United Methodist Communities at The Shores Expands Tapestries Innovative Memory Care Programming

Working Toward Comfort Matters® Accreditation

With a strong reputation for providing excellence and compassionate memory care, United Methodist Communities at The Shores recently opened Tapestries II Memory Care Residence. Complemented by Tapestries I, established in 2005, it expands the total number of residents from 28 to 50. Both are located in secure Assisted Living neighborhoods within The Shores’ community.

Tapestries II offers apartments with living rooms, bedrooms, full bathrooms, and tea kitchens, allowing residents to experience what they feel is “normal” in their private space. They can also enjoy their daily pleasures and life engagement in the communal areas that include an intimate living room, a light-filled and airy dining room, and a multi-purpose room for hobbies.

Both Tapestries residences employ skilled, certified associates, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, specifically trained to care for those who suffer from various neurocognitive disorders and related dementias or as The Shores describes, “Those experiencing difficulty with thinking.”

In fact, it is the training of the Tapestries staff in a very specific, progressive process called Comfort Matters® that makes United Methodist Communities memory care residences unique. Comfort Matters® is a nationally recognized, accredited program. Its strategies are built upon the latest science and research-based best practices and places them in the hands of caregivers, enabling them to make positive differences in peoples’ lives. Concisely stated, people with dementia can live better lives.

Unlike other dementia-specific programs, Tapestries focuses on people’s strengths rather than emphasizing their frailties and medical complexities. The Shores staff provide care guided by Comfort Matters® five core principles: Comfort, Know the Person, Anticipation of Needs, Person-Directed Practice, and Staff Empowerment. The combination of these principles drives the overarching philosophy of Comfort.

What do Comfort Matters® principles look like on a practical level? People with dementia receive care on their own terms and their life patterns are respected. For example, they sleep when tired and wake when refreshed. They eat what they enjoy when they are hungry. Pain is managed appropriately. They engage in things that make sense to them and self-direct “their” lives, not what others prescribe. The Tapestries environment meets their needs at every level.

The Shores’ Tapestries associates have worked throughout this past year learning, practicing, and receiving weekly coaching to master this care philosophy. Along their journey, they have experienced and seen the positive, proven outcomes of this process. Come this October, they hope to share that they have achieved the honor of Comfort Matters® accreditation.

Pamela Garofolo, corporate manager of Tapestries initiatives, observes, “Tapestries I and II reflect UMC’s commitment to enhance quality of care with attention on dementia, Alzheimer’s and related neurocognitive impairment. Also, it helps bring us closer to our current strategic goal of developing and implementing cutting edge dementia programming across all service lines.”

To schedule a personal tour of Tapestries memory support residence, talk with us about how we can meet your specific needs or obtain additional information, visit https://theshores.umcommunities.org/alzheimers-memory-care/ or call Ryan Champion at 609-399-8505.