LifeBio captures life stories and provides a creative way to promote social engagement—while also increasing happiness and satisfaction with life.
LifeBio’s holistic approach starts with gathering a deep knowledge of the whole person—exploring the people, times, and places that make each individual unique. LifeBio also supports wellness goals, reduces loneliness and isolation, and helps each person create a lasting legacy for the next generation. LifeBio provides both “high tech” and “no tech” solutions to complement your organization’s needs.
LifeBio is also effectively used in hospice and palliative care settings -- to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of patients who face chronic or life-threatening conditions.
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