Person-Centered Culture of Dementia Care
If you’ve ever watched a loved one go through dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you know it isn’t easy. Many memory care patients experience physical and cognitive changes that can cause them to lose their sense of self.
At Cedar Creek Memory Care, we focus on person-centered dementia care that highlights the individual needs of each of our residents. Let’s take a closer look at what our homes have to offer.
It can be difficult to provide personalized care in large, institutionalized settings, which is why we maintain small environments — in fact, many residents remark that our homes resemble houses they once lived in. Not only does this help ensure every resident’s needs are met, it also fosters a sense of community.
All of our homes are located in Montgomery County, a convenient, picturesque region of Maryland. Residents enjoy the peaceful feel of having their own home while still receiving the support and care they need.
At Cedar Creek Memory Care, we recognize that each individual has their own experience with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia conditions. By understanding dementia behaviors, we’re able to provide the unique medical support every resident requires. This includes the following:
- Assistance with daily living activities (like bathing, dressing and grooming)
- Personal care
- Incontinence care
- Medication management
- Nutrition monitoring
Our team is capable of serving all stages of memory care and adapting to the ever-changing needs of dementia patients. Along with our on-site staff, we offer access to external providers (including physicians, dentists, therapists and podiatrists). The ultimate goal is to make sure every resident remains happy and healthy in our home.
When picking a memory care home for a loved one or family member, many people focus on medical care. While high-quality medical assistance is essential, it’s also important to find a home that offers entertainment and activities. According to the National Institute on Aging, participating in enjoyable activities can extend lifespans and boost physical and mental health. At Cedar Creek Memory Care, we offer a variety of holistic activities, such as:
- Fitness classes
- Reminiscence activities
- Musical sing-alongs
- Movie nights
- Daily exercise programs
Rather than having a set schedule of activities, we employ an activities therapist who works closely with residents to develop programs that meet their interests. We also encourage residents to assist around the house, which helps build a sense of purpose. Ultimately, the goal behind our activities is to help residents to find joy within the moment.
We wouldn’t be able to provide our immersive, individualized care if it weren’t for the dedication of our staff. While the health care industry has a high turnover rate, many of our caregivers have been with us for several years. This consistency has given our staff the opportunity to personally connect with residents and get to know their backgrounds, interests and family members.
In addition to longevity, we offer small staff-to-resident ratios, which is essential to creating our personalized care plans. Of course, our staff does more than provide medical care — they also provide residents with the love and support they need in times of need. Thanks to our small, tight-knit community, it isn’t long before our residents start to feel like family here.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it’s common for memory care patients to feel isolated as their dementia progresses. That’s why we make the extra effort to connect with residents beyond their disease and to forge family-like bonds. One way we accomplish this is by including a “Lifestyle Assessment” section on our pre-admission paperwork. This lets us gain insight into who the patient was before they received their diagnosis. We then take this information and develop it into comprehensive “Resident Biographies” that cover the following topics:
- Family details
- Occupation and interests
- Accomplishments and talents
To make sure our team actually retains this information, staff members are quizzed on the biographies as part of their training. Not only does this help us get to know our residents as individuals, it also enables us to take better care of them. Being able to recall personal details about a resident’s family or interests helps reduce fears and anxiety (especially for those who struggle with communication).
As part of our person-centered care approach, we provide additional amenities designed to keep residents healthy and comfortable. Every resident enjoys the following:
- Family-style dining
- Housekeeping and laundry
- Supportive technology
Having access to nutritious foods can have a huge impact on overall well-being, which is why we give each resident three healthy, homemade meals a day (as well as snacks). Because we maintain a small staff, we’re able to cater to different dietary preferences, as well as requirements and allergies.
Along with our delicious dining, we offer both housekeeping and laundry services. By taking care of maintenance chores, residents have more free time to socialize, build communication skills and engage in their interests. Finally, we offer supportive technology that helps residents maintain connections. For example, all of our homes are equipped with group iPads that are used to facilitate virtual connections.
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Caring for an elderly loved one is no simple feat. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, nearly 40% of family caregivers find their situation highly stressful. For many families, turning to a memory care home is the natural solution. Of course, you want to make sure that the home will give your loved one the unique attention they deserve.
At Cedar Creek Memory Care, we treat our residents like family. From our cozy location and small staff-to-resident ratio to our first-rate medical care and engaging activities, we do everything possible to give residents a special experience. To learn more, call (301) 384-4017 or connect with us online today!