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The Nefesh To Nefesh Memory Care Program at Dodge Park
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The Nefesh To Nefesh Memory Care Program

The Bible presents growing old as a normal, natural part of life in this world. There is honor involved in the aging process, because growing old is normally accompanied by increased wisdom and experience. “Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous life” (Proverbs 16:31; see also Proverbs 20:29). God wants us to remember that life is short (James 4:14) and that the beauty of youth is soon gone (Proverbs 31:30; 1 Peter 1:24).

Jewish tradition emphasizes that taking care of a parent is a tremendous blessing and mitzvah. As the Talmud in Shabbat 127a says: “These are the fruits a person enjoys in this world, and continues to enjoy them in the World to Come. They are: honoring one’s parents…”

This is particularly true when the elderly have diminished physical and mental capacity, and are confronting their own mortality. But the task of taking care of them need not feel overwhelming.

Among the most disturbing aspects of growing old—especially in cultures that set a high value on rugged individualism—is the increasing frequency of senile dementia as human lifespan increases. It seems eminently unfair that people so afflicted should be robbed of their intellectual, emotional and social vitality while their physical bodies continue to survive. Alzheimer’s disease is a particularly difficult pill to swallow because the cause is unknown and it does not seem to be related to any particularly bad health habits. While progression of Alzheimer’s can be stalled, in part, by continued active involvement in mind-stimulating and physical activity, progression of the disease is nevertheless inexorable.

While there is currently no cure for most progressive forms of dementia, it doesn’t mean we’re powerless against them. Mounting research is building an understanding that there may be ways to slow the progression and change the pathologies of many common dementias, giving those afflicted with them and their families the possibility of more precious, fulfilling moments together.

This is the basis of N’fesh to N’fesh program

N’fesh to N’fesh – from the Hebrew for “soul to soul,” is Dodge Park and Oasis at Dodge Park specially designed program to help individuals from the early stages of dementia up to more advanced stages, build and maintain cognitive ability. Based on research and recent studies, the program is comprised of six pillars of activities in which memory care residents and guests will participate.

Physical Exercise

Physical Exercise

Physical activity and aerobic exercise have been found to have significant brain benefits.
• Low-impact Aerobics Exercise Classes
• Dancing
• Wii Fit, Bowling, Golf
• Walking Club
• Gardening Club
• Chair Yoga

Stress Reduction

Stress Reduction

Methods such as guided meditation, Yoga, Tai-chi and more have been shown to provide benefits such as improved activity in the hippocampus.

Specialized Digital Programs

Tools promoting critical thinking and brain fitness have been shown to improve auditory processing speed, attention, and memory.

Purposeful Social Activities

A strong social network involving purpose-oriented activities has been found to protect against cognitive decline.
• Music Programs
• Art/Music Therpy
• Book Clubs
• Religious Services

Cognitive Exercise

Cognitive Exercise

Engagement in cognitively stimulating activities early in the course of Alzheimer’s has been associated with slower cognitive decline.
• Reminiscing and Discussion Groups
• My Personal Album
• Cultural and Language Study
• Current Events Discussion Group
• Life Skill Stations
• Intergenerational Program

Support Groups and Resident Council

Studies suggest that support groups may benefit individuals with dementia by reducing depression and improving the quality of life and self–esteem.

The program consists of extensive 84 hours-per-week of specialized programming along with individualized assessments and tracking that is provided to families during care plan meeting and/or as per family request. N’fesh to N’fesh is focused on the beneficial activities and components of brain fitness that may slow the progression of dementia and is not anticipated to reverse or restore any cognitive losses.

Resident Center Care

Resident-centered care is at the cornerstone of the Nefesh to Nefesh Memory Care Program at Dodge Park and Oasis at Dodge Park. Caregivers, staff and the management team are specially trained to focus on the strengths of each person and to understand a resident’s preferences, accomplishments and family ties.

With Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia on the rise, finding quality care can be a challenge. Recognizing this challenge, The Dodge Park and Oasis at Dodge Park developed a new program designed specifically to meet the needs of residents with memory loss. Based on years of experience caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents, Dodge Park and The Oasis at Dodge Park Programs partners with family members and care providers to develop a framework that supports the individual, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of memory impaired residents through Cognitive, Fitness and Wellness design.

Extensively developed by a team of experts in Alzheimers and dementia care, the Nefesh to Nefesh program provides residents with an engaging lifestyle through compassionate care at the hands of highly trained staff. Each resident’s preferences and life story contribute to the individualized care and activities they partake in from daily activities to dining and specialized care by trained staff.

What Sets the N’efesh to N’efesh Program Apart

• Activities programs that enhance the lives and touch the heart of each resident
• Daily life activities that support independence
• A culture that promotes family involvement and teamwork
• Engaging the whole person through one’s life history and personalized activities
• Outdoor exploration and purposeful outings
• Complete wellness focus on each individual
• And family partnership and framework to enhance focus and understanding

1. Eating Well
The N’fesh to N’fesh dining experience nurtures the mind, body and soul and is a highlight of the day. Residents are seated with dining partners to promote social interactions and meaningful connections. Meals are served restaurant-style with a 5 weeks cycle freshly designed menus and presentation and service to rival a five-star restaurant.

2. Keeping Active
Whether nine or ninety, meaningful activities promote a sense of well-being, provide enjoyment, maintain functioning levels and support independence. The daily program offers small and large group activities to appeal to each resident’s personal interests.

3. Worthy Staff
Taking care of those with memory loss takes a special caregiver. The N’fesh to N’fesh Program staff is specially trained to work with residents to make their lives better by enlisting in activities and care that promote self-esteem, laughter, fun and enjoyment of everyday life.

Caring for a family member with memory loss can be extremely difficult. When in a community that serves such residents, the tasks of caring for a loved one is shared by a number of dedicated individuals trained in Alzheimer’s and dementia and the family. With the knowledge that a loved one is well taken care of, caregivers can enjoy more fulfilling time together.

N’fesh to N’fesh Community Included Amenities

• 7 days a week – Licensed Nurse on-site
Medical director and a geriatric pscytric weekly visit
• 24 hours a day – trained resident assistant staff on site
• DON and ADON oversight and on-call support 24/7
• Registered Dietitian and social workers weekly visit
• Three nutritious meals a day, plus snacks
• Residential setting with secure access
• Personalized Care Plan designed and regularly reviewed by interdisciplinary team in conference with resident and family members
• Daily Personalized Activities Program from 6am to 11pm
• Spiritual Enrichment Program
• Religious services
• Regular gatherings for family members of residents
• Spacious, secure indoor and outdoor courtyard with walking path and patio
• Daily housekeeping and laundry service
• Beautiful, spacious rooms
• All utilities including gas, electricity, water, sewer, and trash
• Emergency call system
• Satelite TV service and installation
• Basic telephone service (local access)
• Blinds on all windows

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