Feb. 14-21, 2021 is Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Staff Education Week. Each year during this time, the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) encourages health care professionals to focus on education, as well as fostering sensitivity and respect for people diagnosed with dementia.
Ohio Living is committed to the care and treatment of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and is always looking for the best practices and resources available.
Currently, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, that number is projected to grow to 13.8 million. Even as deaths from other causes, such as heart disease, have decreased, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased exponentially, nearly 146%.
In response to this projected dramatic rise of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease, Ohio Living has begun two new initiatives to transform memory care and become a leader in services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as for their families and caregivers.
After much research, Ohio Living has chosen a nationally-recognized, evidence-based memory care approach and is partnering with the Hearthstone Institute to implement their program, I’m Still Here®.
The I’m Still Here® program focuses on creating opportunities for meaningful engagement, tailored to the skills and needs of residents at all levels of memory loss. Ohio Living Mount Pleasant in Monroe and Ohio Living Llanfair in Cincinnati will be the first Ohio Living life plan communities to pilot this philosophy. They will be undergoing a six-month certification process to become Memory Care Centers of Excellence.
In addition, Ohio Living is also piloting a specific therapeutic program, which is based on the neuroscience of dementia, at Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber in Columbus. The Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET) program consists of four therapies customized to each individual resident’s interests and capabilities, as a complement to group activities, including music therapy, video therapy, stimulating therapy and memory prop therapy. This award-winning program provides a variety of medication-free options for managing behaviors and engaging residents.
Ohio Living is proud to be at the forefront of Alzheimer’s research and care and will continue to provide the best possible opportunities for residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.