Templemichael Glebe, Co.Longford ♦  Email: laurellodgelongford@eircom.net ♦ Tel:(043)3348033

Alzheimers & Dementia Care

Glencar Lodge is a specifically designed unit to meet the needs of residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The term ‘Dementia’ can be best described as a condition where brain cells are gradually being damaged and lead to a loss of brain function over time. Alzheimer’s disease is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects both memory, thinking, and behaviour and can be an unpleasant experience for both the sufferer and their family.

Laurel Lodge recognizes the special needs of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other related memory impairments.

Offering a fresh approach, we begin with understanding the stories and details of a senior’s life so we can help them attain what we call “pleasant days.” This means finding ways to involve residents in everyday activities they enjoy and can feel successful at, in specially designed surroundings that are both safe and stimulating.

At Laurel Lodge we have built a Snoozlem Room which acts as an ideal environment for patients suffering from Alzheimers/Dementia. We have recreational therapists on hand, who are specifically trained in the Sonas Programme.


Sonas is an approach to working with people that have communication impairments that helps them to:

  • Promote Interaction
  • Prevent Isolation
  • Maintain Functional Capacity
  • Uphold Dignity
  • Enhance Quality of life
  • Activate Potential to Communicate

This programme helps improve the communication capacity and quality of life of older people in care. The programme focus on the overall care environment, and on the needs of carers, in fostering quality in care delivery.

The Sonas programme was pioneered by Sr. Mary Threadgold in 1990. Working as a speech and language therapist with people with intellectual disabilities, and with a special interest in older people, Sr. Mary became aware of the lack of stimulation and activity in many nursing homes and hospitals for older people. 

Regarding the senses as the gateways to communication, the programme utlises a system of multi-sensory stimulation involving music, touch, scent and simple memory exercises and incorporates structure and repetition so that it is tailored to the needs of older people with dementia, including Alzheimers, stroke and Parkinson’s Disease. 


At Laurel Lodge, we do our very best to keep our residents minds as active as possible and with specially trained carers we assist in developing each individual whilst acknowledging their hobbies and interests.

Every activity is designed to not only mentally and physically stimulate our residents, but to enhance their quality of life and wellbeing.

Our caring staff ensure that they get to know each and every resident, and take pride in listening, understanding and responding to their needs.