CRIDERSVILLE — Cridersville Healthcare Center on 603 East Main St. has recently opened a new memory care unit, a place where dementia and Alzheimer’s disease patients can maintain and sharpen their memory, according to Amanda Miller, Director of Nursing.
“As the elderly population grows, the dementia and Alzheimer’s diagnosis grows, as well,” said Miller. “We opened this new unit because there is a need in this area, and we want to keep their minds as sharp as we can keep it as long as we can.”
The unit is equipped with five private rooms and four semi-private rooms, which can house a total of 18 residents. As of Tuesday, the unit currently houses seven residents.
To ensure the safety of the residents, the unit is locked with a code to both enter and exit the department.
Throughout the day, residents participate in various activities, such as bowling, cooking, matching games, ball games and activities that work on both fine and large motor skills, according to Miller.
“All of the activities are designed to promote as much independence as they can,” said Miller. “These activities also keep their minds as sharp as they can because we know that they are dealing with progressive diseases.”
Although residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s can live at home, Miller explained that the benefit of living at the memory care unit is that the staff can help the residents cope better with their condition.
With the help of the staff, residents can get into routine and repetition, which is something Miller said is important in treatment.
“The staff is trained to handle dementia,” said Miller. “The residents could end up becoming aggressive with loved ones, and we are specially trained to handle that.”
Miller said that she and the staff are elated about the new opening of the unit.
“We are really excited to open this to the community and give dementia and Alzheimer’s patients a better quality of life,” she said.
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