The Alzheimer's/Dementia unit is a therapeutic residence...a separate specialized residence within
our facility where the focus is on "wellness" and success in activities of daily living. Specialized care is provided by trained staff to focus on the unique needs of persons who experience altered cognitive and communication functioning associated with Alzheimer's or other dementia related diseases. Although the nursing staff is on the unit 24 hours per day, the focus is not medical in nature. Should a patient's/resident's condition warrant more nursing care than can be provided on the specialty unit, they may need to receive that care on another unit within the facility, which will offer the same high quality of care.
- Patient/resident has a diagnosis of dementia or dementia related diagnosis with appropriate diagnosis tests to rule out any treatable cause of dementia.
- Patient/resident has disorientation to time and place and makes inappropriate decisions.
- Patient/resident who has a psychosis/mental illness diagnosis and/or acute/chronic depression will be evaluated on a per case basis by meeting the specialty unit criteria.
- Patient/resident must be medically stable.
- Patient/resident must be free of communicable diseases that would require isolation from other patients/residents.
- If patient/resident has physically abusive/combative behaviors, they must be manageable through therapeutic approaches of low to moderate medication.
- Patient/resident must be physically and mentally able to participate in the programming of the unit consistently everyday.
- Physician must approve placement in the program, and physician's order must be received.
- Interdisciplinary team must complete pre-assessments and accept resident into the program.
- Family/responsible party is willing to have the resident participate in the program.
- Resident is not longer independent with ambulation with assistive devices.
- Resident's medical condition requires acute medical care, which overrides their cognitive/behavioral needs.
- Physician discharges resident from the program.
- Family requests discharge from the program and have another appropriate option for resident's needs.