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CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS

CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS is Meredith Bay Colony Club’s unique Alzheimer’s Care and Memory Support Program that is provided in our State-of-the-Art, safe and secure memory support center that we call The GARDENS. The GARDENS is comprised of 24 all private apartments – each with its own bathroom and private shower. Dignity, Privacy, Safety and Security are the basic building blocks on top of which CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS is built.

Let there be no mistake about it --- Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that affects not just the individual – but the families who so often provide the needed ongoing support and care. The CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS program at The GARDENS at MBCC provides Members and their families not just the sense of security that comes from living in a safe, secure yet friendly residential setting – but also a rediscovered source of joy that can come from being in a setting that allows each Member to find a little bit of success each and every day --- to find something to be proud of and to find something to smile about!

KEY ELEMENTS OF CELEBRATING THE MOMENTS

1. We focus on all that a Person is right now and all that they can still be --- not on what they have lost or no longer can do.

2. We believe that each person is wonderfully complex and multi-dimensional including emotional, creative, inquisitive, musical, spiritual and physical aspects – in addition to cognitive and memory based functions. We recognize that although life will be different because of cognitive changes – that it can and should be as interesting, as stimulating and as much fun as possible.

3. We respect the need for some structure and predictability – but we celebrate spontaneity and the opportunity to discover new ways to help make people smile.

4. We believe in ‘seizing the moment’ even if that means upsetting the ‘schedule’. So what if we have lunch an hour late?

5. We respect the individual and acknowledge that there will be changes from month to month and from day to day. We realize that we need to constantly readjust our approach in order to meet our Member’s constantly changing needs.

6. Our Member’s Family are our friends and we realize that by supporting our Member’s families that we support our Members.

7. Our Staff Members are artists who wonderfully balance Caring and Creativity to meet not only the practical needs – but Quality of Life needs as well.

8. A safe and secure social setting that is open and welcoming to all Members is essential to creating an environment that is both fun and uplifting.

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Elderly Fall Prevention

Thu, Dec 01 2011 at 08:33am

ELDER FALL PREVENTION:   WHAT YOU AS A FAMILY MEMBER OR A CAREGIVER NEED TO KNOW TO KEEP YOUR LOVED ONE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE.

 We all know that falls by Elders can be devastating and can lead to declines in activity and health that can be very difficult to recover from.   All efforts made to prevent falls contribute to an elders safety and well being and we need to constantly be looking for new and better ways to prevent those falls.

 On November 30, 2011 I made a presentation to the Lakes Region Senior Companion Program on Preventing Falls by the Elderly.  Presentations by others focus almost exclusively on the environmental issues that contribute to falls --- and while those are important --- they are only the first chapter about what really needs to be discussed.

Here is the ‘Rest of the Story’ that deals not just with physical and environmental issues – but with the psychosocial issues that oftentimes are the most important.

There is no question but what it makes sense to eliminate or better manage the fairly obvious tripping hazards.   What might be no problem to someone in their 40’s can become big problems to someone with vision issues, balance issue, walking issues and who might also be experiencing problems with depression, memory loss and dementia. 

The following – while obvious --- should always be addressed first.

A.        Tripping Hazards

1.        Area Rugs

2.        Clutter

3.        Lighting

4.        Pets – especially those with leashes.

5.        Steps including thresholds and transitions from solid floor to carpet

6.        Oxygen Lines

7.        Telephone/power cords

I treat Slipping Hazards as a separate category because addressing these concerns is seldom a one-time fix as it oftentimes is for the Tripping Hazards.   These are more ‘systems based’ and can require someone to do things very differently.   Changing the environment is much easier than changing a habit!

The most important place to start here is with Footwear.   This isn’t as easy as just buying a new pair of slippers.    Many older people have foot problems ranging from difficulty with nail care to special problems that are diabetes related.   For some, resolving a slipping problem should begin with a visit to the Podiatrist!

 B.        Slipping Hazards

 1.        Footwear (smooth soled slippers)(socks)

2.        Tile Floors

3.        Ice and or wet floors

4.        Spilled food/beverage

5.        The dangerous trip to the curbside mail box.

6.        Bathing

7.        Toileting

 Many falls are not going to be corrected by changing the environment because the underlying causes are health related.   To reduce falls we need to address these issues at the same time that we deal with environmental issues.

This is just the start of a ‘Top 10 List’:

 C.        The Other Stuff

 1.        Postural hypotension (standing up too quickly)

2.        Medications (sleepy and/or dizzy)

3.        Alcohol use

4.        Urgency with toileting

5.        Urgency with answering phone/door (Anxiety related)

6.        Navigating through the Piles ---  Using stuff for handholds and balance

7.        Foot problems/nail problems/Diabetes

8.        Reaching (the upper shelve/changing light bulb syndrome)

9.        Dementia/memory loss/Alzheimers/confusion

10.      Depression

 Implementation:

None of us make changes in our lifestyles unless we have to.   If it were easy we would already be doing the ‘right’ thing.   We need to understand in order to motivate.    Telling someone what to do because it is ‘good for them’ will only create resentment.

 The ‘Top Ten’ reasons why Elders are reluctant to change:

 

            1.        Inertia

            2.        Laziness

            3.        Denial

            4.        Procrastination

            5.        Resentment

            6.        Anger

            7.        Memory Loss

            8.        Dementia

            9.        Depression

            10.      Loneliness

 Remember:   What your Loved One  hears when you make recommendations might not be anything at all like what you say or mean………

 You say that you want to help.   The feeling this illicit for them (what they ‘hear’) could be this:

 

            1.        I’m old

            2.        They want to force me to leave my home!

            3.        I’m scared.

            4.        I’m going to die!

 Your act of helping is not always going to be appreciated!

 Strategy:    Redirect/Refocus on what good the changes will bring – not on what damage it will prevent. 

This is just the first chapter of many that will address various issues that have particular importance to Elders.   I both welcome and encourage your comments and suggestions.   You can reach me at:   chandler@MeredithBayColonyClub .org

 

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