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Dealing with Dementia

Introduction

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a progressive biological brain disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, and take care of themselves. In addition, dementia can cause mood swings and even change a person’s personality and behavior. This fact sheet provides some practical strategies for dealing with the troubling behavior problems and communication difficulties often encountered when caring for a person with dementia.

Dementia behavior: Confusion

Memory loss and confusion become more common as dementia progresses.

Memory loss can lead to confusion and confusion often manifests as a senior asking the same questions over and over, not recognizing formerly familiar people or places, or becoming disoriented. Caregivers who spend many hours with their loved one may hear phrases and answer questions on repeat: “I want to go home!” “This isn’t my house.” “When are we leaving?” “Why are we here?”

Source: aplaceformom.com

Common causes of confusion

Like many dementia behaviors, confusion can have a number of triggers or root causes. Factors that may contribute to disorientation include the following:

Sundown syndrome or delirium. Up to two-thirds of dementia patients experience sundown syndrome, an evening behavioral shift characterized by increased memory loss, agitation, confusion, and anger. “It may not exactly happen at sundown, but there’s always this hour the witching hour where suddenly the same person may completely change,” Hashmi says.

An unexpected change. Did your senior loved one just move to a new place? Did their routine change?

Paranoia and hallucinations. Dementia leads to complex changes in the brain, which can result in delusion. Seniors may see things that aren’t really there, develop false beliefs, or become suspicious of caregivers and loved ones.

Source: aplaceformom.com

Common changes in behaviour

In the middle to later stages of most types of dementia, a person may start to behave differently. This can be distressing for both the person with dementia and those who care for them.

Some common changes in behaviour include:

repeating the same question or activity over and over again

night-time waking and sleep disturbance

following a partner or spouse around everywhere

loss of self-confidence, which may show as apathy or disinterest in their usual activities

If you’re caring for someone who’s showing these behaviours, it’s important to try to understand why they’re behaving like this, which is not always easy.

You may find it reassuring to remember that these behaviours may be how someone is communicating their feelings. It may help to look at different ways of communicating with someone with dementia Sometimes these behaviours are not a dementia symptom. They can be a result of frustration with not being understood or with their environment, which they no longer find familiar but confusing.

Source: nhs.uk

Coping with dementia

As dementia progresses, each person will find their own way of coping with, and reacting and adapting to, the changes it brings. Developing these coping strategies can be a gradual and subconscious process.

The practical impact of dementia The psychological and emotional impact of dementia

You are here: Coping with dementia Carers: looking after yourself when supporting someone with dementia Understanding and supporting a person with dementia – useful organisations

Coping strategies may include:

practical strategies – eg setting up reminders or prompts, preparing advance decisions or a Lasting Power of Attorney for the future

social strategies – eg relying on family help, seeking spiritual support, joining new activity groups

emotional strategies – eg using humour, focusing on short-term pleasure or living for the moment, focusing on positive aspects

health improvement strategies – eg exercising more, adopting a healthier diet, cutting down on alcohol or smoking.

If a carer understands the person’s coping strategies, they will be able to support them better.

Source: alzheimers.org.uk

Handling Troubling Behavior

Some of the greatest challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia are the personality and behavior changes that often occur. You can best meet these challenges by using creativity, flexibility, patience, and compassion. It also helps to not take things personally and maintain your sense of humor.

To start, consider these ground rules:

We cannot change the person. The person you are caring for has a brain disorder that shapes who he has become. When you try to control or change his behavior, you’ll most likely be unsuccessful or be met with resistance. It’s important to:

Try to accommodate the behavior, not control the behavior. For example, if the person insists on sleeping on the floor, place a mattress on the floor to make him more comfortable.

Remember that we can change our behavior or the physical environment. Changing our own behavior will often result in a change in our loved one’s behavior.

Check with the doctor first. Behavioral problems may have an underlying medical reason: perhaps the person is in pain or experiencing an adverse side effect from medications. In some cases, like incontinence or hallucinations, there may be some medication or treatment that can assist in managing the problem.

Behavior has a purpose. People with dementia typically cannot tell us what they want or need. They might do something, like take all the clothes out of the closet on a daily basis, and we wonder why. It is very likely that the person is fulfilling a need to be busy and productive. Always consider what need the person might be trying to meet with their behavior and, when possible, try to accommodate them.

Behavior is triggered. It is important to understand that all behavior is triggered it occurs for a reason. It might be something a person did or said that triggered a behavior, or it could be a change in the physical environment. The root to changing behavior is disrupting the patterns that we create. Try a different approach, or try a different consequence.

What works today, may not tomorrow. The multiple factors that influence troubling behaviors, and the natural progression of the disease process, mean that solutions that are effective today may need to be modified tomorrow or may no longer work at all. The key to managing difficult behaviors is being creative and flexible in your strategies to address a given issue.

Get support from others. You are not alone there are many others caring for someone with dementia. Locate your nearest Area Agency on Aging, the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, to find support groups, organizations, and services that can help you. Expect that, like the loved one you are caring for, you will have good days and bad days. Develop strategies for coping with the bad days.

The following is an overview of the most common dementia-associated behaviors, with suggestions that may be useful in handling them. You’ll find additional resources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

Source: caregiver.org

If you’re looking after someone with dementia

Your needs as a carer are as important as the person you’re caring for.

To help care for yourself:

Try to make some time for yourself, but if it’s difficult to leave the person alone, ask if someone can be with them for a while, such as a friend, relative, or someone from a support group

Source: nhs.uk

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Tips and Guide: Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s

Tips and Guide: Caring for someone with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Help for Family Caregivers

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? This guide will help you cope with the challenges at each stage, find the support you need, and reap the rewards of caregiving.

Source: helpguide.org

Make a plan

As Alzheimer’s progresses, you may need more caregiving help, so it’s good to start out thinking long term. You can’t anticipate every situation, but being forward-thinking now will help you respond more quickly and effectively in an emergency.

It’s also key to spread caregiving tasks around your team from the get-go. You can’t do it all.

Build your team. Beyond medical professionals, reach out to friends, family and community resources to form a larger network of caregiving helpmates.

Determine tasks. Ask team members what they’re willing to do to contribute to your loved one’s care. Is someone available to travel to medical appointments? Prepare meals a few times a week? Even if team members live far away , they can handle jobs like ordering prescriptions or paying bills. Encourage them to stay connected to your loved one; dementia can be extremely isolating.

