Freedom, Wisconsin
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Freedom, WI 54913
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Dementia Care Best Practices for Assisted Living Residences September 6, 2017

Freedom, Outagamie
Dementia Care Best Practices for Assisted Living Residences, Freedom, Wisconsin

When it comes to memory care, assisted living residences don’t only treat symptoms—they must also support the resident’s overall well-being and improve their quality of life. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over half of the residents in assisted living and nursing homes have some form of dementia or cognitive impairment.

The following examples of best practices—developed in partnership with leaders in dementia care—cover basic care areas designed to promote health and wellness, empower people with dementia and their caregivers, and advocate for effective treatment that helps residents thrive.

Ensuring Proper Nutrition

dementia-careAssisted living staff should endeavor to provide proper nutrition and hydration for their residents, as well as establish nutritional screening and preventative systems.

In an assisted living setting, staff members can do so by:

  • Encouraging residents to help plan menus and set the table
  • Providing adaptive utensils and plates
  • Attractively plating a variety of foods
  • Offering a range of fluids to residents at all times

Improving Quality of Life

Overall, the goal of pain management in elderly care is to improve quality of life and ease the distress associated with pain.

Here are some effective actions staff members can take in this regard:

  • Observe patients when they move to identify areas of pain, including behavioral cues like sighing or rigid posture
  • Contact pharmacists directly with questions about pharmacological medications
  • Suggest relaxing treatments, superficial heat, and physical activities that can ease pain
  • Remain cautious when caring for residents to avoid conditions that cause pain, such as skin tears and infections

Spurring Meaningful Interactions

Involvement in social activities encourages a sense of community, joy, and personal engagement that, in turn, enhances quality of life. Meaningful interactions can be fostered in a few different ways, depending on the capabilities of residents and the area around the facility:

  • Encourage thoughtful encounters between staff members and residents
  • Consider each resident’s story and rekindle their fond memories or love of a past hobby
  • Ask residents to help the staff decorate for events
  • Plan community trips, like taking residents to a local theater 


At Country Villa Assisted LIving, family and friends can come together to share in a supportive community that promotes both health and happiness. With locations in Freedom and Pulaski, WI, residents live comfortably in rustic charm with access to a range of amenities and a 24/7 health care team. Call Country Villa today at (920) 422-4620 (Freedom) or (920) 422-4629 (Pulaski), or visit their website.

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