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FCRC Offers New Memory Box Gift Giving Program for Residents With Dementia

 

MemoryBox

Have you heard of a keepsake or memory box before? It’s meant to be used for storing mementos from a special time, event or person. They are typically created to honor one’s life with the purpose of reminding that person of their unique life and the things that matter most to them. We are very excited to introduce a new memory box gift giving program to our residents.

Do you have a family member that struggles with dementia? Memory boxes are a wonderful gift to give to your family member who suffers from the effects of this debilitating illness.  Gifting a memory box is a great way to contribute to the residents well-being and help them feel calm when they may be feeling stressed. Especially during “sun-downing time” when the residents become anxious or fidgety. Our staff sees a typically high spike in uneasiness around sun down time and our hope is that the memory boxes will help with this tense time in the evening.

Want to know how to make a memory box? Simply find a decorative box or cover an old shoe box and inside it you can place old photos (laminated works best), some favorite knick-knacks, post cards if they use to collect them, old costume jewelry they may have held on to, or any little collectibles that they may enjoy.

When your family member does become restless the staff can take out the box and begin looking at the items with them to gain their interest – sometimes this can keep the person busy for quite a while, and may even help them recall fond memories from their past.

If you would like to build a Memory Box please bring it to our Enrichment Director Ann Hawksby, as she will include it in her Care-Planning agenda.  If you need assistance in putting one together, Ann and her Enrichment staff will be more than happy to help! Please email Ann at: ahawksby@franklincountyrehab.com or call 802-752-1600 for assistance.