When your loved one is living with a memory disorder like dementia, you don’t always know what to expect when you visit. Some days will be good and things will seem normal. Other days can be frustrating, even painful; your loved one might call you by the wrong name, they may seem agitated or angry, or maybe they refuse to see guests altogether.
Growing older presents many gifts–maturity, grace, wisdom, experience and perspective to name a few. But it also has its set of challenges. The good news is that there are many things you can do to improve your well-being as a senior. Eating healthy, exercise, meditation and brain training exercises can help you improve your overall well-being.
As the only registered Eden Alternative facility in Cedar Rapids, we are often asked to define our unique philosophy of care. You can see it reflected in the way we treat our Elders and in everything we do. It motivates us to provide better care and become better care partners. But what exactly is the Eden Alternative Philosophy?
Getting into the Spirit
December got off to a fun start this weekend with visiting friends from the Girl Scouts and Coe College. On Saturday, the enthusiastic Troop 5819 was in to play games and do some crafts with the residents. We loved looking around the room and seeing nothing but smiles!
After I blogged last time, we went to the IHCA Convention in Des Moines and haven’t blogged since. So I apologize for that since I said I would blog each week. I would like to call a mulligan! That being said here are the details for our Trick-or-Treating event this Saturday:
West Ridge has not fully utilized our blog as a tool to communicate with our families, care partners and community partners. My plan is to submit at least one post each week to our blog. You can use the blog along with our website and Facebook page to keep up to date with the happenings at West Ridge.
West Ridge Care Center has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). This is the second commendation this year for West Ridge, who received an overall quality rating of 5 Stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) in June. The awards mark the progress the Cedar Rapids care center has made in their plans to improve the overall quality of their facilities, staff and patient care.
If you did not notice our banner out front, I am very happy to report we have restored our overall quality rating to 5 Stars! The 5 Star Ratings of nursing homes is how the Centers for Medicare rate nursing homes in the country. The Quality Measure (QM) rating is posted on the Nursing Home Compare website monthly. The score is based on MDS 3.0 quality measures using data from the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2013. The quality measures are based on our patient population and the type of patients we admit.