Engaging People with Dementia
At NIKISA Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Hospital, we have created a make-believe system to help the patient function as a normal day. Patients will not have a feeling that they are in an unknown place with strange faces around them. To make the patient feel that they are a part of the community is a major role to keeping their brain and body healthy. Staff members are trained to greet and handle the patients accordingly.
Doctor’s Clinic: There will be doctor’s clinic on the campus. Dementia patients are known to repeat their activities several times in a day. The doctor will tend to the patient every time they visit his clinic.
Pharmacy: On-site pharmacy will provide the necessary medication and non-medical equipment to the patients. If the patient is found to repeatedly procure an unnecessary item, it is brought back to the store and will be given back to the patient again.
Post-Office: A fake on-site post office will provide Pre-written letters and messages from the patient’s loved ones on a fixed interval. For those who are wanting to talk to their loved ones, NIKISA Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Hospital has facility to arrange for a video call between the patient and their guests.
On-Site Cafe: Patients who go for a walk might want to grab a quick bite. NIKISA Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Hospital has provided an on-site cafe for patients to serve refreshments. This makes the patient feel that they are not disconnected from their daily lives. No patient will be allowed into the kitchen or allowed to cook at any point during their stay at NIKISA Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Hospital.
Newspaper and Fruits Vendor: There will be a newspaper and fruits vendor to provide the choice of newspaper and fruits for the patients. Patients will not be given newspapers or fruits in their rooms. Instead they are encouraged to engage in a dialogue with the people to procure a newspaper or fruit.
Patient Daily Activities
The day starts by 6.30 am. The nursing attendants will take the patient for a morning walk/stroll in the fresh gardens. There will be a yoga sessions for which interested patients can attend or watch those who exercise. The nursing staff at NIKISA Dementia Village and Alzheimer’s hospital will visit patients in the morning to record vitals.
Patients return to their room for a bath and grooming. They are accompanied to the common dining area where they are served breakfast. They will be assisted by a team of cooks and caretakers.
Following breakfast, patients can indulge in activities such as horticulture therapy, physiotherapy, memory clinics and other group activities. The nursing staff at NIKISA Dementia Village and Alzheimer’s hospital will dispense the prescribed medication to the patient post breakfast.
During these activities, some staff members will act the role of fruit vendors, newspaper seller and grocery store manager. Doctor will be available in the doctor’s cabin if the patient has the urge to see a doctor. By 1.00 Pm, patients are again accompanied to the dining lounge for Lunch.
They retire for a quick nap post lunch. The nursing staff at NIKISA Dementia Village and Alzheimer’s hospital will dispense the prescribed medication to the patient post breakfast.
By 4.00 Pm, patients are again taken out on a walk by the staff of NIKISA Dementia Village and Alzheimer’s hospital. They can spend time in the gardens, watching the staff play a game of badminton.
They can also spend time in the meditation hall outside the temple. There will be a small canteen which serves tea, coffee and finger food for the patients who feel like having a quick bite.
Patients retire to their rooms by 7.00 Pm for a quick wash and head to the dining lounge for dinner by 7.30 Pm. Post dinner, patients can gather to watch television or sit in a group to have a chat.
The nurse of NIKISA Dementia Village and Alzheimer’s Hospital will again visit the patient in the night to ensure proper medication for the hour is given. By 9.00 Pm, the patient is asleep in their beds.