As recognized by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. This is an important time to increase awareness for the over 6.2 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and the more than 11 million caregivers who provide support.
As healthcare providers who specialize in rendering quality care for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, we know that dementia itself is not a normal process of the aging brain. There are numerous researched-based interventions that can improve daily care and quality of life. Consistently incorporating the TEAM approach, in which together everyone achieves more, into care practices that involve a strong interdisciplinary team, provides a wholistic approach to improve and maintain cognition, socialization, engagement, safety, and independence.
At Synchrony Rehab, we believe the overreaching goals when supporting residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is straightforward. As we strive to achieve measurable outcomes and customer satisfaction, we believe all staff members play a vital role when it comes to the success of treatment programs. Guiding residents to their fullest functional and emotional potential requires input from everyone. Increasing focus on what the residents can do and capitalizing on maintaining their best abilities are critical components of success and quality living.
Skilled speech-language pathology services, occupational therapy and physical therapy can provide direct intervention to residents and educate caregivers in specialized, resident-specific strategies and techniques to meet and sustain these goals.
Reach out to Synchrony Rehab for assistance so that as a team, we can strive to incorporate successful interventions to improve care for our growing number of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.