Every person's life story is unique.
Our team is committed to learning every resident's S.T.O.R.Y.
What is S.T.O.R.Y.
Montessori approach to dementia care begins with knowledge about your loved one. This first step naturally unfolds during our admissions process, where we begin to hear your loved one’s S.T.O.R.Y. unfold. We use this valuable information to create a S.T.O.R.Y. box in our Visitor’s Center, build a personalized routine schedule, create and present individualized engagement activities based on your loved one’s strengths and interests, and determine a community role. Through S.T.O.R.Y., we are able to establish a meaningful, purposeful role for your loved on in his or her new home.
S - Strengths
One-on-one activities are presented to your loved one to assess their strengths in four categories: motor, cognitive, social and sensory.
T - Triumphs
Targeted questions will allow us to determine what triumphs and victories your loved one cherishes most in life. If they are having a bad day, we want to be able to use those triumphs to help them overcome it.
O - Occupation
Capturing a person’s trade or profession is an important part of identifying roles within our community. We will use their past skills to formulate activities of familiarity demonstrated in their occupation or trade.
R - Residence / Relatives
We want to know where your loved one lived, and with whom, during the various stages of life. This information allows us to create a memory book with your loved one to help them hold on to their past and their personal identity.
Y - Youth
The full story begins from a person’s youth. We ask families to share pieces of their loved ones' childhoods with us. This allows us to tap into the first-learned procedures and experiences while reminiscing through specific Montessori sensorial activities.
Through the S.T.O.R.Y. process, we ask family members to provide special tokens and photos that can be used to help residents hold on to their past and personal identities. S.T.O.R.Y. boxes, located in the Visitor’s Center of every Sundance location, are often a great starting point during family visits and interactions.