Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care

Paul Goldenberg•Richard S. Ziman Family Special Care Center

Environment plays an important role in caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and age-related dementia. Because Alzheimer’s disease robs its victims of memory as well as both cognitive and motor skills, the warmth and reassurance of “home” are vital.

In the past, Alzheimer’s care facilities often sacrificed a home-like feeling in the interests of safety and security. Today, the Goldenberg•Ziman Special Care Center leads the way in the new era of environments that provide comfort without compromising safety and care.

The Goldenberg•Ziman Center was designed in response to the most advanced research about how a patient’s physical environment affects his or her behavior, sense of well-being, and even visible symptoms of the disease.

Since many Alzheimer’s sufferers seem to control agitation levels through wandering and constant motion, the Center’s floor plans incorporate a circular shape, ensuring that residents never come to a dead end and experience potentially debilitating confusion.

The building, with its pastel palate, offers residents a comforting environment where they can enjoy a wide variety of programs and mental stimulation.

The exterior features are “softened” with a pitched roof and lovely portico that are reassuringly traditional. Skylights and large windows provide the comfort of natural light. Beautiful exterior landscaping is visible from inside the building at virtually every turn.

Pioneering techniques

Person-First Programming incorporates the “universal-worker” concept, where all staff members are involved in the residents’ care. The staff takes ownership of “life happiness” in the unit.

Regular mealtime protocols help provide consistency to address the challenges of weight loss and dementia. Specially trained staff members encourage eating by socializing with residents during meals and snack times.

Learning Circles engage even the most confused residents, providing every individual an opportunity to reminisce and experience the inclusiveness of our special community. We tailor recreational programming to our residents’ attention span, past-life skills, and independence.

For more information about the Goldenberg•Ziman Special Care Center, please contact please contact Admissions Director Sato Artinian at 818.774.3303 or Satenik.Artinian@jha.org.

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