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8 Questions to Ask New Residents

June 16, 2017

Adult residential care homes are a popular solution for individuals who need help with daily activities. These individuals spend time researching available options before they make a choice on which home best suits their needs. As an adult residential care home director, it is also important that you make sure potential residents are a good match for the services you offer. The best time to do that is during the initial meeting with the resident and their family.

 

Here are eight questions to ask every new resident before they transition to your care.

 

  1. Why are you seeking care?

Some residents need temporary care after spending time in a rehabilitation center, and others need permanent care. It’s important you know up front how long the individual plans to reside in your care. This gives you insight into particular struggles the resident may be experiencing and why they no longer want to live on their own.

  1. Have you lived in an assisted living setting before?

It is possible that the new resident is coming from another residential care home. If so, ask them why they are leaving the previous home. This helps you understand what might have gone wrong previously and identify any potential red flags on why you can’t meet their care needs.

  1. Are there any medical conditions we need to know about?

Sometimes families need to move loved ones into an assisted living environment because they can no longer care for their needs. To be able to provide the proper care, you need to know these medical conditions up front.  The tendency to fall and Dementia residents require different care plans than individuals who simply no longer want to live alone. If there is a medical condition, ask the individual or their family to provide medical records from doctors or previous homes for you to review.

  1. Do you have any concerns about assisted living care?

Moving to a new home is scary for residents and their family. Knowing their concerns before they move in helps you make the transition easier for them to endure. Take the time to address each and how your assisted living model helps alleviate concerns.

  1. What are your expectations?

Some individuals understand the difference between adult residential care homes and nursing homes while others do not. Hearing their expectations up front tells you if they fully understand what you offer. It gives you a chance to let them know if you can’t meet any expectations, so there are fewer surprises later.

  1. Do you have a power of attorney?

You need to know who to call during an emergency. Make sure new residents provide you with Power of Attorney information in advance. Schedule a meeting with the POA so you can review the care and service plan and answer their questions too.

  1. Do you need transportation to medical appointments?

Not every adult residential care home offers transportation to medical appointments. If new residents need transportation, it is critical to review their options before they transition to your care.

  1. Do you have any dietary restrictions or allergies?

To create the right care plan, you need to know what individuals can and cannot eat. Ask for this information up front to avoid any medical emergencies later.

 

Welcoming a new resident into your adult residential care home is an exciting time for you and the rest of your residents. Make the most of it by asking these questions, in the beginning, to be sure you can provide the quality care they expect.

10 Strategies for Caring for Your Residents with Dementia

June 9, 2017

Dementia is a biological brain disorder that impacts memory, cognitive thinking, communication skills, and makes it difficult for individuals to care for themselves. Families often look to expert caregivers like you for direction, and they trust you to care for their loved ones when they cannot. As a caregiver, you understand the heartache that comes with caring for Dementia residents.

 

Since every experience is different, it can be difficult to break through the dementia barriers when connecting with residents. Dementia causes anger, memory loss, confusion, and eventually impacts their ability to talk and walk. They key to caring for Dementia residents is understanding. Residents who have dementia don’t try to be difficult; it is out of their control. They usually feel scared and lonely during their progression.

 

Here are ten strategies to use when caring for residents with Dementia.

 

