Though dementia may dim memories and make communication frustrating, the disease can never steal your loved one’s identity. At Care Dimensions, we focus on individuals – respecting their place in the world and honoring life before and after dementia took its toll.
Our dementia support program tailors personalized care plans for hospice patients, whether they are experiencing moderate dementia or severe symptoms, to maximize each patient’s comfort and quality of life. We meet the needs of the whole person – physical, cognitive, spiritual and emotional – while supporting, relieving and preparing caregivers. Tomorrow is uncertain for patients with dementia and Alzheimer ’s disease – we help you make the most of today.
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Our dementia support program offers a much-needed layer of assistance to patients, reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits and instilling calm and confidence in caregivers. Our dementia support program offers:
Our Dementia Support program is designed to provide additional support to family or professional caregivers. To facilitate communication and ease the transition of care, the social worker on your hospice team will complete a comprehensive assessment with the family to inform the clinical team and volunteer about how best to work with the patient. Questions include:
Another critical component of the dementia program is our cadre of volunteers, who receive specialized training on communicating and engaging with patients with dementia. Additionally, they complete a Dementia Live hands-on experience to help them understand and become sensitive to the physical and mental challenges that a patient with dementia experiences. In addition to a bag of supplies they carry to help them engage with patients in non-verbal ways, our volunteers can also provide fidget quilts that provide sensory or tactile stimulation to patients who need to keep their hands busy.
Care Dimensions helps patients and caregivers communicate needs, navigate the healthcare system and plan for the future. All Care Dimensions clinical staff receive a 13-hour habilitation training program developed by the Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH that includes topics such as communication skills, understanding how the physical environment can make a difference, how to use activity and purposeful engagement with patients, how behavior can be a way to communicate, and understanding and working with families.
Our interdisciplinary team brings together the skills and experience of:
Care Dimensions cares for patients wherever they are:
Since 1978, Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore, has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in over 100 communities in Massachusetts.