success, emphasizing each individual's strengths and abilities, fostering a sense of accomplishment
Dedicated, Professional Staff Trained in Memory Support
We can have the most forward-thinking, progressive programs in the world, but unless we have the right people to implement those programs, they mean nothing. At North Woods Village at Edison Lakes, we know that our staff is essential to delivering the care, the quality and the dignity our residents deserve. We have carefully selected only the most appropriate, qualified individuals to deliver care.
North Woods Village at Edison Lakes is located in Mishawaka, IN and was the first memory care assisted living community established in the Michiana area. Located next to The Forest, North Woods Village at Edison Lakes opened its doors February, 2014 and warmly welcomed its first residents to experience “NEW DIRECTIONS"® in memory care.
“NEW DIRECTIONS"® is North Woods Village’s signature approach to memory care. Offered exclusively in our communities, the program was launched at North Woods Village at Edison Lakes, and has made a tremendous difference in many people’s lives.
Offering the ideal balance of resident-centered care, a specially trained staff and a physical building designed with purpose, “NEW DIRECTIONS"® provides our residents at North Woods Village at Edison Lakes with the support they need and the independence they deserve.
Personalized, Resident-Centered Care
No two residents with memory impairment experience the same challenges, needs or symptoms. As such, “NEW DIRECTIONS"® is personalized, individualized and resident-centered. It's not a one-size-fits-all program. It is dynamic and fluid, able to change as our residents’ needs change. Each person receives the ideal level of support he or she needs to live as independently as possible.
It all begins with the resident’s life story.
Every relationship we have with a resident begins with learning his or her life story. Our staff talks with family members, asks questions and becomes very familiar with each individual's life – they learn about the family, the resident's profession, passions, and interests. What they loved to do, what inspired them, fulfilled them and made them happy. We carry that information in our heads and in our hearts, and it guides everything we do for that resident.
With that information, we tailor our engaging activities and programs to each person’s individual tastes, interests and abilities. As a result, our residents participate in treasured hobbies, pastimes and other pursuits that are not only pleasurable, but also provide our residents with fulfillment, self-confidence and pride. As an example, if one of our residents loved to bake, we will develop and implement baking activities. If another individual enjoyed woodworking, we will offer a wood working activity. Again, these specialized programs will be designed to promote that care.
Our team is comprised of nurses (offering around-the-clock care with a nurse on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week) and experienced, professional caregivers and support personnel who have all been trained in memory care.
One of the hallmarks of “NEW DIRECTIONS"® is consistent staffing. The same staff members serve the same neighborhoods every day. That consistency enables our residents to get to know the people in their neighborhood. Likewise, our staff gets to know each resident on a personal basis. It’s comforting to our residents to see familiar faces every day and to build friendships they can count on.
The Purposeful Design of the Community
North Woods Village at Edison Lakes has been designed, built and decorated with the optimal blend of form and function. Yes, we offer our residents a warm, welcoming environment that feels like home, but more importantly, our surroundings incorporate meaningful design elements that promote our residents’ highest levels of independence and safety. From simple and gentle visual cues such as different colors of paint on the walls to recognize areas, to more specific identifiers such as memory boxes filled with personal mementos outside each resident's private suite, our community is designed to help residents find their way independently and successfully.