Many Alzheimer’s patients and families are struggling to make sense of a disease that doesn’t make sense. Lives are turned upside down after the diagnosis, leaving patients and their loved ones unsure where to turn. Turn to Covenant Care — we can help.
Programs and Services
Covenant Alzheimer’s Care has developed programs and services to support the needs of patients, caregivers and families living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia including:
- The Residence: Covenant Memory Care Center (coming late 2017)
- Memory Screenings
- The Sidekick Program
- Home Safety Assessments
- Medication Dispensing
- Project Lifesaver
- Support Groups
- Caregiver Assistance Programs
- Education for Caregivers, Community Groups and Healthcare Professionals
The Residence Memory Care Center will allow those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to age in place in a tranquil, home-like setting with skilled staff and innovative programs designed to help residents make the most of each moment. Optimal living accommodations have been designed specifically to meet the unique needs of those impacted by dementia. The center will offer 20 state-of-the-art private rooms within the 14,000-square-foot residence located at the Joyce Goldenberg Campus in Pensacola. Opening Summer 2017.
The Sidekick Program
As many people who have traveled the path through dementia will tell you, the journey can be quite lonely. Long-time friends and even family members who don’t fully understand the disease sometimes retreat from the person with dementia, leaving both the caregiver and the person with dementia to travel the road alone. Through the Sidekick Program, our specially-trained volunteers are “matched” to a specific Covenant Alzheimer’s Care client. Through regular visits, the volunteer affords the primary caregiver a break from caregiving duties and simultaneously provides enhanced socialization opportunities for the person with dementia.
Hearts and Minds Program
Alzheimer’s disease affects more than just the person with the diagnosis … it affects the whole family. Through the Hearts and Minds Program, children whose families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease are provided with information in age-appropriate language that they can understand. Hearts and Minds volunteers host reading and discussion sessions with children and teens, utilizing specialized educational materials. These gatherings also afford kids the opportunity to talk about their feelings and discuss their experiences in a group of peers who face similar situations, letting them know they are not alone.
Memory screenings are a brief, confidential means of assessing the memory and cognitive functioning of individuals. The memory screen is not a diagnostic tool, but it may suggest a need for further evaluation. Screenings are offered to individuals and groups by appointment only.
Home Safety Assessments
A diagnosis of dementia carries with it a host of considerations when addressing the safety and functionality of the home. Covenant Alzheimer’s Care can help evaluate the unique needs of people living with Alzheimer’s within the context of the home environment. From safeguarding specific rooms and making them more dementia-friendly, to suggesting interventions for common issues like wandering, sundowning and difficulties driving, our thorough in-home assessments provide practical strategies in an easy-to-read report. Because we know that safety needs change as the illness progresses, our dynamic assessments can be conducted by our specially-trained staff members at various stages of the disease progression to ensure that safety issues are addressed on an ongoing basis. In addition to identifying potential problems, our experts can recommend adaptive solutions and resources for necessary modifications that prevent injury and encourage independence.
Take the guesswork out of taking medications. From organizing pill, to missed dose alerts and scheduled reminders on when and how to take medications, this service offers greater independence to patients and more peace of mind to their loved ones.
A person with Alzheimer’s disease may wander away from home at any stage of the illness, and many become lost while trying to get home. Studies show that approximately 60% of people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander and 70% will wander repeatedly, putting them at risk for serious injury.
Covenant Care, in partnership with local law enforcement and search-and-rescue teams, manages the Project Lifesaver program in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida. This initiative provides participants with a watch-sized transmitter, which emits a unique radio frequency and tracing signal 24 hours a day. If a program participant wanders and becomes lost, a trained search team uses the mobile locator tracking system to quickly and safely return them to their home.
Sometimes caregivers need someone to confide in or guidance in understanding the stages and behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Support groups provide a safe and relaxed environment in which caregivers can share and learn from each other.
Within the group setting, members exchange ideas and experiences, share valuable coping skills, and discuss ways to better care for themselves and their loved ones. Caregivers are most successful when they also try to meet their own needs for physical rest and emotional support.
All of our support group facilitators are trained and receive ongoing professional support and resources.
For a list of support groups, check the calendar of events or check out our current Covenant Alzheimer’s Support Group brochure – Fall 2016
Sometimes caregivers need a listening ear or guidance in understanding the stages and behaviors associated with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Our telephone support services provide reliable information and support for people with memory loss, their caregivers, healthcare professionals and the public. Call us during regular business hours to speak with our friendly experts at 1.855.CARE.365. Individual meetings and family consultations are available by appointment.
Education for Caregivers and Community Groups
CARE Series (Caregivers Assistance — Reaching out and Educating)
Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of medical conditions that involve memory loss and other problems with thinking that interfere with a person’s day-to-day life. Considering that people are living longer, more families find themselves facing issues related to dementia, memory loss, or Alzheimer’s disease. This three-part lecture series will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, special considerations for caregivers, and resources available to support patients and families through the journey of dementia. For a list of offerings in your community, see our calendar of events.
The Virtual Dementia Tour
The Virtual Dementia Tour is a teaching tool that simulates the experience dementia. The VDT allows caregivers to better understand the physical and mental challenges faced by those with dementia. After experiencing this sensory training, caregivers have a greater understanding of the realities of living with dementia. This unique, interactive program has been shown to improve communication and care outcomes. Learning to create a positive environment for those with dementia can only come from attempting to walk in their shoes. For a list of offerings in your community, see our calendar of events.
Education for Healthcare Professionals
- Continuing Education Seminars for CEU credit
- Conferences and Events