Berkeley Heights offers a separate program for those patients with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Berkeley’s goal is to help each resident meet their fullest ability while enhancing their quality of life.
Berkeley Heights recognizes that individuals with dementia need specialized care. Our staff is trained to work with individuals with memory impairment including those with Alzheimer’s disease. Each resident receives their own unique care plan upon admission and is assessed by a Registered Nurse to identify specific personal needs or services. Berkeley’s Memory Care Unit offers 24 hour-a-day Nursing and Certified Nursing Care. Our staff is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care and takes a personal interest in their patients and family members.
Special activities and recreation are tailored to meet the needs of our residents. We strive to create a pleasant environment while maximizing personal independence.
Special activities include:
- Walk/talk groups
- Pet therapy
- Musical programs
- Programs incorporating past leisure activities, hobbies, interests
- Religious programs
- Music by local entertainment
- Community outings
- Local visits by churches, volunteers, civic groups and schools
Loved ones are often unsure of what criterion determines Alzheimer’s Disease and what direction to take when they begin to recognize symptoms. Berkeley Heights offers information and monthly support groups for families of residents living with Alzheimer’s Disease. Our goal is to assist families in the understanding of the disease, as well as provide ongoing support.
Identifying the Criteria for Alzheimer’s Disease
- Memory Impairment
And one or more of the following:
- Language disturbance
- Impaired ability to carry out motor activities such as walking despite intact motor function
- Decreased ability to plan, organize, sequence and do abstract thinking
Symptoms Suggesting the Presence of Dementia
- Being a “poor historian” or seeming out of character
- Dressing inappropriately, appearing dirty, or seeming inattentive to appearance
- Failing to keep scheduled appointments, or arriving at the wrong time or on the wrong day
- Failing to follow instructions including changing medications repeatedly and apparently unintentionally
- Deferring to a caregiver to answer questions asked of the patient
- Seeming inability to adapt, or experiencing functional difficulties under stress (hospitalization can cause a sudden worsening in dementia systems)
- Having unexplained weight loss or vague symptoms such as weakness or dizziness
These cognitive deficits cause significant impairment and represent significant decline from previous levels of functioning. The course is characterized by a gradual onset and continuing cognitive decline.
To arrange a personal tour, please contact our Admission Office at Berkeley Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.