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LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES
   
Regents Park of Boca Raton



Regents Park of Boca Raton
Boca Raton, Florida

What is your facility's philosophy towards family caregiver participation?
We know that caregiversí involvement is a significant part of a residentís success in obtaining the highest possible mental, emotional, and physical health. But we recognize, too, that the burden on caregivers is enormous ó one reason we provide a twice-weekly, free healing touch program with a certified practioner to help caregivers relax. We offer half-hour and one-hour sessions. We also invite caregivers daily to join their loved ones for meals and social activities, provide conveniences such as free valet parking, and host weekly support groups, including the American Alzheimer's Associationís Caregiver Support Group, and CODA for its 12-step program.

Detail the steps your facility takes to make the family caregiver feel like a partner in care with your staff.
Our most effective way to ensure caregivers are integrated into partnership with us and to make certain communication is easy, cohesive and continual is our ďGuardian AngelĒ program, through which we provide a card with a specific managerís contact information for quick accessibility. The Guardian Angel personally meets with the resident most days, and advises management team of any caregiver issues as soon as possible. We also explain basics such as how to work the television, meal times, how to call for a nurse, etc. We likewise leave a packet with all this information at residentsí bedsides ...more

Worthington Place

Worthington Place
Enlivant - Camby, Indiana

What is your facility's philosophy towards family caregiver participation?
The mission of Worthington Place, an Enlivant community, is to enrich life by creating meaningful relationships and vibrant communities. By practicing our communityís mission on a daily basis, and listening to our residentsí loved ones, we are able to encourage and nourish family caregiver participation in our residentsí lives.

Detail the steps your facility takes to make the family caregiver feel like a partner in care with your staff.
Before residents move into our community, we conduct home assessments with family caregivers. We encourage families to engage in the move-in process to ease transition; our team observes and learns about the residentís care needs from day one. After the first month, we invite family caregivers to a meeting with the executive director and several staff leaders. The care service manager reports the residentís clinical or medication changes and overall health. The life enrichment coordinator shares which new routines their loved one enjoys. The resident care partner discusses the good and bad days. Our whole staff supports the family ...more

Somes Place

Somers Place
Enlivant - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

What is your facility's philosophy towards family caregiver participation?
At Somers Place, an Enlivant community, we listen and learn from family members about their loved ones. In order to foster meaningful relationships and vibrant communities, we always encourage the family members to remain an integral part of the residentsí care.

Detail the steps your facility takes to make the family caregiver feel like a partner in care with your staff.
From day one, we involve the family in all care aspects (with resident permission). We include the family in providing daily care details. When does mom like to wake up? When does dad like to shave? Does mom like to wear lipstick or jewelry? Then, we all meet again after the first month and at least once every six months after that. We encourage family members to be a part of continuous care so we can add to our own observations an understanding of each resident. Weíll do anything that makes them feel like a part of our family ...more

   
 








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