LifeHouse Buchanan Meadows, a 40-bed facility mostly for people with different levels of dementia, is training its staff in a Montessori-style approach to caring for patients, helping them find their level of success and steady routines.
"You use different techniques with the elderly, especially those with dementia," says executive director Kristin Baker. "The more you create a routine, the more apt they are to follow that routine. You do that daily."
Buchanan Meadows, at 809 Carrol St., was built in 1995, and has been part of California-based LifeHouse for more than five years. The secured facility has two connected 20-bed wings, one for people in early stages of dementia, one for those in later stages.
"We are doing full dementia care," Baker says. "We take care of some who don't have dementia." Occupancy is usually more than 90 percent, but recent losses have left 20 percent of the facility open.
The section for people in the earlier stages of dementia provides feeding, activities of daily living and help with physical needs. The side for people in later stages, including some who might wander or become agitated, provides more help with ordinary daily activities as well as needs such as feeding and transfer to a wheelchair.