Everyone has a story to tell.
LifeBio is an innovative approach that captures life stories to complement the offerings of your organization in its pursuit of wellness and person-centered care. Our approach is built on key principles:
• Every person is unique.
• Every person has a life story.
• Every person deserves a legacy.
LifeBio helps staff, family, and volunteers see people holistically, beyond medical needs, to deliver superior individualized service and care. LifeBio supports wellbeing initiatives—touching all dimensions of wellness—and it stimulates the hippocampus area of the brain where memories are stored. LifeBio can also boost volunteer and family involvement within organizations—as engaging people to reminisce and share life stories is a natural way to build trust and connections. Counter loneliness and depression through reminiscence and engagement.
LifeBio focuses on these topics and more in the biography process:
• Hometown and Neighborhood
• Family & Important People Through the Years
• School Experiences
• Work Experiences
• Activities & Interests Loved in the Past or Present
• Greatest Accomplishments
• Beliefs & Values – Life Lessons
LifeBio is an evidence-based approach that is in use at the Mayo Clinic, UnitedHealthcare, and major chains of senior living and hospice care. Research shows that LifeBio increases happiness and life satisfaction. Care planning using individualized details from a person’s specific life story leads to personalized life-enriching activities and interesting conversations.
In organizations that serve people with memory challenges, staff members develop a greater understanding of the person’s background by using the individualized LifeBio, which can help with redirecting and calming people with dementia. In health care situations where a person cannot communicate, LifeBio helps staff members relate to the family and increase feelings of empathy and caring, as they will know the person beyond his or her physical conditions.
Reminiscence therapy and life review are proven ways for older adults to gain self-worth, learn more about themselves, and give the gift of their life stories to the next generation. LifeBio’s research projects and a number of studies have shown that reminiscence and life review affect people’s lives in extraordinary ways that stimulate the brain, promote purpose and meaning, reduce loneliness, and lead to healthy aging.
Your LifeBio – Your Way!
Our products are fully customizable to your organization’s needs! Every single individual is given an online account on our secure website (www.LifeBio.com). From there, the options are limitless! Inside each LifeBio account, an individual, served by your organization, may choose to create a complete biography (200+ questions!), choose to write a story using one of our exclusive story templates (20-73 questions), or even keep a journal! Options are available to use the web, our app, or both!
People living independently (who like technology) can easily log on, create or add to a story, and upload photos, video, audio, and more! They can call or email LifeBio with questions too! Once their online story is completed, they have the option to preview and print a PDF version. When ready, LifeBio’s staff will edit the bio and produce a standard, comb-bound Life Story Book (typically included in LifeBio Authorized Organization agreements). Other premium book options, offered at an additional charge, include a beautiful leather-bound legacy option or a soft-sided “perfect-bound” option.
Although EVERYONE gets an account, you don’t have to be “tech-savvy” to utilize LifeBio! For example, residents in assisted living or memory care (or hospice or home care patients) all benefit from the use of reminiscence therapy, too. For these populations, we offer our entire suite of Journals (to be filled out by a family member, a staff member, or a volunteer during a one-on-one visit). The Journals are then sent to LifeBio's professional Story Team and our staff uploads, types, edits, prints, binds, and mails the final product back.
Need even more help? WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! Our caring Story Team routinely conducts digitally-recorded Phone Interviews with family members when a person cannot share his or her own information due to memory loss or other communication challenges. This background is then transformed into a Life Story Book and Life Story Snapshot.
As a LIFEBIO AUTHORIZED ORGANIZATION, you have access to a complete suite of LifeBio products, services, and support! We provide exactly what you need. LifeBio offers flexible payment options too! Choose annual, monthly, or “a la carte” pricing!
