kitimat dementia home pilot project

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A meaningful life in a recognizable home

MLIt is important to understand that the residents of this home have been on a medical journey that has resulted in a litany of losses, all of which individually may be troubling, but together may be devastating. The residents have lost abilities, competencies, treasured roles in society, and even their independence. They have given up their familiar surroundings, the majority of their possessions and now, more and more of their memories. Many of their friends will have abandoned them and all too often they are treated like children; they are not children.

  • This home will not be regimented by “schedules”
  • Residents can wake and go to bed on their own schedules
  • Residents can participate in the daily routine of the home “if they wish”
  • Assist with meals
  • Assist with domestic "home" work such as: cleaning, laundry, gardening & tending plants.
  • Staff will join residents for meals at a common table.
  • All meals will be prepared in house using regionally sourced foods when possible.
  • While meals must be planned with specific dietary considerations for individual residents' medical needs, they will nonetheless take into consideration the need for cultural familiarity. Food is comfort.
  • Cooking smells, food images, and food discussion stimulate residents awareness that meals are being prepared.
  • The home will be "alive".
  • Music
  • Spontaneous activities including celebrations
  • Family and friend visits (no restricted visiting hours)
  • Welcoming of children and pets
  • Personal furnishings may be used whenever possible
  • Plants
  • Cozy, home-like lighting
  • Colour (not an institutional décor)
  • Will also recognize the importance of private space where each resident can have privacy when needed.
  • There will be no medication carts. Medications will be stored and dispensed from locked cabinets in each resident's room.
  • There is a daily life flow that mimics that in a home rather than an institution.
  • Management visibly model person-centred care and management with residents, families and staff. 
  • Staff regularly can be found sitting and talking with residents of the home.
  • Love, comfort and hugs are visible when they are needed.
  • Staff demonstrate feelings-based communication.
  • anyone arriving in the home will see, hear and feel that it is a feeling based home within 5 minutes of entering it.
  • Residents are freely able to go outside into safe, enclosed, private areas without needing doors unlocked or having to be accompanied.
  • Families are engaged in the person-centred model of care, feel welcome in the home, and understand the critical elements of the care model.
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