Learn, Develop, Grow in our wonderfully bright, spacious and airy hall in North Holmwood, Dorking, United Kingdom.
0 - 5 year olds
Offering new ways of delivering dementia care using Montessori Principles to change the culture and outcomes for residents, staff and families....
Here at MontessoriU, we are passionate about Montessori and the benefits to children and the aged.
Normally associated with children -in particular, the future King of England - the Montessori Method (founded by Italian Physician and Educator, Maria Montessori in the early 20th Century) can be highly beneficial to people with dementia.
All of us look for meaning in life, we want a reason to get out of bed every morning and hope for love and respect from the people around us. People living with dementia do not lose their desire for these things; however, the attitudes and behaviour of the people around them can so easily take these things away.
We listen to the 'voices' of people with dementia and guide carers and families to make wonderful changes to meet the needs of those in their care and improve their quality of life, so that they have good relationships, feel valued, have choice, feel safe and loved, have things to do and maintain independence - even in a small way.
Starting with a questionnaire, we build bespoke activity and home programs for your individual needs.....
We then witness the positive outcomes of creating Montessori environments which focus on strengths, abilities, needs, meaningful activity and roles within a prepared environment that supports memory loss.
Not just for children:
The Montessori method of educating toddlers and preschoolers has been used to support those with dementia in the US and Australia since the late 1990's.
Now this pioneering aged-care system is in the UK.
"Seeing with Montessori goggles" will bring radical improvements to your care home and relative at home.
MontessoriU will guide and support you in transferring over the philosophy from children to the aged in your care; the philosophy that says children need choice, meaningful engagement and a sense of high self-esteem.
We need these at any age!
A key aspect of dementia is retrogenesis - the degeneration of faculties in the reverse order of that in which they were developed as a child.
However, this is not a reason to treat people with dementia like children.
Montessori for the elderly is about enabling them and increasing independence by rebuilding neural pathways and retraining the brain.
Sensory perception is stimulated to help them rediscover and participate in the world around them.
Dr Cameron Camp, a noted American Psychologist pioneered the application of the Montessori Method for people with dementia that seeks to reactivate the types of memory spared by dementia, including motor memory e.g. dressing and eating.
We enable them to connect with those memories and pleasant events of the past and ultimately, they experience the associated happy feelings.
Levels of activity, independence and quality of life are increased.
If people with dementia are still able to learn how to do things through repetition using procedural memory, then they will be able to gainfully occupy themselves within the care home or home environment with daily tasks.
They need to be able to learn to do things for themselves rather than be waited on.
We discourage the use of plastic bibs and cups for example, and unnecessary spoon-feeding. These rob people of their dignity.
Montessori aged-care is rehabilitative and requires taking a step back and observing. It is about moving away from over caring and being task orientated; it requires a paradigm shift in dementia care.
The Montessori Method centres around child-led development. Observing the child's behaviour within the environment is key. Being led by the individual, using the strengths of each child and utilising the environment to support learning and development are all key.
Another important aspect of this teaching is setting up activities for children around their own strengths and weaknesses. One of Maria Montessori's most famous quotes was "help me do it myself", and this way of thinking fits neatly into the area of dementia care.
Call or message 07557 649165 for information on how we can help transform your
There are two types of long term memory.....
Declarative memory which includes the kinds of things you learned at school - facts, events, world knowledge or even the date you got married.
This is the first type of long term memory to go if you have dementia.
Procedural memory is learned by constant repetition and includes things like skills, habits, and most importantly for elderly care, priming. This type of memory is unconscious and automatic and can be used to help those with dementia relearn certain tasks which they may struggle with now.
At MontessoriU, we carry out initial assessments to distinguish which people have any long term memory left and therefore, the capacity to learn. If the results are positive, then they will be able to learn to do things for themselves via their procedural memory and regain dignity and a reason for living.
Doing things for themselves will enable residents in a dementia care home to find self-initiated tasks and activities within the environment rather than purely stick to a traditional activities program.
In general, activity programs in care homes are available from Monday to Friday between 9 and 5. People with dementia need activities at 2am; they need activities on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.
We help you set up environments where activities are available on a 24 hour basis, 7 days a week.
Our Montessori aged-care activities are very different to those found in care homes and more akin to those traditionally associated with an occupational therapist rather than an activities coordinator.
'Jobs' set up in the environment keep residents gainfully occupied rather than slipping into a bored malaise of sleeping in a chair outside the hours of traditional activities.
If someone has advanced dementia, they can still join in, as they will often be able to do repetitive tasks such as folding napkins for lunch, using the small amount of procedural memory they have left.
They will participate because retaining independence means so much to people with dementia, no matter how severe their condition is.
This applies to those living at home as well.
Residents take tasks very seriously indeed and will cling to their independence no matter what.
Those with dementia instinctively know, even in their most reduced state, that losing their independence will lead to their eventual physical and mental decline.
It is our collective job to enable them to retain their dignity.
This is an opportunity to create a world where people living with dementia are respected, valued and occupy a meaningful place in their community...…..