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Interdisciplinary Approach Improves Dementia Care

Friday, September 29th, 2017 6:09:24 PM
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Caregivers at Comfort Care Homes Wichita receive specialized training to provide well-rounded care

At Comfort Care Homes Wichita, KS, we are dedicated to providing the best dementia care for our Residents. To live up to this goal, we have made a renewed effort to caregiver training. Care practices for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease are changing as more is learned about the causes, symptoms, and development of the disease. A major focus of our caregiver training is Interdisciplinary Practices in Dementia Care.

What is Interdisciplinary Care?

An interdisciplinary, or multi-team, approach to dementia care involves all aspects of the disease. Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that affects how the brain functions. This, in turn, impacts memory, speech, cognitive skills, and behavior. Interdisciplinary care uses a variety of methods to manage these symptoms and ease the effects on seniors living with the disease.

A memory care specialist, usually a medical professional with a background in neurology, is a natural fit for dementia care. With interdisciplinary care, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, social workers, and even spiritual guides influence the Alzheimer’s care plan.

An interdisciplinary approach to managing dementia is beneficial because no single healthcare specialty has the expertise to deal with the complex range of cognitive, physical, social, and emotional problems associated with dementia. A team approach allows for the best care.

What This Means for Our Caregivers

Comfort Care Homes Wichita caregivers are trained in how they can integrate care techniques from other disciplines into the care they provide to Residents. Physical well-being and comfort is a first priority, so considering the roles and responsibilities of nurses and physical therapists is important. For our caregivers this means monitoring and recording symptoms, ensuring medications are taken properly, ensure safe mobility, and promote exercise.

Caregivers are also trained to help Residents manage Activities of Daily Living (ADL). This comes from the Occupational team within the interdisciplinary approach. Caregivers adapt tasks to make them manageable for Residents in all stages of dementia. This includes help with meals and feeding, dressing and grooming, personal hygiene, and more.

Comfort Care Homes Wichita also provides families with the resources and support needed to manage the burden of a chronic illness. This comes from the social work and spiritual guidance team within the interdisciplinary approach. Our caregivers, care coordinators, and entire residential staff work with families to help ensure that they feel supported through the dementia care process.

Providing professional, loving care to seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is not a one-man job. We take pride in learning from other disciplines to improve our dementia care. Proper medication won’t be effective without nutrition just as physical wellness does not take importance over emotional and mental health. Comfort Care Homes Wichita understands that all aspects of our Residents’ lives must be considered when creating a dementia care plan.

Our caregivers are specially trained to implement a variety of care techniques to meet the unique needs of each Resident. Our team’s ability to integrate the successful practices of other disciplines makes our dementia care different from the rest. If you are seeking care for a loved one, please visit our site to learn more.

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For more information about our caregiver training or senior care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Why I Walk – Jessica Dean

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 5:28:14 PM
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Jessica is a nurse at Founders Crest. She frequently works with our Residents and their families. Here’s her story:

I was only 10 years old when I received, what I believe now to be, my calling. My Great-grandfather had just passed away and we gathered at a Relative’s home following his service. My Great-grandmother was relentlessly searching for him in every room. She would yell out for him and then tell me, “I know Ed is around here somewhere.” Moments after this repetitive statement you would hear a harsh voice, coming from a distance, shout, “He passed away, Juanita. We just went to his funeral earlier today! Don’t you remember?”

I saw her face change with every “reminder” while she grabbed her chest and gasped, as if it was the first time she had been told. I knew at that moment, at 10 years old, that we were doing her a grave injustice. It was the pivotal moment that I realized this disease, Alzheimer’s, was a taboo.

I knew my family wanted to do right by Juanita but were never equipped with the resources needed to do so. It was because of this that we missed out on our own memories with her.

As time went on my Great Grandmother was bounced around from care home to care home. She was a great escape artist who also had “behaviors” commonly associated with her disease, but few places were equipped to meet her needs.

