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       THE PROBLEM                                      THE SOLUTION
                Warehousing                                      Person Direwct Care

Ever-present concerns:​

  • Premature Loss of Mental Capacity

  • Physical Degradation

  • Malnutrition: Poorly Prepared Meals

  • Dehydration: Lack of Attention

  • Over Sedation

  • "Lock and Key" Syndrome

  • All Treatment Same: No Specialized, Individualized Care

  • Lack of Activity: Extreme Boredom

  • Abuse: Staff-to-Resident/ Resident-to-Resident

  • Lack of Transparency for Resident, Family and Close Friends

  • Intransigant Bureaucracratic Approach: Rules, Rules and More Rules

  • Benefits Accrue to Caregiving Organization: NOT Residents

  • Constant Changes in Ownership, Management and Staff: No Development of Long-term, Loving Relationships

Circle of Life Approach:

Follows recommendations of the American Alzheimer's Society, significantly supplemented with our own research and personal experiences.  The approach:

  • Aims to see the person with dementia as an individual, rather than focusing on their illness or on abilities they may have lost

  • Instead of treating the person as a collection of symptoms and behaviors to be controlled, Circle of Life's Person Direct Care considers the person as a whole

  • Takes into account each individual’s unique qualities, abilities, interests, preferences and needs

  • FOCUSED on providing the means and resources to treat our residents with dignity and respect

Result of Warehousing:

Loss of Self

Potential of Early Passing

Small Residential Facility: 

Ideal Setting for Person Direct Care

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