Dementia Care Services

We all need a Best Friend! Ohana Care utilizes the Best Friends™ Approach, which is a recognized approach to relationships with adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia Care Services

Dementia Care

The Best Friends™ Approach is a recognized approach to relationships with adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It is exactly like it sounds: the caregiver or companion becomes a best friend to the senior by getting to know their preferences, their family, what upsets them, what makes them happy.

Think about how much you know about your best friend. How they like their coffee, what traditions are important to them, who matters most in their life. Of course, we can’t force friendship, but using the information we were given by the family and the experiences we shared with our client builds trust, empathy, memories, and a deep connection.

Ohana Care encourages seniors to participate in activities in a day facility and at home; enhancing their joy, sense of belonging and satisfaction; and promoting their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing.

Our recreation specialist MP Fortin is an Associate Trainer, a certification obtained through the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary, and she trains the Ohana team periodically to ensure everyone is confident in their skills.

We enforce the Dementia Bill of Rights:

  • To be informed of one’s diagnosis.
  • To have appropriate, ongoing medical care.
  • To be treated as an adult, listened to, and afforded respect for one’s feelings & point of view.
  • To be with individuals who know one’s life story, including cultural and spiritual traditions.
  • To experience meaningful engagement throughout the day.
  • To live in a safe and stimulating environment.
  • To be outdoors on a regular basis.
  • To be free from psychotropic medications whenever possible.
  • To have welcomed physical contact, including hugging, caressing, and handholding.
  • To be an advocate for oneself and others.
  • To be part of a local, global, or online community.
  • To have care partners well trained in dementia care.

Signs your Loved One may need extra Stimulation

REPETITIVENESS

Repeating stories or activities, and refusing to do anything other than watching TV.

Forgetfulness
FORGETFULNESS

No longer able to play their favourite games independently, and forget to initiate new activities.

Increased Naps
INCREASED NAPS

Excessive napping could be a sign of boredom.

Agitation
AGITATION

This can include pacing, lack of patience, fidgeting, looking for a way out of a room/place, and humming.

Isolation
ISOLATION

Refuses to sit with visitors, refuses to leave the house/unit, only leaves home for appointments.

ELOPEMEMT

Leaves the house alone, not dressed appropriately for the weather, or without the ability to find their way back.

If you would like to learn adapted games or appropriate activities for seniors with dementia, book a consultation with our Recreation Therapist.

 

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The Best Friends™ Approach

The Best Friends™ Approach redefines how we can enhance the lives of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Local Support for all Types of Dementia

Alzheimer Calgary works to ensure that people impacted by dementia have access to high quality education, care and support throughout their journey of impact.

Formal Assessments

For formal assessments of cognitive abilities and daily adjustments you can make to help slow the process, contact a Cognitive & Behavioral Therapeutics Interventionist.

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