Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death now in the United States, and the only leading cause of death that is on the rise. More than 5 million Americans now are living with the disease. Every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's, and approximately 500,000 people are dying each year because they have Alzheimer's. 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia, and in 2013 15.5 million caregivers provides an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion!
At Harmony Home Health we are prepared to meet this challenge. Our staff and selected aides have received extensive education in Alzheimer's and dementia and have become Certified Dementia Specialists. Specialized care begins when a care manager who has become a Certified Dementia Specialist comes to the home of the dementia patient and utilizes custom software to do an in depth assessment.
Proprietary algorithms then determine the client's current level of dementia and identify problematic areas. The software then creates a daily schedule which includes tasks and activities that lead to a meaningful and enjoyable day. All activities are based on a person's personal interests and are appropriately suited for their current levels of dementia.
A Home Health Aide with the advanced dementia training is then hand selected to provide care for each individual client and receives individualized instruction from a trained care manager on an ongoing basis. Regular follow-up visits are performed by the care manager to re-assess the current level of dementia and make changes to activities according to results. Additionally, Quality of Life assessments are performed at each visit to determine the success of the program and resolve problems.
Family and other caregivers also receive education and personalized training from the care manager using our care manual and custom videos.
Specialized Activities are also introduced. These include proprietary books and puzzles created specifically for people with dementia which match their current level. Free enrollment in our Music for Memory program which includes complimentary iPod loaded with their favorite songs as well as portable speaker.
The end result is the person with Alzheimer’s is happier and safer and their caregiver finds the stress relief they so desperately need. We believe that people with dementia still have feelings, desires, wants and needs. By creating a predictable day filled with essential tasks required for daily living and meaningful activities which match their current level of dementia, they can live much happier and fulfilled lives in the comfort of their own home.
Our Philosophy: Treat them with the respect they deserve.
Create a day that is enjoyable and provides meaning and purpose. By having them participate in essential activities (eating, bathing, toileting etc.) along with productive and wellness activities (when appropriate), it builds self-esteem and allows the person to feel as though they can still participate in life. These positive feelings contribute to an overall level of satisfaction which reduces behavior problems and leads to an overall happier person.
Our assessment is incredibly detailed and goes all the way back to a person’s childhood in order to come up with activities which offer the right amount of stimulation and are of interest to the participants. We don’t force them to do activities which are too difficult, too child-like or have no interest to them.
Constantly monitor the progress of the disease so that we can adapt daily tasks and activities to be appropriate for current level of dementia.
Realize that there are often root causes to problematic behaviors rather than simply blaming it on the disease. We attempt to figure out these causes and come up with solutions which address the problems. This can often lead to less need for medication, restraints or institutionalization.