OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – With monthly subscription box services becoming increasingly popular, two local entrepreneurs are putting their own spin on the popular trend.
Since 2014, the sisters Michala Gibson and Many Shoemaker have been operating. Prairie Elderly CareAn Overland Park-based group home for people living with dementia.
Now the duo hopes to help more people connect with meaningful relationships connectivity, monthly subscription box specially designed to support adult memory care.
“Connectivity comes from the need we have in our homes when the staffing crisis is the worst for us. We all work on the floor all the time and we need to find ways to keep our residents engaged in meaningful activities,” Gibson said.
What started as a way to keep residents active during the pandemic soon became a business in itself.
Gibson, who has spent nearly 25 years working as a registered nurse, said the kits are designed so that activities can be modified to meet individual needs and skill levels.
“There are eight grab-and-go activities in each box. They are designed to achieve strategic targets for physical, cognitive, emotional, social and also interpersonal skills. With just fun and being a great way for people to connect,” said Gibson .
Each monthly Connectivity box has a unique theme and includes things like puzzles, games, crafts and writing prompts. Gibson said while the activity helps parents flex their creative muscles, the subscription service really helps build personal relationships.
“For people living with dementia, their senses are really affected. Vision is the most affected, but also speech and touch. It’s a great way to make that connection and allow that person to engage with the people they’re with,” Gibson said. .
Each activity in the box is labeled with a scannable QR code to help users navigate through the instructional video. The kit also includes printed instructions that show how to modify activities if a person is working toward a specific therapy goal.
“In addition to the videos, we have differentiated written instructions, so if something is too difficult or too easy. [it explains] how to get the level right,” Gibson said.
Connectivity boxes are sold in a range of different sizes to accommodate individual families and larger groups of people living in assisted care facilities. The company also offers single purchase mini boxes and seasonal sensory boxes.
The subscription service also includes access to online resources such as music therapy and exercise videos created by occupational therapists.