Getting Started Training for Staff
The key to LifeBio’s successful implementation will be Getting Started Training for groups (typically delivered online). A LifeBio Starter Kit will arrive in the mail prior to training. Getting Started Training is for key staff members who will review:
• LifeBio’s approach for using life stories for wellbeing and person-centered care
• How to use LifeBio’s life story software (online and app)
• Journals and engagement tools provided
• Ideal ways to interview and recording methods that work
• How to display and use the life story in delivering individualized service and care
LifeBio provides a natural way to help families connect, taking this important opportunity to tell and share life stories for enjoyment and to create a lasting legacy. Family members easily assist their loved ones with the process of completing LifeBio online or in journal formats. Family members can be a long distance away and access LifeBio accounts to add photos or other memorabilia. Also, family members enjoy visits more when they have new and intriguing conversations together. LifeBio’s approach guides them through the process with simple prompts.
As a result of LifeBio, family members have the joy of reviewing and reading the story with their loved ones. The legacy will be cherished for all time. It is key that the LifeBio can be accessed online, on an ongoing basis, if people would like to add more to the story or ensure important photos, videos, or audio recordings are saved in one central place.
Engagement for Volunteers
LifeBio builds bridges between all generations. As a person is reaching advanced age or facing a life-threatening illness, there are conversations and ways to connect that are amazing for all involved!
LifeBio has developed LifeBio Connect curriculum to train volunteers to help people capture life stories in health care or senior living settings. It is a life-changing experience as volunteers ask the right questions to record and share real stories. An older person and a younger person are both gaining as they have the chance to learn from each other.
Volunteers can be recruited from these local organizations:
• Colleges & Universities
• High Schools
• Businesses Committed to Social Responsibility/Volunteering
• Faith-Based Organizations
• Associations, Clubs, Veteran-Service Organizations
LifeBio 101 - Capture Your Story Classes
LifeBio provides 6, 8, or 12-week curriculum options for classes offered to engage groups while empowering people to record their own memories and experiences. This is ideal for people living independently who would like to meet routinely together. The course can be taught by a local facilitator using the Leader’s edition of the course.
As a result of taking the class, LifeBio’s staff will process the written materials and turn each person’s memories into a finished Life Story Book. In addition, tech-savvy people will have the ability to start their own LifeBio.com account (or access the iOS app) or have LifeBio staff conduct a “walk through” of the software to create a repository of biographical information online—a legacy for future generations too.
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Call 1-866-LIFEBIO (1-866-543-3246) or email firstname.lastname@example.org without delay!
Use the power of natural storytelling and reminiscence therapy to promote wellbeing. Iowa State University found there was a statistically-significant increase in happiness and satisfaction with life when using the LifeBio process with individuals over age 65. Studies and projects with LifeBio are underway in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic and at the University of Alabama. Because LifeBio increases purpose and meaning, there is great potential for a lowering of overall health care costs while improving health outcomes.
Every person’s story is unique and getting to know each individual will set your organization apart in an increasingly competitive marketplace. LifeBio helps communities and organizations to deliver on brand promises to individualize service and to achieve excellence in person-centered care (supporting Medicare requirements too).
LifeBio provides both an online system and physical journals to gather the life story of amazing, unique individuals.’ The “About Me” process gathers the essentials that describe this unique individual while the longer Life Stories or Biography area allows an individual to "dig in" more deeply to share their powerful memories. Reminiscence therapy is effectively used with seniors.
Using www.lifebio.com software with text and photos uploaded, participants will typically receive a printed Life Story Booklet and, in most cases, a one-page Life Story Summary. Direct care staff will benefit from a deep knowledge of the whole person and a quick read.
LifeBio schedules “Getting Started Training” with your organization and provides ongoing support and training. We also provide materials that are used in small group discussions (“What’s Your Story?” activity using Story Cards) or curriculum is available for a LifeBio 101 six, eight, or 12-week course. LifeBio’s Life Story Journal, Life Story Guide, or Veteran’s Story Guide are excellent physical booklets for gathering the stories of a lifetime, and the information can then be transferred to LifeBio.com as well.
LifeBio provides presentation materials and brochures to present the program to your community or organization. Seniors and their family members are invited to participate and create a fascinating story without difficulty or delay.