Listen to your loved one. To the extent possible, the person you’re caring for should always participate in discussions about needs and plans. Consider the recipient of your care the most important member of your caregiving team.

Source: aarp.org

Bathing

For many people with Alzheimer’s disease, bathing is a frightening and confusing experience. Elders may think they have showered recently, but in reality their last shower was days or even weeks ago. They can become confused by the process or become afraid of the water and the possibility of falling. Sensitivity to these issues and planning ahead can help make bath time easier on both of you.

Make sure you have all bath products, towels and assistive devices you need set up before bringing your loved one into the bathroom. Draw the bath ahead of time.

Be sensitive to the temperature of the water and the air. Warm up the room beforehand if necessary, and keep extra towels and a robe nearby. Test the water temperature before beginning the bath or shower.

Minimize safety risks by using a hand-held showerhead, a shower bench, grab bars, and nonskid bath mats. Never leave the person alone in the bathtub or shower.

If they need help bathing, move slowly and tell the person what you are going to do step by step. Allow him or her to assist in the process as much as possible.

Bathing may not be necessary every day. A sponge bath can be effective between full showers or baths.

Bathing Tips and Techniques for Dementia Caregivers

Dressing

Getting dressed may not seem very complicated, but Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers face some unique hurdles with this task. Both physical and cognitive decline affect an elder’s ability to recognize when it is time to change soiled clothes, choose appropriate items to wear, and take off/put on clothing and footwear. Minimizing these challenges can make a significant difference in a loved one’s sense of control and independence.

Always set aside extra time before outings and appointments so they can dress themselves as much as they are able without added pressure or having to rush.

Allow them to choose what they want to wear from a limited selection of outfits. If he or she has a favorite outfit or clothing item, consider buying multiples or the same style in a few different colors.

Store some clothes in another room to reduce the number of options they have to choose from. Too many options can overwhelm Alzheimer’s patients who are trying to make a decision. Keep only a couple of outfits in their closet or dresser.

Arrange clothing items in the order they are put on to help guide them through the process.

Choose clothing that is comfortable, easy to get on and off, and easy to care for. Dressing aids and adaptive clothing items featuring elastic waistbands and Velcro closures minimize struggles with finicky fasteners like buttons, zippers and shoe laces.

Personal Care and Dressing Products for Seniors

Eating/Nutrition

Ensuring that your loved one is eating enough nutritious foods and drinking enough fluids is a challenge. People with dementia literally begin to forget that they need to eat and drink. Complicating the issue may be dental problems or medications that decrease appetite or make food taste “funny.” The consequences of poor nutrition are many, including weight loss, irritability, sleeplessness, bladder or bowel problems, and disorientation.

Make meal and snack times part of the daily routine and schedule them around the same time every day. Instead of three big meals, try five or six smaller ones.

Make mealtimes a special time. Try flowers or soft music. Turn off loud radio programs and the TV.

Eating independently should take precedence over eating neatly or with “proper” table manners. Finger foods support independence. Pre-cut and season the food. Try using a straw or a child’s “sippy cup” if holding a glass has become difficult. Provide assistance only when necessary and allow plenty of time for meals.

Sit down and eat with your loved one. Often they will mimic your actions, and it makes the meal more pleasant to share it with someone.

Prepare foods with your loved one in mind. If they have dentures or trouble chewing or swallowing, use soft foods or cut food into bite-size pieces.

If chewing and swallowing are issues, try gently moving the person’s chin in a chewing motion or lightly stroking their throat to encourage them to swallow.

If loss of weight is a problem, offer nutritious high-calorie snacks between meals. Breakfast foods high in carbohydrates are often preferred. On the other hand, if the problem is weight gain, keep high-calorie foods out of sight. Instead, keep handy fresh fruits, veggie trays, and other healthy low-calorie snacks.

Address safety concerns

You’ll need to consider a range of potential hazards, and they’ll change over time. Is it safe for your loved one to drive? Is the recipient of your care prone to falling, or at risk of wandering and getting lost?

You eventually may need to make home modifications and acquire special equipment such as a hospital bed or lift chair. Useful tools also can help prevent wandering and other safety issues common to dementia patients.

Prevent falls . Some basic, low-cost changes include removing trip hazards such as throw rugs, making sure the home is well lit (use automatic nightlights) and installing safety features such as handrails, grab bars and adjustable shower seats.

Stop them from wandering. Six out of 10 people with dementia wander from home at least once, and many do so repeatedly, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. A predictable routine can help avoid disorientation and subsequent excursions. You might also consider installing remote door locks or alarms, or locks far above or below eye level. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a 24-hour nationwide emergency response system, MedicAlert with Wandering Support , for an annual subscription fee.

Anticipate other risks. Dementia brings with it particular worries about self-injury. To lower the risk, keep medications in a locked drawer or cabinet, disable the stove when not in use and lower the water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

Recognize driving dangers. Impaired driving isn’t only a danger to the driver. It can and does harm others. Discuss your concerns with your loved one. If the person is resistant to giving up the car keys, consider asking a physician to weigh in. Be empathetic about the loss of freedom, a common fear.

Source: aarp.org

Toileting and Incontinence Care

As the disease progresses, many people with Alzheimer’s begin to experience toileting difficulties and reduced bladder and bowel control. Incontinence can be upsetting and embarrassing for a senior and difficult for their caregiver to address and manage. Sometimes incontinence is indicative of a physical illness, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) , so be sure to discuss changes with their doctor as soon as possible.

Practice timed voiding where you create a bathroom schedule and stick to it as closely as possible. For example, take toileting breaks every three hours during the day, and don’t wait for the person to ask. This includes tracking when accidents happen to help plan ways of avoiding them.

Watch for nonverbal cues that an elder may have to go to the bathroom, such as restlessness or pulling at clothes, and act quickly.

To prevent nighttime accidents, limit fluid intake in the evening hours just before bedtime.

Plan ahead for outings. Look up restroom locations, have the senior wear simple, easy-to-remove clothing, and bring an extra set of clothes and incontinence supplies in case of an accident.

 

Source: agingcare.com

When to seek professional help

A person may require professional help if they need full assistance with daily and personal care activities.

People who have Alzheimer’s disease will require more care as their condition progresses. Caregivers may need assistance in performing physically demanding tasks, such as bathing, moving, or dressing a person.

