Care giver fatigue reduced with memory care homes in Canmore

Scott Henderson Client Releases, Origin Active Lifestyle Communities, Spring Creek

 Origin at Spring Creek is pioneering the concept of memory care homes and building more

Canmore, Alberta – Origin at Spring Creek announced today it is increasing homes in its memory care wing by 25% as the mountain +55 residence expands its industry-leading MorningStar™ memory care wing to 15 homes. But burgeoning demand is only one side of the equation. The other component is understanding the evolution of care-giving for the growing customer base.

Origin has invested years into learning about the impact of serving residents with memory care challenges and it is the innovation in service delivery that characterizes the resident engagement experience in Origin at Spring Creek’s MorningsStar™ memory care wing.

Working with residents experiencing declining cognition is highly challenging. The Change Foundation found that more than half of caregivers felt anxious and 36 per cent experienced depression, based on a 2018 survey of 800 caregivers in Ontario. (Source). At Origin at Spring Creek, the dedicated staff caring for residents in the memory care wing are hand-picked and highly trained on an on-going basis to help them address well-known challenges for caregivers. People make the difference at Origin at Spring Creek.

One strategy for addressing care-giver fatigue is to involve family members more in the daily life of residents in memory care. Audrey and Karl Larsen were among the first couples to move into Origin at Spring Creek when the residence, often described as the “Cruise ship of the Rockies”, first opened. Relocating from Quebec, they wanted to be closer to their family and grandchildren. They moved first into a suite together but as Karl’s condition deteriorated he moved into the memory care wing where he was able to receive a higher level of care.

Photo caption: (l-r): Audrey Larsen, Saint Nicholas and Karl Larsen at a Christmas party at Origin at Spring Creek.
Photo credit: Origin at Spring Creek

“Being in the same residence as Karl and knowing that he was receiving excellent care really provided peace of mind,” says Audrey Larsen. “To be able to live together and receive a scalable level of care when we needed it was a real benefit. Karl was always quite independent and social and living here allowed us to continue our walks along the river and have meals together.”

In addition to its memory care wing, Origin at Spring Creek is a supportive living facility providing personal care for seniors who want to remain independent while receiving assistance with activities of daily living. Assisted living and memory care provide more care if needed and there are more than 100 independent living suites. All residents have access to fine dining, the Evergreen Salon and Spa™, The Mineshaft Tavern, active life enrichment programs and off-site excursions in the 14-seater bus.

“Living at Origin where Karl could get the advance care he needed eliminated a lot of stress and improved quality of life for both of us,” continues Audrey. “Knowing you can push a button to call for help and knowing that you are not alone makes a huge difference.”

Before he passed away Karl and Audrey were able to celebrate his birthday and Christmas with his family in a private dining room at Origin.

“Personalized care is a specialty at Origin,” says Cindy Drury, general manager, Origin at Spring Creek. “We are on their schedule not ours. Everyone’s needs are unique. Audrey and Karl spent a lot of time together staying connect to friends and family. Another couple in a similar situation took advantage of musical therapy where the husband would often play the piano for her when together.”

The number of caregivers involved with memory care is on the rise as Canada’s population ages. There are more than half a million Canadians living with dementia – plus about 25,000 new cases diagnosed every year. By 2031, that number is expected to rise to 937,000, an increase of 66 per cent. (Source).

According to Statistic Canada, by 2031, the year in which the youngest baby boomers will reach the age of 65, nearly a quarter of Canada’s population will be officially classified as senior citizens – the most at any point in the country’s history – making senior care more important than ever.

With more than 42,000 square feet of amenity space, Origin at Spring Creek features state-of-the-art recreation including fitness, dining, spa, entertainment and a new woodworking shop. Origin at Spring Creek includes an aqua-therapy salt water pool in addition to Origin’s unique Evergreen Spa, which provides a revolutionary approach to aesthetics and wellness for active aging seniors.

Aqua Zumba, Aqua Walking and water balance training are safe and progressive programs that provide maximum health benefits in a fun, social environment. Designed as a holistic nature-inspired oasis, the spa offers a calm, soothing setting for fitness, relaxation, beauty and nutrition.

In Alberta, Origin Active Lifestyle Communities is a longtime member of the International Council of Active Aging (ICAA). It is one of the first local senior residences to fully embrace intergenerational active living by offering the geographic location, nurturing environment and engaging programming to keep residents healthy and happy as they transition from independence to assisted living to complex care through their later years.


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About Origin at Spring Creek

Origin operates innovative, industry leading active lifestyle communities across Canada. With senior residences in Ontario, Alberta and BC, Origin has more than 23 years of experience in senior housing and supported living services. Its active living philosophy promotes better living through active life enrichment programs, combined with executive chef prepared, nutritionally balanced cuisine and resident-focused care when required.