Denny and Sally Fox owners of ComForCare Flint in Michigan were excited to learn and implement ComForCare's DementiaWise® program as most of their clients have dementia. Sally and Denny have found the program "empowering" for everyone on staff – from administrators to caregivers.
"Once caregivers are trained, they recognize that their innate skills for working with those with dementia are effective," Sally said. "They know they are doing the right things to help their clients and their shifts are easier.
Both clients and caregivers are having “better days” with DementiaWise.
"The whole program works," she explained. "And even using just the first two tools, 'check yourself' and 'make a warm connection,' has such a positive impact."
One of their clients with dementia had always resisted care services. Recently, when their caregiver arrived and found the client watching football on TV, she made sure she was aware of the environment and tried to make a connection by noting the score of the game and commenting on it. Making the connection worked. Instead of telling her to leave, the client invited her to pull up a chair and watch the game.
Using the ComForCare's DementiaWise training and education, Denny and Sally's caregivers have been able to get a 93-year old client, who once refused to bathe and brush her teeth, to start drawing again.
The program is making a difference in the lives of clients and their families.
"To see a loved one return to an activity he or she once loved means so much to the family," Sally said. "Our caregivers have what it takes to inspire clients to do more."
After DementiaWise training, a caregiver who works with a client just a few hours a week trusted her instincts that one of her clients were showing some signs that could indicate dementia. She used the Dementia Red Flags Checklist to record her observations and turned it in to the Denny and Sally, who shared the information with the client's family.
"The caregiver's observations confirmed the family's concerns and they appreciated that she was able to recognize the warning signs," said Sally.
"DementiaWise is an outstanding program," she said. "It's easy to teach and understand."
For more information on the robust DementiaWise and caregiver training, please call Sally and Denny at 810-766-9348. You can also read more here.