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Braley Care Homes

Memory Care That Helps You Experience More Possibilities For Your Life.

Realizing a loved one is in need of assistance can be a very emotional time. Braley Care Homes specializes in Alzheimer's & Dementia and offers exceptional, yet affordable care in a professional, compassionate manner.

Chris Braley Receives Prestigious Achievement Award from AGE-u-cate for Dementia Live Coaching


Chris Braley has been honored with the Achievement Award from AGE-u-cate for his outstanding work as a Dementia Live Coach. This prestigious recognition highlights his dedication to improving the lives of those affected by dementia. Chris' innovative coaching methods and compassionate approach have made a significant impact in the field.

Memory Care That Helps You Experience More Possibilities For Your Life.

Realizing a loved one is in need of assistance can be a very emotional time. Braley Care Homes specializes in Alzheimer's & Dementia and offers exceptional, yet affordable care in a professional, compassionate manner.

The Family Assessment Form and the Behavior Profile are guides designed to assist you in determining the level of need for your loved one.

After you have completed these forms, feel free to send via mail or fax to the attention of Chris Braley, Braley Care Home’s licensed clinical social worker. He will be happy to discuss the results of the assessment tools and any other concerns you may have.

The Family Assessment Form and the Behavior Profile are guides designed to assist you in determining the level of need for your loved one.

After you have completed these forms, feel free to send via mail or fax to the attention of Chris Braley, Braley Care Home’s licensed clinical social worker. He will be happy to discuss the results of the assessment tools and any other concerns you may have.

Chris Braley interview

Why Choose Braley Care Homes?

Braley Care Homes was created from a father and son’s passion for quality assisted living in a home-like environment, spawned from their experience in the mental health field.

Chris and Dean Braley opened Braley Care Homes on March 29, 2005. Braley Care Homes expanded into Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and, memory care services in 2008. Chris Braley is the owner and administrator of Braley Care Homes and it remains the only free-standing Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and memory care facility in West Virginia. Our facility was built with dementia care in mind and is the ideal environment for someone with this disease. It is locked 24 hours per day and has a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a pastoral view, which is secure at all times.

Our memory care activities and behavior programming is geared toward meeting each individual’s needs, which helps keep their anxiety level down and reduces the risk of behavior issues.

Chris Braley has a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work and is an LICSW (licensed independent clinical social worker). Chris shares, “dementia is not only in my professional life, but also in my personal life. My grandmother and father suffered from dementia, so I know the pain the families go through as they watch helplessly as their love one suffers. Our goal at Braley Care Homes is to tap into each resident’s unique qualities and help bring a calmness to both their life and their family’s life.

Chris Braley interview

Why Choose Braley Care Homes?

Braley Care Homes was created from a father and son’s passion for quality assisted living in a home-like environment, spawned from their experience in the mental health field.

Chris and Dean Braley opened Braley Care Homes on March 29, 2005. Braley Care Homes expanded into Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and, memory care services in 2008. Chris Braley is the owner and administrator of Braley Care Homes and it remains the only free-standing Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and memory care facility in West Virginia. Our facility was built with dementia care in mind and is the ideal environment for someone with this disease. It is locked 24 hours per day and has a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a pastoral view, which is secure at all times.

Our memory care activities and behavior programming is geared toward meeting each individual’s needs, which helps keep their anxiety level down and reduces the risk of behavior issues.

Chris Braley has a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work and is an LICSW (licensed independent clinical social worker). Chris shares, “dementia is not only in my professional life, but also in my personal life. My grandmother and father suffered from dementia, so I know the pain the families go through as they watch helplessly as their love one suffers. Our goal at Braley Care Homes is to tap into each resident’s unique qualities and help bring a calmness to both their life and their family’s life.

About Us

Braley Care Homes, located in Hurricane, WV, is the only free-standing Alzheimer’s Dementia Care Facility in West Virginia.

Braley Care Homes’ philosophy is “quality care in a home-like environment.” The facility was built with dementia and memory care in mind and is the ideal environment for someone with this disease. It is locked 24 hours per day and has a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a pastoral view, which is secure at all times.

