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June 27, 2024

Enhancing Care with Engagement Plans

Category: Memory Care

Author: Hannah Dannewitz, Memory Care Director

An Engagement Plan captures significant details, events, and memories from a person’s life in a personalized narrative. It helps caregivers, family members, and healthcare professionals understand and connect with an individual on a deeper level. By creating an Engagement Plan, we improve the quality of care, making it more person-centered. Personal information enhances communication, providing comfort and a sense of identity for individuals with dementia.

At Rock Creek Senior Living, we gather this information as soon as possible, before a resident moves into our Memory Care Neighborhood. As dementia progresses, it often becomes more difficult for residents to communicate their wants, needs, and wishes. These plans help us meet their desires throughout their dementia journey.

Sandy, a senior living resident, making homemade bread by pouring ingredients into a bread maker at a table in the community

Proactive Steps for Preparing Memory Care for Your Loved One

An Engagement Plan is a tool we use to gather vital details about our residents. It includes information such as their life history and care preferences. This plan is especially important for someone living with dementia, as they may not always be able to communicate their interests or needs effectively. Utilizing an Engagement Plan can empower residents with a daily routine and events that are person-centered and meaningful to them.

Preparing for the future care of a loved one who may need memory care involves more than just thoughtful planning and consideration. It’s about taking proactive steps. Educate yourself about memory care, ensure your loved one’s legal documents are in order, and have open conversations with them regarding their wishes and preferences. By taking these proactive steps, you can help ensure your loved one receives the best possible care and support in the future.

Start now to prepare for your future and/or the future of your loved ones. Provide detailed information about your background, history, likes, and dislikes. Include what makes you happy, sad, and fearful. Mention any special things that bring you joy and comfort. These Engagement Plans improve caregiving, aid in emotional comfort, and facilitate communication. They also enable those around you to honor your life and ensure you receive personalized and compassionate care. You can find free templates online at and

Rock Creek Senior Living in Ankeny, IA offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Mercy One Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Briarwood Golf, The District Shopping Center, Saylorville Lake Marina, Big Creek State Park, and Ankeny Community Theater.

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