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Is your loved one unable to perform normal activities of daily living such as cooking and/or dressing due to memory loss? Do they have difficulty making decisions and appear confused with familiar surroundings or situations?

It could be time to consider the memory support program at Clark Jeary, an Immanuel Community. You will find a commitment to provide compassionate care in a non-profit, mission-based organization to those dealing with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairment.

“Our memory support program is designed to provide safe and secure support services that feel like home,” says Kathy Nannen, lifestyle enrichment coordinator for residents of the 16 memory support apartments at Clark Jeary. Residents of the memory support community benefit from a program that offers favorite activities and daily routines.

“We focus on each resident’s quality of life by understanding and meeting their unique needs,” said Nannen.

Activities galore

Nannen, a professional with 25 years in caring for persons with cognitive and physical challenges, said a typical day may include a morning review of current events, daily devotion, an exercise period, lunch, an art activity, pet therapy session, entertainment or sing-along, and a late-afternoon snack.

Activities may involve small groups or be independent with a focus on each resident’s own life story that provides personal meaning. You will see several stations for residents to discover and use, such as hardware and tools or trying on jewelry, fun hats and scarves. Other activities include baking, religious services, cheering on the Huskers and “Pie Wednesday” outings at the nearby Village Inn. Clark Jeary is a certified care organization for Music & Memory. Grounded in extensive research, Music & Memory helps people living with a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges find renewed joy in life through musical favorites. Nannen and her team of caregivers are trained to develop personalized playlists to tap deep memories and improve quality of life.

Opened in 2015

Clark Jeary’s memory support community, called Autumn View, opened in 2015 on the west end of the campus, located at 8401 S. 33rd St.

“Of the sixteen memory support apartments, fourteen are studios and two are one-bedroom apartments,” said Senior Living Consultant Carla Abendroth. “All residents in memory support enjoy 24/7 nursing care and a calming, open, secure environment with lots of windows to let in the natural daylight.”

Immanuel’s Corporate Lifestyle Manager, Cameo Rogers is a valuable resource to the team. As a Certified Dementia Trainer, who has received several awards and designations, she coaches, trains and leads dementia training for all departments at Clark Jeary.

“I’d say the attractive layout of our Memory Support community is a big asset,” added Nannen. “The beautiful courtyard and covered patio area is enjoyed by residents who love to walk, relax and enjoy nature. Garden boxes provide ‘green-thumb’ residents the opportunity to plant flowers and vegetables and tend to them daily, just like they did at home.”

To see the Memory Care, Assisted Living or Independent Living areas that comprise the 122 apartments on the Clark Jeary campus, call Carla Abendroth at (402) 489-0331.

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