Last week, CALA awarded the 2017 Elevate Award. The Elevate Award recognizes providers who create and implement programs that elevate residents’ and staff members’ quality of life and engage the community.
Atria Senior Living: the Legato® Music Program
Atria Senior Living is receiving this award for their innovative memory care music program known as the Legato Program. The motto of the program is “purposeful music every day,” which Atria achieves in all of its Life Guidance® Memory Care neighborhoods through engaging with music across eight key dimensions. The activities in the program are varied to fit the individual wants and needs of residents. For instance, one resident who was a former dance instructor connected most strongly with the Legato dance class. Other activities include karaoke and singalongs, guest performers such as school choirs, meditation with music, music history classes, and more.
Since the rollout of the Legato Music Program in April 2015, Atria Life Guidance neighborhoods have seen reductions in incidents of exit-seeking behaviors and other challenging behaviors. In addition, numerous residents who were otherwise withdrawn have become engaged through the Legato programming. There are opportunities where Atria Assisted Living residents can join in on Legato events and connect with Life Guidance residents through music. Atria is exploring the development of a unique music program for its Assisted Living population as well.
Congratulations to Atria Senior Living, recipient of the 2017 Elevate Award! Your dedication to engaging individuals with dementia in the healing power of music improves the lives of California’s residents.