Special considerations must be taken into account when finding an appropriate assisted living facility for a memory loss patient with a disease like Alzheimer’s. A person with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is easily confused and upset due to their memory loss issues, and that is something a facility must be prepared to handle.
An appropriate facility will have staff members trained to care for dementia and AD patients.
“There is certainly a difference between a CNA and a nurse and a CNA and a nurse that has actual training,” says Lori Steiner, RN, Director of Nursing at the Silver Cross Health and Rehabilitation Pavilion.
Friendship Manor nurses and staff are undergoing training with programs and seminars like those provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.
As a companion to trained professionals, the facility should offer programming and activities for memory loss patients. Research has found that staying active and exercising the brain seems to increase its vitality and also helps slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Steiner points out that Friendship Manor currently offers activities geared toward memory loss prevention, and the programs and activities offered will increase as Friendship Manor prepares to better serve memory loss patients.
As someone with AD may be prone to wandering and sudden mood changes, it is important that the facility in which they live is prepared for these behaviors.
There should be a level of security for the safety of these patients and other residents, including a separate living area and units that lock, according to Steiner.
Friendship Manor broke ground in October on converting a floor of one of its assisted living buildings to accommodate memory loss patients. The renovations will result in a state-of-the-art, secure wing with 15 studio apartments, a large community living and dining area, and specially trained staff members. The new floor is scheduled to open by next July!
The overall reputation of an assisted living facility is another factor to take into account—be sure to ask for recommendations from those who have experienced this search before! For more information on the new updates to Friendship Manor and the training of its staff, contact Lori Steiner at (309) 794-4165 or visit our website!