Memory Care Unit

Welcome to Haven Care

Our 20 bed secured specialty care wing has been developed for persons with various forms of dementia, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s disease. Our goal is to offer the opportunity for success and feelings of self-worth to each resident, to enrich each person’s life and to help him or her to function at their maximum capacity.

It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans suffer from severe dementia and that this number will increase five-fold by the year 2040. Dementia is both a health problem and social problem for those it afflicts. Our mission is to create an environment in which residents feel safe and appreciated, increasing their sense of well-being which directly affects their quality of life.

Environment

Residents will experience an environment created just for them. Every effort has been made to design a homelike living space. Colors and lighting have been carefully chosen to complement the activities that take place in each area. Common area décor has been carefully selected to be interactive and evoke pleasant memories of yesteryear. Noise is kept to minimum. Hallways and common areas are open and free of impediments so that residents can walk safely. Families are encouraged to individualize residents’ personal space with articles from home.

The Memory Care Unit is a secured unit which provides residents with opportunities for freedom of expression and movement while fostering feelings of self-worth within a safe, supportive, and structured environment.

Visitors

Families and friends are encouraged to be part of resident life and are always welcome. Persons with dementia may not always cope well with large group activities or several visitors at one time. We therefore ask that all visitors stop at the nurses’ station on arrival and before departure so that we know who and how many visitors are on the unit at one time.

Programs

Daily programming has been developed to provide predictable routines, a consistent atmosphere, and activities that are adapted to various levels of memory loss. Activities are designed to stimulate the senses and memory and are accomplished in simple steps that are easier to follow.

7:00- 9:00 Prepare for breakfast and eat

9:00-9:30 Quiet time, freshen up

10:00-10:45 Beauty shop/Barber shop

10:45-11:45 Exercise / Music

11:45-12:00 Quiet time, prepare for lunch

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Restful activity or nap, if desired

2:00-3:00 Physical activity (i.e. singing, bean bag toss, horseshoes)

3:00-3:30 Social Time / nutrition break

3:30-4:30 Exercise (Parachute, fishing ball, gentle stretching)

4:30-5:15 Sensory stimulation / Reminiscence

5:15-5:45 Quiet time, prepare for supper

6:00-6:30 Supper

6:30-6:45 Quiet time, Freshen up

6:45-7:30 Relaxation time (flexible bed time)

Staff

Caregivers assigned to our Memory Care Unit have received extensive training in providing care and services to persons with dementia. Consistency is important. Caregivers are assigned to work in the Memory Care Unit after careful screening and are solely assigned there. Residents are assured that the same caregivers will assist them routinely.

The Memory Care Unit is a self-contained, care unit. Residents stay within the unit for most care, activities, and meals. This too allows for more flexibility, permitting the resident to follow his or her own schedule, rather than that of staff.

Admission Criteria

The Memory Care Unit is designed primarily for those who have a primary diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease as well as related dementia disorders. Individuals who qualify for the unit will meet one of the following criteria:

Individual has some or all of the following characteristics:
•Significant memory impairment
•Short attention span
•Difficulty communicating needs
•Inability to perform self-care activities
•Impaired judgment
•Some degree of disorientation to person, place, or time
•Behavior that disrupts the environment
•Has experienced a change in prior behavior evidenced by withdrawal, disinterest, suspicion, wandering, etc.
•Individual has a diagnosis of dementia and can participate and benefit from consistent, daily programming in a small therapeutic environment to maintain functional and cognitive abilities