  1. Stop over explaining. Residents in advanced stages of dementia can’t comprehend long explanations or that you are trying to reason with them. This technique often backfires by causing individuals to become angrier with you and the situation.
  2. Validate their feelings. Make sure the resident knows that you care and are there to help them. Even if their request or actions are wrong, tell them you understand so they know they can trust you.
  3. Redirection. One of the common situations you face is the resident’s loss of memory. That can cause them to declare they want to go home. Instead of trying to tell them they are home, redirect them to something you know they enjoy. Ask if they want to go for a walk or play a game to avoid anger and frustration.
  4. Be objective. Think before you react to their choices. Are their actions harmful to themselves or others in your care? If not, then it might be okay to let these situations go without correcting the resident.
  5. Identify patterns. After you manage a disruptive situation, take a moment to analyze what caused it. What was the resident doing right before the incident? What time of day is it? Were they introduced to something new? Documenting these answers helps you identify patterns over time and create a better resident care plan.
  6. Encourage families to visit. Make sure residents’ families know they are always welcomed. Sometimes the familiar faces can increase a Dementia resident’s happiness. Without frequent visits, they tend to stay depressed and get angry more often.
  7. Don’t take away their freedom too quickly. Once a resident starts to lose their cognitive ability, it is tempting to take away their freedom to do things on their own. Taking away freedom too quickly can be scary and anger the individual. Give them a chance to do things on their own and step in when they start to show frustration.
  8. Don’t ask questions. Asking Dementia residents what they want to do next gives them a chance to say “nothing” because they don’t know what to say. Then you have to convince them to take part in an activity or eat with the other residents. By telling them what to expect next, you encourage them to participate.
  9. Accept that you are not perfect. Situations will occur that leave you feeling frustrated and defeated. No caregiver is perfect. Accepting that means you can feel better about what you did accomplish. That leads to a more positive outlook the rest of the day- which your residents can see.
  10. Educate the rest of your team. Make sure all of your team has the education they need to care for residents with dementia properly. There are online resources available and local hospitals may even offer educational sessions.

Elder Abuse and How to Prevent It in Your Facility

June 2, 2017

More than 2 million cases of elder abuse are reported each year, according to The National Council of Aging  and more than half of the cases never get reported. It’s devastating to think about. Adult residential care homes are a place where many elderly go to for comfort and help with their daily needs. It’s important as an owner or administrator to make sure it’s a safe place for them to reside.

The last think you want to think about is one of the residents in your care being abused. It happens every day in and out of homes like yours.  A lot of times the abuser is the individual you least expect it to be.

Here are seven steps you can take to prevent elder abuse in your adult residential care home.

  1. Thoroughly screen new employees.

 

Don’t skip the background and reference checks on new employees. In addition to the automated checks, contact previous employers to verify employment and terms of departure. Run the candidate’s names through registered caregiver databases for any previous abuse allegations.

 

  1. Educate your team on signs of abuse.

 

Your team members including caregivers and support staff interact with residents every day. Educate them on signs or symptoms of abuse to quickly put a stop to any abuse in your home or facility.

 

Keep this information fresh in their minds by conducting abuse policy training at hiring time and every year after.

 

  1. Establish a reporting process.

 

Who can residents, staff, and family members take their concerns to? This process is important because individuals need to feel that they can trust someone with sensitive information. Otherwise, they may be tempted to bottle up their concerns which only lets the situation escalate.

 

Include information in new employee orientation as well as new resident orientation. If you make any changes to the reporting process, notify families, residents, and staff immediately.

 

  1. Investigate all concerns.

Ignoring any concerns makes you look like you don’t care about the residents. Respond immediately to show they can trust you and that abuse is not acceptable in your home. Assuming that something is an isolated incident or being exaggerated will result in lost residents. And they are more likely to send their concerns to law enforcement or licensing department without your knowledge.

 

  1. Create a communication plan.

 

How will you notify the individual in question, other staff, and residents of the allegations? It’s important that you plan to approach the subject without causing panic and alarm in your adult residential care home. A communication plan also tells those involved what to expect from you during the investigations process.

 

  1. Report any findings.

 

Don’t try to hide abuse reports. Notify all required authorities and agencies. Follow their feedback and direction during the investigation.

 

  1. Develop a response plan.

 

After the investigation, take a look back at the situation. Were there any signs that you missed? Are there any gaps in your policies and procedures? Make updates to your plan to show your commitment to the safety of your current and future residents.

Most adult residential care homes have abuse policies and procedures in place. Make sure your policies include each of these steps. Take time each year to review and make any necessary changes. Preventing elder abuse requires continuous commitment from you and your team.

The Importance of the Level of Care Assessment

May 26, 2017

Every resident in your care has unique needs and concerns. It is vital as an adult residential care home administrator or owner that you recognize and understand these needs before a new resident enters your care. It is also important that you conduct a level of care assessment yearly or when you see noticeable changes in a resident’s behaviors.

