A New Way to Deliver Dementia Care

Arbor Springs Innovations believes that our new way to deliver dementia care enhances the quality of life for residents, family members as well as staff. This care model has generated from the understanding that each individual’s life has to meaning. As a result, we have a responsibility to enhance that reality, regardless if the person is afflicted with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, is a family member, or direct care staff worker.

This care model or methodology is organized into four components.

Physical environment. Residents in a dementia-specific facility require physical and emotional security. The disease takes away short-term memory but not a person’s fundamental human needs. Our residents operate mentally from a setting in the past. For example, when the furniture and design lay out to provide a safe and accessible pathway to areas of interest and at the same time, performs a functional need, that particular individual is more secure.

Caregiving Techniques.
The disease reduces an individual’s ability to perform or to initiate basic functions and activities. ( It leaves completely intact their ability to experience dignity) . Each task we as caregivers perform with a resident, regardless of stage in the disease, has to be carefully conducted not only on mechanical terms but ineffective ones as well. If caregivers have the right perspective and relationship with his or her residence, a comprehensive staff development program can enhance the quality of caregiving for each task in the request.

Social Environment.
Dementia eliminates some of the culturally acquired social skills and habits. It does leave intact the need to communicate to and form relationships with people. They need a rhythm of their day that they can trust. In addition, individuals, regardless of cognitive status, need and benefit from having something meaningful to do.  Developing a full day, seven days a week program that affirms but still challenges each resident is a necessity.

Medication Treatment.
All of our residents will require some professional medical treatment. We know what symptoms the disease cause and what it does not. Significant improvements in general geriatric medicine is utilized as well. Regardless, with proper medication, many of the symptoms caused by the normal aging process or by the disease itself can be more effectively treated. When residents’ overall health needs are being met, the other three components mentioned above become more beneficial.

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Arbor Springs Innovations believes that our new way to deliver dementia care enhances the quality of life for residents, family members as well as staff. This care model has generated from the understanding that each individual’s life has to meaning. As a result, we have a responsibility to enhance that reality, regardless if the person is afflicted with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease, is a family member, or direct care staff worker.