The Harbor Program at Orchard Valley at Wilbraham helps those with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other memory impairments to stay active and engaged, supported by a caring staff, specialized programs, and a neighborhood designed just for them. Step inside a Harbor neighborhood on any given day, and you will find residents working on projects, socializing with friends, and spending time with family.
The unique design of the Harbor neighborhood helps to promote independence, with comfortable lighting and cues to help residents find their way. In addition, innovative programs help memory impaired residents reconnect with the world around them, including Treasure Chests, Journey Stations and Resident Choice Dining.
Treasure Chests encourage residents to reminisce about their history and life experiences, while Journey Stations offer destinations that help to encourage memories and allow residents to tap into their past.
Resident Choice Dining is Benchmark's unique dining program that encourages residents to make their own meal choices using verbal and visual cues. Giving our residents the opportunities to select their meals- from their entree, to their salad dressing, to their favorite dessert toppings — helps them to feel successful every day.
With individual service plans, the Harbor staff is able to provide truly personalized care. The staff of the Harbor Program is specially trained in dementia care, whereby every Harbor associate completes Benchmark's COMPASS training program, which covers all aspects of dementia- including behaviors, communication, activities, and care. The Harbor Program is led by a Harbor Program Director, an expert in dementia care who oversees the neighborhood, and ensures that the Harbor associates have everything they need to help residents feel secure, comfortable, and successful, every day.