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“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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