Tom Alaimo, vice president of life enrichment and memory care at Trilogy Health Services, has been in memory care for more than 15 years and calls the field “near and dear to my heart.”
“With COVID, the foundation and the philosophy hasn’t changed,” Alaimo says. “Just sometimes the way we go about it has.”
Keeping the heart of a memory care program while adapting to the pandemic environment is a huge challenge. Yet, as they do with the older adults they serve, providers and associates in memory care invest in creating meaning and purpose. Most say that residents have no need to know the specifics or the virus or the circumstances. Instead, the goal is to have a day of connection and joyful experiences.