Each year in the United States, Alzheimer’s Disease affects more than 5 million Americans and has become the sixth leading cause of death in the country. The disease affects individuals mentally, causing confusion and memory loss. And another consequence is the loss of self-confidence.
However, a nursing home in Chagrin Falls, Ohio is hoping to help these individuals gain back a little self-sufficiency through an interesting tactic.
The Lantern of Chagrin Valley assisted living facility is specifically designed with quaint decor from the 1930s and 1940s, with mini houses boasting front porches for patients to sit on and look out over a “golf course.” There are also special fiber optic lights that adjust from day to night to help alleviate confusion.
Why is this nursing home set in the past? Because most dementia patients retain memories from their youth, and since many of these patients would be 21 or younger during the 1930s and 1940s time period, this setting helps them feel comfortable. These individuals feeling more comfortable helps them gain confidence and relearn basic activities in classes at the facility. In addition to the unique time setting, peppermint and frankincense scents are released in the air to soothe and calm the patients.
The Lantern of Chagrin Valley’s CEO, Jean Makesh, hopes to help individuals living in their facility to eventually move back home to live independently. It just goes to show that sometimes thinking outside of the box, and time period, can help make some people’s troubles a little easier.
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