Here is everything you need to know about the level of care assessment, how to use it, and why it matters to your adult residential care home.

What is a level of care assessment?

A level of care assessment is a tool you can use to determine if residents’ care needs match the services you offer. Most care assessments include questions about medication, health care requirements, skin care needs, continence care, and activities of daily living like bathing and dressing. The best level of care assessments give you a 360-degree view of resident needs by also asking about fall and wandering risk.

How do I implement a level of care assessment?

If you don’t currently use a level of care assessment but want to implement one, there are four key steps to take.

  • Find a level of care assessment tool.

PCALIC, LLC understands this is an important part of your responsibilities. And we offer all of our insureds a free and ready to download level of care assessment in the members only section of our website.

 

  • Conduct an assessment on every resident in your care.

Once you pick the tool that matches your needs, notify your residents and their family or power of attorney of your new care requirement. Invite family members or the POA to join you and the resident for the assessment. Take the time to go over each question and explain how the level of care assessment benefits the resident’s continued care.

 

  • Add the level of care assessment to your intake policy and procedures.

Include the level of care assessment as part of your new resident intake procedures. This is the most critical time to conduct an assessment because it shows any causes for concern that you need to make the family and resident aware of.

 

  • Create a policy for follow-up assessments.

The last important step of implementing the level of care assessment is determining how often to conduct it. It’s best to conduct one on all new residents and then do a follow-up ninety days later and yearly afterward. But don’t put yourself in a box and only conduct assessments yearly. Resident’s care needs can change overnight so make it a policy to update when behaviors and physical conditions change.

 

What can I do with the information gathered on a level of care assessment?

The information you gather gives you exactly what you need to create a resident care plan. A resident care plan identifies what your adult residential care home can offer the resident daily. Have the resident and their family review the plan, ask questions, and agree to it by signing and dating it.

What happens if a resident needs more care than I can provide?

Since no two residents are the same and needs change without notice, there is a chance a resident requires more care than you can offer. The best thing you can do in these instances is be honest with the resident and their family. Explain your concerns and provide them with information for another facility or state department that can assist with their needs.

A level of care assessment is a valuable tool your adult residential care home can use to provide the best care to residents. Take a moment to download it from the PCALIC website or contact your account representative today.

 

Medication Management in Your Facility

May 19, 2017

Forty percent of adults over the age of 65 take more than five medications daily. This number is only going to rise as the 65 and over population continues to grow. Medication is a concern for assisted living facilities and adult residential care homes across the country.

 

Medication administration, whether self-administered or limited, is a typical service offered in assisted living. More medication results in a bigger potential for errors. Misreading labels, forgetting to give medications, or administering the wrong amounts can all lead to life-threatening results.

 

Here are seven parts of a proper medication management program you can use to minimize errors in your facility.

 

  1. Establish administering type. Most assisted living models offer two types of medication administration, self and limited. Self-administration means the resident is responsible for taking any and all medications. Limited administration means they need assistance with taking medications. When a resident enters your care, establish which type they will be. Mark this in their file and make any necessary adjustments if their condition changes.

 

  1. Double-check incoming medications. Assign one of the caregivers to check incoming medications. If the pharmacy delivers them, you should receive a list of every medication included. Verify that each arrived and that the dosage matches the resident’s charts.

 

  1. Document everything. Document everything related to medications with dates and initials. The more you document, the better protected you are in the event of an error or incident. Record deliveries, who and when they were verified, when residents received their medications, and any unusual symptoms, etc.

 

  1. Keep medications in a locked cabinet. Keep medications in a locked cabinet or cart when not being administered. This prevents theft and residents taking medications when they are not supposed to.

 

  1. Audit medications and records. The administrator should conduct random audits of the medication cabinet and records. Look for missing doses, tampered packaging, and anything appearing unusual. Document any findings in a logbook. Review records to make sure caregivers are properly documenting administered medications, refusals, and additional comments.

 

  1. Notify doctors or pharmacies of any discrepancies. If any medications are missing or don’t arrive with the delivery, contact doctors and pharmacies immediately. It’s also important to notify doctors of any reactions from medications or changes in the resident’s behavior. Sharing this information gives them more time to make necessary changes and avoid an adverse outcome.

