You see many nursing homes and assisted living centers advertise that they have a “secure wing” or a “special Alzheimer’s unit” for their Alzheimer diagnosed residents. We believe that these people thrive and enjoy interaction with the mainstream population. Feedback is received from other residents, staff, and visiting families.
There should be precautions taken to pre-empt wandering away from the facility. There are many devices on the market to assist this goal. Kind, loving care will never be replaced with a “secure unit”.
Much information on Alzheimer’s is available:
Even with all of the information available, someone still needs to be there to help bathe, dress, enjoy meals, and the thousand and one things that need to be done each day. Someone needs to deal with the occasional anger and confusion. Someone needs to be there to provide some type of activity. Someone needs to be there to console and comfort. Someone needs to be there to provide support to the family member who did all of these things before.
This is our job. This is what we train our employees to do. This is the difference between us and them. If you have questions, please contact Daren Lauritzen by e-mail or call 435-477-3615.