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The challenge of protecting dementia residents during the coronavirus pandemic

The new normal resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has presented a particular challenge to those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, as well as the dedicated healthcare professionals caring for them in skilled nursing facilities. As Alzheimer’s Association mission partnerships director Doug Pace said in a March 30 news release, “Individuals living with dementia thrive…

The importance of social distancing in a post-COVID 19 world

We are living in a once-in-a-lifetime period in history in which we are targeted by a virus that takes no prisoners. It wants to destroy all in its path especially the elderly and those who work in direct contact with this vulnerable population.  While long-term care facilities are accustomed to following federal, state and local guidelines and…

What COVID-19 has taught us

When things are tough, we rise up. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When a pandemic sweeps the world … what can you do but make the most of it? We don’t know about you, but we at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities in Dousman, WI, never imagined spring 2020 would be like this.…

Montessori, not for kids only!

Dr. Maria Montessori, who became Italy’s first female physician in 1896, was a pediatrician and visionary educator who revolutionized children’s education by creating a model that has stood the test of time for over one hundred years. It is known as the Montessori Method founded on research and observation. Respect for the child is the…

The floggings will continue until morale improves

Caught in the throes of a pandemic lethal to those they serve, nursing homes have been largely abandoned by policymakers. The $4.9 billion in federal relief provided in May was very welcome. However, it should be put into perspective. It was  less, for over 15,000 nursing homes nationwide, than the over-$5 billion a New York Times investigation found the…

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