Taking a new approach to dementia care

Yvonne Wood, at left, activity aide at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and Ronda Holmes, activity leader, display a variety of sensory materials used to stimulate movement and memories as part of the Montessori approach to dealing with dementia.

STEVENSVILLE — Over the years, caring for dementia patients has evolved from a one-size-fits-all, reality-oriented approach to something more individualized.

And the staff at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stevensville believe they’re taking the next step in that evolution.

Taking a new approach to dementia care

Yvonne Wood and Ronda Holmes demonstrate the use of a nuts and bolt board used to stimulate movement and memories as part of the Montessori approach to dealing with dementia.

Taking a new approach to dementia care

Yvonne Wood, activity aide at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center digs through a bowl of rice to find objects as part of the Montessori approach to dealing with dementia.

Taking a new approach to dementia care

Yvonne Wood, activity aide at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, demonstrates a variety of sensory materials used to stimulate movement and memories as part of the Montessori approach to dealing with dementia.