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Fostering Connection and Compassion: Columbine Health's Commitment to Dementia Care

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At Columbine Health, we're dedicated to providing exceptional care for every resident, especially those navigating the challenges of dementia. Our Dementia Care Practice Philosophy embodies a holistic approach rooted in compassion and evidence-based practices. It emphasizes the importance of validating the person's reality at any moment and promoting effective communication that acknowledges and respects their feelings. We prioritize understanding and responding to the diverse needs of those we serve, fostering meaningful engagement, and cultivating authentic relationships.

The journey of dementia can often feel isolating and overwhelming; initiatives like Memory Cafés offer hope and companionship. Columbine Health is proud to host a Dementia Together Mobile Memory Cafe at New Mercer Commons on Wednesday, May 22nd, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  This gathering promises an hour filled with intergenerational reminiscing, games, inspiration, laughter, music, and snacks. No charge or pre-registration is needed; just bring your enthusiasm and willingness to connect. 

Columbine's Mobile Memory Cafe

Memory Cafes are not just social gatherings; they are lifelines for individuals navigating the complexities of mild to moderate cognitive impairment and their devoted care partners. These spaces offer a sanctuary where participants can find solace, understanding, and, most importantly, joy in each other's company. The stigma surrounding dementia often overshadows the vibrant lives still being lived, but Memory Cafes seek to challenge these misconceptions by showcasing the abundance of joyful living that remains possible.

Dementia Together offers a wide range of Memory Cafes, ensuring inclusivity and catering to diverse preferences and needs within the community. From Virtual Memory Cafes accessible to all online to Public In-Person Memory Cafes fostering local connections and Mobile Memory Cafes tailored for residents of senior communities, there's a welcoming space for everyone seeking companionship and support.

Columbine Health's dedication to dementia care goes beyond our support of  Memory Cafes. We embrace a holistic approach rooted in compassion and evidence-based practices. Brittany Fisher, LPN, one of our outstanding caregivers, epitomizes the values of our Dementia Care Practice Philosophy. Her unwavering dedication to our residents, as highlighted in a heartfelt DAISY award nomination letter, showcases her exceptional ability to provide comfort and compassion to those with sensory issues and dementia-related conditions. Brittany leads her team with empathy and guidance, ensuring each resident receives the individualized care they need to thrive. Her proactive approach to challenges demonstrates her creativity and problem-solving skills, creating a supportive environment where residents feel valued and respected. Through her leadership and guidance, she ensures that every member of our team is equipped to provide the highest level of care and support to residents with dementia.

At Columbine Health, we are immensely proud of caregivers like Brittany, who embody our commitment to providing comfort, connection, and compassionate care to all our residents. With a philosophy centered on early intervention, validation of individual realities, and empathetic communication, we prioritize understanding and responding to the diverse needs of those we serve. By actively fostering meaningful engagement and cultivating authentic relationships, we create a supportive community that uplifts residents, families, and staff alike. Through ongoing evaluation and adherence to evidence-based models, we uphold the highest standards of quality and compassion, reaffirming our dedication to illuminating the path forward with empathy and joy in the journey for individuals living with dementia and their loved ones.

For more information about Dementia Together’s Memory Cafes, Amy Threewitt at or 970-305-5271.

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