Memory care activities and behavior programming is geared toward meeting each individual’s needs, which helps keep their anxiety level down and reduces the risk of behavior issues.

We have caring, highly trained staff available 24/7 including nurse aids, AMAPs, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and an activity coordinator.

old woman being cared for

About Us

Braley Care Homes, located in Hurricane, WV, is the only free-standing Alzheimer’s Dementia Care Facility in West Virginia.

Braley Care Homes’ philosophy is “quality care in a home-like environment.” The facility was built with dementia and memory care in mind and is the ideal environment for someone with this disease. It is locked 24 hours per day and has a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a pastoral view, which is secure at all times.

Memory care activities and behavior programming is geared toward meeting each individual’s needs, which helps keep their anxiety level down and reduces the risk of behavior issues.

We have caring, highly trained staff available 24/7 including nurse aids, AMAPs, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and an activity coordinator.

old woman being cared for
old woman being cared for

Our Mission

Braley Care Homes were created in 2005 from a father and son’s passion for quality assisted living in a home-like environment, spawned from their experience in the mental health field.

Braley Care Homes provide professional care in a

home-like environment, which is crucial to preserving our residents’ dignity and self-worth. We believe this can best be done in smaller environments, rather than large facilities. The home setting is the environment we choose to care for our loved ones. They can surround themselves with pictures and furniture for that complete home feeling. Our intimate, home-like atmosphere allows for individualized care and lasting relationships.

old woman being cared for

Our Mission

Braley Care Homes were created in 2005 from a father and son’s passion for quality assisted living in a home-like environment, spawned from their experience in the mental health field.

Braley Care Homes provide professional care in a

home-like environment, which is crucial to preserving our residents’ dignity and self-worth. We believe this can best be done in smaller environments, rather than large facilities. The home setting is the environment we choose to care for our loved ones. They can surround themselves with pictures and furniture for that complete home feeling. Our intimate, home-like atmosphere allows for individualized care and lasting relationships.

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Your Family Is Our Family

Testimonials

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I have only great memories of the great care my husband received. Never heard an unkind word to anyone there. This care home facility is wonderful. Thank you, Mr. Braley, for all you do and your staff. God's blessing continue to be with you all.

Brenda B. L.

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I’ve worked there and I’ve seen how the residents are treated. Staff love their jobs and you can tell. Owner is great with residents too. They do a wide variety of activities and even a pet dog.

Samantha G.

five blue stars

I have only great memories of the great care my husband received. Never heard an unkind word to anyone there. This care home facility is wonderful. Thank you, Mr. Braley, for all you do and your staff. God's blessing continue to be with you all.

Brenda B. L.

five blue stars

I’ve worked there and I’ve seen how the residents are treated. Staff love their jobs and you can tell. Owner is great with residents too. They do a wide variety of activities and even a pet dog.

Samantha G.

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Absolutely the best care home in the valley for your loved one with dementia.

Leah S. K.

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Residents and workers are great. What you see is what you get. Thanks, BCH!

Nola H.

five blue stars

Absolutely the best care home in the valley for your loved one with dementia.

Leah S. K.

five blue stars

Residents and workers are great. What you see is what you get. Thanks, BCH!

Nola H.

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Fostering Expression and Connection in Dementia Care

June 05, 20246 min read

In the realm of dementia care, where communication barriers often arise, fostering avenues for expression and connection becomes not just beneficial, but essential. The journey of those living with dementia is laden with challenges, from memory loss to difficulty in articulating thoughts. Yet, within these struggles lies an innate need for connection and self-expression, fundamental to human experience. In this blog series, we delve into the importance of nurturing these aspects within dementia care settings. From innovative communication techniques to creating supportive environments, we explore strategies aimed at enhancing the quality of life for both individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Join us on this exploration of how small gestures and empathetic approaches can yield profound impacts, fostering a sense of dignity, understanding, and belonging in the lives of those navigating the complexities of dementia.

