If you’ve ever found yourself admitted to a hospital or winding your way through the medical system, you know that it can be a stressful, confusing time.
So many doctors, nurses, aides, assistants and assorted personnel coming and going; so many tests, so much information.
Now imagine what that’s like for people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
People living with memory decline thrive on routine and consistency, so having to go to a hospital or be tended to by emergency personnel can cause fear and agitation for people who may not be fully aware of what’s happening.
It’s been a common challenge for the residents of Prestige memory care communities, along with staff and families. It’s why Prestige created a flyer that has now earned the company plaudits from international Alzheimer’s advocacy leaders.
“I Am a Person With Dementia”
Often, when a resident is initially being treated by first responders or medical personnel, they are provided details about the resident’s condition and some information about who they are. But as the resident makes their way through different care providers, that information can get lost or misunderstood.
Prestige’s “I Am a Person With Dementia” flyer is a one-sheet that staff members fill out on behalf of the resident, and it stays with them for the duration of the resident’s time away from the community so that anyone assisting in their treatment can better understand their situation.
The flyer identifies them as being someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, offers personal information that medical personnel can use to connect with them, and has information explaining more about common challenges faced by those living with memory decline.
Often, medical personnel or first responders may not initially realize a resident is living with cognitive decline and thus not understand why they are having trouble communicating with them. With the help of the “I Am a Person With Dementia” flyer, it allows medical personnel to calibrate their care and communication to help build empathy and connection at a time when it is needed most.
Prestige Honored By Alzheimer’s Disease International
The development of the “I Am a Person With Dementia” flyer has earned Prestige acclaim from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the international federation of Alzheimer and dementia associations around the world; in official relations with the World Health Organization.
In June, ADI is hosting their global conference in London, England, which brings together hundreds of the world’s leading experts in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
At the conference, Prestige Senior Living’s Expressions Product Manager Angie Frantz will host a presentation about the development and implementation of the flyer, and the impact it’s had on our residents as well as first responders and medical personnel. It will be presented as part of the “dignity and advocacy in dementia care” category.
Angie began her career with Prestige as a caregiver at Olympic Alzheimer’s Residence over a decade ago, eventually becoming an award-winning Executive Director at the community and now leads the company’s Expressions wellness program. Angie’s experience and expertise will demonstrate Prestige’s innovative approach to memory care and hopefully lead to the flyer becoming industry standard.
In conjunction with our award-winning Expressions wellness program, Prestige continues to lead the way in advocating for our residents and how people interact with those who live with memory decline.
Learn More About Memory Care at Prestige Senior Living
If you have a loved one with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, our teams at Prestige are here to help.
We invite you to visit the community nearest you, where you can book a tour to learn more about our approach to memory care, our Expressions wellness program as well as how we handle the day-to-day needs of our residents like nutrition, safety, comfort and engagement.
You can also begin your journey with our resource guides, where you can find more information on memory care, senior living, and much more.