Clarendon's programming is based on extensively researched non-pharmalogical approaches that are designed to stimulate and exercise cognitive capabilities. For those persons experiencing cognitive impairment, research has shown that consistent intellectual engagement can help improve cognitive functioning.
Reminiscence therapy elicits recall of past events, activities, and memories through the use of tangible aids such as photographs, familiar items from the past, music and movies. Reminiscence therapy is an effective means of improving mood in persons with dementia.
Validation therapy provides comfort to the person suffering from dementia by supporting their feelings rather than focusing on their confusion and disorientation. Validation therapy can be effective in helping to alleviate stress, promote contentment, and decrease behavioral disturbances.
Reality orientation aims to decrease confusion and behavioral symptoms by orienting the individual to time and place. Participants are presented with personal and current information through the use of games, calendars, and activities.
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) incorporates key features of other holistic therapies such as reminiscence therapy and reality orientation within a guided curriculum. CST is delivered twice a week for 45 minutes each session.
The cognitive impairment experienced by those suffering from dementia can lead to isolation. This separation from others in turn leads to anxiety, depression, and decreased self -confidence. Group-based socialization can help dementia patients regain a sense of self-worth and an improved outlook on life.
Effective redirection occurs when a distressed person's attention is shifted away from dangerous or inappropriate behavior, or situations that cause fear or anger to more positive feelings and supportive situations. Clarendon utilized redirection in order to help empower the person suffering from dementia to have positive and calming experiences.