 

  1. Notify families. Keep the communication lines open with families in regards to medications. Sometimes residents will refuse to take their medication or complain about the way medications make them feel. Informing family of these concerns gives them a chance to discuss solutions or visit with the resident to find out what’s upsetting them.

 

Medication management is a big concern for assisted living facility and adult residential care home administrators and owners. Creating a medication policy is the first step to minimizing oversights and errors by your staff. Use these seven steps as your guide today.

Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

May 12, 2017

Mother’s Day is a yearly holiday that recognizes amazing moms by making them the most important person. It is a time of joy and happiness for most moms as they are spoiled and loved by their families a little extra. For Moms in adult care homes, it can be a difficult or sad day because they feel isolated from their family.

 

It’s not too late to recognize your residents this Mother’s Day or put a smile on their face with some fun activities. Here are four ways to celebrate Moms in your adult care home.

 

  1. Make a planter.

Invite Moms to make their own planter for display in their rooms or in the house common areas. Purchase clay flower pots, paints, brushes, jewels, soil and flowers ahead of time. Cover your tables with newspaper for easy cleanup. Let Moms paint and decorate the flower pots. After drying, they can plant their flowers and pick a spot to showcase their work.

  1. Host a Mother’s Day Tea.

Encourage family to visit by hosting a Mother’s Day Tea or picnic. Send invites out to family members so they can plan in advance. Provide light refreshments for all to enjoy. The extra time with their family is sure to make any resident smile.

  1. Make them special hats.

Let them show off their Mom status by making special hats, bows, or pins to wear for the day. Your caregiver team can make them for the Moms or have the other residents make them as gifts.

  1. Organize an outing.

Going out to eat is a popular way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Contact local restaurants to schedule a time to take your residents out for the day. Make it special by using tablecloths and real flowers as decorations on the table. Let each Mom take home a flower to remember the occasion.

Homeowners vs. Commercial Property Insurance: Which Does Your Adult Residential Care Home Need?

May 5, 2017

As an adult residential care home owner, you face plenty of daily challenges. Providing quality care for residents, maintaining state compliance, and properly training your team are just a few of the activities that keep you busy. By talking and working with other providers like you, we’ve learned that insurance, while important, isn’t always at the forefront of your mind. Finding the right insurance can be a tedious task, but we’re here to help simplify it.

One of the most commonly asked questions we hear is about property insurance. Some insureds come to us thinking, since they live in the home,  their homeowner’s insurance policy is enough to protect them in the event of a fire, theft, or other damage to their property.. Others think that since their last agent knew they had a business and never mentioned a commercial property policy, they don’t need one now.

The truth

The truth is the majority of homeowner’s insurance policies won’t protect you against catastrophic claims. To help you understand the differences between homeowners and commercial property insurance, we’ve put together a list of the top four questions we answer.

What does homeowner’s insurance cover?

Homeowner’s insurance pays to fix damages caused by fire, wind, hail, vandalism, or theft. Some policies include additional types of damage, but most don’t include flood or earthquake coverage.

Why do I need a commercial property policy?

Homeowner’s policies specifically exclude property used for business. That is why adult residential care homes need to purchase a commercial property policy to protect their bank accounts against potential losses.

Insurance companies send a claims adjuster to review the damage to your home in the event of a claim. If you run a business out of your home and the company didn’t know about it, but the claims adjuster discovers it, the insurance company will deny coverage.

What types of protection do I need to look for?

A primary coverage that pays for damages to your building and contents resulting from fire, hail, vandalism, etc. You can also buy loss of business income coverage to help pay the bills at the time of a crisis.

Loss of business income pays any lost revenue to your adult residential care home if you have to close due to the damage. For example, if you close for 30 days while the home is repaired, the insurance company will pay you thirty days of income (depending on the waiting period defined in your policy).

Where can I find property insurance for my adult residential care home?

As an agency that exclusively helps adult residential care homes like yours, PCALIC, LLC recently launched a unique property program. This program is based on the exact needs of adult residential care homes and makes sure you and your business are protected from financial ruin after damage to your property and home.

