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Elevate Eldercare

Jun 25, 2021

Have you ever thought of segregation as a form of restraint for an elder living with dementia? In this episode of “Let Me Say This About That” we explore that view of memory care and many other interesting perspectives on aging shared by Pat Sprigg.  

Sprigg is the president and CEO of Carol Woods, a retirement community in North Carolina without locked wards or other barriers between people living with dementia and the rest of the community. In episode 95, Susan Ryan sat down with Sprigg to discuss her decades of dedication to the empowerment of all elders, as well as the value in working for an organization where not everyone agrees on what constitutes a best practice.

Marla explores the proliferation of segregation and what it means to be an inclusive community.  Mary gives us a closer look at Carol Woods, how it came to fruition, and the foundational practices in that community. Find out why they have never hired an activities director! We also take a look at the Green House Best Life principles that align quite well with Carol Woods.  

Marla also takes a deeper dive into the background of Lloyd Lewis, who played an important role in the career of Sprigg and the 1989 Senate Symposium on “Untie the Elderly: Quality Care Without Restraints.”


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