Caregivers may want to consider seeking professional help if their loved one:

  • requires full assistance with daily and personal care activities
  • loses the ability to walk
  • experiences a seizure
  • unexpectedly loses a significant amount of body weight
  • experiences a fall or other type of injury
  • has periods of anxiety or agitation
  • tends to wander away or get lost

Caregivers who experience adverse health effects, such as chronic stress, fatigue, or depression, may require professional assistance.

Ultimately, it is up to the caregiver and their family to decide when to seek professional help.

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When is it time for Memory Care?

When is it time for Memory Care?

How do you know when it’s the right time?

Knowing when someone with dementia should move into residential or nursing care can be difficult. The main thing to think about is whether your loved one’s needs are met at home; is moving into a care home in their best interest?

When should a person with dementia go into a care home?

If a person’s dementia has progressed far enough that they need more care and support than you can provide, it may be time for them to go into a care home. At this point, they may need 24-hour care.

Dementia is progressive, meaning the person with the condition will require more care and support as time goes on. As your loved one’s condition declines, their needs increase and you may not be able to fully meet these needs despite your best efforts.

This is one example of the number of reasons why it might be time for people with dementia to move into a care home. Other reasons include hospital admissions, worry about your loved one’s safety or their behaviour becomes unmanageable.

There is no cure for dementia and the physical and mental state of a person living with the condition will only worsen. There will never be a perfect time because of the stress and emotional difficulties , but if they need 24-hour supervision and support to stay safe and to ensure good quality of life, the only option may be to move into residential care.

One idea is to write a list of your loved one’s needs and if you are able to support them. For example:

My wife cannot safely go outside on her own – I can only take her outside in the mornings Can I guarantee she won’t leave the house without me? – No, it worries me when I’m not there If you go down the list and notice that you are unable to provide the care and support necessary for your loved one, taking into account your other commitments in life, it may the right time to consider residential care.

If your loved one is unable to live independently and cannot care for themselves anymore, moving into a residential setting will give them the benefit of 24-hour care and support. This will give you peace of mind that your loved one is safe and that they receive the right level of care.

Source: carehome.co.uk

Why It is Beneficial to Start a Memory Care Search Early

From finding and touring memory care residences to finalizing legal documents to managing the memory care move, it will take at least 2 months to sort out the logistics of moving your loved one into memory care. For most families, 3-4 months is more normal. Financial hurdles, like getting covered by Medicaid obtaining VA pension benefits other payment support will take even longer. Even with professional financial planning assistance , it can take 6 months to arrange payment.

If you are considering memory care at an unknown point in the future, then it is probably time to start investigating the process now.

It is highly advantageous to be prepared when the times comes for memory care rather than to be scrambling. The onset of the need for memory care is just as like to be sudden as it is to be gradual. Patient behavior can change dramatically accelerating the need for memory care. However, unexpected changes with primary caregivers is just as likely to initiative the need. Since many caregivers are spouses and elderly themselves and they often push themselves beyond their own limits, caregiver injuries are more common than thought.

Another benefit of starting early is that it can let your loved one actually have a say in the decision. Making the decision in later stages of the disease, when the largest stakeholder can’t communicate well because of symptoms, will only exacerbate emotions including the guilty feelings that often come with this change.

The sooner the preparation begins, the more likely it is to be a positive transition.

Source: dementiacarecentral.com

Concerns About Day-to-Day Care

The most common concern of family caregivers is that their loved one isn’t getting good care. This can be hard to adjust to, because while family caregivers typically care for one person, nursing assistants are usually assigned to eight or more people at a time. And while many have experience and are sensitive to the needs of the people in their care, some have little training.

The best way to deal with any concerns about care is to talk to the staff member involved in a calm way. Most of the time, the issue can be solved this way. If not, talk to the administrator or nursing director.

It’s also a good idea to build good relationships with the care providers. Remember that staff members work hard, have schedules and other pressures, and want to be treated with consideration and respect. Visit the facility often, and share what you know. Tell them what’s being done well, and gently let them know what you’d like to see and when you don’t see it.

Source: webmd.com

Caregiver stress

Caregiving for a loved one with memory care is a 24/7 occupation.

Without engaging in regular respite care , it becomes impossible to sustain the situation. Even with qualified, in-home care providers, those with mid to later stages of memory loss require increasing levels of medical assistance, and the enormity of unceasing tasks is more than almost any household can accommodate.

If you’re approaching, or have already reached, a point where caregiving is all-consuming, it’s time to consider memory care.

Similarly, if you find yourself a member of the “Sandwich Generation” , stuck between an aging parent requiring care, a job and the needs of your own family, memory care is a must or else you’ll quickly go from being a caregiver to needing a caregiver of your own.

As memory loss sets in, so do the abilities to drive a car , make grocery lists, prepare food, remember daily medications, or even remember to eat.

Losing track of days and times has a disastrous effect on the circadian rhythm, contributing to Sundowner’s syndrome, insomnia and other sleep disorders that take on toll on one’s health and well-being.

Physical signs include:

Rapid weight loss

Lack of food in the fridge or cabinets

Evidence of medication not taken (or overtaken)

Neglected personal hygiene

Hunched or sunken posture

Inexplicable bruises, breaks and/or injuries

Unpaid bills and missed appointments

The inability to remember how to get home or where one is going puts patients at risk for injury, getting lost or becoming victims of scams and potentially violent crimes.

Similarly, those with dementia are more prone to being injured at home and are less able to remember how to seek help, forgetting to press a “life alert’ button or how to use the phone to call 911.

If you find yourself worrying about a loved ones’ well-being on a regular basis, the transition to memory care brings peace of mind while simultaneously ensuring s/he is supported, attended to and cared for day-in and day-out.

Source: thememorycenter.com

Finding the right care home for someone with dementia

To find the best care home according to your loved one’s needs, the first thing to do is to request a needs assessment from your local council’s social services.

Your local authority will make recommendations about your loved one’s care and also conduct a financial assessment as they may contribute to some of the costs.

As mentioned earlier, planning in advance will make the choice of care home easier as you will have more information about your loved one’s preferences and wishes.

A residential care home will be able to provide personal care, such as washing and dressing while a nursing home have a qualified nurse on site 24-hours a day.

 

Source: carehome.co.uk

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Myths About Assisted Living

Myths About Assisted Living

Assisted Living Facts

Know the facts before it’s time for you or a loved one to think about assisted living.

