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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/

“Is music really an effective treatment for people with Alzheimer’s?”

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 1:08:10 PM
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The concept of ComfortCare Homes® was born in Wichita, but soon there was a demand for this innnovative Alzheimer’s care model outside the area. In response to this growing need, we have developed a licensing program, which allows us to show you how to develop and operate a Home in your area using the ComfortCare Homes® concept.

We’ve developed all the materials you’ll need to operate a ComfortCare Home: home selection zoning and startup documents, marketing materials, policy manuals, home operations manuals, business operation forms, and more. All memory care is provided by licensed professionals and skilled CareGivers, and we provide you with the resources you need for CareGiver staff hiring, orientation and training.

To learn more about a ComfortCare Homes® licensing opportunity, contact:

Doug Stark, President
ComfortCare Homes®, Inc.
7701 E. Kellogg #490
Wichita, Kansas 67207

Or call ComfortCare Homes of Wichita at (316) 685-3322. You can also learn more on our licensee site, ComfortCareHomes.com.

“Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s: Validation Therapy”

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 12:24:25 PM
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NOTE: Because there is no true “treatment” or cure for Alzheimer’s, caring for someone with the disease is ultimately a matter of providing comfort and assurance. Over the past two decades of specializing in such care, our family has gained valuable insights into minimizing the effects of Alzheimer’s and creating an environment that affords the highest quality of life in these unique circumstances.

Alzheimer’s robs people of their understanding. They lose the ability to distinguish between past and present, real and unreal. And as their disease progresses, our desire to help them understand may only add to their anxiety. When facts differ from what they “know,” frustration and anger can result. Here is where we switch from Reality Orientation (which I discussed in yesterday’s update) to Validation Therapy. Validation Therapy is simply that, validating “their reality.” For example, if they persist in seeking their Mother (long-since passed), instead of arguing we shift the conversation to their underlying feelings. “Your Mother was very caring, wasn’t she?” “Was she a good cook?” “Did she have a garden?” By responding in this way we keep the episode positive by focusing on the “feelings” they have for those still living in their memories.

Please support our local Alzheimer’s Association at 316-267-7333.

 

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