Why Accreditation Really Matters
The Loomis Communities, O’Connell Care at Home, and town of South Hadley Departments and Organizations are collaborating on a “Dementia Friendly Communities” initiative. “The responsibility of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be both rewarding and overwhelming,” said Constant. “We want the community to know that there are services available to them to ease the stress of providing care.”
Why Accreditation Really Matters
Components of the Dementia Friendly Communities project will include training for fire, police, town officials, businesses and family members for communicating with someone with dementia. Educational programs for individuals affected with dementia and their families will also be offered. The collaborative will provide resources for support and education and enrollment in the “Town of South Hadley Assist Persons at Risk Registry” to help emergency responders appropriate assistance to individuals in need.
“It’s important for the public safety agencies in South Hadley to come together with organizations like Loomis and O’Connell Care at Home, as well as town departments like the Council on Aging to ensure the safety and security of our elderly residents with dementia,” said South Hadley Fire District 2 Chief, David Keefe. “Under Carol’s leadership, we’re trying to create a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’ to provide resources and information to families caring for loved ones with dementia.”
Of particular interest to Keefe is the ability for all of the town’s public safety personnel to efficiently and compassionately interact with dementia patients and their families, especially when there is no immediate medical emergency.
According to South Hadley Police Chief, David J. LaBrie, first responders are “dealing more and more with people that have Alzheimer’s or otherCom dementias,” in the home and out in the community. The Dementia Friendly Communities initiative will provide law enforcement and emergency medical personnel with the tools to effectively interact with them and will provide their families with resources to assist those with dementia.
Sheila Pennell, RN Care Manager at O’Connell Care at Home has spearheaded the company’s involvement with the “Dementia Friendly Communities” initiative. “Our goal is to help educate not only families of dementia patients, but the police and fire departments who may be called to provide medical assistance,” said Pennell. “We strive to create a community in which those living with dementia are safe.”
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For more than two decades, O'Connell Care at Home has taken the words "I am more" to heart. O’Connell considers the needs of every individual and family they work with—physical, social, and emotional—and delivers the most complete home health care and staffing services in the Pioneer Valley. Services range from personal care and homemaking, to transportation, geriatric health care management, and advocacy for the elderly. All are performed by some of the most highly trained and fully accredited personnel in the state. O’Connell Care at Home is based in Holyoke with a secondary office in South Deerfield and a Workforce Training and Professional Development Center in Springfield, providing care and services to all surrounding towns including Easthampton, Northampton, South Hadley, Holyoke, Agawam, Wilbraham and Springfield, as well as all of Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. For more information, log onto www.opns.com or call 413-533-1030>.
With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living, skilled nursing care on four campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley. The Loomis House Nursing Center provides residential dementia special care and a monthly care givers support group. For more information, call 413-538-7551.
2016 Walk to End Alzheimer's
With the goal of having The Loomis Communities be an integral part of life in the Pioneer Valley, a Community Outreach Committee comprised of staff and residents, is delighted to report the following activities during 2016:
In addition, The Loomis Communities Marketing Department provided $35,000 in sponsorships for numerous events offered by cultural and nonprofit organizations, in the region:
Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH, Amherst Senior Center, Arcadia Players, BayState Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), Festival of Lights, Tower Square, Fountain Park Concert Series, Hampshire Choral Society, Holyoke Council on Aging, Holyoke High School Musical, Holyoke VNA and Hospice, Jazz Ensemble of Mount Holyoke College, Jones Library, Learning in Later Life, Majestic Theater, Massachusetts Senior Games, Music and Arts South Hadley, Music in Deerfield, New Century Theatre, Old Post Orchestra, Pines Theatre Concerts, Pioneer Valley Friends of the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Senior Games, South Hadley Chorale, South Hadley Council on Aging, Springfield Public Forum, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, UMass Fine Arts Center, UMass Sports, and Young at Heart Chorus.
In all, over $50,000 in cash and hundreds of volunteer hours by The Loomis Communities’ staff and residents are dedicated to supporting people and non-profit organizations in the Pioneer Valley and beyond!
Betty Odell (Loomis Village),
Charlotte Rockland (Applewood),
Elwin Sanborn (Loomis Village), Rachel Tierney (Loomis Village)
Louise Bevan-Cole, Tina Ferri, Norman Grandbois,
Jill Jensen, Kelley Murphy, and Christine Westerholm
Community Outreach Committee Co-Chairs
Rob Claflin and Carol Constant