Are you or a loved one thinking about moving into an assisted living facility? If you are, do some homework first, to make sure you pick the right setting for you.

Be better prepared to visit and choose the best facility suited for your taste.

Source: seniorcare.com

MYTH: When you move away from family, no one will be around to help.

If you have gotten used to having loved ones provide you assistance, the prospect of moving away from them and into a strange place can be very daunting indeed. You need to remember (or remind your loved one) that you are moving into a community with security and helpful staff that are available 24-7. Rather than suffering from isolation and less help, you may have more help than you know what to do with. All of our facilities are equipped with special features that make it easy to get help quickly if you find yourself in a pinch. These are features you won’t be able to benefit from in your home. Assisted living is better!

Source: heritageassistedlivingnj.com

MYTH: Living at Home Is Less Expensive

Reality: Monthly expenses to maintain a home are higher than many seniors realize, and when combined with potential at-home care costs, living in their current home may end up being the most expensive option. According to the 2017 Genworth Cost of Care Survey , the national median annual cost for homemaker services is $47,934, and a home health aide costs $49,192. Plus, even if the mortgage has been paid off, utilities, homeowner taxes, maintenance and insurance payments add up.

Assisted living costs vary greatly depending on the type of residence, the size of the apartment, the types of services needed and the geographical location of the community. But the cost includes 24-hour supervision and security, daily meals, basic housekeeping, laundry, health and exercise programs and social programs, transportation, and access to medical services. It’s important to ask each community about their individual costs and services.

Source: arborsassistedliving.com

MYTH: Assisted Living Is Depressing and Residents Are Lonely

Many adult children of senior parents resist the idea of assisted living because they don’t want to “abandon” their parents, and many seniors fear that their loved ones will forget them and never visit. At Arbor Terrace, nothing could be further from the truth! We encourage our residents to maintain close relationships with their loved ones. We are always happy to facilitate family get-togethers or provide suggestions for things to do in the Asheville area. Between visits, our residents never have to be on their own! Arbor Terrace strives to be a true community, and there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends and stay connected, from mealtimes to book clubs to community outings.

Source: arborcompany.com

MYTH: Wheelchair dependent or have urinary incontinence

Assisted living allows for wheelchairs. They do not allow those who need more than one staff member to assist them in getting in and out of the chair. Persons living with urinary incontinence can live in the ALF as long as the issue is easily managed by the resident.

Source: seniorcare.com

MYTH: There’s No Socialization

Socialization is the backbone of assisted living communities. Loneliness has a serious impact on the mental and physical health of seniors. Living alone is the single biggest risk factor for extreme loneliness in seniors. Assisted living for seniors allows them to maintain their privacy and independence, but it also provides many opportunities for socialization with activities and close proximity to peers.

Source: discoveryvillages.com

MYTH: The food will be terrible

Truth: Many assume that since they’ll no longer be able to cook their own food at home, the quality of the food they’ll be eating will decrease but this won’t be the case at a good assisted living facility. Nutritionists and dining teams ensure that the food your loved one eats will be full of both variety and the nutrients they need to help maintain their health. These facilities will provide three meals a day, and will provide reminders and escorts to meal times so your loved one won’t forget to eat.

Source: lorettocny.org

Now that we’ve debunked some of the most common assisted living myths, it’s time to talk about choosing the best community for you. Braley Care Homes provides 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 your loved one. 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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How To Communicate with a Person with Dementia and Alzheimers

How To Communicate With A Person With Dementia And Alzheimers

Dementia and Alzheimers affect a person’s ability to understand and be understood. Know what you can do to improve communication and lessen frustrations.

Tips for communicating with a person with dementia

Dementia and Alzheimers affect everyone differently so it’s important to communicate in a way that is right for the person. Listen carefully and think about what you’re going to say and how you’ll say it. You can also communicate meaningfully without using spoken words.

Dementia and language

You are here: Tips for communicating with a person with dementia Non-verbal communication and dementia Dementia and sensory impairment: communicating Communicating and dementia – other resources

These tips apply to however the person usually communicates, for example speaking English or signing British Sign Language.

Every person’s experience of dementia is unique, so not every tip may be helpful to the person you care for. Use the tips that you feel will improve communication between you.

Source: alzheimers.org.uk

Why is communication important?

Communication is a vital part of our lives. It allows us to express who we are and relate to one another. Communication is more than talking and listening – it involves understanding and interpreting.

When a person living with dementia is having trouble expressing themselves or understanding what is being communicated, try these tips to help you stay connected.

Source: alzheimer.ca

1. Use what you know about the person

What does the person like? Use that knowledge to suggest conversation topics or activities they may enjoy.

Nurture the person’s skills and abilities. Focus on what they can do instead of what they can’t.

When the person is making a choice, offer them a couple of options that you know they will like.

Source: alzheimer.ca

2. Reduce distractions

Take note of possible visual or auditory distractions in the person’s environment and minimize them.

Account for any hearing or vision challenges the person may have.

Make eye contact to help focus the person’s attention.

Source: alzheimer.ca

3. Don’t ask a person with short-term memory loss a short-term memory question

A patient and/or loved one can construe even the simplest of conversation starters (“How are you today?”) as a real question, but they honestly don’t know the answer to it. This can be embarrassing and can send them back into a fog they try their best to give an answer that makes sense to them and often produce immediate physical concerns: “I’m having a lot of pain,” for example. A caregiver and/or family member might ask, “What did you have for breakfast?” and the person with memory loss doesn’t remember at all. They might say earnestly, “I haven’t had anything to eat for weeks,” (because they honesty can’t remember the last time they ate). So these are questions to avoid because it causes fear for the person, that they have failed. But there are things you can talk about (which is covered under Communication Do’s.)

Source: training.mmlearn.org

4. Don’t correct them

A patient and/or loved one with memory loss often shows progression in terms of their problems with language. The first sign is finding the right words for things, or word accuracy. The patient and/or loved one may be telling you something about a letter they received, but they can’t get the word “envelope” out, or they may point to a lamp and they can’t quite get the word “lamp” out. Language starts to become disfluent, and it’s difficult for the person to find the specific, right word that they want to express. Over time, their language becomes increasingly vague it is more difficult for them to say something specific. For example, if you ask them what they do on a day-to-day basis, often they’ll say, “Oh, you know, I kind of do the same old thing. I kind of sit around a bit I do house things,” but they can’t offer specific details. This is because their store of language has become affected by the disease. In short, it is very difficult for them to express themselves in any great detail.

