Dementia Care – Every Case is Unique
Our Background in Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care
Through six years of caregiving for individuals suffering with a form of dementia, we have gained a deeper understanding of the terrible effects this disease has on individuals and their families. We have developed specialized dementia care training for our staff as a result of our experiences and expert training from Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach® to Care organization. We are now certified Dementia Trainers and have developed custom caregiving procedures. We recognize and appreciate each individual inflicted by the disease is unique.
We invest a lot of time talking to family members as well as our caregivers to recognize habits and trends and develop a custom dementia care plan that is reviewed frequently as changes in our clients behavior can vary almost daily.
Our Dementia Care Process
Our process involves a comprehensive and holistic approach to understanding where our client is in their Dementia Journey. From there, we can develop a care plan that is best for this particular moment in time. We also understand that what works today, could change in a moment’s notice and not work tomorrow.
All of this goes into our comprehensive Dementia Care practice. Features of our Dementia Care practice include:
It’s very important we first get to know each other a bit before jumping in to details about a loved one’s level of dementia. We like to know as much as possible about a person BEFORE the onset of dementia to get to know them and their personality. We call it establishing a connection.
In-Home Assessment (FREE)
If after our conversation we feel comfortable and encouraged we can possibly provide care; we schedule a no obligation free of charge in home assessment. To provide care is to know all about the place the person calls home.
We will not only assess the individual and their care needs; we will look at their home surroundings with a critical eye on can this environment support the level of care we agree on and they need? The outcome of this meeting will be the development and discussion of a propose dementia care plan.
The care plan will outline al the details and requirements for care. All activities of daily living (ADLs) will be reviewed with an assessment of the level of independence or level of assistance needed for each ADL.
Utilizing Teepa Snow’s GEMS® Model
As part of the in-home assessment, we incorporate an assessment of the stage a person’s dementia level currently is using Teepa Snow’s GEMS® dementia state classification model.
What’s unique about this model is unlike the traditional models, GEMS® focuses on the skills and abilities a person still has, not what they have lost. Instead of looking at people as less, Teepa’s model encourages care partners to see what the person living with dementia still has left and is still able to do.
Implementing the Dementia Care Plan
As mentioned above, the result of the in-home assessment is a care plan. In cases of Dementia, the care plan reflects our assessment of Dementia and the impacts to the care plan. Our top-rated dementia care in Cary and the surrounding areas will include caregivers that are briefed and trained on dementia care matching the GEMS® level of the case. The care plan is approved by either the clients and/or an approved (POA or guardian) family member. The plan is reviewed frequently as we have learned that dementia care can change dramatically very suddenly.
We have been fortunate to work with a team comprised of some of the best Dementia trained professionals and organizations that all help individuals and families living with Dementia. Owners Tim and Gina Murray (RN, BSN) are certified Dementia Trainers through Teepa Snow’s PAC™ Dementia Training Program.
Dementia Alliance of North Carolina – Tim Murray is a member of the DANC board. The Dementia Alliance is a wonderful organization formed to help people and families with Dementia Care and Support. Read More about the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina.
Communicating with a person afflicted with a form of Dementia – You are caring for a loved one with a form of dementia. And you have no idea where to begin on how to talk to someone with dementia. We can help you with expert advice and guidance from the Dementia Alliance of NC and other community experts.
Make a dementia plan – We created a planning guide for families dealing with dementia. Our Dementia Planning Guide is designed to start from the beginning and takes steps to address the issues your family is facing. Each step is designed to educate a person or family about resources and support available to them, and the entire guide has one goal in mind for the person with a form of dementia: Live the best life they can on that day!
Aware Senior Care’s Blog – Care for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, the chronically Ill and Disabled. We created a large section of our Blog on topics and articles focused on dementia care.
Helpful Dementia Support Groups for Caregivers in Wake County -- There are great dementia support groups in Wake County where family caregivers can find support when taking care of a loved one.
Radio/Podcast -- Tim and Gina talk Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care on iHeartRadio’s “Around the Triangle” hosted by Kyle Wilson.
A 50-minute live webinar with our partners (Dementia Alliance of NC, Galberth Health, Preferred Living Solutions, Silver Linings of NC, SarahCare and Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach® to Care Consultant and Mentor, Melanie Bunn. The webinar was focused on dealing with dementia care during the COVID-19 Pandemic.