Our Montessori approach to people living with dementia provides an environment that supports residents to achieve greater independence, higher self-esteem and a sense of wellbeing. Montessori principles support people living with dementia to continue to make valuable contributions
to their community and engage in meaningful activities. Montessori also encourages family members and friends to participate in the activities so they can feel a sense of connection to their loved one living with dementia.
With a primary focus on engagement, trained employees use the 12 Principles of Montessori to work with residents and their families to tailor Montessori activities and resident roles based on sensory, motor, social and cognitive skills.
Montessori activities and resident roles
Montessori activities generally include something the resident can hold, visual cues they can follow and activities based on demonstration. This may include matching and sorting and hand-eye coordination activities, such as setting the table, folding washing, sorting pegs by colour and opening and closing padlocks. Montessori resident roles may include updating the orientation board daily, watering plants or sweeping leaves.
Montessori activities and resident roles enable residents living with dementia to develop connections and a sense of purpose and value in their community.