Oak Hollow’s Alzheimer/Dementia Program Cares for Residents like Family
Providing Healthcare Solutions -- that’s how programs are developed at Oak Hollow Nursing Center. When the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Program at Oak Hollow was developed, it was designed to meet not only the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, but their caregivers, as well.
“At some point, unfortunately, the care of a person with Alzheimer’s or Dementia needs may become too difficult for family members to provide at home. That’s where the Oak Hollow family comes in,” said Vilma Osborne, Administrator.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care has been a focus at Oak Hollow for many years. The quest for culture change in the quality of life provided to residents at healthcare facilities enabled Oak Hollow to obtain a grant from New York State. The grant made it possible to implement resident-centered care and the development of Oak Hollow’s Circle of Friends Program.
Oak Hollow has an entire secure floor where residents with Alzheimer’s and Dementia who are ambulatory have freedom to move about and are not restricted. “We had a smaller locked unit and found that residents were getting agitated in the locked in area. We converted the entire 3rd floor of the facility to a unit dedicated to Alzhemier’s and Dementia residents,” noted Ms. Osborne. “The staff is dedicated to the unit, with many staff members working at the facility for many years. Residents become less agitated with staff that is consistent. The staff gets to know each resident and their family members, and care giving becomes second nature,” she continued.
The goal of Oak Hollow’s “Circle of Friends Neighborhood” is to create a safe, secure and nurturing environment for residents, provide quality of life to each resident, promote a sense of well being for the resident, provide relief for caregivers while they participate in the plan of care, and to assist residents in attaining and maintaining their highest ability physically, mentally and psychologically.
Oak’s nursing and recreation staff encourages residents to participate, to their ability, in daily activities including reminiscence, "sit-r-cize", cooking class, aromatherapy, nature walks, pet therapy, crafts, sing-a-longs, and much more. They enable each resident to express their feelings in a positive and effective manner and provide emotional support for residents and family members. Oak’s dedicated, trained staff understands the special needs of this population.
“We’re here to answer the needs of our Community. Recently we formed an Alzheimer’s Support Group that is open to all members of the Community. The free group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.,” said Ms. Osborne.
Oak Hollow provides clinically complex care for long-term and short-term residents. The facility is located at 49 Oakcrest Avenue in Middle Island, New York. For more information or a tour please call 631-924-8820 or visit www.oakcares.com.