Let Us Care
By: Lisa Chubb, MSN, RN, WCC, RAC-CT, CMAC, CRN-C
What do you think of when you hear the words ‘adult day’? Do you picture a day care center with a large room that has many people sitting around tables eating at certain times and playing bingo at others? Well, we want you to know that yes, there is bingo involved, and sure we have a chef in every center that uses the gourmet or our guest interactive kitchens. But there is also so…much…more!
Let us care for your loved one as our very own. We are inspired through our calling to care for others. That is the secret sauce. We hand pick each individual staff member to fit the culture of caring that IADCC is all about. Our Executive Directors are hands on, leading each day by example, and loving greeting each guest that walks into our centers. Our direct care staff are not only ensuring that each guest has his or her physical needs met, they are ensuring that the social, psychological, and physiological needs are met. Through the loop of constant communication, you can be assured that the guest is in the best hands possible.
We strive to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Who do we serve you ask? Well, that is not only our guests, it is also the caregiver of our guests, and our staff. Taking care of others is why we do what we do. We make every effort to take every burden from our guest’s caregivers. This begins day one with our effortless assessment process, our Executive Director and Nursing staff taking care of everything. Yes, it is just that simple, our guest’s caregiver will come to visit while we assess his or her loved one. We take care of all of the paperwork and send them home with a warm loaf of freshly baked bread. Caregiver caring is a part of our secret sauce as well. It is through our effortless transportation scheduling to our nursing health care coordination and management of care that we can offer such a vast variety of burden lifting through services.
Human touch is one of the most basic of all of the physiological needs. Research on the impact of touch identifies physical benefits such as decreasing blood pressure and pain, improving mood and outlook, and decreasing stress-related cortisol and heart rates (The Advocate, 2016). When our guests are in our centers, they are our family. They become our family from day one. We use therapeutic touch whenever necessary to show this to each of them daily.
Touch activates part of the orbitofrontal cortex of the brain and stimulates production of a hormone known as oxytocin, what scientists call the “care and connection” hormone (The Advocate, 2016). This reaction in the brain leads to feelings of safety, trust, and a reduction in stress and anxiety (The Advocate, 2016). Researchers suggest that touch is truly fundamental to human communications, bonding and health (The Advocate, 2016). Ways that we use therapeutic touch to communicate with our guests are a simple pat on the back, a hug when needed, combing or brushing one’s hair, a hand massage, and many other ways to communicate that we truly care.
Please let us show you we care by caring for your loved one. You will not be sorry. In fact you can go back to being the daughter, son, niece, or nephew not just the caregiver. Never lose yourself in your caring, they need you, we can help you find you.
The Advocate. (2016). How important is touch in the care of an Alzheimer’s patient.