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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/

Dementia Treatment Training Provides Unique Solutions for Seniors

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 9:06:13 PM
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When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or any other memory related condition, there are special considerations that need to be made. Unfortunately, while there is no cure for the condition, professionals familiar with dementia treatment options are able to assist with creating a more independent life.  This is most often done by providing support in the areas which are most often challenge patients with reduced cognitive function. In the early stages senior assistance services or family can usually help enough to allow for the senior to remain independent in their lifestyle. However, as memory reduces dementia treatment sometimes becomes necessary.

The Importance of Skilled Memory Care Assistance

It is important to understand the areas that are specifically focused when acting as a caregiver for anyone with deteriorating cognitive capabilities. Home health aides with dementia care training skills will have received advanced training to help individuals in ways that goes beyond what a typical senior citizen may need, including:

  • Unique techniques for assisting individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Managing, mitigating and reducing the effects of confusion or disorientation
  • Restraint-free support for wandering elders
  • Nutrition and lifestyle assistance to support healthy sleep habits

Improve Communication and Create a Support System

Communication skills are often one of the most important tools that can be gained because as seniors lose their own ability to understand verbal information. For this reason, a familial and social support system that understands the goals of the dementia treatment support specialist is vital for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or related memory diseases.

Good communication between care professionals and actively involved family or friends ensures that everyone has an understanding of the unique needs for an elder with reduced memory or cognitive function.

Specific communication goals for the entire dementia support system should focus on:

  • Communication with the elderly with memory loss
  • Reducing barriers in comprehension
  • The fundamentals of non-verbal communication
  • Specific issues related to the later stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia

Of course, professionals that are qualified to provide dementia treatment support will have certification. This type of training can be found through a number of sources and is also available to the public for people who may be non-professional caregivers such as immediate family. The Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) currently offers their own curriculum course for dementia care training. Additionally, they also have a list of approved training curricula that can be gained from other companies or organizations.

References:

https://www.alz.org/professionals_and_researchers_11176.asp

ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS provides memory care services to the following cities and neighborhoods:

Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.

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