Caregivers, take heart
While Alzheimer’s or other forms of age-related dementia may be the diagnosis at hand, caring for a person, we must look past the diagnosis alone. That’s where you come in. We walk very closely with loved ones as we develop each individual’s care plan. You see, it’s less about the diagnosis and more about who they are. While we certainly train our teams to understand the impact of an Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis, we also train them to see past that diagnosis to understand that a person’s individual needs which are based on the seven Eden Alternative Domains of well-being: identity, growth, autonomy, security, connectedness, meaning, and joy. Within these domains, none are specific to treating an illness but rather nurturing the person as a whole. You see, our team is committed to knowing and understanding the illness while understanding who they are as a person. Family caregivers can turn to The Langford’s licensed Memory Support neighborhoods, reassured by our capabilities and genuine commitment to their loved ones.
With individualized plans for care and led by a licensed nurse, our full-time professional certified staff personally engages with every Memory Support resident. We offer:
- Private 1-bedroom, 1-bath suites
- Memory garden, a safe and secure space with open access to Memory Support residents
- Planned group and individual activities and events that encourage engagement and connection
- Warm setting, expertly designed for easy navigation
- 24/7 assistance response
- 24/7 licensed nursing staff
- Secure environment
- Assistance with personal care
- Chef-prepared meals and snacks
We aim to make every day a good day for each resident because…well…that’s why we exist - to make life good for College Station seniors. Sure, we are experts in Memory Support services, but that’s not enough alone, we also must be experts on each and every resident we care for. What they like and dislike, their favorite foods, their key loved one’s names and details of the relationship, the resident’s former occupation, their hobbies, interests, favorite music and more. Believe it or not, that’s only scratching the surface of what we aim to know so that we can effectively join them in their reality. You see, when you understand that “behaviors” like crying, wandering, anger or restlessness are really just signs of an unmet need, suddenly the need for medications is reduced, anxiety and fear is less frequent and the days are…well…better.
Hand in Hand Training
Evident in programs and activities that help residents through the day with less strain and more joy, Hand in Hand Training – the CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) program –equips our staff with the ability to assist each resident.
- Staff members respect residents’ dignity, increasing their self-esteem
- Staff training includes how-tos of resident interaction, reducing behavior concerns and controlling medication needs
- Staff members learn each resident’s history and incorporate the knowledge into daily life
- Families can track their loved one’s progress via regular reviews
- Support groups connect families to share concerns
- Residents’ improvements in sleep, nutrition and hydration can often improve relations with family members
Tastes Like Home
Enjoying a tasty meal with your favorite trimmings is one of life’s small pleasures. At The Langford, our Chef sees to it that this is a constant source of joy- no matter how needs may change. With Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, maintaining an interest in food with an engaged appetite can be the difference between thriving and declining. That’s why Chef Michael does a few little things that each make a huge difference:
- All food is fresh and made from scratch. NO processed or re-heated foods. Only the best!
- Food is plated in an attractive way to maximize interest. Even pureed food is piped onto the plate to resemble the actual food.
- Autonomy is key to a strong appetite. That’s why the residents themselves get to make their selection from the menu at each meal- we are always nearby to lend a hand.
What to do? START WITH A CONVERSATION
This is a big decision and you want to make the right one. The first step is to start a confidential conversation with our team. You’ll want to fully understand all of your options so that you can begin making your plan. We can help by offering a complimentary assessment to better understand the type of support your loved one may need. When it comes to finding your loved one the best, it’s never too early to start planning. After all, the right answer can’t come soon enough. At The Langford, we keep it simple. No entrance deposits and no confusing level of care fees. Just straight forward, month to month pricing that allows you to know what to expect for your budget- even as needs change. You have questions and we have the answers. Let’s talk.