New memory care accreditation for nursing homes encourages staff to use a flexible, problem-solving approach to care for those with dementia, according to Joint Commission guidelines.
I dealt first with my wife's Alzheimer's as a 24/7 caregiver at home, and now as a part-time caregiver and full-time advocate since her placement in the dementia wing of an assisted living facility in September. One of the many things I have learned through these years is that each new AD decline in behavior and/or skills always leads to a "new normal" period for us.
HJ Sims has announced the closing of a $5.4 million loan for Arkansas-based Fox Ridge Management for three senior living communities in the Little Rock area.
Luba Siryj has been hired at Oak Trace in Downers Grove as the new memory care manager. Her responsibilities will include creating the community's first specialized dementia program.
Berkadia Commercial Mortgage announced it had arranged a $49.3 million loan through Fannie Mae for a senior living community in Horsham, PA.
Q: How did senior housing perform in the last quarter of 2013? A: The numbers overall were good, in terms of continued recovery and strength of market fundamentals. In particular, occupancy was up again, with very strong absorption. It's especially strong in independent living, and that's been a trend in the last year or so.
A California long-term care provider has become the first to obtain financing through a new revolving credit facility for senior housing offered by Freddie Mac.
About a year from now, the story coming out of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry conference will be around how operators are clutching their pearls about the decline in assisted living occupancy.
Increasing demand for long-term care means that operators can realize solid returns on new construction, but they must gauge the potential for success on a market-by-market basis, according to the leader of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.
Taking the time to learn a dementia resident's life story is an essential tool in managing behavior in a memory care unit, an expert said in July.
Q: The Alzheimer's Association annual conference took place in mid-July. As an expert in the disease, what did you find the most noteworthy takeaway?
There has been a trend of late to refer to specialized care of individuals with dementia as "memory care." I understand the need for a quick, catchy title for a new product or service line in long-term care, but I worry about the message this one may send and the mindset it might create in management, families and employees. Here's why.
Georgia memory care unit uses 1950s-era design elements to cheer residents with reminders of what the local community once was
Facility features coax residents out of their rooms, emphasizing an enjoyable atmosphere and allowing wandering of the grounds.
A particular type of memory training combined with a Montessori-based approach to daily living can decrease depression in dementia patients by improving their eating habits, according to a recent study.
The life story is not a "nice to have" document - it is essential to delivering quality. If memory loss begins and progresses, the details of his or her life story would serve as the primary guide for service and care. Here's an example.
The Assisted Living Federation of America is welcoming top speakers and educators, vendors and providers from around the country to its annual conference Wednesday through next Friday at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center in Grapevine, TX. The conference's theme, "Community 2012," will be intertwined into many events for the assisted living, independent living and memory care operators in attendance. Top assisted living management strategies and other hot industry topics will be the subject of educational and general sessions.
Last week, a funny thing happened: For once, I was not the first person I know to post a nursing home-related story to my Facebook page.
The creators of an innovative music therapy program have announced the establishment of a grant-matching program for long-term care facilities interested in starting their own music personalization projects.
A new book talks about the importance of connecting with and loving individuals who have dementia.