A Hamilton assisted living center has opened a wing that may be a model in care for residents struggling with dementia and Alzheimer's.
Memory Lane at the Remington of Sapphire Lutheran Homes, has one- and two-bedroom apartments and studios for seniors with memory impairment.
All staff have dementia care training.
The philosophy of care is to provide a homelike setting giving residents as much freedom as possible.
Barbara and John Boatwright attended the grand opening. Barbara was diagnosed with symptoms of dementia seven years ago.
"She is a lovely lady," said John, "My wife. We've been married 58 years."
The Boatwrights live in an apartment at Memory Lane.
"I just made a decision that we are not going to part," said John. He's a retired engineer. Barbara was a librarian. Together, they traveled the world.
"We both love music," said Barbara, "classical music."
She said she and John never fight.
"We like each other," she said, "We met neatly, it was great."
At Memory Lane, residents decide what's on the menu, or when to go to bed, to make their own choices in a secure environment.
Patients are encouraged to participate in everyday tasks.
"The staff will not only be their caregiver," said assisted living director Sherill Williams, "but their cook, their housekeeper, their social director."
All staff members go through virtual dementia training,.
"They alter your senses to simulate what dementia might be like," said Farrenkopf.
The assignment for everyone is to help residents face challenges that were once so easy, and have become so hard.