Persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, their family and caregivers, face an array of challenges. Strong evidence indicates that early intervention and specialized care help persons with memory concerns to live more enjoyably and comfortably. Our care philosophy cherishes each resident’s unique past and life story while embracing present strengths and abilities. Franke’s care approaches focus on enhancing individual capabilities to encourage independence, self-confidence and joy in living.
Come visit us. Meet our residents and staff to learn more about Franke’s Reunion Memory Support program.
The Comfort of Home
From our experience we know that physical environments can help reduce feelings of anxiety and confusion for persons with dementia. Residents are encouraged to add their own special touches with familiar personal decor in their private suites. Common area design incorporates functional wall art, soothing colors, minimum noise and guided wandering. Comfortable sitting areas and a family room offer plenty of places to relax and visit. Exit doors are monitored for safety and security. Basic utilities, meals, linen, personal laundry and housekeeping services are provided to maintain the comforts and convenience of home.
The Comfort of Certified Care Providers
Lutheran Homes of South Carolina’s and Franke at Seaside’s commitment to caring for people with Alzheimer’s includes providing education and training to allow staff to be prepared, demonstrate knowledge, and feel confident in their care of people with Alzheimer’s and related memory concerns.
Franke at Seaside’s reputation as a dementia care leader starts with our care specialists. Our Reunion Memory Support Coordinator, licensed nurses, caregivers and all other staff working in our special programs participate in ongoing education programs about Alzheimer’s and other dementias, the latest research findings and innovative care practices.
The Comfort of Care
Determined by individual strengths, personal care may include assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, eating and medication management. Dementia-friendly care techniques include verbal cueing, behavioral intervention and redirection.
Families are encouraged to attend support groups and education classes and take advantage of our Short-Term Stay Programs. As care needs change Rice residents have priority access to transition to other care programs on campus.
In between life enrichment activities, meals anchor the day to nourish the body and feed the soul. Nutritious and tasty home-cooked meals are served in a common dining area to stimulate friendly, family-style conversations. Cooking and baking activities, finger style foods, refreshments, and enticing aromas stimulate appetites to prevent weight loss. We invite families to share their comfort food recipes for all to enjoy.
Comfortable at Home
We realize that a home is much more than just a place to live. It is the people who live within and the relationships shared together that truly create the sense of being at home. We achieve this sense of home when each person in our care feels comfortable, at ease in our presence and valued as a person.