Besides the nurses, we have a number of specialists, including those most au fait with dementia. They offer the best dementia care, treatment advice, taking into account the patient’s wishes and medical history. Other specialists are experts in specific restorative therapies such as speech therapy or occupational therapy.
Speech therapy is particularly relevant for dementia sufferers, as they often find it difficult to express themselves verbally.
Apart from religious services, which many people find helpful for their spiritual nourishment, we also provide emotional and cognitive support. If patients are confused, we talk to them to put them at their ease. We are able to refer to their friends and family because we get to know them. This is all part of the package of superior quality care we offer.
We put on a range of recreation and leisure activities to keep people interested in each other and life. They are beneficial also in that they promote communication. Some activities are designed for individuals, some for small groups and others for larger groups. Each dementia patient is evaluated to ensure they can get the most from any particular activity.
Activities take place seven days a week. Most evenings we organize parties, bingo games, trivia or word games. Singalongs are also very popular. In addition, we have bedside activities for those with severe symptoms.
Every member of staff – from senior doctors to nurses, assistants and porters – has a stake in our facility in Brooklyn. They feel proud to be providing truly worthwhile dementia care at Haym Salomon Home.