Georgetown Home Care knows that in order to be successful in caring for a person there are two components, the technical skills and the human skills. On the second component, we have worked with a company who truly understands the value to creating a better human connection, and in turn improving the senior care experience. Below is a description of who MemoryWell is and how the company is making a positive impact on senior care.
Words from MemoryWell:
MemoryWell is a network of more than 300 journalists across the country telling the life stories of seniors. Studies show that life story telling not only creates empathy between caregivers and residents but also between families and their loved ones.
We believe that at the core of person centered care is the person, and how can you care for them if you don’t know them?
MemoryWell grew out of our cofounder Jay Newton-Small’s experience with her father, who passed last July after living with Alzheimer’s for 15 years. A couple of years ago, she had to move him to a new home when he grew increasingly violent and agitated, which is common in about 20 percent of those living with the diseases. The community asked her to fill out a 20-page questionnaire about his life. This made no sense to her: how were they ever going to remember 20 pages of hand-written data points for the 150 residents there? Jay was a correspondent with TIME Magazine. Instead, she wrote down his story. They loved it. It improved his care— helping his nurses relate to him and giving them tools with which to soothe and redirect him when he became agitated. MemoryWell was born.
In the years since we’ve developed a mobile responsive website that we want to grow into an app. Each person’s professionally-written story anchors their page and family members send us their loved one’s favorite music and photos, videos and readings, which we post or link to. This gives caregivers, and family members, a highly personalized toolbox of the residents’ favorite things with which to engage them.
Though we started with Alzheimer’s and dementia, we found that our stories can be used for other things. A father in hospice, a mother with Parkinson’s, an uncle in hospice or a grandfather who’s perfectly healthy and just has an amazing story to tell. This is a generation that doesn’t have the digital footprint of those that followed. Every day, we’re losing those stories. Help us save them for you.
Georgetown Home Care:
Our founder Mr. Bradshaw had MemoryWell write his parents story. Typically MemoryWell writes for those who are still living, but stories can be crafted for those who have passed, as a testament to great lives lived. You can read about the late Mr. and Mrs. Bradshaw here.
If you would like to connect with MemoryWell, please feel free to contact them directly through their website, or we would be happy to make an introduction.