The Heathers Senior Homes believe in encouraging our Lake in the Hills Dementia and Alzheimer’s care residents to practice self-governance in a safe manner; just as if they were still living on their own. However, a team of trained Care Partners is always ready to help out when needed. Many of our administrative decisions will be made with the input of our residents and staff. We encourage independence and self-worth and recognize that fostering these traits is necessary to keep our Lake in the Hills memory care residents feeling vital and involved.
LIFE LONG LEARNING
Life-long learning is promoted through presentations by experts in a multitude of areas – chosen by the residents themselves
- Experiential growth developed through regular conversations and activities with young volunteers from Pre-K through high schools
We utilize Caremerge, a complete web/mobile communication and care coordination solution for staff, residents, and family members
The staff has access to online and real-time record keeping through iPad technology, a much more efficient method of documentation, thus allowing Care Partners more quality time with residents
- The TekTone medical alert system provides instantaneous notification to staff should residents need help
All Care Partners are certified in CPR
- Residents and staff stay healthier with our ultra-violet purification system in our HVAC units provided by AtmosAir Solutions.
Full-spectrum lighting assists in Vitamin D exposure and reducing Seasonal Affective Disorders
Solar lighting and skylights throughout The Heathers Senior Homes provide natural daylight throughout our corridors and common areas
At The Heathers in Lake in the Hills, memory care and strengthening exercises are part of every resident's day. We recognize that paying consistent attention to activities that focus on memory retention will stave off, if not prevent, deterioration of this function. For our residents in Lake of the Hills who have been diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, extra time, observation, and appropriate activities are provided daily.
- Daily activities focused on maintaining memory
- A culture that fosters active participation, not just passive observation of, other residents and staff
- Well-chosen music playing that bring back fond memories of the past
All senior care communities must have their operational and clinical practices inspected and approved yearly by the Illinois Department of Public Health
Since The Heathers offers Memory Care, the state mandates an extra layer of licensing, monitored by the IDPH
Additional training/experience for the Executive Director, plus at least 32 hours of dementia-specific training for staff members directly responsible for these residents’ care is required by IDPH
All doors are locked at all times, with a 15-second delay egress function, giving Care Partners time to intervene when necessary
Monitored security cameras, recording all activity, are present in all public areas and on the grounds
Furniture is specially designed for ease of use by residents whose agility has become compromised
Purposeful Living is used to describe tasks and engagements that add value and purpose back to a resident’s life. Folding laundry, pouring salad dressing and prepping tables for meals, sorting and organizing, making cards, and community service projects, along with many other engagements, help create a sense of purpose and add value to the role of “resident”.