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"I can't say enough to praise and thank him for his kindness, humanity, professional skill and friendship in Mary's last days, continuing the wonderful care he gave her all through our  8 1/2 years at the Home."

Lee C.

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Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

A Leader in Specialized Care
The Special Care Unit - a progressive, diverse, award-winning program for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia - shines brightly at The Washington Home. In a safe and therapeutic setting, our special care residents enjoy an active and spontaneous lifestyle. Through music, visual arts, and nature, we provide an environment that strengthens self-esteem. Reminiscence, community service, and therapeutic touch play important roles in resident care and support.

Despite the difficult realities of memory loss, our special care residents are an enthusiastic and spirited community. Vibrant and full of energy, the Special Care Unit truly is the beacon of The Washington Home.

Activities Play an Import Role
The Special Care Unit attracts many visitors and volunteers pets, babies, local students, families, and friends. Together, we sing, we dance, we create, we socialize, and share our time in a variety of fun and meaningful ways. There is plenty going on no one on the unit is bored or isolated. However, we respect our residents' choice to be alone or not participate, should he or she desire quiet and privacy.

Safety is a Priority
Residents of The Washington Home's Special Care Unit enjoy their own private, brightly lit rooms, a secure outdoor courtyard, and lounging, dining, and visiting areas. Although special care residents have the freedom to move about the unit, electronic bracelets and coded doors protect them from becoming lost or wandering into inappropriate areas. Our knowledgeable, safety-conscious staff is committed to the dignity and well being of each resident.

Quality Care
To provide the highest quality care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and memory loss, The Washington Home maintains numerous affiliations with local hospitals, universities, and other health care organizations. Together, we are able to share a wealth of knowledge and resources that yield significant benefits to the people we serve.

In addition to having a highly qualified medical director and well-trained staff, our personnel are an interactive group, committed to discussing any issues pertaining to the needs of our residents and their families.

A Team Approach to Individualized Care
Our interdisciplinary care teams are specially trained in Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and include a physician, nurses, certified nursing assistants, a social worker, a nutritionist, activity therapist, and chaplain to assess and address the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of each resident. Family and friends play an important role in care planning. Together, the resident, family, and care team create a plan that promotes good health and an enriched quality of life.

The care team also recognizes the need to support the friends and family of the individual with memory loss, because the effects of Alzheimer's disease and dementia reach well beyond the individual with the condition.

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