LifeBio is an essential reminiscence therapy approach to use with those who have memory challenges, tapping into the power of www.lifebio.com software to create a Life Story Booklet and 1-page Life Story Summary. The summaries are routinely posted or displayed so that staff, family, and volunteers can quickly read more about this amazing person's background, likes and dislikes, and conversation topic ideas.
LifeBio records key details to support person-centered care goals. LifeBio works with your organization’s staff to determine the best ways to engage residents, clients, or patients as much as possible. Family members or other loved ones can provide stories and memories to assist a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. The LifeBio program builds relationships and a strong sense of community. Reminiscence therapy for dementia is essential and useful---both the person and his or her family can help share more.
MemoryBio is a special tool make it easier for care partners to share stories and conversations together using beautiful pictures and simple questions. The goal is engagement and meaningful connections. MemoryBio is an excellent way to redirect people, creating comfort and calm that comes from deep knowledge of the whole person.
LifeBio licenses your organization and you become a LifeBio Authorized Organization. This includes training, ongoing support, software access, and assistance with the creation of Life Story Booklets and Life Story Summaries. LifeBio bases our agreements on the number of individuals served by your organization and the levels of care offered. LifeBio can also modify agreements based on what services you wish to have. Please request more information by clicking the button below and we will send you a custom proposal.
"I have 11 volunteers at this time bonding in friendship with 15 residents, and the outcomes have been very heartfelt. Our goal was to capture a wonderful and meaningful life, with no time restraint. Go with the flow, whatever the resident wants! I do have some sessions that are on-going, due to the friendship created. Some residents do well with 30 minutes and others are disappointed if they have to stop after an hour due to the volunteer’s commitments or it is lunch time. The participants are just enjoying telling their story and do not want to this wonderful experience to end....
LifeBio is a great program that allows our residents to reminisce about the past, express their dreams, and have a wonderful legacy to share with their family. Students who have interviewed our elders have learned history first hand, and felt honored to preserve life stories that may have seemed ordinary at first, but ended up capturing the extraordinary in the process."Cathy W. Director of Volunteer Services, Calhoun County Medical Care Facility (Battle Creek, MI)
"LifeBio is an exceptional program that we utilize in our continuing care retirement community. The wonderful team led by Beth Sanders is always upbeat, professional and thorough. I have seen and heard from many of our residents the impact that writing their life story has had on them and also their families. We utilize the many tools LifeBio provides to assist the Activities staff in reminiscing and also the individualized Snapshots which we use to help staff get to know more about residents and their interests. A truly person-centered program that promotes wellness and the quality of life for those we serve in our community."Celeste L. Director of Wellness, Moorings Park (Naples, FL)
"I think LifeBio has impacted our entire organization. When our first book came in, the entire staff viewed it and could not stop talking about how “cool” it was. Another staff member and I have chatted several times about how we wish we would have had this program to record our grandparents' stories. The greatest experience I have had so far has been presenting this book to our patient. She told me, 'I just want to keep looking at my book.' I told her she could look at it all she wanted."Misty S. Volunteer & Program Development Coordinator, Novant Health (Hospice)
"Today we had our first journal writing class. We had 12 participants, and they were absolutely loving every minute! They had so much fun. We learned so much from them, and they are so looking forward to the following week. I even have a few people that wanted to do the 70-plus question book, so I handed some of those out, and they are working on that. A lot of excitement, a lot of fun, and I look forward to sharing some more!"Carla K. Activity Director, Osprey Lodge Tavares (Tavares, FL)
"When new volunteers are introduced to a patient, it takes time to develop rapport and establish a relationship. The LifeBio process enhances that connection and engages patients with a volunteer to make that connection even stronger and sooner. Family members are often pulled in to help by adding to the story or helping to retrieve pictures for the final book. Staff and patients have something to talk about as they look forward to seeing the final project and hearing about the volunteer’s time with the patient."Deborah Pazderka Volunteer Manager, VITAS