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Americanway

611 E Albert St
Portage, WI 53901-1417
(608) 566-1500
Fax: (608) 566-1501
Services Offered:
Assisted Living
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    Highlights
    What is so “SPECIAL” about our Dementia Specialty Unit? Physical Design Layout Our physical space is uncluttered with well-lit and well-marked paths, particularly easy visual access to toilets (use of signs or pictures on doors, color-coding), good acoustic controls to minimize distracting noises, and short distances between bedrooms and activity rooms to minimize confusion or getting lost. Staff Training ALL of our team members receive training on how to relate to a person with dementia. Staff members have knowledge in: Effective communication techniques Managing aggressive or agitated behaviors Techniques for bathing, dressing and hygiene Incontinence care Sexuality and dementia Controlling wandering Assistance with eating (including supervision) Reminiscence practice (using distant or childhood memories) Assistance with mobility (walking and transferring) Staff-to-resident ratio It is essential that our special care unit provides adequate supervision to residents. This nine resident household will be staffed with two direct care staff members on the day shift, two on the evening shift and one awake caregiver overnight. Each shift will include at least one caregiver who has attained the credentials – Certified Alzheimer Caregiver (CAC). The Administrator will be on duty a minimum of 40 hours per week and will assist with cares and activities on a regular basis to assure that care is adjusted for each resident as the disease progresses Meals Offering "finger foods" has been associated with allowing residents to remain independent at meals. Activities Social and recreational activities will be geared to the appropriate level of functioning for the residents involved. Since higher functioning individuals may see some activities as "childish," different levels of activities will be available. Music, therapeutic exercise and art projects are common curricula for all levels. Later-stage dementia residents may still enjoy activities such as pet therapy and tactile activities that stimulate the sense. Medical Assistance Our Special care facility will have routine access to specialty physicians (e.g., neurologists, geriatricians, psychiatrists and pharmacists) who understand ongoing care needs and medications associated with demented illnesses and conditions. Safety Precautions Staff is trained in basic safety measures for confused residents to ensure that dangerous substances such as cleaning products, medications (even toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo) are safely put away and monitored. The staff members understand that potentially poisonous plants, peeling paint, or damaged upholstery could be ingested. Evacuation and fire safety procedures are geared to accommodate confused residents Family involvement Because families often serve as proxies for those with memory loss, they have a designated role in helping "customize" the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) to assure that is unique and will meet the needs of their loved one. Family Forums will be held on a regular basis to provide education and to encourage family input and suggestions, as well as grievances and dispute resolution. Families provide stories and personal information about residents to help staff members understand the resident's life story and preferences.
    All genders welcome
    Age 50 and over
    Care Options
    Licensed nursing care provided 24 hours a day
    No licensed physician care provided
    Personal Assistance
    Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
    Catheter management
    Foot care
    Sitting, standing, walking, and getting in and out of bed
    Toileting
    Medication management
    Care Services
    Support groups for patients
    Support groups for families and caregivers
    Residents may contract with an outside agency to bring in services
    Behavioral Support Offered for Residents Who...
    Hit, kick, or act physically aggressive
    Yell, curse, or act verbally aggressive
    Do not sleep through the night
    Become disoriented
    Pace or rummage habitually
    Seek exits
    Wander
    Need prompting for their personal care
    Diabetes Management Care
    Diet
    Oral medication
    Self-administered insulin injection
    Staff-administered insulin injection
    Health Condition Care
    Arthritis
    Asthma
    Bariatric needs
    Breathing support requiring oxygen
    Breathing support requiring ventilator
    Broken bones
    Cancer
    Colostomy/urostomy care needs
    Depression
    Developmental disabilities
    Emphysema or other lung diseases
    Heart disease or heart failure
    Immune deficiency
    Incontinence and bladder management
    Management of a feeding tube
    Memory loss
    Monitored intake of foods and liquids
    Multiple sclerosis
    Osteoporosis
    Parkinson's disease
    Psychiatric conditions such as bipolar/manic depression or schizophrenia
    Stroke
    Tendency to fall
    Traumatic brain injury
    Wound treatment
    Staff certifications and training:
    BlocK 1 AA,ALZ, First Aid and procedures To alleviate choking,Universal/Standard Precautions,Dietary needs,Menu Planning,Food preparation and sanitation, Management and Administration of Medications, Fire Safety, Certification to become a Dementia Specialist, 15 hours of on-going training also required, The proper use and Storage of Medications, How to Assist with walking, Hot and Cold Facts about food safety, The importance of personal hygiene,Preventing abuse in Facilities, Resident Incident/accident reports, Documentation; tips for writing and documenting clearly,Vital signs; how to read and what do they mean,Physical Changes of aging,Tips to keep in mind when dealing with behavioral problems, Tips on working with those with Alzheimer's and Dementia the 10 Absolutes, Fire Evacuation procedures and policies, An Alzheimer's Advocate also works closely and directly with all of our team members on a regular basis and is on call as a consultant.
    Memory Care
    The entire facility is dedicated to the care of Alzheimer's and Dementia sufferers.