Years later, after her passing, I remember feeling a void. Only remembering the shell of who my Great-grandmother really was. I knew that THIS is not the way things should be.

Because of these events, I walk. I walk for every Resident I have cared for, for every family who has ever endured this long good bye. I walk to end the taboo associated with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I walk to bring awareness. I walk to END Alzheimer’s.

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”

Help Jessica by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Support ComfortCare Homes in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s this October

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 5:13:20 PM
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2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Wichita, KS

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is a nationwide event. Held in more than 600 communities across the United States, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises funds and awareness to support research, Alzheimer’s care, and family resources. This year, Wichita is hosting its own Walk on October 21, 2017.

About the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Wichita, KS

This year’s event is on Saturday, October 21st. The 2.4 mile route is along the scenic Water Walk in the heart of Wichita. Participants of all ages are encouraged to come to the walk to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. You can register as a participant, make a monetary donation, or sign up as a volunteer. Visit the ComfortCare Homes team page by clicking here to learn more about how to contribute.

When you participate in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Wichita, KS, you’re helping to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in our community. The money raised will go directly to the national fund, which supports care and research for those suffering from the disease.

Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness

Many people in our community have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, whether a family member or friends suffers from the disease or they provide care for senior with dementia. If you want to learn more about why our team at ComfortCare Homes is walking to end Alzheimer’s read our weekly “Why I Walk” blog. Each Wednesday until our event, our staff, families, and friends will share personal experiences of how Alzheimer’s has impacted their lives.

Fast Facts

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading care of death in the United States? More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease and every 66 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s.

Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women.

In 2016, 15.9 caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care. This means that family caregivers, often times adult children with families of their own to raise, are providing dementia care for a parent with Alzheimer’s.

Want to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease? Check out these and more facts from the Alzheimer’s association: http://www.alz.org

Finding a Cure: How You Can Help

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease – yet. With the help of events like the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Wichita, KS, we can work to fund research that may lead to lifesaving treatment. The funds raised from our event also go towards support and care. This means that we can provide better care for those living with Alzheimer’s now while fighting for a future freed of the disease.

Every dollar we raise benefits those affected by Alzheimer’s in our community. See how our Team Comfort Crusaders has lead the way in local fundraising: http://www.kwch.com/video/?vid=441396293

If you would like to make a donation to our team, register as a participant, or sign up as a volunteer, please visit our event page here. You can also call our office with any questions about how to get involved.

Together we can end Alzheimer’s disease. Join the fight today!

Why I Walk – Taylor Hutton

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 2:13:58 PM
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Taylor is the daughter of one of our Residents at Comfort Care Homes in Wichita, KS. Here’s her story:

Alzheimer’s is a word that has been around in my family since 1984 when my grandmother Jo Anna got diagnosed with Early On-Set Alzheimer’s at the age of 47. After that, 3 of her children were also diagnosed with Early On-Set, including my own mother who was diagnosed at the age of 49.

6 years later and she now has severe Alzheimer’s and has been in a home for the past 3 years. She still tells jokes, loves her dog, and loves spending time with her 3 daughters and 5 grandkids.

Even though Alzheimer’s has taken a lot of her, deep down she is still my mom who I love dearly.

She is my reason to end Alzheimer’s. #fightlikeaknight

Help Taylor by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Quality Dementia Treatment Training Goes Beyond Basic Requirements

Friday, September 15th, 2017 6:38:02 PM
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ComfortCare Homes provides additional training in Alzheimer’s and dementia treatment to caregivers

ComfortCare Homes is dedicated to providing the highest quality memory care for our Residents in Wichita, KS. We work with seniors and their families to create a plan of care that meets their unique needs and preferences. Part of ensuring that our Residents receive expert care at all times is continuing education for our caregiving staff.

This summer, ComfortCare Homes began a rigorous training program. We partnered with local organizations to provide dementia treatment education. Our caregiving staff had the opportunity to learn about person-centered care and the importance of performing at their best. For more information about our training partners, read our blog “Learning Never Stops: Comfort Care Homes Caregivers Ongoing Education” here.