The Power of Art Therapy in Dementia Care

Art therapy is a transformative tool that goes beyond conventional means of communication, tapping into the creative depths of individuals living with dementia. As cognitive abilities decline, verbal expression may become challenging, but the innate human capacity for artistic creation remains intact. In dementia care, art therapy serves as a beacon of hope, offering avenues for self-expression, emotional release, and connection with others. Let's delve into how the power of art therapy illuminates the lives of those navigating the complex terrain of dementia.

Dementia Care

Unlocking Expression Through Visual Art

Art therapy provides a non-verbal medium for individuals with dementia to express themselves. Whether it's through painting, drawing, or sculpting, art offers a canvas where words fail. By engaging in the creative process, individuals can communicate thoughts, emotions, and memories that might otherwise remain unspoken.

Stimulating Cognitive Function

Engaging in art-making activities stimulates various cognitive functions, including memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. As individuals with dementia immerse themselves in the artistic process, they exercise their minds, potentially slowing cognitive decline and preserving cognitive abilities for longer.

Fostering Emotional Well-being

 Dementia can evoke a range of emotions, from frustration and anxiety to sadness and confusion. Art therapy provides a safe space for individuals to explore and process these emotions. Through the act of creation, they can release pent-up feelings, find solace in self-expression, and experience a sense of accomplishment and pride in their artistic endeavors.

Promoting Social Interaction

Art therapy sessions often occur in group settings, fostering social interaction and a sense of community among participants. Shared creative experiences promote bonding, empathy, and mutual support, combating the social isolation that individuals with dementia may often experience.

Enhancing Quality of Life

Engaging in meaningful activities like art therapy enhances overall quality of life for individuals with dementia. It provides a sense of purpose, joy, and fulfillment, contributing to their overall well-being and sense of dignity.

The Role of Music in Connecting with Those Living with Dementia

Music possesses a remarkable ability to transcend barriers and touch the deepest recesses of the human soul. In the realm of dementia care, where words may falter and memories fade, music remains a potent force for connection, comfort, and joy. From stirring melodies to cherished songs of yesteryears, the role of music in connecting with individuals living with dementia is profound and transformative. Let's explore how harnessing the power of music enriches the lives of those navigating the complexities of dementia.

Awakening Memories Through Melodies

Music has a unique capacity to evoke memories, even in individuals with advanced dementia. Familiar songs from their youth or significant life events can trigger reminiscences, allowing individuals to reconnect with moments and emotions long thought lost.

Elevating Mood and Emotional Well-being

 The rhythmic cadence and emotive tones of music have a direct impact on mood regulation and emotional well-being. Upbeat tunes can uplift spirits, while soothing melodies can provide comfort and calm, reducing anxiety and agitation often associated with dementia.

Facilitating Communication and Expression

When words fail, music becomes a universal language of expression. Individuals with dementia may struggle to communicate verbally, but through singing, humming, or even tapping along to a beat, they can convey their thoughts, feelings, and desires, fostering a sense of connection and understanding.

Encouraging Physical Movement and Engagement

 Music has a natural tendency to inspire movement and physical engagement. Whether it's swaying to a familiar tune or participating in music-based activities like dance or rhythm exercises, individuals with dementia can experience a sense of vitality and joy through musical interaction.

Enhancing Social Interaction and Connection

 Music has a remarkable ability to bring people together. In group settings such as sing-alongs or musical performances, individuals with dementia can engage with others, forging bonds, and creating shared experiences that promote social connection and a sense of belonging.

 Empowering Caregivers: Strategies for Supporting Expression and Connection

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be emotionally and physically challenging, but it also offers opportunities for profound connection and meaningful moments. As caregivers, understanding and implementing strategies to support expression and foster connection are essential for enhancing the well-being of both the caregiver and the individual with dementia.

  • Active Listening and Validation: Practice active listening and validate the emotions and experiences of the individual with dementia. Acknowledge their feelings without judgment and provide reassurance and support.