    Stages of Alzheimer's Progression Accepted
    Stage 1: no impairment
    Stage 2: very mild decline
    Stage 3: mild decline
    Stage 4: moderate decline
    Stage 5: moderate, mid-stage
    Stage 6: moderately severe
    Stage 7: severe, late-stage
    Services for Alzheimer's or Dementia Residents
    Family members able to join at mealtime
    Family members able to participate in care plan
    Specially trained staff
    Safe wandering areas
    Regular assessments by interdisciplinary staff
    Environment that is easy to navigate
    Daily planned recreational and social activities
    Activities tailored to residents' abilities
    Diminished abilities or stage of disease that would result in a transfer or discharge:
    Would assess each case individually, with the help of our Alzheimer's consultant and house nurse or goal for them would be to age in place
    Special care programs offered for Alzheimer's and Dementia residents:
    What is so “SPECIAL” about our Dementia Specialty Unit? Physical Design Layout Our physical space is uncluttered with well-lit and well-marked paths, particularly easy visual access to toilets (use of signs or pictures on doors, color-coding), good acoustic controls to minimize distracting noises, and short distances between bedrooms and activity rooms to minimize confusion or getting lost. Staff Training ALL of our team members receive training on how to relate to a person with dementia. Staff members have knowledge in: Effective communication techniques Managing aggressive or agitated behaviors Techniques for bathing, dressing and hygiene Incontinence care Sexuality and dementia Controlling wandering Assistance with eating (including supervision) Reminiscence practice (using distant or childhood memories) Assistance with mobility (walking and transferring) Staff-to-resident ratio It is essential that our special care unit provides adequate supervision to residents. This nine resident household will be staffed with two direct care staff members on the day shift, two on the evening shift and one awake caregiver overnight. Each shift will include at least one caregiver who has attained the credentials – Certified Alzheimer Caregiver (CAC). The Administrator will be on duty a minimum of 40 hours per week and will assist with cares and activities on a regular basis to assure that care is adjusted for each resident as the disease progresses Meals Offering "finger foods" has been associated with allowing residents to remain independent at meals. Activities Social and recreational activities will be geared to the appropriate level of functioning for the residents involved. Since higher functioning individuals may see some activities as "childish," different levels of activities will be available. Music, therapeutic exercise and art projects are common curricula for all levels. Later-stage dementia residents may still enjoy activities such as pet therapy and tactile activities that stimulate the sense. Medical Assistance Our Special care facility will have routine access to specialty physicians (e.g., neurologists, geriatricians, psychiatrists and pharmacists) who understand ongoing care needs and medications associated with demented illnesses and conditions. Safety Precautions Staff is trained in basic safety measures for confused residents to ensure that dangerous substances such as cleaning products, medications (even toiletries like toothpaste and shampoo) are safely put away and monitored. The staff members understand that potentially poisonous plants, peeling paint, or damaged upholstery could be ingested. Evacuation and fire safety procedures are geared to accommodate confused residents Family involvement Because families often serve as proxies for those with memory loss, they have a designated role in helping "customize" the Individualized Service Plan (ISP) to assure that is unique and will meet the needs of their loved one. Family Forums will be held on a regular basis to provide education and to encourage family input and suggestions, as well as grievances and dispute resolution. Families provide stories and personal information about residents to help staff members understand the resident's life story and preferences.
    Accommodations
    Short Term and Temporary Stay Options
    Respite care
    Rehabilitation care
    Pet Types Allowed
    Dogs
    Cats
    Birds
    Smoking accommodations are provided
    Residents may bring their own furniture
    Security Features
    24 hour controlled access
    24 hour up and awake night staff
    Door alarms
    Fire sprinkler system
    New staff subject to criminal background check
    Transportation and Parking Options
    Access to public transportation
    Transportation provided by facility
    Resident parking
    Guest parking
    Room Amenities
    Air conditioning
    Cable hook up
    Private telephone line
    Wheelchair access
    Community
    Opened in:
    2008
    Number of residents: 19
    Dietary Options
    Ethnic meals
    Gluten-free meals
    Low sodium meals
    Low sugar diet and meals
    Vegetarian meals
    Kosher meals prepared in a kosher kitchen available
    Meals Provided
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Snacks
    Dining Styles
    Restaurant style
    Family style
    Room service as needed
    On-Site Services
    Activity director
    Beautician and/or barber
    Computer and internet access
    Designated family visiting area
    Gardening
    Housekeeping
    Laundry room(s)
    Laundry service
    Maintenance director
    TV, media room, or theater
    Other recreational activities:
    Painting classes held, Life programming offered, Pet therapy, Community outings, Baking club, Gardening, All programs designed by our Alzheimer's Advocate
    This facility caters to:
    AmericanWay specifically caters to those with Alzheimer's and other related dementia's
    Cost
    Payment Sources Accepted
    HUD or other subsidy
    Long term care insurance
    Medicaid
    Private funds
    VA benefits
    Damage or security deposit required
    Additional personal assistance fee required
    Nursing care fee required
    Licenses
    WI CBRF - Class C Non-Ambulatory
    License No. 0012512
    Issued by Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services
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