Our Care Model

We operate under the philosophy that in order to provide excellent dementia care equal attention must be given to 4 specific areas.  Thus, we developed the “4 Components of Care” model.

  • Medical Environment
  • Caregiving Techniques
  • Physical Environment
  • Social Environment

Medical Environment-

We prefer and will go to great lengths to preserve the practice of using non-pharmacological interventions unless it is absolutely necessary for the safety of the residents to use medications.  Appropriate medications are selected with careful examination and balance between their therapeutic effects and their side effects.

Caregiving Techniques-

Having properly educated caregivers on staff is essential for providing excellent dementia care.  Arbor Springs staff undergoes intensive orientation and participates in continuous training and development to meet the special needs of those with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.  We have several Certified Dementia Practitioners on staff as well as a National Certified Dementia Care Manager.  We provide consistent staffing in our neighborhoods which not only allows the staff to get to know each individual but also the resident and family to get to know the staff.  We also have one of the highest staffing ratios in central Iowa (1:5).

Families are as important as staff in the Arbor Springs caregiving environment.  Alzheimer’s is truly a family disease and requires more comprehensive family involvement than in non-dementia long-term care facilities.  Family members team with staff in the overall care planning process and the staff supports the families especially in the areas of respite and renewal.

Physical Environment-

Each secure neighborhood consists of nine or ten private bedrooms, a large living room, quaint home-like dining room, a kitchen and a courtyard that allows for freedom outside.  Our facility was designed with dementia in mind from the carpet patterns to the bathroom paint.  The outcome is a quiet facility that allows for exceptional quality of life.

Social Environment-

We employee 2 full time activity professionals who oversee the programming needs of our residents.  Our social program is active seven days a week, 15 hours a day.  This enables the flexibility to provide each resident with the amount of stimulation for their particular stage in the disease.  Our activities promote self-esteem and self-worth by building on a resident’s abilities.  They include:

  • Household chores such as baking, sweeping, folding laundry
  • Music and art such as sing-a-longs, outside music groups, and crafts
  • Wellness activities such as exercises and walking both inside and outside
  • Brain wellness activities such as trivia, puzzles and games

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