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Administration May Be Damaging Senior Memory Care

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - July 8, 2013

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Often times in for-profit healthcare organizations the administration may have little to no background in healthcare and especially with Alzheimer's and memory loss care. In fact, many of the administration have no background in healthcare at all and may have only a business administration degree or some related degree. Their healthcare background may be limited to a few classes in healthcare management or maybe limited to doctors offices which run drastically differently than senior memory care operations.

With the upcoming healthcare reform act and new healthcare administration issues, the concept of memory care, memory loss care and Alzheimer's care has come into the spotlight. There have been several developments over the last few years and memory loss care in these developments have also led to a spotlight on how memory loss in Alzheimer's are cared for by the administration as well is by staff in long-term care facilities. When the spotlight has been placed on these facilities they have found that the administration rather than the healthcare staff may actually be causing more damage to senior memory care.

Senior memory care relies primarily on repetitive actions, comfortable environments and on a caring and compassionate staff. However, sometimes the administration will step in and in order to keep the administrative side of the operation running smoothly they will put certain guidelines into effect that prohibit or completely block memory loss care. These may be a specific eating times changing, staff having to give food in the seniors rooms, residents are being almost forced to eat in certain environments that may not be comfortable. In other words, the administration is offering no help or little help to the memory care program.

This is been found to be caused primarily by the lack of understanding of what memory care, memory loss care and Alzheimer's care actually is. When questioned many administrative leaders and administrative staff have been found to not have any knowledge of memory loss care or Alzheimer's care. When they are shown the effect that certain administrative aspects may have on the care plans for these individuals, and for the first time may see that there are techniques are wrong.

The problem is not simply showing administrative staff where their particular techniques are wrong, but in how to correct these techniques. Unfortunately, many of the administration may have no knowledge of how to implement techniques that do not cause memory care loss, Alzheimer's care or other related care issues. They tend to go by the book and go with what would work in a normal Corporation atmosphere. This means that any health organizations and for-profit organizations are now requiring that their administration go through forms of memory loss training, assisted-living training and long-term care training so that they may understand in full what their actions may cause as a reaction measure to senior care. They may also be required to go to in servicing that will discuss various options they can do that will work for the staff, work for the profit organization and also works for the residence rather than against him.