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Parma, OH –August 13, 2019 –Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are on the rise, so Mount Alverna Village in Parma, OH, added 42 fully-furnished, private and semi-private studio apartments for their person-centered Ancora Memory Support program.
“People are living longer and are more active than previous generations. We recognize those changes and adjusted our services and amenities,” said Executive Director Patrick Welsh. “We embraced innovative ideas to provide an exceptional resident and family experience.”
New, custom technology was created specifically for memory support residents and includes an electronic picture frame located outside their apartment doors to assist with wayfinding. The resident’s name and family photos rotate on the screen which helps them locate their home.
A custom application is also downloaded onto an electronic tablet so residents can independently engage in activities. For ease of use, there are only three buttons to select from. This allows residents to control the television in their room, look at personal photos, and Skype with loved ones.
Safety is always a priority. Motion sensor lights in the memory support apartments and bathrooms minimize the risk of injury, especially during evening hours. A bed pad alarm system alerts care partners when residents try to get out of bed and allows them to identify activity patterns. Immediate assistance is available, too, via a wearable emergency pendant and in-room nurse call system.
“We understand a resident’s desire to control move about their home and control their environment. All of these tools make things easier and safer,” said Welsh.