Ecumen, a senior housing and services provider, recently released a new white paper that provides recommendations to interested parties on developing senior housing for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The whitepaper, "10 Tips from Ecumen for Developing a Successful Behavioral Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program for Senior Housing", outlines the lessons learned by Ecumen in the development of a facility in Minnesota that focuses on serving dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. The paper provides guidance on focusing on hiring the right personnel, planning for increased costs and striving to provide individualized training and programming to provide an exemplary experience for patients.
"Increasingly, senior housing professionals are seeing a subset of Alzheimer’s, when the affected person develops substantial and challenging behaviors," writes Debbie Manthey, Director of Operations and Janelle Meyers, Ecumen Housing Manager in the whitepaper. "Many senior housing providers are forced to keep these residents heavily medicated or discharge them to a mental health hospital unit. At Ecumen, we sought to develop a better way to serve people experiencing such behaviors."
To view the whitepaper, click here.