5 Benefits of a Personalized Memory Care Program

No two cases of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia are exactly the same. The diagnosis, progression of the disease, exhibition of symptoms and challenging behaviors are unique for every person who lives with memory loss. When caring for such a complex, wide-ranging disease, shouldn’t the methods for care be just as personalized for each individual?

Unfortunately, not every memory care program recognizes the need for individualized care, notes Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida. “Some communities provide memory care in a one-size-fits-all fashion,” says Griffin, “but dementia is not a one-size-fits-all disease. Effective memory care requires special attention to each person’s need for support, his or her personal strengths and stories, and unique symptoms and challenges. At Clarity Pointe...

Planning Meals for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s: Tips for Success

Planning Meals for Those With Alzheimer's Disease

When a loved one is living with the challenges of memory loss, daily activities that we often take for granted can become difficult to manage. As Alzheimer’s disease (and other forms of dementia) progresses, a person eventually loses the abilities to cook or prepare a meal, choose healthy foods to eat, use utensils and, in some late-stage cases, chew or swallow without difficulty. As a person’s skills and cognitive abilities gradually worsen, it often falls on their caregiver to make sure they eat properly and get enough nutrients in their diet.

Tyrone Corbitt, Culinary Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, shares his experience in caring for the dining and nutritional needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease: “During the middle to later stages of Alzheimer’s, eating habits tend to change for the worse. Loved ones often...

How to Celebrate National Family Caregiver’s Month

National Caregiver's Month

For the majority of the five million people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, their care is provided by a member of their family. Family caregivers are unpaid and typically have little formal training in dementia care; yet, they ensure the safety and well-being of many seniors in need. If you or someone you know is caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s time to celebrate your hard work this November during National Family Caregiver’s Month.

“We can’t overstate the importance of family caregivers,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “At Clarity Pointe, family members contribute so much to our residents’ care, acting as a valuable part of our team. Before residents come to us, we know how much time, energy and effort family caregivers have...

A Caregiver’s Guide to Effective Communication: Talking to Your Loved One with Dementia

Communication is a critical part of our interactions with those around us. It’s how we exchange thoughts, express needs and nurture relationships. When communication doesn’t come easily, we often feel disconnected from those we love.

For those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, communication becomes more difficult as their loved one’s disease progresses. The degeneration of the brain not only affects their memory but also their ability to form words, think clearly, follow conversations or understand what others say to them. As frustrating as these symptoms may be for the individual, it can be just as difficult for their caregivers.

According to Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee in Tallahassee, Florida, “If you are struggling to communicate with your loved one, it’s important that...

The Importance of Intervention for Dementia Patients: Loved Ones in Need of Physical Therapy

If you’re caring for a loved one with dementia, then you know that you are their strongest advocate. Sometimes, you have to be their voice when they have trouble communicating. When they cannot take care of themselves, you give them the support they need to stay healthy. If your loved one ever needs medical intervention due to an injury or illness, it’s up to you to make sure they are cared for in a way that meets their specific needs.

“Loved ones with dementia who require physical therapy pose a unique challenge to those involved with their care,” says Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida. “Sometimes, physical therapists are not trained in dementia care and do not realize the extent of their patient’s cognitive, verbal and physical limitations. Caregivers can help by...

Managing Prescription Medications for a Loved One with Dementia

Adults over the age of 65 use more prescription and over-the-counter medications than any other age group. Chronic illnesses, more frequent injuries, weaker immune systems and other physical conditions all contribute to high levels of medication use in seniors. While it’s beneficial to live in an age of medical advancements, medication use can cause serious problems if not handled safely. The risk for misuse increases when a senior is living with a memory impairment like dementia.

Lonette Bentley, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Pensacola, a memory care assisted living community in Pensacola, Florida, says, “According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, approximately a third of older adults visit the emergency room each year due to adverse effects from their medications. Caregivers of loved ones with dementia need to be especially cautious and well-educated about the medications they...

28 Organizations from Throughout Arkansas Receive Governor’s Quality Awards

Twenty-eight organizations from throughout the state were presented Arkansas Governor’s Quality Awards during the 23rd Annual Awards Celebration for the Governor’s Quality Award Program on Tuesday evening, September 12th at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

More than 300 business and civic leaders from throughout Arkansas attended the celebration.

The awards ceremony includes four award levels of Performance Excellence (in descending order of qualifications): the Governor’s Award, the Achievement Award, the Commitment Award and the Challenge Award. As well as the recognition, recipients receive an in-depth evaluation of their management systems and a written feedback report citing strengths and areas for improvement. 

The Challenge Level Award was presented to Clarity Pointe, Fayetteville.

The goal of the Governor’s Quality Award Program is to encourage Arkansas organizations to engage in continuous...

Introduction to Dementia: Stage, Causes & Treatment

Introduction to Dementia

Dementia and its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease, is a complex neurological disorder. According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, more than 5.3 million Americans are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, but despite its high prevalence, very few have a full understanding of the disease until it hits close to home. At the time of diagnosis, individuals and their families may be unaware of the wide range of symptoms and how Alzheimer’s disease will impact their daily lives.

Jimmie Fay Griffin, Executive Director at Clarity Pointe™ Tallahassee, a memory care assisted living community in Tallahassee, Florida, advises families about the importance of learning about their loved one’s dementia. “It’s so much more than just memory loss,” says Griffin. “Dementia brings with it a progression of challenging symptoms, including behavior challenges and personality...