Another way to spot decline in language skills is substituting words. For example, they ask you to pass the salt when they meant to say sugar. Stop yourself from nitpicking them on accuracy: “You meant to say the sugar, so here’s the sugar.” Skip that whole conversation. You won’t teach someone how to talk, and, it can be construed as rude to ask that person to try a little harder, because they’re already functioning with half the brain cells. If they point at the sugar and ask for salt, just hand it over as if they said sugar. That’s the most respectful and kind.

People with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s may ask repetitive questions. Usually the question expresses a concern they have. Anyone with a concern that isn’t being addressed will become louder and more persistent. He/she may repeat the same question, because he/she cannot remember that he/she has just asked it, and their concern hasn’t gone away. It is the caregiver’s and/or family member’s responsibility to help soothe the worry. The goal is not to make the question go away it is to make the worry go away for a little while, and then the question may come back. It’s perfectly okay to give the same answer again if it helps to calm the patient and/or loved one. Certain situations throughout the day will trigger repetitive questions that’s to be expected.

Source: training.mmlearn.org

5. Encouraging someone with dementia to communicate

Try to start conversations with the person you’re looking after, especially if you notice that they’re starting fewer conversations themselves. It can help to:

speak clearly and slowly, using short sentences

make eye contact with the person when they’re talking or asking questions

give them time to respond, because they may feel pressured if you try to speed up their answers

encourage them to join in conversations with others, where possible

let them speak for themselves during discussions about their welfare or health issues

try not to patronise them, or ridicule what they say

acknowledge what they have said, even if they do not answer your question, or what they say seems out of context – show that you’ve heard them and encourage them to say more about their answer

give them simple choices – avoid creating complicated choices or options for them

use other ways to communicate – such as rephrasing questions because they cannot answer in the way they used to Alzheimer’s Society

Source: nhs.uk

6. Find the right time of day

The first step to easier telecommunication with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease is to call at the right time of day. That’s when your loved one is rested and most alert.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association , Alzheimer’s disease affects the sleep-wake cycle. I’ve noticed this with my grandma, and I definitely noticed this when I worked at a memory care facility.

Changes include:

sleeping longer

difficulty sleeping at night

daytime naps

drowsiness during the day

Scientists don’t know exactly why this occurs, but believe it’s due to Alzheimer’s-related changes in the brain.

My grandma tends to get out of bed late in the day, around 11 a.m. or noon. She is most alert in the early afternoon, so this is when I call. Since she lives in assisted living, I also avoid calling at mealtimes or when there are group activities.

Instead of trying to change your loved one’s sleep cycle or schedule, recognize the impact of their disease and work with them.

Know that finding the best time of day to call might take some trial and error, and it might change as their disease progresses. Talking to caregivers or keeping a calendar of symptoms can help you find the best time to call.

Source: healthline.com

7. Simplify your language

It’s easier said than done, but one of the best things you can do to aid communication is simplifying your language.

According to Bennett, “Usually we add a lot of fluff and storytelling to our main point, but individuals with dementia might get lost in all that fluff.” Try using as few words as possible with simple, common phrases. Cut out modifiers and shorten your sentences. Bennett even recommends pairing visual supports like pictures or props over video chat to get your point across.

I’ve found that avoiding open-ended questions can help.

I ask yes or no questions or give two options. This can help prevent overwhelm and limit the cognitive resources required to communicate, saving energy for the rest of the conversation.

 

Source: healthline.com

The Power of Memory

The brain works in funny ways. While someone with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s may not be able to recall what he/she had for breakfast that morning, he/she may remember people, places, and stories from the distant past. Remember: ask the patient and/or loved one to share favorite stories from childhood family members may even be surprised to learn something new.

Also keep in mind that even though the patient and/or loved one is losing his/her memory, he/she still has feelings and emotions. Humor offers a great way to connect, and everyone can reap the mood-boosting benefits.

Communicating with a patient and/or loved one with memory loss has its challenges, but these proven techniques can help caregivers whether you are a professional or a family member overcome the barriers in order to continue to connect.

 

Source: training.mmlearn.org

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How To Stay Connected With Seniors You Can’t Visit​

How To Stay Connected With Seniors You Can't Visit

The social distancing that keeps our residents safe may be hard on you. Separation leaves some people feeling lonely, anxious, or out of touch. So, we’ve mustered our creativity to help families stay connected with the seniors they can’t visit.

The following infographic provides a summary of our suggestions. Scroll down for more details.

We offer more details and ideas below.

While we’ve tailored our suggestions to meet Care Haven’s safety guidelines, they may be useful to others with at-risk friends or family members. Feel free to share!

Source: carehavenhomes.com

Call Frequently

“Don’t underestimate the power of a phone call,” says Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and author of “ Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Loved One .” But because many of us aren’t doing much outside the home these days, it may be hard to come up with topics to discuss. FitzPatrick suggests reading a book or watching a favorite TV show or movie together over the phone. You could also do fill-in-the-blank stories or use “table topics”-type questions to spark conversation.

Plan a window visit

You’ve likely seen viral photos of “window visits” people are having with senior family members at their homes or outside of senior care facilities. During these visits, family members stay outside, but they chat with their loved ones on the phone or bring handmade signs with messages. “It feels much more like a normal visit when they can see their loved ones,” says Goyer.

In addition to window visits, families are also putting a social distancing spin on other types of house calls. “Caregivers have told me their loved ones sit on their porch and family and friends sit on a lawn chair in the yard far away and they visit that way, or from a car,” Goyer explains. “My cousin’s children make chalk drawings in my aunt and uncle’s driveway (their grandparents), and they sit on the porch and watch them draw and can communicate from a safe distance.”

Source: care.com

Between Virtual Visits, Stay In Touch With Seniors The Old-Fashioned Way

Older adults learned to stay connected between visits through the fine art of letter writing. Let’s face it: we all love getting cards and notes via snail mail.

Don’t be intimidated, staring at that empty sheet of paper. A short note even a postcard will do. Just include

A salutation (“Dear ____,”)

3 or 4 sentences

The closing (“Love,”)

Most important, your signature legible, with an identifier to help if a caregiver needs to read it (Your granddaughter Joan Your son Jon Your old friend June George, your friend from church Gina, your neighbor from Brookside)

Feel free to add a heart, smiley face or doodle, too. You can even write several notes or cards at the same time and then mail them days or a week apart.