  • Non-verbal Communication: Embrace non-verbal forms of communication, such as gestures, facial expressions, and touch. These can often convey empathy, understanding, and connection when words are insufficient.

  • Engage in Meaningful Activities: Participate in activities that the individual enjoys and finds meaningful, whether it's listening to music, engaging in art or reminiscence therapy, or spending time outdoors. These activities can stimulate positive emotions and foster connection.

  • Create a Safe and Supportive Environment: Foster an environment where the individual feels safe, respected, and valued. Minimize distractions, maintain familiar routines, and provide opportunities for autonomy and independence whenever possible.

Conclusion

Fostering expression and connection in dementia care is not just a noble pursuit but a necessary one. Through creative approaches like art therapy, music therapy, and sensory stimulation, individuals living with dementia can reclaim moments of joy, connection, and self-expression. By understanding the unique needs and experiences of those with dementia, caregivers and loved ones can create environments that promote dignity, autonomy, and well-being.

At Bluescapes Lawn Care, LLC, we believe in supporting individuals with dementia and their caregivers in every aspect of their lives. Whether it's through our specialized lawn care services designed to create safe and soothing outdoor spaces or our commitment to raising awareness and providing resources, we're dedicated to making a difference. If you'd like to learn more about our services or how we can assist you and your loved ones in creating a supportive environment, please don't hesitate to contact us at 770-940-7807.



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Fostering Expression and Connection in Dementia Care

June 05, 20246 min read

In the realm of dementia care, where communication barriers often arise, fostering avenues for expression and connection becomes not just beneficial, but essential. The journey of those living with dementia is laden with challenges, from memory loss to difficulty in articulating thoughts. Yet, within these struggles lies an innate need for connection and self-expression, fundamental to human experience. In this blog series, we delve into the importance of nurturing these aspects within dementia care settings. From innovative communication techniques to creating supportive environments, we explore strategies aimed at enhancing the quality of life for both individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Join us on this exploration of how small gestures and empathetic approaches can yield profound impacts, fostering a sense of dignity, understanding, and belonging in the lives of those navigating the complexities of dementia.

The Power of Art Therapy in Dementia Care

Art therapy is a transformative tool that goes beyond conventional means of communication, tapping into the creative depths of individuals living with dementia. As cognitive abilities decline, verbal expression may become challenging, but the innate human capacity for artistic creation remains intact. In dementia care, art therapy serves as a beacon of hope, offering avenues for self-expression, emotional release, and connection with others. Let's delve into how the power of art therapy illuminates the lives of those navigating the complex terrain of dementia.

Dementia Care

Unlocking Expression Through Visual Art

Art therapy provides a non-verbal medium for individuals with dementia to express themselves. Whether it's through painting, drawing, or sculpting, art offers a canvas where words fail. By engaging in the creative process, individuals can communicate thoughts, emotions, and memories that might otherwise remain unspoken.

Stimulating Cognitive Function

Engaging in art-making activities stimulates various cognitive functions, including memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. As individuals with dementia immerse themselves in the artistic process, they exercise their minds, potentially slowing cognitive decline and preserving cognitive abilities for longer.

Fostering Emotional Well-being

 Dementia can evoke a range of emotions, from frustration and anxiety to sadness and confusion. Art therapy provides a safe space for individuals to explore and process these emotions. Through the act of creation, they can release pent-up feelings, find solace in self-expression, and experience a sense of accomplishment and pride in their artistic endeavors.

Promoting Social Interaction

Art therapy sessions often occur in group settings, fostering social interaction and a sense of community among participants. Shared creative experiences promote bonding, empathy, and mutual support, combating the social isolation that individuals with dementia may often experience.

Enhancing Quality of Life

Engaging in meaningful activities like art therapy enhances overall quality of life for individuals with dementia. It provides a sense of purpose, joy, and fulfillment, contributing to their overall well-being and sense of dignity.

