Dementia Care Services and Programs
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DCSL provides quality care management services to homebound, frail older adults who have dementia. This program is 100% supported by ACL Grant. Our program provides:
Care Plan Assessment
Development and implementation of individualized care plan
Care Plan Monitoring, which includes in-person follow up visits and telephone calls
Complete Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) Facilitator certification
Provide dementia training to the community including:
brain health and symptoms/warnings of dementia
health and dementia training
I/DD community training
Lastly, our dementia program offers free weekend respite care to Caregivers of those living with Dementia. Weekend Respite Care- 100% Supported by ACL Grant.
DCSL is now able to offer free respite care at DCSL on the weekend at no cost to the participant. Eligibility requirements are:
· Individual must be living in Durham with dementia or a cognitive impairment.
· Does not require any nursing services, such as medication administration or monitoring of any complex medical condition(s).
· Caregivers will need to agree to answering a short survey at the beginning of the service and every month they receive services. Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Health Promotions Classes
Our Health Promotion Services seeks to give seniors the tools needed to take charge of their health by supporting positive health behaviors and by providing the information and resources needed to stay healthy, active, and independent.
In addition to the various exercise classes offered, we provide evidence based programs that have been shown to improve health and well-being.
The Living Healthy-Chronic Disease Self Management Program
This program is designed to help participants address their health issues by identifying the barriers that impede the successful management of their issues and developing action plans that will lead to better symptom management and improved health. The workshops take place once a week for six weeks. Each session is 2 1/2 hours long and is facilitated by two trained leaders.
Subjects covered throughout the workshop include:
Techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
Appropriate use of medications
Communicating effectively with friends, family, and health care providers
Nutrition -making informed treatment decisions
The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
This group exercise program originally developed by the Arthritis Foundation involves weekly classes for persons living with arthritis. Carefully trained instructors assemble exercise and movement routines for each class from a list of some 90 different exercises to be performed while participants are seated or standing as appropriate. Classes also include endurance and/or balance building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education segments.
A Matter of Balance Program
This program emphasizes practical strategies that boost participants’ strength and balance through specialized exercises and other activities. It is designed to help reduce the incidence of falls and the fear of falling. The workshops take place over a four week period and consist of eight 2-hour sessions.
In addition to the evidence based programs, we provide Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS).
This program strategically combines the game of bingo, exercise, and health education. Trained lay leaders may select between three separate 10-week units that focus on exercise-only, exercise and falls prevention, or exercise and nutrition.
For more information on DCLS’s programs, please contact Health Promotions and Programs Coordinator, Noah Penny:
919-688-8247 ext 114