Snail mail: that’s all it takes to stay connected with seniors when you can’t visit.

Speaking of mail, we appreciate it when you send all correspondence to our office, where we can sanitize it before redelivery.

Source: carehavenhomes.com

 

Set up a family Video Conference

FaceTime and video calls aren’t just for young people. If the senior in your life is in a nursing home or assisted living and doesn’t have their own equipment, chances are good the staff can help. At The Falls Home, an assisted living facility in Montour Falls, N.Y., administrator Julie Everhart says they will arrange video calls through the front desk so that residents can stay connected. “Our staff will then coordinate a quiet location in order to give the families their privacy,” she says.

By using a service like Zoom, you can involve multiple parties, and even make it a virtual happy hour or lunch. “Everyone in the family can bring a beverage or meal to their computer and catch up,” FitzPatrick says. And if there’s a special occasion, take a video and send clips to your loved ones even better if you can arrange a video call to sing “Happy Birthday” or “meet” a new grandbaby.

“Several months ago, my husband and I streamed a party we had for our newborn son for his ill grandfather,” says Nicole Arzt, a marriage and family therapist based in Orange County, California. “While he wasn’t there to attend the event, he was able to hear everyone’s voices and feel like he was part of the experience.”

Source: northwesternmutual.com

Make a safe in-person visit

“If you live near your older loved ones, drive to their house, sit outside and make a phone call,” FitzPatrick recommends. “You can wave and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ so your parent can see you.” You can even leave a cake on the front porch no contact is needed. Even if it’s not a special occasion, bring the kids and even your pets by to say hi through the window. They can draw pictures or dress in funny costumes to bring a smile to their grandparent’s face.

Source: northwesternmutual.com

Take a virtual vacation

Sure, most resorts, museums, and other fun destinations are closed to the public, but you can still explore the world together from the safety of your own home. “For example,” says Sarafan, “why not give them a call and take a tour of an online museum together?” You can find free online virtual tours of destinations like Yellowstone National Park Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Louvre in Paris, and even Mars. As long as your senior loved one has access to a smart device, they’ll be able to follow along at your chosen destination. Sarafan says Home Care Assistance has also created a Life Enrichment Guide with additional virtual activity ideas for seniors and their families.

Source: care.com

 

Enlist caregivers’ help

If your loved one has limited abilities, lives in a senior care facility, or has an in-home care provider, see what their caregivers can do to assist them in staying in touch. “Many facilities are purchasing tablets and having staff take them to residents’ rooms periodically to video chat with their families,” Goyer says. “This is particularly important for residents who are unable to manage it by themselves.” If you’re going the non-electronic route, Sarafan adds that caregivers can also be asked to assist with letters and cards so your loved one can provide you with regular updates. “One thing many of our Home Care Assistance care team members do is write handwritten notes to clients, family members, and community partners,” she explains. “A caregiver can easily help and even write letters for the older adult should they need help.”

Source: care.com

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (Which Is Many, Many Visits!)

Consider creating an album filled with pictures of family members or recalling special memories. Take the opportunity to scan and upload treasured wedding photos or vacation pictures, thereby preserving a digital copy. (You can always use them later in other albums as well!) Our caregivers appreciate it if you also add text to photo books, identifying both people and places. Then we can help your loved ones share their memories.

Source: carehavenhomes.com

 

BE CONSISTENT

However you choose to reach out, make sure it happens on a regular basis, Artz says. Call every Sunday or at a regularly scheduled time, and then make every effort to follow through, as your family member could very well plan their whole day around it.

“Many of us are struggling with social distancing all of a sudden, but it’s important to remember that a lot of older adults are isolated already and have been unintentionally socially distancing for quite a while,” FitzPatrick says. “Use this time as a lesson to plan how you will engage with them in person more frequently once this temporary unprecedented time in history is over.”

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The Importance of Vaccines in Nursing Homes​

The Importance of Vaccines in Nursing Homes

Host: Nursing homes that want to keep their federal funding will have to make sure their staff is vaccinated against the coronavirus. The white house says the department of health and human services will draw up new regulations that require staff to all nursing homes receiving medicare and medicaid funds to get the COVID vaccine and if they don’t those facilities could lose funding. The move marks the first time President Biden has threatened to withhold federal funds over vaccinations and this could affect more than 15 000 nursing homes which employs about 1.3 million people according to the centers for medicare and medicaid services about 40 percent of those workers are not vaccinated. Well today we are joined by Chris Braley from Braley Care Homes and here we always are glad when you stop by.

Chris: Thank you!

H: And this probably hits home with you a little bit i know that you all are big on getting everyone vaccinated how are you all at this point?

C: yeah it’s interesting we actually um i’ve just created a policy this week um for our facility uh where all my staff will have to be vaccinated and we set a date by october 1st they need to have at least one shot.

H: Right and then of course you all started months ago with your residents as well.

C: oh yeah yeah we started i think we did a show

H: Right when you got to get the vaccine.

C: very eager to get in and we had a great turnout with our staff at that time and uh most everyone got vaccinated.

H: Yeah okay so what is your policy if friends or family members want to come in and visit one of your residents? what do they need to know before they come in?

C: well obviously you know we do a little screening with them and they they don’t want to if they’re feeling sick they certainly don’t want to come in we do have the ability to do a covid test a 15-minute test so that they can always get tested before coming in to ensure that they don’t have COVID but we do we are still doing visitations and when they come in they’ll either visit in a bedroom or we have a nice courtyard and a gazebo and they can go out and visit outside.

H: yeah fresh air that is nice and in your line of work why is it so important to make sure you have these policies and make sure that everyone is being as safe as possible

C: yeah i mean you know it really when you think of COVID i think of this as really a war with the virus right and we we need a defense and to me you know masking and vaccines are a way to defeat this virus and you have to you have to do this and of course as a society we have to have more and more people

H: right!

C: to do this in order to win this war.

H: Right, okay so what would be your i guess your standard practice of someone watching right now they think they would like to come in to tour maybe they have a loved one that they would like to get at your facility are you allowing those type of visits?

