Many seniors encounter new challenges as they age. Some may experience memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and new physical challenges that limit their ability to live independently. For those seniors experiencing memory loss or dementia, assisted living at Wild Rose Care Home can be the solution for maintaining a level of independence while receiving assistance with activities of daily living. Wild Rose Care Home is a Santa Rosa assisted living facility owned and operated by Mary Garcia, R.N. who has extensive experience in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Unlike many Santa Rosa assisted living facilities, Wild Rose Care Home provides personalized care for seniors suffering from memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. At Wild Rose Care Home we understand the challenges posed by memory loss and that’s why our staff undergoes regular training in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Furthermore, our assisted living facilities are designed to safely accommodate residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and remain some of the few Santa Rosa assisted living facilities owned and operated by a registered nurse with over thirty years of medical experience. Wild Rose Care Home knows that selecting a Santa Rosa assisted living facility for your loved one experiencing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is difficult. Call us today to learn more about our experience with dementia and Alzheimer’s care and how we can meet your loved one’s needs.
What is Dementia?
Dementia refers to a multitude of symptoms and not a particular disease itself. These symptoms may manifest themselves as difficulty with language, short-term memory loss, forgetting names, difficulty finding the right words,r performing familiar tasks, mood swings, confusion, disorientation in familiar surroundings, and personality changes. In other words, when a person is said to have dementia they are displaying particular symptoms rather than a disease.
What Causes Dementia?
Dementia occurs when the sections of the brain associated with learning, decision-making, memory, and language are affected by certain diseases or conditions. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease which is responsible for approximately 50-70% of dementia cases. Other causes of dementia include Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, stroke, and head injury.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia for the elderly. However, while Alzheimer’s disease is progressive and worsens over time, Alzheimer’s disease is not the natural result of aging. While the true cause of Alzheimer’s disease continues to be investigated, a correlation exists between Alzheimer’s disease and two forms of nerve damage: neurofibrillary tangles (tangled nerve cells) and deposits of protein fragments (plaque) that accumulate between nerve cells.
Alzheimer & Dementia Care
Not all assisted living facilities are capable of caring for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Many Santa Rosa assisted living facilities provide assisted living services in an “independent living” community consisting of multi-floored apartments. However, residents suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease often cannot live alone in an assisted living apartment and require more personal care than an independent living community can provide. Furthermore, larger Santa Rosa assisted living facilities only offer dining and activities in large groups that create over-stimulation in dementia residents. In contrast, Wild Rose Care Home has designed each of its 6-bed assisted living facilities to provide a home-like environment for residents suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and offers activities in small group settings to prevent over-stimulation and enhance the personal nature of dementia care.
The Dementia Plan of Operation at Wild Rose Care Home ensures that the highest level of dementia care and staff training is provided at all of our Santa Rosa assisted living facilities. In addition, our staff trained in dementia and Alzheimer’s care remains on duty 24-hours a day. Our Santa Rosa assisted living facilities have been designed to accommodate residents with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Our Santa Rosa assisted living facilities floor plan ensures that on-duty staff is in close proximity to our residents.
Dementia Plan of Operation Summary
As a Santa Rosa assisted living facility we are dedicated to meeting the needs of our residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Consequently, Mary Garcia, R.N., has drafted and closely supervises Wild Rose Care Home’s “Dementia Plan of Operation” to ensure that your loved one receives the highest quality of dementia care available. In summary, our “Dementia Plan of Operation” implemented at all of our assisted living facilities include:
- Safety accommodations including auditory alarms on all exit doors and gates and a non-ambulatory fire clearance in each bedroom.
- Dementia and Alzheimer assessments and reappraisals conducted by Mary Garcia, R.N.
- Dementia and Alzheimer staff training* to better prepare the staff of Wild Rose Care Home to meet the challenges of caring for residents with dementia and decrease the residents agitation, aggressive behaviors, or wandering and enhance successful communication.
Our Dementia and Alzheimer Care Philosophy
Wild Rose Care Home believes that assisted living facilities should deliver personal care to residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Our low staff-to-resident ratio allows our residents and caregivers to form personal relationships and creates a consistent environment conducive for residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, at Wild Rose Care Home we believe that quality of care requires personal attention by medical professionals. That is why Mary Garcia, R.N. performs the initial assessment of prospective residents and remains involved in their continuing care at our assisted living facilities.
If you would like to learn more about dementia and Alzheimer’s care at our assisted living facilities visit http://santarosaseniorliving.com/dementia-care/ or call Mary Garcia, R.N., at (707) 695-2937. If you would prefer to send a message email us at [email protected]
* Disclaimer: While this extra training meets the requirements of Section 87707, it is not our intention to advertise as providing a specialized program or environment.