As you know by now, we are not like other assisted living Alzheimer’s care homes – we have a different motto, “Unique Care For Unique Needs”. We are very diligent about the safety and well-being of each resident while still encouraging their independence and choice. A-person-centered-approach is given to our residents.
In many long-term care facilities, the kind of places that resemble a hospital, there is no flexibility for each person. There is no distinction between the patient with Alzheimer’s disease and the person afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. Traditional Long-Term Care facilities are focused on the medical aspects of caring for the patients.
The culture of long-term care is changing around the world. We are realizing that traditional long-term care facilities are no longer beneficial to most people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Until we find a cure, a different approach needs to become the standard.
“In order to care for somebody, we need to know who they are. We need to know what makes them tick, what makes them smile, what makes them upset or afraid,” said Mary Schulz of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. (Source)
Imagine this scenario: You are sleeping soundly in your bed. Suddenly, a complete stranger barges into your room without knocking and demands that you wake up and go to breakfast. How would you feel?
This is how the day starts for many people in long-term care facilities around the world. They have no privacy, no personal space, and no control over how they spend their day, regardless of their personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease.
Long-term care should focus on treating problems as they arise, and then allowing the person to move on with life – even if that life is being lived in a facility providing long-term care. By using a person-centered approach, you lessen the likelihood for depression, behavioral issues, and boredom.
It all boils down to looking at a facility that provides long-term care and asking, “Is this a medical facility or is this a home? Village Green strives to be that home – where your loved one becomes our loved one, too.