Drislane tells the story of one resident
with severe dementia. The resident was
losing her language skills, and rarely spoke
at all anymore. But one day, as part of new
programming, she and fellow residents were
enjoying a presentation about classical music.
“She got up out of the blue, went to the
piano, and started playing,” says Drislane
with wonder. “Nobody knew she could play!
The piano had always been there. But having
that time to focus on classical music, having
that chance to hear a particular song – somebody inside her woke up.” And these are the
moments that are worth it all.
dominoes and simple card games. Walk into the Traditions
floor, and it feels like family.
“Memory loss can be a rough journey or a gentle journey
based on the skills and heart of the people around you,” says
Drislane. “The Masons are known for their tradition of caring.”
This practice, embodied by all Masonic Homes staff, has a
special place in the Traditions program. Caregiving for those
with dementia can require great patience and understanding.
“There are moments that are trying. There are moments when
you have to take a breath and have the self-awareness to ask a
coworker to step in,” says Drislane. “The staff has to bring the
best parts of themselves to this job.”
It’s another example of civility, in a way: When difficult situ-
ations are approached with compassion and grace, they often
bring out our best.
THE TRADITIONS PROGRAM WORKS TO PROVIDE PERSONALIZED CARE FOR EACH RESIDENT’S UNIQUE NEEDS.