore in all of our Memory Neighbourhoods we have introduced our Healthy Minds Program which empowers all of our residents to live their life as they always have.

Our cognitive and memory care services are available at all three of our locations – Ravines, Promenade and Park Place.

Meet our Director of Memory Care & Education – Ashley VanDoorn

Ashley has a wealth of experience implementing Memory Care programs in Toronto and assessing and evaluating their operations and effectiveness. Ashley received her BScN from the University of Windsor. She continued her studies in gerontology, recreation therapy and put all of this education towards her thesis as she completed her Masters in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Her extensive experience in research and implementing dementia care innovations for the last 10 years has allowed her to focus on enhancing quality of life and supporting families through the journey.

Our Healthy Minds Program

Our Healthy Minds Program focuses on and embraces each person’s independence and uniqueness. Our staff are empowered to do this through our relationship centred care model, where knowing each resident allows us to promote wellbeing and focus on strengths to define their quality of life. Our dedicated Director of Memory Care and Education offers monthly support groups for all of our residents’ loved ones, educating and supporting everyone through the journey of life with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. We believe that our residents are not just living, but meaningfully engaged in their lifestyle where every day has purpose and enhances well-being.

Music Therapy

Beyond the fact that music is entertaining and brings us happiness, there is much evidence to support the multitude of benefits that Music Therapy provides. Music Therapy stimulates memories, evokes emotions, reduces stress and isolation, improves mood and positive interactions, and has been shown to help maintain cognitive function. We have our Certified Music Therapist who comes in weekly for our group program, but also provide opportunities to engage in music daily by offering singing, instruments and dancing daily!

Pet Therapy

Engaging with pets provides our residents with an opportunity to experience the unconditional love that they give, reminisce about their own pets and has many health benefits. From petting and walking to grooming, playing and cuddling, it is not uncommon to see our residents’ faces light up when a pet enters the room. We see the difference in the resident’s daily life through the joy they experience, improved mood, reduced stress and more meaningful interactions throughout the day.

Staffing & Training

Before even stepping into our neighbourhood, our staff receive 24 hours of specialized training from the Director of Memory Care & Education focusing on Dementia & Alzheimer’s care, language, sensitivity training, and programming for our residents. Our Director of Memory Care & Education is onsite weekly providing ongoing monthly training and support. At each neighbourhood, we offer Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA) certification for our staff; GPA is an innovative dementia care educational program based on a person-centered care approach. All of our Alavida Lifestyles communities, have registered staff onsite 24/7 to provide you with an added measure of comfort.

My Life Story Photobook

Our relationship-based care model means that knowing who our residents are to support their wellbeing is integral. At move-in, each resident receives a photobook that stays in their home detailing their favourite memories, significant moments and information on their upbringing. This is completed by the resident, family, friends and loved ones with our Director of Memory Care & Education, so that our staff can immediately begin to build rapport, connections, trust and a mutual relationship based on our residents life. Our My Life Story Photobooks are done in partnership with Photobooks Canada.

Staying Active

Whether it’s walking around each communities’ beautiful outdoor paths, gardening, participating in one of the many exercise classes or assisting with chores in the neighbourhood, all of our residents are encouraged to stay active in a way that matches their lifestyle. Our monthly program calendar offers and abundance of opportunities to stay active and engaged in life.

Multi-Sensory Environments

For some of our residents, sometimes there is a need for additional comfort and sensory engagement. This is why each neighbourhood has a specially designed multi-sensory environment to help support this need which provides a sense of calm, or increased alertness using visuals, soothing music, nature sounds, aromatherapy, and/or tactile objects.

True Continuum of Care

Our staff have consistent assignments so they can notice changes in our residents right away and as care needs continue to change, Alavida Lifestyles offers a true continuum of care so you never have to worry about moving again.

Support for You

A diagnosis of Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease is not just hard for the resident but impacts all those who support them. Each month, education meetings & support groups hosted by our Director of Memory Care & Education, at each community will assist in helping you with coping strategies, understanding the disease process and answer any concerns or questions you may have.

Our Partnerships

Music & Memory

As a Music & Memory℠ certified organization we provide their training and research to our staff working in our Memory Neighbourhoods. This teaches us the importance of music and allows us to offer our residents a renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.

Learn more about Music & Memory℠

Fit minds logo

Our strong partnership with Fit Minds allows our residents to benefit from the Cognitive Stimulation Programming that is backed by science and many research studies showing improved quality of life, engagement and support overall brain health. We are so honoured and excited to have this program for our residents!

Learn more about Fit Minds

Memory Matters Logo

We are proud to work with Memory Matters, an Ottawa-based organization that provides hands-on cognitive stimulation therapy for those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

Learn more about Memory Matters

Three Unique Memory Neighbourhoods to Choose From

Promenade

110 Rossignol Drive
Orleans, ON K4A 0N2
Tel. 613.451.1414

Janet York-Lowry, General Manager
Email: janet.york-lowry@alavidalifestyles.com

Park Place

110 & 120 Central Park Drive
Ottawa, ON K2C 4G3
Tel. 613.727.2773

Nathalie Bartlett, General Manager
Email: nathalie.bartlett@alavidalifestyles.com

Ravines

626 & 636 Prado Private
Ottawa, ON K2E 0B3
Tel. 613.288.7900

Haisam (Sam) Sourchi, General Manager
Email: haisam.sourchi@alavidalifestyles.com