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Occupational Wellness & dementia – 4 tips to success

According to the University of California, Occupational Wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make a...

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Family Involvement in Programming linked to Resident Well-Being

The latest 2013 Seniors Housing & Care Journal from the National Investment Center highlights interesting findings related to families and their importance in resident care. Based on a six-month randomized trial of 18 residential care/assisted living settings and six nursing homes, the...

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Residents with Dementia: 6 tips to support frontline staff

According to Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), “long-term care for older people is, mainly, about care for people with dementia.” The report states that about half of all older...

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Resident engagement brings better outcomes

How do we define engagement?It is the act of occupying oneself, to become involved. In senior communities, this is reflected by residents engaging in their activities, dining experiences, therapy and/or with the community at large. With the increased importance of...

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Activities & Programming are good for business

Better run retirement communities realize the benefits, both to residents and to the community, of giving more control to residents over choices and more programming. By setting a goal is to deliver care that is more resident centered, communities across...

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7 Tips to increase resident activity participation

Activities and events in the community are often the only opportunities for residents to socialize, get out of their routine and access person-centered experiences. Their participation enhances their skills and talent, helps stay at the highest functional level while helping...

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3 steps to decrease antipsychotic drug use with activities and programming

Around 90 percent of people with dementia experience aggression, agitation and psychosis (delusions and hallucinations). These symptoms are known as behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia and can be very distressing for the person with dementia, their family and others...

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7 steps to build programming into a customer experience strategy

To effectively address the needs of any and all residents, a retirement community needs to put in place a genuine programming strategy with a goal to deliver outstanding customer experiences. It should embrace all dimensions of wellness: emotional, occupational, social,...

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Recent Studies Suggest Weaning off Antipsychotics for Seniors with Dementia

Often times individuals who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or Dementia are prescribed antipsychotics to assist in treating behavioral and psychological symptoms, but are the medications prescribed more beneficial than not? Earlier studies conducted have made connections between antipsychotics and...

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Three pillars of dementia programming with social engagement

Today’s senior housing market is much different than it was 10 or 20 years ago. The acuity of nursing home residents has increased significantly. Some kind of dementia is expected in 60% or more of residents.  At the same time,...

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