Philosophy

The Autumn Wood Community
Philosophy for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care.

The purpose of Autumn Wood is to serve individuals and families directly affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders throughout the progression of the dementia.

We believe that the PERSON precedes the dementia. People with dementia must be approached differently than those who do not have the disease. Individuals with dementia feel emotions as truth, and their needs are more emotional and psychological in nature. Individuals with dementia feel love through comfort, attachment, inclusion, occupation, and identity, and our prime task is to maintain and enhance this personhood in the face of failing mental powers.

We believe that trust, respectful attentiveness, dignity, hospitality, empathy, and compassion are integral components in caring for those with dementia and their families.

We believe in and support the Alzheimer’s Patient Bill of Rights:

  • To be informed of one’s diagnosis
  • To have appropriate, ongoing medical care
  • To be treated like an adult, not a child
  • To have expressed feelings taken seriously
  • To be free from psychotropic medication if at all possible
  • To live in a safe, structured and predictable environment
  • To enjoy meaningful activities each day
  • To be out-of-doors on a regular basis
  • To have physical contact including hugging, caressing, and handholding
  • To be with persons who know one’s life story, including cultural & religious traditions
  • To be cared for by individuals well-trained in dementia care

Objectives for Residents

  • To function at the best of their ability in an environment that is supportive
  • To maintain the highest possible level of spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being by maintaining personhood
  • To minimize dysfunctional behavior such as combativeness and agitation
  • To minimize risk or potential harm or injury to self or others
  • To participate in group and individual activities that maintains personhood according to their abilities and as desired
  • Freedom from physical, mental, emotional, and sexual abuse, neglect, mistreatment and exploitation

Objectives for Families, Friends, and Responsible Parties

  • Express confidence and satisfaction with resident care
  • Verbalize understanding of the disease process and progression, and how it affects their loved one in order to decrease stress and feelings of guilt
  • Be proactively involved in the decision-making regarding their loved one
  • Attend family support groups, facility activities, and community activities
  • Understand why certain policies and procedures are conducted and align expectations with staff expectations

Objectives for Staff

  • Demonstrate understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders
  • Demonstrate understanding of each resident’s personhood and build and maintain trusting relationships with residents and families
  • Demonstrate that the PERSON precedes the dementia
  • Exhibit true understanding of the residents’ and family’s perspective
  • Structure care by reducing stress on the resident, thereby helping the resident succeed to the extent possible
  • Assist families, friends, and responsible parties to understand and cope with the resident’s disease process & progression
  • Be proactively involved in the decision-making process regarding residents and facility policy
  • Align expectations with family expectations
  • Support all policies and procedures of the facility
  • Meet and/or exceed Federal and State regulations regarding care of residents

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  • 2700 North Hickory Street  |
  • Claremore, Oklahoma 74017  |
  • 918-283-4949  |
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