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In familiar and comfortable surroundings, you can set your own schedule and decide what is important to you. We can provide help with everyday tasks. Whether you need help after a stay in the hospital or for a loved one who would like to remain independent in their home, Samaritas can provide all your home care solutions with one phone call.

 

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At Home - Home Health, a Medicare-certified home health agency, strives to keep you in your home after you have experienced an illness, surgery or a change in your medical condition. With your physician’s order, we can provide a wide range of services in your home, including skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy and social work.

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Serving persons with disabilities, our group homes integrate residents with the larger community, promote independence and engage residents in collective and harmonious living. Our residents come to us through referrals from county community mental health agencies. We also assist individuals in maintaining independence within their own homes.

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Grand Rapids Community College

Samaritas and Grand Rapids Community College is teaming up to provide GRCC's Certified Nursing Assistant graduating class real life employment interviews prior to graduation to make sure they are equipped for what comes next after graduation.We look forward to participating with the GRCC...

How Elder Centers Manage Dementia

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are the most difficult issues to manage among elder facility residents. Staff must receive specialized training on managing such residents who can have numerous physical and behavioral difficulties because of their ailment.  Often separate wards of elder facilities are set apart specifically to accommodate those struggling with dementia. The senior living specialists in Grand Rapids often maintain a checklist to evaluate and determine the best treatment for residents.

Ability to Self-Nourish

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are not just about forgetfulness. They can include cognitive disabilities that can leave residents unaware of their need for food or water. They may even decline nourishment when offered, either because they do not recognize it or are not cognizant if they are personally hungry or thirsty. For this reason, senior living experts in Grand Rapids will employ a regular schedule of feeding and drinking for such residents. 

Pain Management

Much like the inability to acknowledge a need for personal nourishment, patients with dementia may not clearly understand pain. They may feel pain but may not be able to express those feelings to staff members caring for them. Frustration and anger often signal the inability to communicate something as simple as a sore throat. Memory care experts in Grand Rapids will often look for telltale signs that indicate pain in certain areas of the body or patiently coach a patient toward identifying where it hurts.

Social Engagement

One of the consequences of dementia is social alienation. Often patients become distant from family and others in the facility. Memory care specialists in Grand Rapids will not see this as a desire to be left alone, but a growing inability to engage with others. This behavior will only worsen the experience of dementia for the individual, and specialists will do their best to keep the patient engaged with games or discussions to stimulate thought and cognition.

Personal Engagement

Dementia patients often feel a deep loneliness as they lose the ability to communicate clearly or understand the surrounding world. Specialists will engage with the individuals on a personal level introducing family photos, keepsakes from their personal past, or even songs they may have remembered when they were younger. These stimulating exercises will not reverse the effects of dementia or Alzheimer’s but can give a resident some sense of ability that will keep them positive.

Maintaining Familiar Patterns

The most important component of dementia treatment is the focus on familiarity. Elders suffering from dementia may find their solace in regularity, Specialists knowledgeable in dementia will create a comfortable regiment that ensures peace of mind

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