ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND DEMENTIA
Dementia is a gradual decline in brain function beyond what is normally expected from aging. Some dementia is caused by, but is not limited to, Binswanger's, Pick's, Huntington's, and Parkinson’s disease. The most common form of dementia in the elderly is Alzheimer's disease. Initially Alzheimer's disease effects thought control, memory, behavior, and language. Eventually, the disease causes loss of mobility, speech, and ultimately death. It is estimated that 4.5 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer's disease and by the age of 85, nearly half of the elderly may have the disease. Although many may suffer from this disease, it is not a normal part of aging.
Common symptoms of Alzheimer's disease include:
• More than normal memory loss
• Language and communication problems
• Disorientation in normally familiar areas
• Misplacing things in unusual places (for example, putting clothes in a dishwasher)
• Changes in behavior and/or personality
• Mood swings for no apparent reason
• Difficulty carrying out complex tasks
• Difficulty with reasoning, thinking, and learning
Simple changes in memory and behavior are normal as an individual gets older. Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are beyond normal and are not a normal part of aging. Only a health care professional can diagnose Alzheimer's disease. If you or a loved one is experiencing Alzheimer's warning signs or if you have any questions, contact your doctor.
TREATMENT OF DEMENTIA OR ALZHEIMER'S
Alzheimer's disease has no cure and is irreversible; however, certain treatments may help cognitive functions and many symptoms patients experience. Doctors may prescribe medication that can help manage declining functions such as memory and thinking. Other medications may help improve an individual’s behavior in depression, anxiousness, psychosis, agitation, and/or apathy. The drugs do not cure any patient, but they may help slow brain function decline and improve an individual’s quality of living.
There are many non-drug treatments as well that can improve an individual’s quality of life and/or conserve as much cognitive function for as long as possible. Some of these may treatments include: exercise, providing a comfortable living environment, instituting remedial activities, and caregivers learning to correctly communicate.
We are committed to providing clean, modern, home-like living environments; a loving, caring staff; and specialized state-of-the-art therapies and care programs which provide enhanced health, personal dignity and safety for our residents and peace of mind for our families.
• Assistance with all activities of daily living
• Private or semi-private suites
• Specialized continuing education for Staff
• Linen, laundry and housekeeping services
• Medication and oxygen assistance
• Incontinence and behavior management
• Individual specialized activities and therapies
• 3 nutritious home-cooked meals a day, plus snack
• 24-hour on-call nursing assistance
• 24-hour care & supervision by trained staff
• High-tech alarm systems
• Secured backyards with tranquil walking paths and patios
• Home health and hospice available
• Specialized diets available
• Wheelchair Accessible
Techniques and Therapies
We provide several therapies known to minimize behaviors associated with memory loss while enhancing quality of life.
Aroma Therapy: We use our own proprietary blend of oils that calm behaviors and softens depression
Music Therapy: We incorporate Resident Appropriate Music, with sensitivity of rhythms and beats, to maximize calm behaviors
Light Therapy: Natural lighting spectrum, that replicates natural sunlight, is used throughout the facilities to diminish Sun downers, create more energy, and improve sleep patterns
Reminiscence Therapy: This therapy slows down the progression of memory loss through brain exercise and stimulation.
Hydration Therapy: Allows better balance- fewer infections- less skin tears- minimizes behaviors
Customized Activities: Keeps minds and bodies active and life more meaningful
Small Home-Like Facilities: Each home is designed to provide peace, comfort and less confusion in daily activities.
Ashley Manor was created to make a difference in the lives of those suffering with memory loss and their families. The Founders started Ashley Manor because they wanted a residential care facility in which they could place their loved ones that dealt with dementia. They were not pleased with the type of care available to their Mom, Dad and Grandfather. However, after an intensive study and collaboration with individuals that had extensive knowledge and experience of Alzheimer's and other dementias, a dream to create facilities where they could place their loved ones was realized. That place was and is Ashley Manor Care Centers, and those relatives placed, like all other residents, were given the best of care for the rest of their lives.