Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care in a skilled nursing facility; What you need to know

By Maureen Bradley

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.  In short, an individual with a cognitive impairment.

In February of 2014, the Department of Public Health formulated regulations to improve the quality of life for individuals that have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in a skilled nursing facility.  Under the new regulations, any licensed facility that uses or references to the fact that they are capable of providing specialized care for those individuals with dementia must have all licensed staff undergo vital trainings that encompass the safety, well being and quality of life for these individuals. 

 

All Royal licensed staff members are personally trained to be “Dementia Practitioners,” with C.N.A.s and H.H.A.s undergoing in-depth dementia training and given detailed background on each new resident prior to admission. The program features failure-free activities, family style dining, monthly support groups for families, short term rehabilitation specifically designed for the memory impaired, assisted living, home care, and hospice services.

 

The “Royal Innovation: Alzheimer’s Care” program is directed by Maureen Bradley LPN CDP, one of the Commonwealth’s most respected Alzheimer’s care experts. Maureen brings 40 years of experience to her position, along with a commitment to providing the best quality of life possible for our residents.

At the current time there are only two recognized memory care units on the upper cape and both are part of the Royal Health Group.  Royal Nursing Center on Main Street in Falmouth and Royal Cape Cod in Buzzards Bay.

 

“Instead of looking strictly at the disease, I look at the person. Everyone who struggles with dementia or Alzheimer’s is a person who raised a family – a person who lived and worked in the community before the onset of the disease. I try to keep that in mind always. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity.” -Maureen Bradley L.P.N.C.D.P.- Director of Alzheimer’s Care, The Royal Health Group

 

For further questions about our Alzheimer’s program and our support group, or to reach Maureen directly, click here.