Meridian Village played host to international guests on September 18. Four team members from SAIDO Learning in Japan made a special trip to Glen Carbon, Illinois to see the progress and integration of SAIDO Learning at Meridian Village.
The SAIDO Learning method involves a caregiver (called a “Supporter”) trained to work with older adults (called “Learners”) by engaging them in simple arithmetic, writing, and reading exercises. This non-pharmacological treatment helps to reverse and reduce the signs and symptoms of dementia through its focus in stimulating the frontal cortex of the brain. Chosen for it’s strong implementation of the program, Meridian Village is one of only two communities in the United States the Japanese Team will visit.
“We are impressed with the level of excellence and the stories of the residence,” said Christopher Muller, interpreter and member of the SAIDO Training Development Team. “It is very genki”
“Genki” is Japanese for “on top of the world” and encapsulates the success of the program and the Meridian Village Team that has been behind it all. They have already trained 22 team members with plans to train 6 additional team members every month.
“It fits so well into our person-centered care philosophy that we already have in place,” said Colleen Bottens, Executive Director at Meridian Village. “From those in our Dining Service to Housekeeping, we plan on training the entire staff.”
Meridian Village is the first of the LSS communities to feature SAIDO Learning. With such positive results already being seen in residents, Colleen Bottens is very excited for what this might mean for those with dementia.
“Seeing the improvements in our residents has us all hopeful,” she said.
And that is very genki.
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