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“Touch the Spirit” Activities honoring the spirit in dementia care Kay Kallander, Paul Jepson David Troxel American Baptist Homes of West (ABHOW). ABHOW. 62 years old Based in Northern California with 36 CCRCs and Affordable Housing Communities in: California Arizona Washington Nevada.

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“Touch the Spirit”Activities honoring the spirit in dementia careKay Kallander, Paul JepsonDavid TroxelAmerican Baptist Homes of West (ABHOW)

abhow
ABHOW
  • 62 years old
  • Based in Northern California with 36 CCRCs and Affordable Housing Communities in:
    • California
    • Arizona
    • Washington
    • Nevada
accredited program
Accredited Program
  • CARF-CCAC Accreditation
    • ABHOW’s Groves were the first multi-site organization to be accredited for dementia care
touch the spirit
Touch the Spirit

Our signature activity program designed to incorporate spiritual care at its best throughout our memory care programs.

religion and spirituality
Religion and Spirituality
  • Religion can be seen through practices, traditions, personal experiences, rites and rituals
  • Spirituality can be seen in the pursuit of a universal understanding of truth
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Religion and Spirituality
  • For residents with dementia, the important truth is to allow for the experience to be personally meaningful.
  • Where is joy…love…satisfaction?
  • “Touch the Spirit”
love of nature
Love of Nature

Walking out of doors

Bird-watching

Gardening

Enjoying books on national parks

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Meditation

Reflection and remembrance

Talking about meaningful subjects

Stretching, Yoga and Tai chi

Love of Peace and Reflection

love of animals
Love of Animals

Sophie the St. Bernard

and resident

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Relationships

Affection

Touch

Hugs

Non verbal moments

Love of People

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Volunteering as part of the community

Helping others

Intergenerational projects

Love of Community

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Celebrating the Arts

Daphne Gormley

Santa Barbara, CA

Love of Personal Creativity

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Membership in a faith community

Prayer

Religious music

Traditions and customs

Artist: Daphne Gormley

Love of Faith

love of relationships
Love of Relationships

The Two Sisters

Pablo Picasso

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Touch the Spirit
  • Provides meaningful experiences that touch the spirit of each individual person….
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Kay Kallander, Senior Vice-President for Strategic Planning kkallander@abhow.com

Paul Jepson Asst. Vice President for Care Services pjepson@abhow.com

David Troxel, Consultant bestfriendsdavid@aol.com

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