OUR LIFECARE® SERVICES

Staff

We have a Registered Nurse (RN) on staff, and an RN on call 24 hours a day. Our Health Care Staff to Resident ratio is among the highest in the entire industry.

Opportunities for the Family

We encourage families to spend time with their loved one at Gianna Homes. We host family events and holidays throughout the year so all the different families can get to know each other.  We have a lending library with books and videos on dementia care for the families and staff to use as they please.  We support the family members of our residents on an ongoing basis and address their questions and concerns as they arise.  We encourage families to join an Alzheimer’s Association Support group if they are able.

Physical/Medical Care

We provide as much care as the resident needs, based upon his or her level of independence.

 

 

 

 

We prepare a care and service plan with each family when an individual moves into our home. This plan includes the level of care, special needs, routines, and family requests. This plan is reviewed and updated with the family and the Director of Nursing as needed.

We do not believe in using restraints at Gianna Homes. We will consider bed rails if it will enhance the resident’s safety and if the family and doctor have agreed to this.

The Director of Nursing monitors medications on a regular basis.

The Director of Nursing and our staffing team monitor all conditions and changes. The RN notifies families of any care needs or changes.

We communicate with families regularly through formal and informal meetings to keep them appraised of their loved one’s well-being. At a minimum, we have a Care Conference every 6 months or more frequently as requested.

Spiritual Care

We have volunteer pastors and priests from the community come in regularly for communion/spiritual services.

Volunteers and staff lead daily devotions of prayer, readings, and reflection to the needs of the residents.

As residents progress, volunteers specifically trained in BeFriender ministry provide a listening and peaceful presence to those on hospice or experiencing end-of-life issues.

We carefully listen to the resident and his or her family’s spiritual views to help us develop a therapeutic support system that provides spiritual care and comfort.

Spa & Personal Services

  • Spa & Personal Services
  • Personal care and hygiene
  • Haircuts and styles
  • Manicures and pedicures by staff
  • Perm/Color/Hi Lights (billed by beautician)
  • All toiletries

Therapies

Gianna Homes contracts with supporting services organizations to provide services to our residents.  These partnerships include:

Above and Beyond Senior Services who will be providing our residents with Physical and Occupational Therapy in a group setting weekly at each of our homes.

Alliance Music Therapy who will be at each home weekly for both group and individual music therapy.  We are so excited to have Lydia work with our residents and have already heard wonderful comments on the sessions.

Massage Therapy is provided weekly to our residents from Wendy Ferril, Certified Massage Therapist.

Theraputic Art sessions are provided by Suzy Volden, who has been trained in Mneme Therapy.

Validation Therapy techniques are frequently implemented by the staff to reduce agitation and anxiety through non-invasive methods and reduce the need for pharmaceuticals.

Gianna Homes supports the Eden Alternative and regularly houses birds.  Beautiful landscaping, gardens and house plants also add to a vibrant environment.

Care

Healthcare is a ‘ministry’ of caring and love and it is our distinct honor and privilege to care for those suffering with dementia. Dementia care is best provided by caring for the whole person – care for physical needs must be accompanied by spiritual and emotional care.

Dining at Gianna Homes

We provide three (3) nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day and encourage the drinking of fluids by offering them frequently throughout the day.

  • Three nutritious meals and snacks using organic foods where possible
  • Highly monitored hydration program

Residential Environment

Research has proven that a loving, structured, and intimate home environment successfully fulfills the needs of both the individual affected by Alzheimer’s and their family members. Our walkout rambler, situated on one and one-half acres of wooded land, is a secure environment that offers the intimacy of a home setting.

 

 

 

We provide patient, personal care. Our high staff to resident ratio allows us to cater to our residents’ needs without imposing a strict program or schedule. We firmly believe individualized care is a must for a disease that is associated with such varying feelings and emotions as insecurity, fear, anger and depression.

  • A Structured Home Environment
  • A Non-Invasive Security System
  • Private and Semi-Private Suites
  • Laundry and Housekeeping Services
  • Handicap Accessibility throughout the home

Safety and Security Services

There is an extensive security system installed throughout the home for resident safety and protection. We are also monitored for continual, 24-hour fire and 911 services.

Gianna Homes are handicap accessible where there is ample room for residents to wander or find a comfortable spot for privacy, activities, or family get-togethers.

Emotional Care

We encourage as much independence as possible. Because we maintain a high staff to resident ratio, we can give residents time to respond to requests and instructions. As residents progress through the disease, we offer the level of care that he or she needs up to and including the point when the resident is dependant upon us for his or her total care.

 

 

We do not believe in using medications to ‘control’ behaviors but only to enhance an individual’s quality of life. We use redirection, activities, spirituality, and unconditional love to work with difficult behaviors – with very impressive results.

Life Engagement Opportunities

We believe activities that revolve around the daily jobs and duties that one would do at home can enrich a resident’s quality of life.

We strive to encourage residents to participate in their own personal cares, as well as share in some of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and other daily activities of our household.

Our Life Engagement Coordinator, our staff, volunteers and a variety of additional skilled professionals make up our life engagement program to provide meaningful activities to our residents.  These activities and programs vary from group and individual music therapy sessions, massage therapy, physical and occupational group sessions, individual therapeutic art sessions, sensory activities, exercises, walks, gardening, picking flowers from the garden, outings, reading and much more.  Volunteers provide our residents with therapeutic pet visits, intergenerational activities as well as musical performances.

The residents at Gianna Homes have several opportunities throughout the day to engage in structured activities, that being said, we are not a nursing home.  We are a residential home and our home environment is set up to reflect just that.