Commercial Property Insurance: 3 Things You Adult Residential Care Homes Need to Know

April 28, 2017

From the day you opened your doors, you had one thought – to provide residents in your home with quality care. Those residents count on you on their best days and in their darkest moments.  Something else happened the day you opened; you and your adult residential care home became exposed to potential risks and lawsuits. Potential risks range from visitor slip and fall accidents, to allegations of neglect, to building and property damage.

These days, all it takes is one significant hazard to wipe out all of your hard work. Having the right insurance in place is the first step to protecting your adult residential care home. Commercial property insurance is one of the most important pieces to your insurance protection plan. Many adult residential care homes skimp on this coverage to save money. That decision can cost them, and you, more in the long run.

Here are three things you need to know about commercial property insurance.

What does commercial property insurance cover?

A commercial property policy provides coverage for the things you own. At first thought, it doesn’t sound like a lot, but imagine standing in the middle of each room in your home. How long would it take to snap a picture of every item in each room? It’s probably not a task you can accomplish in one day.

Now imagine what would happen if, in the blink of an eye, it all disappeared as a result of a fire, hurricane, or theft. How would you pay to replace everything? How would you pay to rebuild your building? How would you pay off the remaining loan?

Commercial property insurance pays to replace your building, all of your belongings inside the building and the remainder of your existing loan if insured properly, if you are insured properly. If not, it could pay a reduced value. Without Commercial property insurance, you would have no way to replace what you need to continue caring for your residents.

What is business interruption insurance?

Business interruption insurance is also referred to as loss of business income. In many commercial property policies it is an optional coverage that often becomes the first place businesses try to cut insurance costs, except in the Liberty Mutual Program PCALIC offers. Before you make that mistake, understand why it is beneficial to your adult residential care home and residents.

Fires, theft, and other disasters are unpredictable. They happen at the least expected moments and can take you from open to close in a matter of minutes. What happens if you have to close because a fire destroys your adult residential care home? How will you pay for your bills? After being forced to close temporarily, business interruption insurance pays you the income you lost until you reopen.

Who can help you?

Contact your insurance agent for more information on a commercial property insurance policy. Double check with the agent to make sure they fully understand what services an adult residential care home provides. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the policy to avoid any hidden exclusions. If you don’t have an insurance agent for your adult residential care home, contact the team at PCALIC today.

Earth Day: How Can Your Adult Residential Care Home Celebrate?

April 21, 2017

Every year, millions of people celebrate Earth Day across the globe. Senator Gaylord Nelson originally founded the day in 1970 after witnessing the aftermath of an oil spill. Earth Day officially became an International Movement in 1990 and events occur in more than 190 countries today. Celebrating Earth Day and appreciating the environment we live in doesn’t mean you need to organize a big community event. There are plenty of ways your adult residential care home and residents can take an active part in Earth Day this year.

Here are five fresh ideas to add to your activities list this April.

  1. Plant flowers. This is a great activity for mobile and homebound residents. Spruce up your porch, flower beds, or living areas with colorful flowers. Start by making a trip to the local garden center for supplies. Flowers, pots, and soil are essential to project. It’s also important to have gardening gloves and tools to make the process easier. Once you gather supplies, create an area inside or outside where residents can help with replanting the flowers. If you’re setting up inside, cover your table with newspaper to make clean-up easy. Let the residents decide where to proudly display their flowers afterward.

 

  1. Plant a garden. Planting a garden is a valuable long-term project for your residents to participate in. Even if you just plant a few tomato and pepper plants, residents will enjoy caring for and watching the plants transition from seedlings to a source of nutritional food.

 

  1. Make paper-mache vases. Reusing items commonly thrown away is a big part of the Earth Day movement. Paper-mache vases reuse plastic containers and newspaper. There are plenty of online instructions for paper-mache vases, but you can find our favorite here. After the vase is covered, residents can decorate with paints, ribbon, and other supplies.

