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The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s exceeds a staggering 5 million. The rapid growth of this number each year means the landscape of memory care will inevitably change as well.
Memory Care communities, which include Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, consist of specially designed living spaces and supportive environments for those who are living with the challenges brought on by Alzheimer’s and Dementia. These communities offer to those who may require help with day to day tasks, but still desire a level of independence.
So how can your community provide the best care for residents? With a well trained staff. It takes a combination of unique and caring individuals, community staff leadership who establish and maintain guidelines, and the right tools & education for staff and patients alike. This winning combination provides memory care residents with superior care.
As the number of residents in memory care communities is increasing, the marketplace is becoming highly competitive. There is a greater need to ensure that all staff caregivers are well trained to provide exceptional care to these unique patients.
Memory care staff should be trained to keep a positive culture within the community. The Alzheimer’s Association recommends these key elements:
- Education – Having the knowledge of how different types of Alzheimer’s and Dementia affect people in different ways.
- Engagement – Providing daily activities such as art & music therapy, baking, games, nature programs and pet appreciation.
- Communication – Being able to understand verbal and non-verbal communication.
- Respect – Resident’s need to feel respected and valued for who they once were and who they are now.
- Teamwork – Cooperating with all staff to fulfill the success of the community.
Your staff’s knowledge and training are critical to providing remarkable quality of care, in-depth understanding and compassion to the residents of your community.
To learn more about memory care and ways to elevate your community, contact any of us at Propel.