OUR APPROACH TO RESIDENTIAL MEMORY CARE

In our person-centered approach to memory care, meaningful life engagement opportunities become the essence of the lives of cognitively impaired people.  The program we provide at Gianna Homes changes the experience with Alzheimer’s disease from a “long-goodbye” to a positive life experience!  Our approach to care is designed so that our residents experience life.  Three elements of our program make this happen.

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Trained Caregivers

Most important are the caregivers. They are highly trained and adapt easily to the unique routines, behaviors, and preferences of each resident.

Life Engagement Opportunities

Gives a client the chance to continue
interests such as Art, Music Therapy and Massage Therapy. These are all important to the overall well-being
of each client.

Residential Environment

Third is ambiance. At Gianna Homes we maintain an environment that nurtures and embraces life experiences for our residents.

A TYPICAL DAY

It is our goal to offer a variety of activities that address and validate the social, sensory, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of our residents. Programming is structured around the residents’ interest and abilities so that residents can truly participate and enjoy the day’s events.

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Morning

  • Wake-Up
  • Breakfast and Coffee
  • Grooming, Beauty, and Cares
  • Daily Devotions
  • Rest or Massage
  • Exercises
  • Group Art Activity
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Afternoon

  • Lunch
  • Rest/Nap
  • One to One friendly visits
  • Group music therapy session, walks in the garden, reading, and other resident-centered programming
  • Snack
  • Exercises
  • Sensory or reminiscing activity
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Evening

  • Light Dinner
  • Evening socialization on the deck or by the fireside
  • Cares and prepare for bed
  • Sleep
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.
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.
We provide three (3) meals per day plus snacks throughout the day and encourage the drinking of fluids by offering them frequently throughout the day.

  • Home cooked nutritious meals every day (special diet accommodation provided)
  • Regular Snacks
  • Highly Monitored Hydration Program
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
assisted living
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.
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.
Nutrition & Hydration
We provide three (3) meals per day plus snacks throughout the day and encourage the drinking of fluids by offering them frequently throughout the day.

 

  • Home cooked nutritious meals every day (special diet accommodation provided)
  • Regular Snacks
  • 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 homes are secure environments that offer 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.

 

The home has been remodeled for total handicap accessibility. 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 Experiences, Residential Activities
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.

A Board Certified Music Therapist, our staff, and volunteers also provide recreational activities throughout the day which vary from group and individual music therapy sessions, art work activities, sensory activities, exercises, walks, barbecues on the patio, picking flowers in the garden, outings, reading, mind joggers, and more. Guest musicians and performers visit regularly.

However, we do not attempt to provide structured activity throughout the entire day. Gianna Homes is not a nursing home. We are a home and we have set up our environment here to reflect just that. Rather, we provide opportunities to engage and interact that best suit the needs of the resident.

Opportunities for the Family
We frequently provide intergenerational activities and encourage families to spend time with their loved one in residence 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.
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
  • Manicures and pedicures by staff
  • Perm/Color/Hi Lights (as billed by the operator)
  • Personal care and hygiene
  • All toiletries
  • All incontinence products
  • Haircuts and styles
Therapies
A full time Board Certified Music Therapist provides individual and group musical experiences to address emotional and spiritual support, encourage social interactions, promote life review, increase movement and other goals as needed.

 

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

Physical therapists may be contracted to address the physical needs of our residents.

A massage therapist visits regularly.

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

Personal Care Items
  • Incontinence Products
  • Personal Hygiene Care Products
  • Cosmetics

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.

Leah Kelly gives her testimonial about her families' experience with Gianna Homes

Paul R. Mooty, Gianna Homes Board of Directors

Your attention to every detail demonstrated not only your expertise, but it was one more sign that Dad was where he was meant to be – in the loving care of those that know him so well.

Carmen

You are the answer to a prayer we began three years ago. You are a blessing.

Family Member

We’re ready when you are! Your beautiful new home is right around the corner.

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