Programs & Services

Memory Care

Center of Excellence in Memory Care

The Alzheimer’s epidemic in America is growing rapidly. Today more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, with 15.4 million family and friends providing 17.5 billion hours of care. More than 60% of those caregivers rate their emotional stress as high-very high and 1/3 of them report symptoms of depression. These numbers could triple by the year 2050. Jewish Senior Life is dedicated to providing quality of life for Alzheimer’s sufferers at all stages of the disease, and resources and relief for their caregivers.

Jewish Senior Life aligned with the Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to establish a specialized training program for all of its employees to ensure that we can effectively care for, communicate with, and calm the fears of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Employees across the Jewish Senior Life campus, over 700 in all, received dementia-specific training, which is now a part of new employee orientation, as well as annual mandatory testing. In addition, staff members who are responsible for direct, hands-on care of those with memory loss received a second more specific training module, which focuses on providing personal care, such as bathing and dressing, and understanding and validating the source of the resident’s distress in an attempt to reduce agitation. Training sessions for family caregivers began this year, as well.

Since memory loss affects people in different ways and in varying degrees, Jewish Senior Life now has a variety of settings for those with Alzheimer’s disease. For people who wish to stay in their homes and may be at the early-to-mid-stages of Alzheimer’s, Marian’s House offers a daytime retreat and overnight respite in a residential, contemporary house in Brighton. For those who need more regular care and assistance, The Lodge at Wolk Manor offers assisted living memory care. And for people with more advanced dementia, the Jewish Home has a secure area called The Gateway for long-term care.

With the implementation of a specialized memory care training program for all employees and the addition of various levels of memory care, Jewish Senior Life has established itself as a Center of Excellence in Memory Care.

 


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