Residences at Coffee Creek Senior Living Extending Invitation to “Walk with Me” during the Virtual Dementia Tour

Written by Natalie Reisen. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on September 01, 2021 with No Comments

Walking in the shoes of someone with dementia will change our entire perspective of what it is like for the person who is undergoing the daily changes affecting his or her senses and capabilities.  Residences at Coffee Creek Senior Living has been voted #1 in Memory Care by the Northwest Indiana community. To show our appreciation, we are pleased to share one of the best educational modules we have to capture and convey the mind and body changes someone with memory impairment undergoes.  We use the same training tool to educate our staff and foster enhanced empathy.

 Plan to join us Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m. for the Virtual Dementia Tour®, produced with much research, by Second Wind Dreams, an international nonprofit organization.  The Tour takes approximately 20 minutes and is an individual experience that simulates the effects of aging and dementia. The Tour offers families and caregivers an opportunity to “walk in their shoes.”

Our staff found that the Virtual Dementia Tour® is indeed a life-changing experience.  We received a better understanding of the physical and mental challenges faced by those living with dementia. It has helped us understand just what the producers said the experience would help us gain—what person-centered care entails. 

Kaitlynn Redmon, Residences at Coffee Creek Executive Director, is most impressed by the Tour’s ability to demonstrate in a lasting way the different behaviors to be expected with someone who has dementia.  “We’ve learned better ways to handle situations, to be able to be proactive and anticipate reactions among our Memory Care residents.  This training has been invaluable. Because you experience the sensations, you are better able to recall what it feels like when someone is going through a confusing time,” she notes. “This helps us build better relationships with our residents, which is certainly at the heart of true patient-centered care,” she emphasizes. “Our residents’ quality of life improves, and our caregivers benefit from a reduced number of challenging situations. We believe that making a connection, person by person, makes all the difference.”

In recognition of World Alzheimer’s Day September 21, we would like to share the opportunity we’ve had with caregivers throughout our communities. What better tribute to the courage of those who live with dementia than to immerse ourselves in the world of our loved ones. Experience the Virtual Dementia Tour®!  Space is limited, to reserve your seat, RSVP by Monday, Sept. 20 online at www.ResidencesSeniorLiving.com/Events or call 219-921-5200.

Natalie Reisen works as the Director of Marketing and Sales for Residences at Coffee Creek, located at 2300 Village Point in Chestertonserving as a key player in supporting new residents and families making the transition to senior living. In addition, Natalie is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.  A native of the region, Natalie was raised in Portage, and she graduated with her Bachelors of Communication from Purdue University and her Masters of Business Administration from University of Saint Francis. For more information, contact her at 219-921-5200 or email Natalie directly at nreisen@residencesatcoffeecreek.com.

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About Natalie Reisen

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Natalie Reisen works as the Marketing Coordinator for Residences at Coffee Creek, located at 2300 Village Point in Chesterton serving as a key playing in supporting new residents and families making the transition to senior living. In addition, Natalie is a Certified Dementia Practitioner. A native of the region, Natalie was raised in Portage and she graduated with her Bachelors of Communication from Purdue University and her Masters of Business Administration from University of Saint Francis. For more information, contact her at 219-921-5200 or email Natalie directly at nreisen@residencesatcoffeecreek.com.

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