Initiating Memory Care: The Three Most Important Questions to Be Answered


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February 16, 2017



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Course DescriptionEffective memory care design requires strong consideration and understanding of some crucial clinical and business information. Inclusion of this vital information is required for long term, sustainable success in Memory Care. Learn the most essential information that must be obtained in the early phases of a Memory Care design project. Identify how to apply this information to planning decisions such as determining the interior and exterior floor plan and layout, identifying the most valuable amenities, and other beneficial design features. Learn how Memory Care that is developed from this core information can yield positive outcomes such as optimizing resident independence and quality of life and positive business outcomes. Take the “one size fits all” and the guesswork out of memory care design and create a solid plan grounded in knowledge.
Learning  Objectives

  1. List key characteristics of dementia diagnoses and dementia stages that must be factored into environmental design decisions. 
  2. Define the critical value of answering three questions early in the planning phases of a memory care development project.
  3. Identify how to immediately apply this information to guide memory care environmental design decisions in order to achieve successful memory care outcomes.
  4. Avoid design pitfalls that can lead to disengagement, excess disability, and poor quality of life for persons with dementia. 

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Kim Warchol is an Occupational Therapist specializing in dementia management and she is founder and President of Dementia Care Specialists, a CPI specialized offering. Kim has educated thousands of therapists and other healthcare professionals on an abilities-based, person-centered approach to dementia evaluation, treatment and programming.  Acting as a consultant Kim has set-up many memory care living environments and care programs using this innovative model. Kim was instrumental in the advocacy effort which led to the 2001 CMS Memorandum prohibiting the denial of therapy services based solely on the diagnosis of dementia.  She has authored several dementia care articles, and she lectures nationally on various topics related to dementia care and dementia supportive design.   Kim is passionate about creating a dementia capable society.