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The Pillars of Alzheimer’s Care

What sets a memory care community apart from another is their program and design, along with a flow of new ideas to do better. An article that was written by Susan Saldibar mentions the operations within Abe’s Garden Memory Care located in Nashville, Tennessee. They have reached a successful point in residency due to 6 pillars they have developed and results in inspiring others to get involved. She argues that “Lots of senior living communities embrace one or more of these concepts.” Let’s talk, first, about the pillars mentioned in the article that Bel Aire has used to create more participation from staff.

  1. Personalized, Engagement-Based Programming : We utilize different activities to engage the mind such as : puzzles, coloring, a variety of art, number games and more. When engaging the resident, we place a hand on their shoulder or arm for human connection. 
  2. Purpose-Built Facility Design : “This is how they are able to combine lots of fresh air, natural sunlight, and furnishings that look like they came out of someone’s cozy den. 
  3. Resident Assessment and Family Education : Our nurse and administrator provide detailed evaluations on the residents with dementia and provide the family with lots of education on their family members by tracking an individual’s cognitive abilities. 
  4. Workforce Training and Support : Bel Aire provides detailed evidence-based training education for our caregivers who work with our memory impaired residents. 

These pillars are some of the elements senior care needs to stay relevant and vital. This system gives the proper base to not let your guard down when it comes to the overall care that Alzheimer’s residents need. We at Bel Aire Senior Living implement the components above to embrace the leading edge programs and practices that keep our residents healthy.

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