June 28, 2024

Enhancing Care with Engagement Plans

Category: Memory Care

Author: Kiara Hemphill, Memory Care Director

An Engagement Plan captures significant details, events, and memories from a person’s life in a personalized narrative. It helps caregivers, family members, and healthcare professionals understand and connect with an individual on a deeper level. By creating an Engagement Plan, we improve the quality of care, making it more person-centered. Personal information enhances communication, providing comfort and a sense of identity for individuals with dementia.

At The Summit at Chenal Valley Senior Living, we gather this information as soon as possible, before a resident moves into our Memory Care Neighborhood. As dementia progresses, it often becomes more difficult for residents to communicate their wants, needs, and wishes. These plans help us meet their desires throughout their dementia journey.

Senior lady in a blue top with rhinestones, smiling and holding a glass of sparkling drink during a social event in the community.

An Engagement Plan encourages residents to participate in enjoyable events. This plan is crucial for someone living with dementia as it helps improve their mood, slows cognitive decline, and enhances their quality of life.

To prepare for your loved one’s future care, discuss their values, health concerns, and what matters to them regarding a living will and plan of care.

Start now to prepare for your future and/or the future of your loved ones. Provide detailed information about your background, history, likes, and dislikes. Include what makes you happy, sad, and fearful. Mention any special things that bring you joy and comfort. These Engagement Plans improve caregiving, aid in emotional comfort, and facilitate communication. They also enable those around you to honor your life and ensure you receive personalized and compassionate care. You can find free templates online at and

Senior living resident and a young woman painting flower pots at a table covered with a black plastic tablecloth, engaging in an arts and crafts activity.
Senior man in a camo cap and glasses, painting a flower pot red at a table covered with a black plastic tablecloth during an arts and crafts activity in the community.

The Summit Senior Living in Little Rock, AR offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St. Vincent’s Infirmiry with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Chenal Country Club, The Promenade Outlets, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, and Big Damn Bridge.

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