There’s one thing Beverly Urness never forgets: playing the piano. Over the past 40 years, Beverly has taught piano to more than 100 students. In recent years, though, living independently had become a challenge to Beverly as her dementia progressed. Today, she’s living with dementia in a memory care community and still inspiring others with her music, through the support of Homespire’s whole person senior care model.
When Beverly needed additional levels of support dealing with her dementia, the one thing her daughter Karen was adamant about was Beverly not losing her passion and ability to play the piano. She began working with Beverly’s Nurse Care Manager, who used the Homespire Experience™ model to help create a pathway for Beverly to continue focusing on what was most meaningful to her.
“It’s breathtaking to watch her so effortlessly recall music without the notes in front of her,” said her Nurse Care Manager. “Once she starts playing she continues without stopping, even playing by ear. When she’s sitting at the piano you’d never know she has memory issues.”
When Beverly moved to her memory care apartment, her Nurse Care Manager met her exactly where she was – a woman struggling to remember day-to-day routines but held a deep passion for piano playing. Using the Homespire Experience model, Beverly’s Life Plan addresses the multitude of issues that could interfere with Beverly’s top priority of playing music. That included proactive health, showering and getting dressed, medication management, and helping her stay safe in her new environment.
When her Nurse Care Manager coordinated a piano recital in honor of Beverly, her talent and passion were center stage. When she played, it was evident that passion and purpose are stronger than memory as everyone watched Beverly play with such grace and recognition. Even with dementia, in that moment, she was fully sparked and present in her passion and purpose.