More than 5 million people in the United States are currently diagnosed with having dementia. 60% of women and 10% of men past the age of 55 will develop a form of the disease. Our care services have evolved over the years to meet the needs of this growing population. We offer two specific services to assist our clients and their families.
Memory Care for Seniors
All our directors and care coordinators oversee and coordinate placement of in-home caregivers with clients – based on client needs and the caregiver’s qualification and training. No matter the level of prior training, each of our caregivers are trained to interact with memory care patients.
Adult Family Living Program
Coordinated by Mary Scagliarini, a registered nurse and certified Dementia Care Practitioner (CDP), our adult family living program provides support to family members caring for a loved one. We work with Title 19 (Medicaid) funded clients and clients on the CT Homecare Program for Elders.
Assisted Living Services provides oversight for the in-home care provided by a family member. Oversight includes:
- Ensuring the home is safe
- Paying the provided stipend to the provider
- Being a resource for questions and support
Why Hire Professional Care?
When we consult, we see beyond what the family notices in an everyday setting. There are common occurrences that we recognize and know how to deal with from experience, avoiding trial by error or never having procedures implemented that are best for the patient.
For example, a family member may simply see that a loved one isn’t eating. We ask the questions like how far away is the food or is the food even being seen? Dementia can create tunnel vision. If food is placed below eye level, the patient may not even know food is available and then not be able to verbalize their needs.
Specialized Memory Caregiver Training
Assisted Living Services is passionate about providing the highest quality of care. While all our caregivers receive dementia training at the time of hire, we provide additional training to caregivers that will be working in more demanding memory care positions. Led by staff with a CDP (Certified Dementia Care Practitioners endorsement), this training goes more in-depth on types of dementia, handling patient episodes and how to provide a caring, reduced stress environment for clients. Our customized in-house training is ongoing and includes video sessions, information packets and frequent quality assurance visits once placement has been made.
What does Certified Dementia Care Practitioners (CDP) mean?
The CDP certification is administered through the National Council of Certified Dementia Care Practitioners. The CDP® certification represents that the front line staff and health care professional has received comprehensive knowledge in the area of dementia care, achievement in completing the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care course/seminar, met the NCCDP requirements for CDP® certification, applied for the CDP® certification and received the CDP® certification. The CDP® commits to ongoing professional development through NCCDP Staff Education Week or other educational opportunities and re-certification every two years.
Assisted Living Services staff members who are Certified Dementia Care Practitioners (CDP):
- Nicholas D’Aquila – Director of Information Systems
- Mario D’Aquila – Chief Operating Officer
- Mary Scagliarini, RN – Director of Adult Family Living
- Lynne Schmidt – Director of Hourly Services & Marketing
- Tom Daly – Director Live-in Department
- Kristin Mercadante – Service Coordinator & Branch Manager
- Tina Carbone – Hourly Service Coordinator & Department Manager
- John-Paul Mayhew – Supervisor of Technology Services
If you’re looking for additional resources, we have written many articles regarding Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Memory care in our blog. We hope you find helpful resources for yourself and loved one.