Screening and Admission Procedures
Potential residents with suspected dementia must have the Health Care Practitioner’s Physical Assessment completed and have the ALM complete the manager’s assessment. Once these forms are complete, a scoring guide is used to assess the resident’s level of care. Focus will be placed on cognition and behavioral categories. The delegating nurse may meet with the resident prior to admission.
Assessment and Care Planning Protocol
If a resident is deemed appropriate by the physician, Assisted Living Manager (ALM), and delegating nurse the resident will be accepted into care. A service plan will be designed within 30 days of admission to address the resident’s needs.
The following staff members are assigned to the Alzheimer’s Special Care Program at Peaceful Life:
- Assisted Living Manager
- Alternate Assisted Living Manager
- Resident Manager
- Resident Aide
These Peaceful Life staff members must undergo the following training and procedures:
- State criminal background check
- Tuberculosis screening
- Annual Code of Maryland (COMAR) training
- Biannual medication technician training (with the exception of the Resident Aide)
- Annual Alzheimer’s and dementia training
- Current CPR/Basic First Aid and Defibrillator training
Staff work live-in shifts and are able to sleep at night, but must be available for any residents that may have wandering or disruptive behaviors. Staff typically do not work more than 72 hours consecutively. Some part-time help may be necessary.
All doors are alarmed and locked at all times. To exit or gain entry, a code must be entered or a siren will sound. Dangerous items such as sharp knives and chemicals will be locked away.
Residents have an activity schedule. They are not required to participate, but they are encouraged to interact, communicate verbally, and practice their activities of daily living so that they can be mentally stimulated.
Costs of Services
Costs vary. Peaceful Life accepts low-income residents. Costs are typically higher when a resident has some form of dementia, but it depends on the severity.
If a resident is no longer appropriate for the facility, the family will be given notice and the ALM will assist in finding adequate placement for the resident. If the resident has an acute medical need, emergency services will be called and the resident will go to the hospital. Typically, a resident is given 60-days notice. If medical necessity or safety is an issue, emergency placement will be facilitated.