Memories Matters is brought to you by Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Community. Our podcast is here to share a better way of caring and a better way of living for those living with dementia and their caregivers.

Memories Matters is brought to you by Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Community. Our podcast is here to share a better way of caring and a better way of living for those living with dementia and their caregivers.  The Living Wisdom Center approach is based upon extensive experience, Memories Matter brings to life the disease, hope, inspiration, and a change in perspective generated through “street smart”, hands on experiences and stories. We will periodically bring other related experts in our community to the table to keep you informed on best practices, as well as storytelling, family testimonials, the latest headlines, research studies, and caregiver resources. Our host is Debbie Carriveau, Executive Director of the Living Wisdom Center for Dementia Care.

COVID-19 Special Series — Memories Matters is beginning their podcasts with focus on an eight-week special series that will address important issues affecting those with cognitive impairment, caregivers, and the community at large during this COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.


Ways to Listen

You can listen to episodes through our website, hubbardhill.org/podcasts.

Contact

Email your questions and episode suggestions to bkauffman@hubbardhill.org.

About the Host


Debbie Carriveau
Debbie Carriveau is host of Memories Matter. She is a registered nurse in the state of Indiana who has worked in the field of geriatrics since 1979. She is acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on excellence in dementia care in the state, region, and the country. She is also one of the visionaries behind the concept and design of the revolutionary Living Wisdom Center for Dementia Care at Hubbard Hill Living Wisdom Community in Elkhart, Indiana. Her professional passion for dementia care has been driven by her firm belief there is a better way for those living with dementia to live, truly live. Personally, her drive also comes from the fact her father also suffered from dementia prior to his passing.

Recent Episodes

Episode 7: Engage Me

Friday, October 16, 2020

Hiring may simply seem part of a business process.  Not so at Hubbard Hill.  Hear from Debbie Carriveau how the Hubbard Hill way of “engaging” is different and a better way of attracting and retaining team members. Why this is important to current employees, prospective team members, and so much for families and caregivers.  Understand why a “transactional” approach doesn’t promote longevity, commitment, quality of care, and job satisfaction.  This is a key topic of our day and important for families to fully understand.  How prospective team members can learn more at hubbardhill.org/careers to view the engagement video.

 Episode Topics:

  • How Hubbard Hill’s approach to innovation transcends to areas beyond the care model?
  • How does Hubbard Hill set up their team members for success?
  • What does “engage me” mean? How does it tie to quality of life?
  • Why is it necessary to take this approach?
  • What is different about it?
  • How does it work differently? How does it differentiate Hubbard Hill?
  • What does the healthcare market talent pool look like?
  • The importance of differentiating generational differences and needs as team members
  • What is the Living Wisdom Center seeking in new team members beyond quantifiable skills?
  • How does HH help team members continue to learn, grow, and be rewarded for advanced competencies?
  • Why tis this important to families and caregivers to understand?

Episode 6: Weathering the Storm

Friday, October 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic, by all measures, has lasted longer than anyone could have ever have envisioned-with no end in the near term. The ongoing restrictions, isolation, feelings of being cut off, and overall lack of control has just about everyone ready to bust-especially families and caregivers of those living dementia. But take heart. Join Debbie Carriveau as she shares her unique and hope-filled take on “Weathering the Storm”, an honest and frank discussion surrounding the elephants in the living room, and COVID-19.

Episode Topics:

  • Is it normal for me to be feeling all of these negative emotions
  • Does depression occur among caregivers of those living with dementia?
  • How are residents, families, and staff feeling and coping?
  • What is the impact of the isolation and sense of being disconnected?
  • What are the contributing factors to the negative emotions you may be feeling?
  • What are the ongoing risks?
  • Solutions you may want to consider as your path forward
  • Taking back control of your life-for you!
  • Getting support for yourself
  • Voiding your emotional sludge
  • Hope for the future

Episode 5: CEO Patrick Pingel - Fatigue Impact on Familiies, Staff, and Residents

Friday, September 4, 2020

COVID-19 has had tremendous impact not just physically on our on our community, but increasing levels of fatigue are also something we have observed across stakeholders:  families, residents, and our staff.  CEO, Patrick Pingel, takes a moment to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on all concerned, why, and what the future looks like.  He provides his unique perspective on managing and caring for each person who walks this journey and how Hubbard Hill’s mission, vision, and values keep them laser focused.

