“Connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued,” writes author, podcaster and TedTalk star, Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW. Studies have linked human connection and social support to well-being and longevity. When people move into a long-term care setting they are worried the connections they have made will fray or break. Residents may feel they no longer have the skills or energy to create more. Enter MemoryWell.
Founder Jay Newton-Small saw first-hand the difference it made when she told her dad’s story to his caregivers. They found a common experience in having both lived in Ethiopia and became fast friends. My mom was a storyteller and it was obvious the more her caregivers knew her story, the more they doted on her. While both of our parents suffered from dementia, it did not mean their memories and the richness of their life was lost. MemoryWell taps into these treasures to preserve them and create a platform for a deeper connection.
MemoryWell provides experienced writers to pen the resident’s story. It also offers a digital timeline where residents or loved ones may post highlights, major events, and milestones, or favorite foods, hobbies, music, or TV shows. Caregivers can use this information to direct care, design activities or menus, and enhance residents’ overall experience. Residents can invite other residents or family members to view a community timeline to connect over shared experiences. Families and friends can use it to feel more involved in their loved one’s life and community.
Caregivers see, hear and value residents every day, honoring them with their work. Adding MemoryWell to a long-term care community facilitates life-enhancing human connection leading to better outcomes for residents, their loved ones, and staff.
We encourage you to watch this short video explaining the vision, purpose, and value behind MemoryWell’s stories.