When The Goodman Group—the development and management company for East Naples’ Terracina Grand—officially opens the doors of its latest project on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, their sights are set on literally creating a day to remember.
Their brand new, two-story building—Villa at Terracina Grand—will feature 55 apartments for 60 residents specifically in need of memory care. This includes all stages of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
What’s more, this grand opening gives the healthcare community much to celebrate. The state-of-the-art memory-care facility will focus much of its resident care on renowned psychologist Dr. Cameron Camp’s revolutionary teaching method, an approach traditionally used to maximize the gifts of young children.
Camp, the Director of Research and Development for Salon, Ohio-based Center for Applied Research and Dementia, has retooled the Montessori method to help people with Alzheimer’s regain some of the skills that have beendiminished by illness.
Camp’s research has shown that the Montessori approach to learning—one based on rehabilitation principles—can benefit people in all stages of their lives, even those with serious cognitive impairment.
“The goal is a resident-driven community,” explains Camp. “The focus is on enabling the residents to create a community among themselves; to have as much choice as possible throughout the day; to be able to control their lives and to be connected with each other and the outside world; to live as independently as possible.”
This specific educational passion certainly runs in the Camp family. His wife, Linda, has been a Montessori teacher for over 20 years.
Before one wrongfully assumes that Camp’s methods place adults in the roles of children, he adds: “Maria Montessori didn’t treat children like children, she treated them like persons. You cannot treat an older adult with respect, dignity and quality andtreat them like a child.”
Maria Montessori opened the first Montessori school—the Casa dei Bambini, or Children’s House—in Rome on January 6, 1907. There are now more than 22,000 Montessori schools in at least 110 countries worldwide.
Dr. Camp was at Terracina Grand on March 25 and 26 to conduct staff training seminars. His adaptation of the research behind the Montessori Method for use with Alzheimer’s patients is called the Montessori-Based Dementia Programming method.
The team at Terracina Grand is so committed to Camp’s inspired approach that every single staff member, from physicians and nurses to housekeeping and food service, participated in the comprehensive training classes—a process seemingly committed to answering the question: How can we create a prepared environment to enable residents to do as much for themselves as possible?
To Camp: “In dementia, it’s about enabling the person to reemerge. To circumventdeficits. To let a person’s ability, history and personality come through. To let them be themselves again.”
Terracina Grand and Villa at Terracina Grand will be the first senior living health care organizations in the country to introduce the comprehensive Montessori Inspired Lifestyle program.
“This is about making it their house, says Camp. “As caregivers, we are guests in these people’s homes and we need to ask like guests. Even Maria Montessori once said: ‘the less they are aware of our presence, the better the job we are doing.’”
According to Terracina Grand’s Craig Castillo: “TerracinaGrand’s existing memory-care program, Pearls of Life, is consistent with the principles of Montessori. Dr. Camp’s support and training have built upon—and greatly enhanced—our existing efforts.
Castillo pauses briefly before proudly continuing: “What we’re going to do here is change an industry.”
Terracina Grand and Villa at Terracina Grand are located at 6825 Davis Boulevard in Naples.
For more information, call 239-455-1459 or visitwww.terracinagrand.com.