2014 Best Innovation in Aging Services & Housing Award

Awarded by: LeadingAge Iowa

Presented to: Perry Lutheran Home - St. James - Life-Skills Environmental Stimulation

The Perry Lutheran Home recognized that lack of stimulation and engagement is a prime factor contributing to depression, boredom, and aggressive behavior, especially for seniors with dementia. When renovating its memory care wing, Perry Lutheran Home built life-skill stimulation areas to appeal to different resident needs.

St. James memory care wing boast many home-like and daily routine areas. Dad’s Garage features a partial vehicle interior, changeable community scene for driving simulation, and a mechanic’s work area. Main Street boasts an enclosed deck with flowers and greenery for residents to relax and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. The mock kitchen helps seniors recall memories of cooking a family dinner. A secretary’s station is situation with a desk, typewriter and office supplies allowing for paperwork and filing. The nursery provides an area complete with changing table, bassinet, and baby dolls to emulate child care.

These St. James life-skill stimulation areas help implement a person-centered care approach fostering a home-like environment.