 

  1. Go on an Earth Day scavenger hunt. April is a great month to explore the outdoors. (When it’s not raining!) Whether you take residents to a local park or your backyard, there is an endless list of things they can be on the watch for. Create a list of items residents can find: leaves, bugs, birds, flowers, sticks, and litter. Let them break into pairs to scour their surroundings and check items off their list. Finish the day with a picnic lunch to discuss their favorite parts.

 

  1. Watch “Earth”. Disney’s Earth Documentary was released in 2007 and is a great narrative of three animal families’ journeys. It’s a great way for your residents to learn more about the species and appreciate our surroundings. Disney has various other documentaries including Oceans, Monkey Kingdom, and African Cats that would work as Earth Day movies too.

 

No matter which activity you choose, your residents will appreciate something new. More than likely a few of these activities will spark some memories and enjoyable conversation among them. Enjoy your Earth Day activities and let us know how they go!

4 Adult Residential Care Home Easter Activities

April 14, 2017

It’s no secret the Easter Bunny is hopping to town. Colorful candy, baskets, and decorations line the aisles at grocery stores across the country. Easter is an enjoyable time for everyone to celebrate including your residents. It marks the beginning of warm weather, spring flowers, and birds chirping.

 

Get your residents in the Easter and spring spirit with these four Easter activities.

 

  1. Easter Bingo

Create your own bingo boards with traditional Easter pictures including bunnies, eggs, baby chicks, and candy. Use pennies or paper Easter eggs as markers for residents to track their progress. Cut one of your bingo boards apart by picture and drop the pictures into a cup. Pull one at a time until someone shouts BINGO and then award them with a fun prize.

  1. Easter Egg Hunt

Egg hunts are not just for little ones. Take your residents back to their childhood by holding an egg hunt at your adult residential care home. Fill plastic eggs with prizes and diabetic-friendly treats. Hide them in easy to reach places throughout the home or in the yard for those physically able to participate.

  1. Make Easter Candy

Making Easter candy is a great option for adult care homes with no or few diabetic residents. Teach residents how to make their own chocolate bunnies with melted chocolate and a mold. (Both items easily found at a craft store) After they fill the molds, freeze the candy for a few minutes, break it out of the mold, and enjoy!

  1. Easter Parade

Every year, thousands of people participate in the Annual Easter Parade in New York City. It is a tradition that started in the 1800s to show off their Easter outfits and bonnets. Let your residents decorate their own bonnets or t-shirts. Follow with a parade letting them show off their masterpieces.

Brain Training Programs for Your Dementia Residents

January 20, 2017

Individuals that suffer from Dementia are often placed in the care of an adult residential care homes to receive assistance with their daily needs. The aggressive disease directly impacts individuals’ cognitive state and over time can be detrimental to their memory. Finding a cure for Dementia has been an ongoing battle for researchers for years. A recent study released by Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly or ACTIVE sheds a new light for individuals susceptible to the disease.

Study Findings

The study recruited more than 2,800 individuals and divided them into three separate test groups. Individuals in two of the groups received 10 hours of training and a select group was invited back for four more hours of training time. Of those that participated in the extra training time, only 8.2 percent developed dementia. According to the ACTIVE study, those that participate in brain training are 48 percent LESS likely to develop dementia.

Brain Training Programs

There is no shortage of brain training programs available today to individuals at risk. Here are five programs you can find on the Internet.

  1. Brain HQ. Brain HQ features 29 unique mind exercises for individuals. The exercises help boost attention, memory, intelligence, and navigation. The program includes Double Decision, which is the program used in the ACTIVE study.
  2. Lumosity. Lumosity is a free mobile app available for download on Apple and Android devices. The exercises in Luminosity are created to help individuals improve their problem-solving skills. The program teaches users to pay attention to the right elements and ignore those that will slow you down.
  3. Dakim. Dakim is an online program designed to give your brain a comprehensive workout. The program houses more than 100 different activities perfect for your residents and they offer a free online trial. Their patented technology, Nurologic technology acts as a personal trainer for the brain to get it in shape.
  4. Peak. Peak offers a variety of games, puzzles, and programs for users. They focus on helping individuals improve their attention, mental agility, and gain a better understanding of language. You can download a free version of the mobile app on your device or upgrade to the paid version depending on how much variety you want to offer residents.
  5. Brain Metrix. Brain Metrix is a free online service you can offer your residents. Their robust collection lets users exercise and improve spatial intelligence, IQ, memory, and concentration.