The Role of Music in Connecting with Those Living with Dementia

Music possesses a remarkable ability to transcend barriers and touch the deepest recesses of the human soul. In the realm of dementia care, where words may falter and memories fade, music remains a potent force for connection, comfort, and joy. From stirring melodies to cherished songs of yesteryears, the role of music in connecting with individuals living with dementia is profound and transformative. Let's explore how harnessing the power of music enriches the lives of those navigating the complexities of dementia.

Awakening Memories Through Melodies

Music has a unique capacity to evoke memories, even in individuals with advanced dementia. Familiar songs from their youth or significant life events can trigger reminiscences, allowing individuals to reconnect with moments and emotions long thought lost.

Elevating Mood and Emotional Well-being

 The rhythmic cadence and emotive tones of music have a direct impact on mood regulation and emotional well-being. Upbeat tunes can uplift spirits, while soothing melodies can provide comfort and calm, reducing anxiety and agitation often associated with dementia.

Facilitating Communication and Expression

When words fail, music becomes a universal language of expression. Individuals with dementia may struggle to communicate verbally, but through singing, humming, or even tapping along to a beat, they can convey their thoughts, feelings, and desires, fostering a sense of connection and understanding.

Encouraging Physical Movement and Engagement

 Music has a natural tendency to inspire movement and physical engagement. Whether it's swaying to a familiar tune or participating in music-based activities like dance or rhythm exercises, individuals with dementia can experience a sense of vitality and joy through musical interaction.

Enhancing Social Interaction and Connection

 Music has a remarkable ability to bring people together. In group settings such as sing-alongs or musical performances, individuals with dementia can engage with others, forging bonds, and creating shared experiences that promote social connection and a sense of belonging.

 Empowering Caregivers: Strategies for Supporting Expression and Connection

Caring for a loved one with dementia can be emotionally and physically challenging, but it also offers opportunities for profound connection and meaningful moments. As caregivers, understanding and implementing strategies to support expression and foster connection are essential for enhancing the well-being of both the caregiver and the individual with dementia.

  • Active Listening and Validation: Practice active listening and validate the emotions and experiences of the individual with dementia. Acknowledge their feelings without judgment and provide reassurance and support.

  • Non-verbal Communication: Embrace non-verbal forms of communication, such as gestures, facial expressions, and touch. These can often convey empathy, understanding, and connection when words are insufficient.

  • Engage in Meaningful Activities: Participate in activities that the individual enjoys and finds meaningful, whether it's listening to music, engaging in art or reminiscence therapy, or spending time outdoors. These activities can stimulate positive emotions and foster connection.

  • Create a Safe and Supportive Environment: Foster an environment where the individual feels safe, respected, and valued. Minimize distractions, maintain familiar routines, and provide opportunities for autonomy and independence whenever possible.

Conclusion

Fostering expression and connection in dementia care is not just a noble pursuit but a necessary one. Through creative approaches like art therapy, music therapy, and sensory stimulation, individuals living with dementia can reclaim moments of joy, connection, and self-expression. By understanding the unique needs and experiences of those with dementia, caregivers and loved ones can create environments that promote dignity, autonomy, and well-being.

At Bluescapes Lawn Care, LLC, we believe in supporting individuals with dementia and their caregivers in every aspect of their lives. Whether it's through our specialized lawn care services designed to create safe and soothing outdoor spaces or our commitment to raising awareness and providing resources, we're dedicated to making a difference. If you'd like to learn more about our services or how we can assist you and your loved ones in creating a supportive environment, please don't hesitate to contact us at 770-940-7807.



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CONTACT US

Location:

Braley Care Homes

6192 US 60

Hurricane, WV 25526

Phone Numbers:

Referrals and Inquiries: (304) 767-4033

Facility Phone: (304) 201-3677

Facility Fax: (304) 201-3678

AREAS WE SERVE

BUSINESS HOURS

Monday

9:00am – 6:30pm

Tuesday

9:00am – 6:30pm

Wednesday

9:00am – 6:30pm

Thursday

9:00am – 6:30pm

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9:00am – 6:30pm

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