Dementia/Alzheimer’s

Mindcare is Residential Home Health’s exclusive dementia care program designed to:

  • Increase patient participation in everyday activities
  • Reduce caregiver stress and anxiety
  • Individualize treatment based upon standardized dementia assessments: Based upon the results of several nationally-recognized and evidence-based assessments, MindCare is customized to meet the unique needs of each patient and caregiver at any stage of dementia

Mindcare uses a clinical approach incorporating Medical Social Workers, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists as needed to provide the following:

  • Caregiver Support and Education
    • Education on the seven stages of dementia and recommendations to help manage the physical, mental and behavioral challenges of each stage
    • Community assistance and long-term planning
    • Educational resources related to the specific needs of the patient and caregiver
  • Strategies for Living with Dementia
    • Evaluation and strategies to improve patients’ everyday activities such as eating, bathing, and dressing
    • Swallowing and communication exercises to improve patients’ social interaction.
    • Assessment and recommendations to improve patients’ cognitive function(problem-solving, memory, and thought process)
    • Techniques to help prevent incontinence
  • Safety
    • Evaluation of the home environment for potential hazards
      and assistance with labeling or removing them as necessary.
    • Incorporation of StepWise, Residential Home Health’s fall prevention and awareness program, to assess and reduce risk.

“We now realize that by knowing the individual’s ‘way’ of completing tasks, the basic set-up and where they start the process, is enough to allow them to independently sequence through the task. Therefore, it is possible for people with dementia to continue to bathe and dress, and remain continent well into the last stages of dementia.”

Excerpt from “My Past Is Now My Future: A Practical Guide to Dementia Possible Care.”
Lanny D. Butler, MS, OTR and Kari K. Brizendien, PT
http://www.iatbdementiacare.com/