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Family Matters - Arden Courts’ Commitment

By: Dr. Cate McCarty

Research on placement of loved ones with dementia into a care community show that family involvement in the community helps both the family and the individual with dementia.  At Arden Courts we take both family involvement and dementia research seriously.   We understand that you continue to be a caregiver and have chosen to add a trained team to your loved one’s care.  That is why we itake extra measures to include you in your loved one’s memory care.

From your first contact with an Arden Courts community you are treated as family.  We understand that choosing memory care for your loved one takes more than one visit, requires answer to many questions, and an overall education.  Which is why we have been providing caregiver education for over 20 years.  Using the latest and most attuned educators, Arden Courts seminars are yet another way to familiarize yourself with the best in dementia care. Once you have attended an Arden Courts seminar, we work with interested families in transitioning month by month helping you navigate the emotions and your day- to-day dementia needs.

Families who have chosen Arden Courts continue to be a key component of their loved one’s care.  From the initial biography and preference record to the quarterly service plans, we include the family caregiver.  Our executive directors and resident services coordinator have an open door for families discussing the care details and considerations for your loved one each step of the way.

New resident families attend a family orientations to receive an overview of the training and focus of Arden Court staff and to answer the normal questions that accompany a loved one’s placement. 

All Arden Court families are invited to regular family nights.  This gives you the opportunity to enjoy community quality time with your loved ones-- enjoying barbeques, dinners, themed parties, and entertainments.

 At Arden Courts we are designed and trained to provide the evidence-based care to optimize quality of life for your loved one and their entire support system.

 

 

References

Maas, M. L., Reed, D., Park. M., Specht, J. P., Schutte, D., et al.  (2004). Outcomes of family involvement in care intervention for caregivers of individuals with dementia, Nursing Research, 53(2): 76-86.

Tornatore, J.B., Grant, L.A.  (2004). Family caregiver satisfaction with the nursing home after placement of a relative with dementia,  Journal of Gerontology B, Psychology Science and Social Science, 59(2): S80-88.

 By-line:  Cate McCarty, PhD, ADC has been collaborating with Arden Courts in a variety of roles since the late 90’s.  Her background in nursing, activities and admissions has given her a passionate commitment to quality of life for the individual and family with dementia.

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