C: oh yeah yeah yeah we do tours but again we kind of ask you know have you been vaccinated right and if they have then uh you know we’ll have them come in they still do a screening check and temperature and things of that nature and uh and they have to mask up and then we’ll give a tour

H: (okay) and we’ve got the information on the screen now if anyone at home would like to contact you we’ve got your phone number there you all have a website you’re on Facebook and one thing that they will notice if they check out your facebook page and website you do a lot of fun things with the residents.

C: And we like to get silly.

H: You do and you all post those which is very nice so with the olympics did you do some fun things.

C: We did, we did we did. We had a huge bowling competition (wow) and i was amazed at how many residents got involved and were so competitive with each other so it was a real success

H: yeah, because it’s a very important this time or any time to make sure their their morale is lifted too

C: oh yeah absolutely and and they are you know they’re having a fun time and they’re looking forward to the next

H: Which will probably be what? Fall fests and Halloween themed things

C: Absolutely yeah we’ll have all sorts of costumes!

H: yes well chris thanks for what you all are doing at your Braley Care Homes there and thanks for stopping by again and sharing what you all are doing

C: Absolutely! Thank you, Susan.


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Braley Care Homes’ Halloween Bash

Braley Care Homes' Halloween Bash

H1: Hey Chris Braley with Braley Care Homes is here!
H2: and for you that means fun for the residents but also fun for chris too (oh yeah) and the employees you guys have a really good time at halloween this is just a big thing and it’s important to involve the residents
Chris: Oh absolutely we’re just big kids you know and we get to dress up and have fun and get the residents laughing and we try to get the nostalgia of going back to things that they may remember and um so we do parties um like uh with beetlejuice um which was a big hit
H1: and we have some pictures too that we want to show
H2: yeah oh there you go
H1: that is so fun!
H2: That’s terrific! and you so that’s the thing when they see you coming through the hall it changes the every day and these are the little things you know something like this taking the time to you know you got okay i want to make sure that was a fake mustache
Chris: Yeah
H1: yeah you’ve got the fake mustache on gomez the whole gomez look.
He has just a such a good time!
H2: why is it important for that to be a part of you know of the lifestyle there at Braley Homes? Why do you think that that it’s important to recognize this and the chance to have fun
Chris: and that’s that’s the key thing it’s fun you know we all need fun in our life and so just because we get older doesn’t mean we can’t have fun so it’s just trying to find these creative ways to to get a residence laughing. I always say it’s like gold if you can get someone to laugh you know that’s magical!
H1: i bet their eyes really do light up once you all oh yeah you know come out there and you’re more extravagant
Chris: and the sillier we get
H2: okay, so what what are the plans this year? Can’t you reveal is this going to be a secret?
Chris: Big reveal is the wizard of oz.
H2: oh okay okay so uh do you have any idea which part you’ll be?
Chris: yes! (can i guess?) my activities director lorraine… You can guess, sure!
H2: are you going to be dressing as either the scarecrow pin man cowardly lion one of the three?
Chris: i’m going to be the cowardly lion.
H2: oh that’s great what a costume that’s going to be!
W: In addition to the costumes which is enough i think what else do you do at these holiday parties?
C: yeah of course we uh we’ll prepare you know these certain meals and for halloween they’re gonna be you know the fake fingers and just different stuff like that just try to have just a bunch of fun and make it look uh unique and a lot of decorations in the facility which we’re starting that process now
M: what’s the reaction what do people say and not only people who who live there the residents but their family members when they find out about this idea what’s the reaction that people give you?
C: oh they love it they love it they like seeing us get silly yeah and the more the marrier and sometimes of course the families will will do that too but as we were talking earlier you know with the pandemic we can’t have the families in all the one time
H2: right so that makes it even more special and even more important to have events that bring joy and happiness and really a lot of memories maybe it’ll remind them of dressing up with their families and their kids when they were little
C: oh yeah we used to um before again before pandemic we would have kids come in oh yeah and we’d have the residents hand out candy
H2: that’s right, yeah, has there been is there any science behind this idea of doing this kind of thing and having fun any science any studies things that you know psychologists have put out or geriatricians have put out about this what’s the the thinking behind doing this the the logical thinking behind?
C: yeah! there is science behind that um and and a lot of what i’ve read it’s about basically stimulating mind and body and you know when you think of alzheimer’s disease yeah plaque and tangles forming in the brain is destroying neurons but then what they found is the more that we can think and challenge and move and activate activate absolutely it’s like a muscle the more you use it you know then you lose it less right so you can still battle this disease uh even though it’s chronic um to to have a more prolonged life and healthier life.
H2: yeah it makes perfect sense really when you think about that that that is you know if motion is lotion for our joints and everything else right right then that would be the same thing with the brain.
C: absolutely!
H1: yeah you mentioned alzheimer’s october is a big month for alzheimer’s awareness so tell us about what uh a big event planned at the end of this month.
C: yes october 30th at power park uh the alzheimer’s association we’re having the walk 10 to alzheimer’s so i encourage everybody to come down and be a part of it also you get to dress up you know for the walk it’s always this time of year in charleston and uh and people will bring their pets their dogs and dress them up it’s it’s fun and silly
H2: how about family members getting involved how how will they be able to get involved in that i guess maybe since it’s outside you can have a few more
C: yeah you can register now online um i think it’s all alz.org backslash um if they go online they can do it but you can also register that day registration starts at eight a.m on saturday and the walk starts at 9 30.
W: right there at the ballpark yes yep okay easy to find there
H2: that’s good it’s it’s so important to do these kind of things and and to your point when it comes right down to it you know if laughter is medicine then fun is the same thing because fun and laughter go hand in hand and i’m sure they just so much appreciate it people who and their families
C: Yes yeah absolutely!
H1: Well have fun next time you’re here we want to see a picture of the wizard of oz
H2: That’ll be a good one to post all right chris thanks for coming in really always appreciate it!
C: Thank you!

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Memory Care Activities at Braley Care Homes

Memory Care Activities at Braley Care Homes

Host: Chris Braley with Braley Care Homes is here today. Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Chris: Thank you! 

H: Yeah, okay now you know this has been a tough year for everyone but especially our older loved ones but i hear you all been doing a lot of fun activities even a snowball fight. Tell us what’s going on.

C: Yeah, you know it’s important to keep everybody active and have some fun. And we’ll try to do activities that are spontaneous and kind of related to the weather and stuff that’s going on – seasonal.

So of course as you know uh last week we had a bit of snow and ice in our area uh so we did a snowball fight with the residents and so i got in the center of an area in our living room and the residents kind of we got different snowballs and they just kind of threw it at me and had fun. 

