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We are accustomed to assessing the abilities and interests of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Based on information about each resident, we design and customize activities to meet their needs. This includes a strong family support group and a team of professionals, including our pharmacist, nursing and social services staff who routinely meet to properly manage medications for residents and to allow those living in our living center to remain as alert yet calm as possible.
Following principles of The Eden Alternative, a leading organization in long-term-care culture change, we do our best to eliminate residents’ feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and boredom. This begins before or upon admission, when we gather information about each resident’s routine, preferences and dislikes. We also seek input from residents and families on individual meal choices, activities, outings, etc. With all of this information, we work to provide care that is consistent with our elders’ choices.
Staff assignments and training are focused on meeting the unique needs of memory care residents. For example, special dementia training is provided to staff across all disciplines. Also, consistent staffing enables residents and staff to get to know each other more quickly, which can increase the resident’s comfort in our living centers.
Our secure environment may be appropriate for individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, have unsafe wandering behavior, and are considered a danger to themselves or others. They may not understand the need to live in our home and may wander away or voice or exhibit the intent to leave. They also may not do well in large group settings.
Click below to further explore our facility-specific Alzheimer’s and dementia care programs:
The Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons offers a secure, 21-bed memory care unit, or “neighborhood,” with spacious rooms, recreation areas and outdoor gardens. An in-house pharmacy enables staff to become familiar with residents’ conditions and history, to communicate this information to physicians and to respond quickly to medication order changes. Also, pharmacists and nursing staff maintain close, ongoing communication to provide the best possible care for our residents.
Fitzsimons works to provide a home-like environment. Residents who live throughout the nursing home are encouraged to bring in familiar items such as personal belongings and even their own furniture if desired. All of the Fitzsimons nursing staff attends specialized two-day dementia training developed by experienced Fitzsimons staff. The training teaches staff to create meaningful interactions, maintain a positive approach, communicate in engaging ways, slow down to enable the resident to track and understand information, eliminate stress in the environment, avoid stimulation overload, provide activities that focus on their remaining abilities and help meet residents’ nutritional needs.
The Bruce McCandless Veterans Community Living Center at Florence offers a 20-bed memory care neighborhood known as the Four Seasons Trail neighborhood. In this neighborhood we offer:
Staff assignments and training are focused on meeting the unique needs of memory care residents. For example, special dementia training is provided to staff across all disciplines. Also, consistent staffing enables residents and staff to get to know each other more quickly, which can increase the resident’s comfort in our living center.
Veterans Community Living Center at Homelake does not have a separate, secure memory care neighborhood. However, for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia who do not require a secure unit, Homelake provides care designed to meet their individual needs.
Residents throughout the living center can receive many types of memory care services:
The Veterans Community Living Center at Rifle offers a 12-bed secure unit, or “neighborhood,” for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia who require additional structure and specialized attention. Called Grass Mesa, this neighborhood is designed to help residents maintain as much independence and freedom as possible, while also minimizing safety risks. Residents in this neighborhood enjoy:
Nursing staff members receive specialized dementia training that promotes resident choice and independence. Also, the secure neighborhood maintains a consistent group of staff, helping residents become familiar with their caregivers and promoting a sense of family.
The memory care unit in Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center at Walsenburg provides the following services and amenities: