TimeSlips - A new program for dementia
TimeSlips offers story telling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with the freedom to imagine. Felician Village applied for a grant and was chosen by the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Improvement in Long-Term Care to participate in the TimeSlips program.
The program infuses creativity with story-telling into daily relationships, activities and the care community as a whole which helps to improve the well-being of residents, especially those with memory loss. Multiple studies attest to the power of TimeSlips to help improve well-being, communication and relationships between staff and resident “storytellers”. Connie Thimmig, Director of Enrichment Services, and Tim Reinemann, Supervisor of Quality of Life, are certified as facilitators and then train staff. Residents can choose to opt out of the program.
A session of TimeSlips includes gathering up to 10 storytellers in a semi-circle. Each resident is given a picture and then asked open-ended questions about it. The facilitators transcribe the exact responses from the storytellers on a flip chart and create a story. There is no pressure to remember because it uses the imagination; there is no right or wrong answer.
Click the links below to see the wonderful stories created by our residents during the TimeSlips sessions.