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    Creating purposeful moments in memory care

    Daybreak at The Birches at Newtown is our secure memory care neighborhood for residents with memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. 

    Our Daybreak Coordinator builds an individualized person-centered plan highlighting each resident’s abilities, helping them experience purposeful moments.

    “Every resident is at a different stage in their journey; we work around it,” Daybreak Coordinator Armgard Kucas said. 

    Our specialized team works one-on-one with residents to meet them in their present and follows Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care model to focus on what residents can do now, what makes them happy, and what instills fulfillment. 

    “If we can wake up the body, wake up the soul, we can wake up the mind,” she noted. 

    At The Birches at Newtown, memory care residents are not defined by their dementia diagnosis. Daybreak staff get to know residents personally and engage them through their interests. 

    Through The Birches’ support, resident Marcia A. has continued her passion for art and has created many new paintings since moving into Daybreak almost a year ago.

    With art, Marcia can be in the now as she taps into her intuitive thought process; it’s a way for her to express her life experiences. 

    “I’ve had a good career as an artist,” Marcia said. “I was lucky to have been born with a talent. I inherited it from my father.” 

    Although short-term memory loss has impaired her ability to remember a painting she just created, special care is taken to hang each masterpiece in the hallways of Daybreak for Marcia and other residents to appreciate.

    When words and memories are fleeting, The Birches at Newtown finds innovative ways to communicate and engage with their Daybreak memory care residents.

    To schedule a tour, call 215-240-4829 or visit www.thebirchesatnewtown.com.

    PHOTO CAP: Marcia A. recreates the illustration “A Busy Day” by Maud Humphrey using acrylics and materials provided by The Birches at Newtown. Her version, pictured top right, hangs in the hallway of Daybreak for everyone to appreciate. (Photo courtesy of The Birches at Newtown).

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