Why Dementia Treatment Training Is Important

Each member of our caregiving staff is specially chosen and trained to provide compassionate, professional senior care services for our Residents. To ensure that our caregivers continue to perform at their best, ComfortCare Homes has begun a more specialized dementia treatment training program.

These certification courses go above and beyond what is required of caregivers in Wichita, KS. For seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, it is incredibly important for their caregivers to have specialized training. The nature of dementia and memory illnesses is different from other conditions because it causes major behavioral, cognitive, and memory changes.

Caregivers providing dementia care need to be skilled in responding to confused seniors, calming seniors who are agitated, and remaining patient and positive during difficult situations. As medical researchers learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and the causes of these behavioral changes, dementia treatment changes. It is essential that our caregiving staff is up to date on these changes and can implement improvements into the care they provide to our Residents.

Communicating with seniors who have dementia or Alzheimer’s is a required skill for ComfortCare Homes caregivers. Proper dementia treatment encourages non-threatening, calm communication. Often times, trying to ask questions or reason with a confused senior only causes more agitation. Because our caregivers work with Residents every day, they are able to recognize what communication techniques work for each individual senior.

Dementia treatment advancements also help our caregivers prepare for future care. Knowing how degenerative diseases, like Alzheimer’s, progress allows our staff to respond to changes in our Residents’ health. Going beyond the required qualifications allows ComfortCare Homes to provide a standard of care that is above other memory care facilities.

Find out more – contact us today!

If you are searching for local dementia and Alzheimer’s care providers, consider ComfortCare Homes. You can browse our website to learn more about our services, location, and caregiving staff.

For more information about our caregiver training or senior care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Why I Walk – Pam Crawford

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 2:51:46 PM
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I walk for my Father who had Parkinson’s Dementia and for my Grandmother.

My memories of my grandmother as a Pastor’s wife are full of feeding us gum and candy bars in church to keep us kids quiet. She loved to cook and believed any ailment you had was remedied by food. Every one of us grandkids knew we were loved immensely and enjoyed the twinkle in her eye and laughter as she watched us eat together as a family. Memories of picking veggies from the garden and her canning – always remember her homemade Apple Butter.

Last but not least, was her legacy to us of her beautiful crocheted blankets, tablecloths, baby hats, doilies, etc. This was my fondest memory, of watching her sit for hours to make beautiful things that made others smile. It was extremely difficult to realize she could no longer remember how to crochet. Those treasures I keep close to my heart as does my daughter now that Grandma is no longer with us.

I struggled as my Grandmother began to lose her memory over time. I knew Grandma was still there even when she could no longer live at home. When her natural inhibitions no longer worked because of this illness, it was difficult to watch. Nevertheless, we wanted her to know she was loved in any way that we could. Watching my family struggle with this illness also wasn’t easy. You can’t argue with someone with this illness and when she began to live in her past thinking it was the present, it was difficult to watch my family try to persuade her. While we all learned over time the right way to react and interact, those struggles are so real. I am comforted to know that we had each other through the entire journey with my Grandmother.

My father’s journey with Parkinson’s dementia was different and yet equally as challenging. When you know someone who was so full of life and opinions, with a contagious unique laughter who served his country and loved his God with all his heart and then…….you see loss of independence in every facet of life, you cry a bit inside each time knowing that this could be you one day.

Watching him lose his ability to get his words out, lose his strength to sing and praise in church and even eat much, it hits your heart hard. What was so sweet to watch was putting on music he loved or having musicians come to play old hymns, he could still tap his foot and use his hands to show you that it was soothing to him. Even when he couldn’t eat much, you knew a soft Reeses peanut butter cup would offer him some enjoyment and of course, we all have his love of Reese to take with us.

