Now it is our turn to take care
Ageing is a work of Art
We are a residential home, focusing on specialised care for residents with memory-impacting conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Where Caring is a way of Life
Our Three Homes
Severe Alzheimer’s disease (late-stage)
In the final stage of this disease, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation and, eventually, to control movement. They may still say words or phrases, but communicating pain becomes difficult. As memory and cognitive skills continue to worsen, personality changes may take place and individuals need extensive help with daily activities.
At this stage, individuals may:
- Require full-time, around-the-clock assistance with daily personal care
- Lose awareness of recent experiences as well as of their surroundings
- Require high levels of assistance with daily activities and personal care
- Experience changes in physical abilities, including the ability to walk, sit and, eventually, swallow
- Have increasing difficulty communicating
- Become vulnerable to infections, especially pneumonia
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Moderate Alzheimer’s disease (middle-stage)
Moderate Alzheimer’s is typically the longest stage and can last for many years. As the disease progresses, the person with Alzheimer’s will require a greater level of care.
You may notice the person with Alzheimer’s confusing words, getting frustrated or angry, or acting in unexpected ways, such as refusing to bathe. Damage to nerve cells in the brain can make it difficult to express thoughts and perform routine tasks.
At this point, symptoms will be noticeable to others and may include:
- Forgetfulness of events or about one’s own personal history
- Feeling moody or withdrawn, especially in socially or mentally challenging situations
- Being unable to recall their own address or telephone number or the high school or college from which they graduated
- Confusion about where they are or what day it is
- The need for help choosing proper clothing for the season or the occasion
- Trouble controlling bladder and bowels in some individuals
- Changes in sleep patterns, such as sleeping during the day and becoming restless at night
- An increased risk of wandering and becoming lost
- Personality and behavioural changes, including suspiciousness and delusions or compulsive, repetitive behaviour like hand-wringing or tissue shredding
See more at: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_stages_of_alzheimers.asp
It is an ancient universal archetypal pattern that has been found in almost all cultures all over the world. The history of labyrinths dates back more than 5000 years.
All labyrinths are unicursal, meaning they only have one path, which makes them a perfect place for an Alzheimer sufferer to ‘get lost in’.
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Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA), who have been talking of the need to address this through conserving, planting and maintaining trees since they started in 1990, has launched The Carbon Standard, a programme to make it easy and affordable to measure their carbon dioxide emissions and offset these. CALCULATOR
with other residents, friends or family members. They also have structured spaces that reduce disorientation.
To stimulate the senses, therapeutic gardens typically include a variety of plants to promote visual, olfactory, and tactile stimulation and to attract birds, bees and butterflies. Trees may provide shade, colour, seasonal variation, and sound when the leaves rustle in the wind.
Walking paths promote movement, encourage contact with plants and lead the residents to protected areas for sitting and socializing. Our paths are figure 8 – continuous with no dead ends to encourage cardiovascular exercise.
Most of our vegetables and herbs are planted to expand visual and tactile experiences and help with improved eating. Our beds are also raised planters where our residents can use their hands or simple safe tools for digging and other activities with supervision. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3372556/
Animals introduced into nursing homes as home companions or as regular visitors have been shown to have positive effects, including reducing blood pressure, agitation, strain, tension and loneliness.
These forms of social contact have also proven beneficial in the treatment of behaviour problems in people with dementia.
For example, the presence of a dog has been shown to decrease agitation and social isolation in people with Alzheimer’s Disease, It can also lead to greater alertness, increased non-verbal communication and interaction, improved engagement and improved nighttime sleep. Over time, interaction with a companion animal by people with Alzheimer’s Disease can lead to fewer episodes of verbal aggression and anxiety.
A meta-analysis indicated that Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is associated with moderate effect sizes in improving outcomes for behavioural problems, emotional well being and medical difficulties (Nimer & Lundahl, 2007). Subsequent reviews of the literature that specifically focus on older adults show that the most frequently reported benefits are increased social behaviour and decreased agitation (Filan & LlewellynJones, 2006; Perkins, Bartlett, Travers, & Rand, 2008). Even the use of a fish tank in a dining area has been shown to reduce aggression and enhance the nutritional intake of care home residents with dementia (Edwards, 2004).
where earth and people, care were already at our core. We have developed a vegetable and herb garden as well as a permaculture field where our larger crops such as watermelons, butternuts, mielies, spinach, cabbages and so on are grown, using only heirloom seeds.
Not only are we able to provide fresh organic vegetables to our kitchen but to our families and staff as well.
At the heart of permaculture are three ethics that are central to every permaculture design.
- Earth Care– provision for all life systems to continue and multiply.
Permaculture works with natural systems, rather than in competition with them. On a daily basis this includes how we grow our plants, the choices we make as consumers and how we get around. On a larger scale, it is about our agricultural systems, political decisions and the protection of wild habitats.
- People Care– provision for people to access those resources necessary to their existence.
For most of human history, the impacts of an individual’s actions have been largely confined to those living in the same ecosystem. Today our actions often impact people all over the world and often the consequences can be largely invisible. As individuals, we need to look after ourselves but also do what we can to ensure that our actions do not harm others, and where possible help others to flourish.
- Fair shares– by governing our own needs, we can set resources aside to further the above ethics.
This ethic recognizes that the earth’s resources are limited and that these resources need to be shared amongst many people in an equitable way. Designing permacultural means ensuring that we only take our fair share of resources to ensure that not only others around the world have access to what they need but also providing for future generations.
Rainwater harvest Calculator
Rainwater harvesting is the gathering, or accumulating and storing, of rainwater for small irrigation and a way to increase groundwater levels.
Calculate rainfall harvesting online by entering the roof area, and the amount of rainfall.
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