Glencroft’s new Copper Club will be having its Grand Opening on Monday, August 12th from 11:00am-3: 00 pm. Located adjacent to Henry’s, the Copper Club will offer a menu of appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks. The Copper Club will also offer evening entertainment to its Club Members. Once there are 50 memberships, the Copper Club will be open 7 days a week, from 4:00- 8:00 pm. Social Memberships will also be available to visiting family members. For an application and more detailed information, please visit the Concierge’s desk.
NOTICE: Due to safety requirements, scooters, wheelchairs, and walkers will not be permitted in the club. You must be able to transfer from your scooter, wheelchair or walker to be able to enter.
A big problem with aging for seniors is the ability to stay mobile. As we age, mobility can become an issue, and for some seniors, this means their world shrinks considerably. Older adults might not be able to travel as they once did, which can lead them to miss out on many experiences.
Virtual reality is proving to be a tool that can address this issue to some degree. With VR, seniors can go to exotic locations, attend sporting events or concerts, visit meaningful places from the past, or experience family events that they might otherwise miss.
Glencroft Center for Modern Aging is one community that is helping to bring virtual reality to seniors. With the VR seniors can visit beautiful locations like Machu Picchu or the beaches of Maui. They can walk down the streets of their old neighborhood or visit their favorite park, and they even have access to educational experiences that can teach them about history or allow them to visit a museum.
VR THERAPY FOR DEMENTIA AND ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS
Virtual reality can do more than open up the world for seniors that cannot travel. Research is starting to show that it can be a useful tool for the early diagnosis of dementia. Along with that, VR could potentially be used as a form of therapy that can improve the lives of patients that have these diseases.
Just the ability to experience places from the individual’s past, or to go on a virtual trip to a distant location could be beneficial for people that are living with dementia. Virtual reality also has the potential to work as a tool for cognitive training. Research has shown that VR could help make cognitive therapy more engaging and more effective.
VR FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT
Pain is another issue that can have a significant impact on the quality of life for seniors. Many seniors have to deal with chronic pain, and issues can also arise with some of the medications that may be prescribed to help seniors manage their pain.
While the neurobiological mechanisms are not clearly understood, there is a growing body of research that demonstrates the effectiveness of VR as a tool for pain management. Virtual reality has been effective in helping patients deal with pain and anxiety associated with medical procedures to treat burns, and it has also been used in a similar way to address pain and anxiety associated with cancer procedures. Beyond that, it has shown promise as a therapeutic tool for patients that live with chronic pain.
Virtual reality has great potential to improve senior care in a number of ways, but the technology has to be available for it to have an impact. As more people become aware of the benefits, it is likely that more assisted living facilities and caregivers are going to incorporate VR in strategies for senior care.
Collecting and making use of data in your senior care practices can be good for a number of compelling reasons:
1. It helps you understand caregiver’s strengths better.
Every caregiver who works for you is unique. Recognizing their particular strengths and weaknesses can help you assign them the roles they’ll perform best. If one of your employees is especially good with people with Alzheimer’s while another possesses the physical strength to more comfortably move patients who need physical help, then making sure they’re each assigned tasks working with the patients who can most benefit from those skills just makes sense. Data that tracks health outcomes and patient satisfaction when specific employees are teamed up with different seniors in your care will help you better see those strengths.
2. It helps you understand individual needs better.
If your company cares for a large number of seniors, staying on top of the particular conditions of each patient and understanding over a long period of time what types of care work best for them can be tricky – especially if the staff who work with them directly changes over time. Data makes the process easier. You can track over time which activities, health treatments and tactics produce the best results for each individual. Once you can better see what works for each individual in your care, you can easily provide that information to every caregiver who works with them and ensure that they receive the highest level of care each day, every time.
3. It helps you see what works best for your business.
Understanding each senior in your care on a personal level is important, but data has the extra benefit of helping you gain insights into the larger trends in what works and doesn’t in your facilities. If offering tai chi classes consistently lead to improved health outcomes, then you may have trouble figuring that out based on anecdotal evidence, but will have an easier time seeing the relationship between the two things with the help of data.
4. It helps you run your business more efficiently and make a dollar go further.
In addition to spotting the things you try that improve outcomes, data can also help you look for ways improve how efficiently your business is run. If there are initiatives or products you’ve invested in that don’t prove to be worth the cost, your data will make it easier to identify those and cut them out of the budget in the future so you can spend more on the initiatives that are working.
5. It helps you understand the needs and priorities of your residents better, so you can build out your business to better serve them.
In senior care, there’s often a disconnect between the decision makers and the seniors affected by those decisions. As hard as you may try, if you’re basing decisions on how a facility or in-home care business is run on assumptions you’ve made about what’s working or could work, you may be guessing wrong. Data that tracks what’s really happening and what residents are really thinking and feeling can bridge any disconnect that exists and enable you to confidently make decisions based on knowledge rather than just intuition.
Many families think of dementia in terms of Alzheimer’s disease which is the leading form of age-related dementia. But, Alzheimer’s is only one of many different types of dementia. In senior healthcare, Alzheimer’s or dementia care is often referred to as memory care, and it involves a wide range of mental debilitation along with very different levels of physical challenges.
For example, some dementia patients are completely ambulatory but confused and may wander away from their home at great risk to themselves. Wandering dementia patients require a secured environment to keep them safe. Other dementia patients may be just as confused but not physically or mentally capable of wandering away, thus not requiring as much security.
Therefore, the level of dementia often requires different kinds of memory care. Additionally, any given level of mental debilitation may be complicated by the patient’s physical or clinical needs which may require 24-hour care. As a result, Glencroft Senior Living offers memory care (dementia care) in both assisted living with minimal clinical care, and in skilled nursing with 24-hour nursing care.
Our assisted living programs have been designed to offer supportive care in your day-to-day life by providing the right amount of care based on your needs. Our residents’ lives are enriched not only by the continual engagement of programs and activities, but also by the enhancement of personal and spiritual goals. Assisted Living at Glencroft is more than a place to reside; it’s a place to actively live.
• Medication Management
• Dressing and Grooming
• Laundry Service
• Three Meals a Day Plus Two Snacks
• Glencroft’s own TV Cable Service
• 24-Hour Caregiver Assistance
• Social Activities
• Emergency Response System (must order land-line phone service)
• All Utilities Included (except phone, upgraded cable, upgraded internet)
Providing personal care for residents that ambulate and transfer without assistance. Needing limited assistance of activities of daily living.
Specializing in moderate to advanced dementia care, Primrose Lane, our newest Memory Care Program, is the “peace of mind” home for your loved one. Primrose Lane is designed for people with moderate to advanced dementia patients who are less clinically complex. People who live with us in this neighborhood are able to walk but need 24-hour nursing care to manage medications or chronic medical conditions. This secured unit creates a safe environment for active residents who may wander. Meeting the residents where the live within their dementia with a person driven activities program is our goal. Schedule a tour soon to reserve one of our 24 private rooms.