Episode 4: Addressing the Negative Impacts of COVID-19

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Living Wisdom Center for Dementia Care experienced a cluster of COVID-14 cases early in the pandemic. The unit was immediate isolated and critical care and programmatic initiatives were created to contain the virus while maintaining a new normal for residents. The negative impact on residents is still being felt however and recalibrated initiatives have been developed and implemented. Debbie talks about just what those are, why they were developed and how they are working.

 Episode Topics:

  • How do we restore or sustain normal eating, hydration, and balanced diets?
  • How do we manage the behavioral fallout of isolation among residents?
  • How do we restore trust and normal processes while COVID is still present?
  • What type of quality of life changes/enhancements have we made?
  • What neighborhood/facility changes have been made?
  • How do we use life stories to restore re-engagement and normalcy?
  • What routines have we restored and what has been the impact?

Episode 3: Impact on Quality of Life for Residents Living with Dementia

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Living Wisdom Center for Dementia Care experienced a cluster of COVID-14 cases early in the pandemic.  The unit was immediate isolated and critical care and programmatic initiatives were created to contain the virus while maintaining a new normal for residents. The negative impact on residents is still being felt however and recalibrated initiatives have been developed and implemented. Debbie talks about just what those are, why they were developed and how they are working.

 Episode Topics:

  • What did LWC resident life look like pre-COVID?
  • How did that lifestyle change when COVID-19 was present at LWC?
  • What were the specific impacts on residents relative to isolation, environment, and staff?
  • What was the impact of resident’s loss of purpose and value of life during this period?
  • How did loss of relationship and routine impact resident’s quality of life?
  • How does failure to thrive hit those living with dementia even when not contracting COVID-19?
  • How does isolation impact families and caregivers, and how do they get support and avoid the negative impact of isolation?
  • What are the ways we observed and learned that impacted the way we think, the healthcare industry view, and creative ways to build relationship in a COVID-19 world?

Episode 2: Clinical Impacts of COVID-19 on Residents Living with Dementia

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Living Wisdom Center for Dementia Care experienced a cluster of COVID-14 cases early in the pandemic. The unit was immediately isolated and critical care and programmatic initiatives were created to contain the virus while maintaining a new normal for residents. The negative impact on residents is still being felt however and recalibrated initiatives have been developed and implemented. Debbie talks about just what those are, why they were developed and how they are working.

 Episode Topics:

  • What is COVID-19? What is it NOT?
  • Can COVID-19 cause dementia?
  • What is hypoxia? How can it impact the brain?
  • Can dementia make COVID-19 worse or progress more rapidly?
  • What types of behavior have we seen with residents living with dementia and COVID-19?
  • Are the symptoms of COVID-19 the same for persons living with dementia?
  • Is the risk factor of contracting COVID-19 greater for those living with dementia?
  • Are taste and smell really impacted by COVID-19? How does that affect those with dementia?

Episode 1: Living Wisdom Center for Dementia Care: The Back Story

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Living Wisdom Center for Dementia Care has been referred to as “a revolution in memory care”. Hear firsthand from one of the key members of the visionary team, Debbie Carriveau, where the vision originated, why the vision emerged, and how it ultimately has changed the way we define excellence in memory care, and a better way of caring, a better way of living for those living with dementia.

 Episode Topics:

  • What can you expect of the Memories Matter podcast series?
  • Why was it important and why was it time?
  • How did the LWC for Dementia Care vision and concept come to be?
  • How did society’s perceptions of the disease versus those living with dementia contribute to the innovation?
  • What were Hubbard Hill’s fundamental beliefs about what could and should be?
  • What are common myths about people living with dementia?
  • What does it mean to reconsider perceptions of the disease and those with the disease?
  • What are the realities of true “person centered care”?
  • What are the unique benefits of the Living Wisdom Center?
  • What are the demonstrable differences in the neighbor programming of LWC?
  • What does a typical day look like of a neighbor living at the LWC?