Entries by Orchard Senior Living

There is Such a Thing as Being Too Thin…

Improved Nutrition outcomes are within reach for those living with Dementia and other chronic illnesses. A popular saying says, “We are what we eat.” A good diet is vital to everyone’s health, well-being, and quality of life.  A person needs carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, minerals, vitamins, electrolytes, and water to survive. Obtaining the correct balance […]

Can You Design a One Stop Shop Assisted Living Building?

Is it Possible to Design an Assisted Living Building to be a One Stop Shop? The answer is yes, it is possible in theory, however the better question is, can a one stop shop design offer the best quality of life to most of the residents? I would venture to say no, because to design […]

The Need for Dementia Sensitive Primary Care

What was the Inspiration behind this post? Last week I had a doctor’s appointment with my primary care doctor. It was a 3 pm appointment.  Here it was almost 4 pm and I was just getting called. When my doctor saw me, she immediately apologized and told me the reason for the delay. She said […]

Are Patients with Dementia Smarter than their Primary Care Practitioners?

Are Patients with Dementia Smarter than their Primary Care Practitioners? The answer is not necessarily, however patients with dementia work much harder to mask and hide their dementia from the PCP, than their PCP works to diagnose their patients’ dementia. How Has the Role of a Primary Care Practitioner Evolved? Due to the increasing numbers […]

Dementia, I Will Give You My Memory, If You Leave Me My Personality

What Does Dementia Mean to the Average Person? Dementia is a general decline in cognitive ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is one example. Dementia is not a specific disease. Dementia is a term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory and other thinking skills […]

Creating an Enabling Environment is Key to Providing Dementia Care

How does Dementia effect a person’s ability to enjoy their hobbies and participate in activities? Dementia gets worse over time. Although symptoms vary, the first problem many people notice is forgetfulness severe enough to affect their ability to function on a daily basis and to enjoy hobbies. One example is playing cards. A person with […]

Final Stages of Nutrition Therapy Development for Dementia Residents

What is Nutrition Therapy and who can benefit from it? Eating and enjoying a meal is part of our everyday life and important to everybody, not least to people living with dementia. A healthy diet and nutrition is fundamental to well being at any stage of life and to helping to combat other life-threatening diseases. […]

Nutrition Therapy at Each Level of Dementia Care

What is a common challenge for those with Dementia? Challenges at mealtime are extremely common for those with dementia. These mealtime challenges will change as dementia progresses. There are distinct and separate challenges that are associated with early, middle and late stage dementia. What are the common mealtime challenges for those in the Early Stage […]

Comprehensive Dementia Care Includes Educating Family Caregivers

What is Dementia? Dementia is the loss of many or all cognitive abilities, such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning, as well as behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person’s […]

Elevated Emotions Even Without Memory while Living with Dementia

Which last longer for those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease? Memories or Emotion? Have you seen long lasting emotions in a loved one with Dementia or Alzheimer’s after the memory causing the feelings have faded? I have on many occasions. Although I have seen it live on so many occasions, there is now science behind […]