Priority Life Care’s Along the Journey Program

Jan 18, 2024 | Alzheimer's & Dementia

The Along the Journey program was created by Priority Life Care with residents, their families, and caregivers in mind.

The services provided are adjusted to fit each individual’s abilities and specific needs. The program has been designed to benefit all stages of memory loss while remaining flexible enough to be adapted daily.

The overarching goal is to ensure that each resident, as well as their families, feel connected, respected, and comfortable during periods of difficult transition. The program primarily targets those suffering from memory impairments, whether it be early-stage dementia or late-stage Alzheimer’s.

What is the Along The Journey Program?

Along the Journey (ATJ) is a memory care program that launched in 2019 in Priority Life Care’s memory care neighborhoods. Fundamentally, it prioritizes strengths over limitations. Activities are purpose-driven and not based on achievement, thus allowing those with memory loss to participate without feeling lost, confused, and agitated.

This innovative program begins with a holistic assessment of the resident’s abilities, both cognitive and physical. Based on the assessment, a care plan is formulated and includes input from the resident and their family, as well as their physicians and caregivers.

The plan includes information on the likes, dislikes, and cultural preferences of the resident. To keep the seniors as comfortable as possible, the staff makes every effort to provide a largely predictable routine.

Fostering a Sense of Belonging in the Community

Those suffering from diseases that affect memory may feel left behind or forgotten. At Independence Court of Monroeville, caregivers work in conjunction with the ATJ program to encourage physical motion, stimulate mental engagement, and offer opportunities for spiritual and social connection.

Life stations provide a sense of familiarity for the resident through tasks such as folding clothes and operating a computer. This allows the senior to focus on a specific, low-stress task with an attainable outcome.

Social engagements such as trivia games and ice cream parties are scheduled, which allow residents the opportunity to become acquainted with other residents. The program celebrates small wins as significant achievements, allowing everyone the chance to be represented.

Activities are thoughtfully designed around reducing any agitation and improving the mood of the residents. Social interaction is encouraged to ward off isolation, which can further impair a resident’s wellness journey.

Supporting Those With Memory Impairments

Memory loss comes in stages and Independence Court of Monroeville recognizes the importance of providing a program suitable for each stage of this difficult journey. Through the integration of senior-friendly tech, residents across a spectrum of cognitive abilities are encouraged to participate in their care by engaging daily.

To ensure a successful transition into the residential community, our staff invites residents to bring familiar furnishings of home such as furniture, cherished items, and other domestic objects. This creates an inviting environment for the resident, which eases the initial discomfort of being in a new place.

Residents will enjoy a structured daily plan that focuses on wellness and supporting independence, all while ensuring dignity and respect. This environment allows those with memory impairments to maintain functional abilities for as long as possible while remaining comfortable along their journey.

Staff with specific dementia-centered training and experience support our residents with memory loss, including accommodations such as dietary oversight, assistance with medication, and general hygiene.




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My dad very reluctantly went to Independence Court for a two week respite stay while ...
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My dad very reluctantly went to Independence Court for a two week respite stay while I was on vacation. To my surprise he had a wonderful experience. The Admission Director (Timmi Roberts) was extremely helpful at helping us get this set up on short notice. During his stay he said the food was very good and they supplied him with gluten free options since he has Celiac disease. Each day he went and exercised which he never does. The Activities Director (Sharon Jankovik) kept him very engaged in fun activities such as Wii bowling which he also loved. She even sent us two video's to let us see how he was doing. That was awesome!! He spent time talking with other residents and really had a great experience. What welcomed relief to have him so cared for while we were away.
I have been the an employee at Independence Court for over 25 years, of which I ...
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I have been the an employee at Independence Court for over 25 years, of which I have been the Activities Director. My mother came to live here over 10 years ago. Her family did not anticipate her longevity. She truly enjoys being with people, having choices for activities, and loves sitting in the sun to people watch and bird watch. I can not express how thankful I am to see her always with a smile. The mutual respect between the staff and my mother appreciated.
The staff who have cared for my client have gone above and beyond in making ...
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The staff who have cared for my client have gone above and beyond in making sure that she has always felt welcomed, loved & important. The med techs, caregivers, activities directors, receptionists, & Most especially director of nursing, Tammy McElhose have offered so much compassion. From the day Tammy met her she became a touchstone for her. Tammy offers so much love and concern. Her big kind & compassionate heart is one of a kind & I am grateful that she has been a part of my clients journey.
Tiffany, the Director of Sales & Marketing, was a wonderful help to us & addressed ...
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Tiffany, the Director of Sales & Marketing, was a wonderful help to us & addressed our concerns thoroughly as we transitioned our loved one to this personal care home. We were warmly greeted by Tyler (Executive Director), Marcelle (Director of Nursing), Mel (Patient Life Enrichment) and so many others. They are a fantastic team! Recent renovations make the facility inviting and bright. Multiple activities are offered almost every day and the staff make an effort to connect with each resident.

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