The Nursing Services
Ministry of Health figures from recent years show that there has been a marked increase in seniors’ life expectancy, which is consistent with medical developments and progress. This raises the need to cope with a variety of health problems and chronic diseases, some of which are age-related diseases like Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases.
The advanced age of the patients suffering from cognitive decline and their tenuous condition, which might deteriorate rapidly, forces their relatives to make a very difficult choice: they must decide what is best for their family member, and whether he can get the best treatment he needs at home to ensure he maintains the quality of life he deserves.
The nursing staff at the center meets the patients and their families at a sensitive stage where on the one hand they are experiencing tremendous difficulty in caring for the person at home, and on the other hand, they have not yet made the decision to move him to a permanent long term care facility.
The residents’ health needs and their relatives’ expectations of the service we provide at the center change, and this poses many complex challenges to the long term care facility. In order to deal with these challenges, the center develops new treatment methods and adjusts the long term care given to the residents according to their changing needs and requirements.
Top Notch Professional Care
At the Alzheimer's Medical Center we are committed to providing the highest level of long term care, with the utmost proficiency and in the safest manner. A top notch professional team makes it possible to adhere to this standard.
The Alzheimer's Medical Center employs skilled and professional nurses and caregivers who have specialized training and expertise according to the various jobs they hold. Residents who live at the center receive two-pronged treatment - medication and treatment of the behavioral symptoms of the disease, and the nursing staff is actively involved in determining the most suitable treatment for the residents.
The center's nursing staff not only cares for the residents’ health, but attaches great importance to a therapeutic approach that addresses the emotional aspects of the disease that affect the resident and his family, and to ensure an optimal quality of life for each resident. According to the center’s approach, the nurse is responsible for managing the resident’s comprehensive care and for ensuring an optimal quality of life.
The Structure of the Nursing Layout
There are currently four wards at the center caring for approximately 150 residents. The wards are run by qualified nurses that have extensive experience and knowledge in treating geriatric patients, and they work under the close supervision and license of the Ministry of Health.
Residents suffering from the early stages of the disease (about half of all patients) are hospitalized in the two wards for the cognitively declined. The ultimate goal of the nursing staff working in these wards is to enable residents to interact socially, to help them preserve their functional and communication capabilities over time as much as possible, and of course to adjust the treatment - pharmacological and non-pharmacological – so that the patient enjoys an optimal quality of life. All this is done in tandem between the nursing staff and the paramedical staff.
Residents in advanced stages of the disease are hospitalized in the two long term care wards at the center.
The ultimate goal of the nursing staff in these wards is to care for residents who require full assistance with all of their day to day activities, and to give them palliative care while protecting their dignity and striving for an optimal quality of life. The center does this by employing extra staff (above the standard required by the Ministry of Health regulations) and by utilizing the most advanced medical equipment available on the market today (beds, wheelchairs adapted to each resident, geriatric chairs, the most advanced wound treatments, and more).
The fact that the center has wards for the cognitively declined and long term care wards allows for continuity of care for the residents without having to transfer them to other facilities when their cognitive, physical, and functional conditions changes with the progression of the disease.
Nursing Policy at the Alzheimer Center
The Medical Center's policy is to augment the nurses’ authority, and we therefore invest in developing training processes and in training caregivers, as well as creating an organizational culture that encourages learning and professional development.
Nursing practice at the Medical Center is based on the following principles:
► We are committed to supportive and reliable nursing care, personal attention, quality service, preserving human dignity, patient rights, and medical confidentiality.► The nurse's primary responsibility is to the resident and his family.► We consider the resident's family as full partners in the treatment process.► The main goal of nursing practice is to promote an optimal quality of life for the resident according to his condition (cognitive and functional).► Nursing care is administered with close cooperation with members of the paramedical team. Various treatments complement each other and together contribute to the highest possible quality of care.► The structure of the center and the wards allows us to maintain continuity of care for residents at all stages of the disease without having to transfer them to other facilities.► We are committed to innovation and to implementing advanced work methods in accordance to economic, social, and technological needs and changes.► We believe in professional autonomy, and professional development and advancement based on the nursing staff’s increased knowledge, skills, and authority.► We keep up with technological development. Nursing work is managed almost entirely in a computerized environment.► We are committed to working toward the psychological well-being of the residents’ family members who often need support, guidance, and instruction (through support groups, meetings with families, etc.).