There is not a lot in the way of medications to truly help a person with dementia who develop behavioral challenges. It pained me to see him have to be so medicated at times to finally allow him some inner peace. Watching his struggle to the very end until he took his very last breath, knowing that he was surrounded by family who sang/talked to him until that very last moment…..is another reason I walk.

Though I am so grateful we all had each other – there is still so much more to be discovered to help those who suffer with the illness and their families who have to endure along the way.

Help Pam by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

                

Learning Never Stops: Comfort Care Homes Caregivers Ongoing Education

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 1:18:37 PM
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ComfortCare Homes caregivers receive comprehensive senior care training in Wichita, KS

The decision to bring a caregiver into your home or have a senior parent move into an assisted living facility is a challenging task. For families with loved ones suffering from memory illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, there are many factors to consider. You want your senior loved one to feel comfortable, supported, safe and happy. Caregivers should be friendly, highly-skilled, and educated in the specialized care needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Why Continuing Education is Important

At Comfort Care Homes, we understand that you and your family want the best care for your senior loved one. While continuing education has been standard practice for our caregivers since the beginning, this year we began a new comprehensive training plan.

Comfort Care Homes partnered with local career training, employee assistance, and senior service organizations to create on-going education opportunities for caregivers. Our staff began this training in August and will continue to develop their skills in the coming year. Not only does improved continuing education enhance care for our Residents, it also shows that we support and believe in our caregiving staff.

Our Training Partners

Advancements in Alzheimer’s and dementia care continue to be made as medical professionals learn more about the signs, symptoms, and triggers of the diseases. Comfort Care Homes provide senior care specifically for those adults with memory care needs. We work with many local and national organizations to ensure our staff is up to date on the latest Alzheimer’s and dementia care techniques.

In August 2017, our staff had the opportunity to learn from a variety of local organizations. The training completed by our care staff surpasses the requirements and expectation of their state certification requirements.

Three of these partners included Allied Health Career Training, LLC, EMPAC, and Senior Care Pharmacy. Each of these groups offers information and resources for our caregivers in Wichita, KS. Our partners presented information and training sessions to our staff, but these organizations can potentially benefit the families of our clients as well.

Visit our Family Resources center to learn more about the support and literature available to family caregivers. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about memory care in Wichita, KS.

Allied Health Career Training, LLC

Allied Health Career Training, LLC is a company that strives to enhance learning through dementia training, cultural change, and person-centered care. They offer classes at local facilities to provide the training that a staff of caregivers need.

EMPAC Employee Assistance Programs

EMPAC provides individualized resources and training for employees. Their services have a positive impact on employees, their families, and overall company morale. EMPAC helps employees expand their capabilities and perform the best they can.

Senior Care Pharmacy

Senior Care Pharmacy is a locally owned operation that aims to improve convenience for long-term care, assisted living facilities, patients, and their families. They present how their services and methods can be implemented to improve you or a loved one’s care.

Trusting Our Team of Caregivers

Comfort Care Homes believes in the ability and potential of our staff.  The care training completed by our staff exceeds the expectations and requirements of their state certification. We have seen their successes and invest in their continued growth. On-going education improves the lives of our caregivers and our Residents.

Going above and beyond what is required helps ensure that our care staff provides the best, most effective, and kindest care to your senior loved one. Comfort Care Homes is a real home for Residents with memory care needs. We strive to make sure they receive the comforts, attention, and expert care they deserve.

For more information about our caregiver training or senior care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Why I Walk – Stacie Grimes

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 12:25:17 PM
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As a CareGiver participating in the Walk, I am representing my Residents, their family members, and all other CareGivers.

Being in this position, I see all sides of the spectrum. I see the family members and the tears of frustration and sadness they cry for their mother, father, sister, brother, or grandparent who no longer knows them.

I also see the Resident who struggles to express what they are feeling or who is confused as to who the person sitting next to them is, even if it is their wife or child.

I am praying that with the money raised in this Walk and others that we will find a cure! Please consider donating or joining our team and making a difference.

Help Stacie by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

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