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Forget-Me-Not Dementia Program

Our Forget-Me-Not Dementia Program was designed to support the special needs of memory loss patients and their families at the end of life.

Philosophy of Care

Create an individualized approach to care that allows the patient to:

  • Continue living in the preferred care setting
  • Experience added comfort and joy to their remaining time
  • Overcome behavioral, nutrition and mobility challenges associated with advance dementia

Specific Approaches

Construct the patient's life story and utilize this information to

  • Foster communication and story telling
  • Encourage activities that reinforce individuality, beliefs and traditions
    • Faith traditions
    • Scrapbooking
    • Reading aloud
    • Music
  • Incorporate known preferences into personal care and feeding experiences

Consistent hospice staff/volunteers to develop one-on-one bond and trust. All patients receive a Volunteer.

Regular communication and education with family caregivers to:

  • Help understand and cope with progressive losses
  • Understand the disease progress and stages of dementia/Alzheimer's

Utilize comfort therapies and equipment that encourage relaxation:

  • Massage
  • Comfort touch
  • Hospital bed with gel mattress
  • Wheelchairs with foot pedals
  • Recliners with wheels

Proactive medication management to address pain, bowel care and agitation.

Reduce falls risk by actively managing symptoms of physical decline and utilize specialized equipment (i.e. mary walkers, walkers with seats)

Assist family caregivers in connecting with community-based dementia/Alzheimer's support groups.

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