H: I bet they really enjoyed it.

C: They did yeah. 

H: And then we were showing a picture going into the commercial break was that a carnival what else do you do? 

C: Yeah yes actually just yesterday um you got an exclusive we don’t even have it on our Facebook (oh wow) we did a carnival um and i just did some carnival kind of foods and then we did we did a wheelchair race and then we we did this thing where they put shaving cream on my head and the shower cap and so the resins try to throw popcorn uh and they had a blast I mean it was I don’t know if you have some pictures of that but it was pretty. 

H: Yeah this looks like maybe you all had a Valentine’s party.

C: Yep yeah and they had their own message kind of their message to being a valentine and.. 

H: Yeah and maybe that’s carnival 

C: That’s part of the carnival.

H: Okay yeah well you know why do you think it’s so important to for the residents to engage in these fun activities? 

C: well it i think you know activities are just as important as any other aspect whether you’re looking at medications or nutrition um it’s food for the brain yeah and so they need they need that that mind and body stimulation there’s a lot of research that has shown that with that correct kind of activities they can improve their their mental status they can improve levels of agitation levels of depression, flexibility and all those aspects. 

H: So is this something that you all because you know right from the science aspect of it and then of course seeing the smiles on their faces is this something you all are going to continue doing throughout the year or is it just through the winter? 

C: Oh no no we do this all you know all year round 

H: Yeah that is great um and you’re a good sport too if you’re letting them throw snowballs at you anything to get a laugh.

C: that’s true that’s true 

H: So how important is it you talked about that but what about our viewers at home maybe they don’t have a loved one in a care facility like yours but they have someone they’re taking care of at home any advice for them what are some activities that you’ve seen that would work.

C: Yeah it’s really looking at the individual and where they are in their stage of dementia and understanding their history what they enjoy what their skill set is and then trying to design an activity program around that certainly things like crossword puzzles and other kinds of puzzles are good for the for the mind but you know you can get creative and if they’re later stage you know an activity that’s been very effective for us with certain residents a baby doll and it’s very soothing relaxing it takes them back to that time period when perhaps they were caring for their child or their grandchild and those are the emotions and feelings that you’re trying to get for them within an activity yeah um is that they’re feeling that self-respect and that they’re taking care of taking care of someone. 

H: I get it now if folks at home want to contact you all maybe come talk to you or i guess do an online tour and discuss how do they get in touch with you?

C: Sure they can go to our website which is braleycarehomes.com they can certainly give us a phone call at 304-767-4033 and we can schedule a time for them to come down 

H: Great sounds good we’ll keep having fun and being a good sport with them thank you all righty thanks a lot Chris Braley with Braley Care.

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COVID Vaccine Rollout at Braley Care Homes

Chris Braley discusses getting vaccines distributed to memory care and alzheimer’s patients and residents at Braley Care Homes.

Host: Hi Welcome back! you know assisted living has taken a huge hit during the pandemic. Today we have Chris Braley, the owner of Braley Care Homes here to talk about how you all maneuvered and adapted during this time because you have some very special people that you all take care of and that gives you an extra obstacle to deal with but you all have gotten everyone vaccinated?

Chris: Yes, we have. We had the second dose last week.

H: Wow, that’s gotta give you all a lot of relief

C: oh, ya. Ya, it’s been trying time to get to that point and absolutely, we had webinars done by the West Virginia Health care association that helped us get logistically prepared for it

H: I remember the last time you were here talking to us. You all were hoping to get the first vaccine and now you’ve gotten both vaccines in your memory care residents there. So, how did it go?

C: It went well. We had a great staff turnout. I think we only had maybe 15% of staff that didn’t do it and about 85% of our staff, all of our alzheimer’s care residents were vaccinated. The families are very happy of course and excited because the next thing now will be when can families come visit?

Is there a timeline yet for that? That’s the million-dollar question!

Yeah, and I think that was really the big goal. We wanted to get to this point where we could get everybody vaccinated where there I think ah, we’re gonna be slowly open up some visitation here real soon

H: Oh, that’s good. How can the families find out when that will happen?

C: They can contact me and they have when we have enough talked and I think we’re looking at probably within the next month. One thing that I’ve told them I’m looking at is they’ve heard about the South African variant.

Yeah, with the virus, just kinda keep an eye on, you know what’s going on with that.

I know we had the Moderna vaccine and we know they’re doing some research with that particular issue

H: Is that the vaccine you all got?

C: Yes.

H: Did everyone do okay with it?

C: There were some side effects. The second dose I think affected really probably more staff than our residents. But it only lasted about 24 hours and everybody was fine after that.

H: We’ve heard a lot about that. That second dose. It makes you feel a little rougher than the first dose but those are important people your staff workers because they’re taking care a lot of loved ones.

Okay, so what about, do you all have openings or vacancies?

H: If someone watching today. Maybe they heard about your facility and they would like to get a loved one there for memory care or alzheimer’s or dementia care services. But these are still very, you know, scary times for a lot of people. How do they go about visiting and finding out more about it.

C: Right, uh, it is very scary and it is a little different of course from what it used to be. But they would just contact me and we would set up a time. I can’t give an actual tour at this moment but they can go on to our website and they can set up a time with me and I can meet with them in our lobby and kind of go over some things to get that ready. We do have some openings right now

H: Oh, that’s good!

Um, and it looks like we have your phone number on our screen right now as well.

If people want to call and get the ball rolling on that process to a take the virtual tour and come in and talk to you in the lobby there

C: Absolutely.

H: Well, good. so you feel probably a sigh of relief now that the vaccine everyone’s gotten vaccinated or at least the majority there

C: Oh, it’s been nerve-wracking. You know for quite a while and I really want to thank again the West Virginia Health Care Association and Assured Care Pharmacy who we partnered with to help get everything done. It helped tremendously to get logistically everything going to get that done

H: I bet that was a big undertaking

C: Ya and there was concern and fear in the beginning during the webinars

that residents may not be in that first wave of vaccinations which is very scary. But you know Governor Justice did in fact do that where some states didn’t and there are some residents long-term care that were not in that first wave in other states

H: Right, alright, well

Chris Braley, owner of Braley Care Homes

Thanks for you all are doing there and for stopping by and sharing how things are going now that you all have gotten vaccinated.

C: Thank you for having me!

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