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People with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias often need places to go and things to do to keep their minds active, keep them engaged with other people, and participate in activities that highlight their remaining skills and abilities, and most of all, they need to feel positive emotion. As a direct result of studying and applying the Habilitation Model to our work with JCHE residents, I developed Joyful Connections!, a structured, afternoon, social drop-in club for people with memory loss with or without their care partners.
Memory Support Guide: Tips and Techniques for Supporting Residents with Alzheimer's Disease Using the Habilitation Model: A Guide for Staff in Independent Senior Housing
The Rationale Behind The Project: JCHE wanted to address the need for staff skill building around supporting memory impaired residents to remain at JCHE longer.
The Project - Habilitation Therapy Training: Follow the JCHE process as the entire staff gets trained on habilitation therapy.
When it’s Not Alzheimer’s: As stated earlier there are many diseases that can cause the condition of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common, but there are several other diseases that can cause dementia that have different symptoms and may bring different challenges to a senior housing community.
“Resident at Risk” Meetings: JCHE uses the procedure outlined in this section to work with “at risk” residents. Residents whose behavior has been worrisome, problematic, or who may have a lease violation are discussed.
The Individual Form: Use this form to get to know the resident's histories and preferences.
Behavior Log: Use this document to record a resident's behavior, using the four "W's" that lead to "why".
Evaluation of the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly Memory Support Initiative: This report was created by Joan Hyde, PhD, in the Gerontology Institute, within the John W. McCormack School of Policy & Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, under contract with Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE), and in fulfillment of the evaluation requirement of a LeadingAge Innovations Award.
Mental Health Guide: Tips and Techniques for Supporting Residents with Mental Illness: A Guide for Staff in Housing for Older Adults
Considering senior housing options with older relatives? Start with a conversation about finances: Any discussion about housing options for older adults will quickly lead to a conversation about finances. This guide will look at why the financial conversation is needed and suggestions for how to effectively conduct it.
Considering senior housing options with older relatives? Tips for having an open conversation: One of the most difficult conversations you are likely to have with an older adult is about housing options. This guide looks at how to engage in the conversation and how to build the case for senior housing.
Considering senior housing options with older relatives? Gathering the financial information: Finances are pivotal in any decision about senior housing. This guide offers practical information for collecting the necessary information and documentation.
The eligibility criteria and cost for senior housing: This guide offers information and a worksheet to determine whether an individual is eligible for apartments like many at JCHE that are subsidized through HUD.