One of the challenging facts about this line of work is that turn over for operational aides is high, especially in distressed assisted living facilities or underperforming assisted living facilities that also serve the needs of memory care residents. In addition to the difficult hours, the work can be heart rendering as aides watch patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia decline and lose their sense of self and quality of life. The turn over problem is not only a detriment to business, but it is also a detriment to quality of life for residents and patients who don’t get consistency with who provides them care.
This is why we strongly believe in the benefits of using assisted living care plans. We have found that individual care plans for each resident can help them get the consistent attention they need and deserve and keep operational aides feeling engaged and purposeful in their work. This leads consistently to less turn over and great facility occupancy.
The daughter of one of our assisted living residents recently remarked, “the second and equally important factor [in the quality of his experience] is the lack of turn over with key staff members as well as the aides who have the most direct contact with the residents. This is an extremely important factor that is largely overlooked and typically undervalued in most health care settings.”
One of the models we use to foster these plans and create greater engagement among residents and aides is the iCan approach, which allows caregivers to understand a person not only as someone who suffers from illness, but also as someone who inhabits healthy parts and personality that remains even though it seems to be hidden by illness. This therapeutic, multifaceted interdisciplinary approach to activities which blends affordable multimedia technology with the latest in activity design principals in dementia care is an effective method of meeting each resident’s needs for friendship, respect, confidence and creativity. The goal is to provide specialized stimulation creating structure and support by highlighting capabilities, which builds confidence in a failure-free, success-oriented environment.
Contact us to learn more about our care plan services.