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The Kilbys when they first became residents at FPH

The Kilbys when they first became residents at FPH

FPH’s unwavering commitment to compassionate, personalized continuing care and service of the highest quality can be seen in the All About Me posters hanging in Porter McGrath residents’ rooms. The project originated from FPH social worker Teresa Montoya’s work with the Alzheimer’s Association. The idea is to have familiar things to talk to the residents about since the long term memory stays with them the longest. “Talking to an individual about their personal history can help improve their memory and also helps the staff caring for them provide ideas for activities geared toward their likes and dislikes that will be both interesting and stimulating to the person with dementia,” Teresa explained. “In addition, activities can be rewarding and fulfilling to the caregiver and/or visitors.”

The All About Me posters provide a quick reference to anyone visiting the health center resident. “Paul’s not himself anymore,” said Mrs. Agnes Kilby of her husband of 67 years. “It tells people who he was and what he was, and not what he is right now. It’s respect.” She said, referring to Mr. Kilby’s previous career as an administrator at Cornell University over payroll and benefits, and also known around town for running the AARP tax preparation assistance program for 16 years. “I can’t wait for the children to come and see it. They’ll see he’s well taken care of.”

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