CHICAGO, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Senior Lifestyle Corporation's Essence aromatherapy program, a vital component of the embrace Senior Lifestyle memory care philosophy, has received Argentum's Best of the Best award. This award recognizes "innovative new programs and services that are working to improve the future of senior living" according to Argentum's website. The Essence program works one-on-one with residents, tailoring each experience to the needs of the individual. This signature program is multi-sensory, combining the benefits of aromatherapy with sight, sound and touch to elicit positive responses in residents.
Senior Lifestyle Corporation's Corporate Director of Resident Experience Hollie Kemp says, "Residents have benefitted in a variety of ways from the program, including, but not limited to elevated mood, reduced stress, improvements with restlessness, and decreased anxiousness."
The Essence sensory stimulation program was developed based on research into the benefits of aromatherapy for dementia support and tested with staff and families of residents to develop a set of best practices. The program uses signature aromatherapy blends to help alleviate stress, support healthy digestion, and promote positive emotional responses, along with a host of additional wellness benefits. Since Essence is based on sensory stimulation, it allows caregivers to interact in a meaningful way with residents, even as residents progress through all levels of dementia when residents may be non-verbal. A "great is not enough" philosophy is the driving force behind this program, with a focus on continual improvement based on resident response. After each one-on-one session, the memory care director assesses the benefits of the session and notes resident responses to better understand what works best for each resident.
Essence is one of five signature programs Kemp and her team developed as part of Senior Lifestyle's embrace memory care program. For more information, visit http://www.seniorlifestyle.com/senior-living-and-care-options/memory-care-for-seniors/.
About Senior Lifestyle Corporation:
Senior Lifestyle, founded in 1985, is a privately-held, owner-operator and developer of seniors housing communities. With a portfolio of more than 170 communities located throughout 27 states, Senior Lifestyle offers independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing for the luxury, moderate and affordable segments. Senior Lifestyle has been routinely recognized as a leader in the delivery of innovative programs and hospitality services for all levels of care. For more information, visit www.seniorlifestyle.com.
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