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Two Initiatives in Planning Stages for Bay Bluffs Self Sufficiency

The Bay Bluffs team has been developing goals for the coming year, based on the charge from the County Board of Commissioners for Bay Bluffs to become self-sufficient financially, providing for all capital expenditures necessary to improve and maintain the facility directly from our operating budget.

This planning process serves as the basis for the future Bay Bluffs that we believe our community members and current and future residents need, and one that our community will support.

Two key initiatives are underway that address community need and support our self-sufficiency plan.I will share a few highlights on the developing projects over the next several blog posts.Today, we focus on being the best at caring for those with dementia and include links to resources highlighting what and why we are moving our care/services in this direction.

Best Practice Dementia Care and Services – Experts in Care

New federal regulations for nursing homes focus heavily on providing residents with individualized rather than institutionalized care – as it should be! For our community, providing individualized care for our friends with dementia is critical.

In order to deliver the very best individualized care we can for our folks with dementia, Bay Bluffs is pursuing a designation as a "Positive Approach to Care" community.For the last 18 months, our team has been in training on this innovative model of care for those suffering from dementia.In the coming weeks, Bay Bluffs will be training additional staff as "Coaches" in this approach, embedding training into all new hire orientation, and developing a training calendar for 2020 that includes opportunities for our families to participate in learning the positive approach.

"Positive Approach to Care"Resources

"Positive Approach to Care" – Community Designation Information

Positive Approach to Care

Teepa Snow – Visionary in dementia care

Resources for Family and Friends supporting people with dementia

Best Practice Dementia Care and Services – Environmental Considerations

Additionally, our research is showing that we must consider changes in our environment in order to be the best place for dementia care and services.The possibility of rearranging our neighborhoods to provide for the increased population of folks requiring skilled dementia care, in an environment that is "unlocked", is currently under exploration.

With more than 75% of our resident population having some kind of cognitive deficits or memory impairment, it is critical that our team become experts in their care and we have an environment that honors each individuals' needs, meeting them where they are in the disease process.One small neighborhood (Birch) is just is not enough to accommodate the community need!

Resources and Links on Best Practices in Dementia Care

Roam if You Want to:Unlocking the Doors for Patients With Dementia

The Hidden Restraint – Part 1

The Hidden Restraint – Part 2

The Hidden Restraint – Part 3 – Unlocking Doors!

The Hidden Restraint – Part 4

Unlocking the Doors – Creating Inclusivity for People Living with Dementia

Dementia Village

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