Montessori Inspired Lifestyle Approach

We are a certified Montessori Community. Only the most seriously committed senior living organizations have taken the additional steps to become a Montessori Inspired Lifestyle credentialed community, and the Birches is proud to be a part of this elite group.

"Everything you do for me, you take from me."

These are the words of Maria Montessori, Italy's first female physician and the genius who revolutionized education worldwide with her innovative approach to teaching children. She was referring to the importance of providing the right tools and the right environment for children so that they could become independent learners. 

Nearly three-quarters of a century later, geropsychologist Cameron Camp, Ph.D., realized that Montessori's methods held great potential in providing quality of life to persons with dementia as well as all seniors.

Through his diligent work and that of his colleagues at the Center for Applied Research in Dementia (CARD), Maria Montessori's principles for education have been adapted, tested, and subsequently implemented in senior living communities around the globe. But only the most seriously committed senior living organizations have taken the additional steps to become a Montessori Inspired Lifestyle credentialed community. The Birches are proud to be a part of this elite group.

An important foundational aspect of the Montessori Inspired Lifestyle is to show deep respect for seniors at all levels of care by giving them a voice and empowering them to be as independent as possible by supporting their choice.

From that foundation, we support our members by applying the Montessori Principles throughout our day, focusing on choice, abilities, interests, and resident-driven decisions.

We hope that you become part of our family here at the Birches. But we know you need to find the right fit for your taste and your needs. Feel free to call (630) 789-1135 and ask us questions—lots of questions.

 

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