Benefits

Even with the recent ACTIVE study, there are several ongoing debates on the effectiveness of brain training. Here are five benefits that may make brain training worthwhile.

  1. Improved memory. Some programs published studies showing improvements in both auditory and visual memory. Signs of an improved memory help individuals with dementia regain some of their lost confidence.
  2. Faster reflexes. Brain training helps consistent users think faster on their feet by focusing on pinpointing what is relevant to the situation and what isn’t. Some studies show improvements of 135% in mental processing.
  3. Good Mood. Individuals using brain training programs have higher levels of Dopamine in their system. Dopamine creates a sense of upbeat happiness and keeps the individuals in high spirits.
  4. Finding the right words. We have all had a moment where we know what we want to say but cannot seem to find the right words. Individuals with dementia experience this more often and brain training programs can help train their brain to think more quickly.
  5. Confidence. Individuals that know they are doing something good for themselves feel better and have increased confidence in their actions. As older individuals start to feel less certain about their actions, introducing brain training helps gets them back on their feet.

While there is no cure for dementia, there are steps individuals can take to exercise their mind and possibly decrease their chances of acquiring the disease. Every medical professional has their own opinion of the ACTIVE study results. While there is nothing set in stone, brain training programs may help your residents improve their quality of life.

Adult Residential Care & Diabetes

January 13, 2017

Adult residential care homes are a popular choice for aging seniors or individuals with disabilities. They get the opportunity to live in a supportive environment that assists them with their needs daily and still maintain a sense of freedom. As an adult residential care home owner or administrator, you see and meet a variety of potential residents with unique stories and health concerns. Diabetes is common in these individuals and unfortunately not every home is able to provide the necessary care for diabetic residents.

Diabetes

9.3% of the U.S. population is diagnosed with diabetes and another 27.8% are undiagnosed according to the CDC. It is a disease that continues to rise year after year and has no cure. There are steps individuals can take to properly manage the impact Diabetes has on their health.

Struggles

Adult residential care homes offer residents assistance with their daily living activities. Not every state allows these homes to provide diabetes and insulin management. Other homes simply don’t have the right staff or resources to properly provide this type of individualized care.

In the past, adult residential care homes were forced to refer residents elsewhere. Refused care leaves families feeling helpless. They know their loved one does not need skilled care, but they are unable to continue living on their own. Today, there are steps an adult residential care home can take to offer care to these residents.

Solutions

  1. Contract service providers. Contract service providers visit adult residential care homes daily to check in and monitor residents with diabetes. These individuals have an agreement or contract with the resident instead of with your home. The RN’s that represent these providers often have the knowledge and experience necessary to help diabetic residents. As the care home owner, it is vital you require that provide proof of insurance and name your home as an additional insured on their policy.
  2. Understand diabetes.Take the time to research and understand the impact of diabetes. Make sure every member of your staff is properly educated and knowledgeable. The more individuals that understand the dangers to look for and the specific diabetic needs, the better quality care you can provide.
  3. Offer diabetic meal alternatives.Opening your doors to diabetic residents requires alternative meal solutions. Meet with a local nutritionist to review your existing meal plan and identify the specific areas that you need to update. Include the individual in charge of meal preparation so they understand why and when these changes need to be made.
  4. Encourage diabetes education. Encourage your staff to continue their diabetes education yearly by attending classes and workshops. Check with your local hospital to see if they offer diabetic care courses.

Each state’s laws and regulations for adult residential care homes vary. Contact your state licensing authority to find out if any of these steps are allowed by law in your state. Follow their guidelines and suggestions to offer quality care for diabetic residents.

Not every diabetic resident requires skilled care. Often times, they are ready to move into an adult residential care home because they no longer want to live alone. Opening the doors to these residents gives them the comfort and freedom they need in one location.

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