Memory care is “trending!” The need for quality memory care programs is great, and experts predict increasing development of specialized memory care units and facilities.
But do healthcare providers understand what is required for a successful memory care program? In the book, “A Way of Life: Developing an Exemplary Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Program,” I describe my 25 year experience as the founder and Executive Director of the Alois Alzheimer Center, the first facility dedicated exclusively to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in the United States.
The book serves as a resource for providers – in all realms of healthcare – to develop genuine person centered, service-oriented care for individuals with dementia and their families. Using stories and examples, readers develop an understanding of what unique, true special care can and should be. It is possible to create an environment where life revolves around friends, socialization, self-esteem, joy, and love.