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MEMORY CARE

At The Yellow Brick House

Yellow Brick House is committed to staying current with the latest therapeutic research and care techniques for exceptional resident care. Our toolbox includes distract, redirect, and therapeutic lying. That may sound un-professional, but the goal is to join residents in their reality, not try to correct or re-orient them. Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other mental illness that the resident has no control over, we never want to make a resident unsuccessful or incorrect.

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Our Services

A secured wing devoted solely to the care of clients with Alzheimer’s, dementias, and other mental illness. Designed and staffed for those needing daily physical care or specialized dementia care Garden Lane is intimate, friendly, colorful and warm. Skylights in the hall and dining area make the area bright and pleasant. We pride ourselves on the skills and compassionate attitudes of our staff. All staff members are continuously educated in the latest care techniques.

Activities

Garden Lane offers a specialized activities program designed for those with memory loss and mental illness. A structured day keeps everyone busy from breakfast until dinner in the evening. Exercise, devotion, games, reminisce, socializing, music, dancing, church services, movies, entertainment, bingo, joy rides and many more activities make this a stellar program. Our goal is to keep residents engaged and active physically and mentally throughout the day.

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About Mental Health

Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.

A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life for young and older adults. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy (psychotherapy). Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.

A mental illness can make you miserable and can cause problems in your daily life for young and older adults. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and talk therapy

(psychotherapy).

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Depression

Mental illness, also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.

Dementia

Dementia is more a memory change or impairment. The common theme is forgetfulness, more than people would expect with normal aging. “Early on, changes and difficulty with what we call instrumental activities or IADLs— financial management, managing medications and driving — on a daily basis may indicate impairment caused by dementia according to Hashmi. Another cognitive issue, according to Luci Draayer is “a loss of insight or poor judgment such as the bathtub was left running and overflows because they left to go watch a movie.”

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Depression sometimes gets misdiagnosed as dementia, since an older adult with depression may exhibit dementia-like symptoms. According to Katherine O’Brien, M.D. “People who have depression may not concentrate as well, and that may sometimes look like memory loss and dementia — we call that pseudodementia,”

 

Depression sometimes gets misdiagnosed as dementia, since an older adult with depression may exhibit dementia-like symptoms. According to Katherine O’Brien, M.D. “People who have depression may not concentrate as well, and that may sometimes look like memory loss and dementia — we call that pseudodementia,”

Caregiver should also look for stacks of unopened mail and unpaid bills, uncashed checks, and key home or legal documents that haven't been dealt with. Another flag: unusual transactions or amounts of money going to charities.