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Memory Support Guide

This guide, for staff in independent senior housing, offers tips and techniques for supporting residents with Alzheimer's disease using the Habilitation Model.

Memory Support Guide
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Appendix 1
The Rationale Behind The Project: 2Life wanted to address the need for staff skill building around supporting memory impaired residents to remain at 2Life longer.
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Appendix 2
The Project - Habilitation Therapy Training: Follow the 2Life process as the entire staff gets trained on habilitation therapy.
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Appendix 3
When It's Not Alzheimer’s: As stated earlier, there are many diseases that can cause the condition of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common, but there are several other diseases that can cause dementia that have different symptoms and may bring different challenges to a senior housing community.
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Appendix 4
“Resident at Risk” Meetings: 2Life uses the procedure outlined in this section to work with “at risk” residents. Residents whose behavior has been worrisome, problematic, or who may have a lease violation are discussed.
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Appendix 5
The Individual Form: Use this form to get to know the resident's histories and preferences.
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Appendix 6
Behavior Log: Use this document to record a resident's behavior, using the four "W's" that lead to "why."
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Appendix 7
Evaluation of the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly Memory Support Initiative: This report was created by Joan Hyde, PhD, in the Gerontology Institute, within the John W. McCormack School of Policy & Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, under contract with Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE, now known as 2Life Communities), and in fulfillment of the evaluation requirement of a LeadingAge Innovations Award. 
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