Serenity Innovations are a set of resources, assessment tools, and intervention techniques, that have been developed by Serenity HealthCARE to better equip nursing center staff to care for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, and mental health conditions.
Quiet time allows our patients 1-2 hours to decompress during the afternoon and gives them time to refresh their bodies and minds.
Stimulating the 5 senses can make a huge difference in mental health and provide a source of comfort and relief to those with Alzheimer’s or dementia. We provide a Multi-sensory environment (MSE) that stimulates the 5 senses: touch, taste, sight, smell, and hearing.
The MSE promotes changes in brain chemistry which allows the person to respond in a more normal way. For example, it can help them communicate more effectively, decrease agitation, increase attention spans, and improve their ability to move.
Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other mental illnesses often come with challenging behaviors. Dr. Strong is a protocol put into place to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff.
Dr. Strong is activated when a patient’s behavior escalates to the point that it can not be managed by the current staff assigned. Due to the extensive Serenity education every employee receives, a Dr. Strong is rarely needed.
Bridges to Memories Past
The Bridges to Memories Past is our way to connect with a person’s history so we can provide them a fulfilled future.
We learn about our patients pasts and it provides insight into their physical, emotional, and physiological needs, thus bridging their past with their future.
The Proactive Intervention and Treatment (PIT) crew identify and access complex and challenging behaviors in patients in order to develop effective behavior management plans.
“My Way” is a tool for data collection that is used as an advanced directive to help caregivers deliver personalized care.
The Bridge is a structurally distinct, secure part of the nursing which is designated for patients, who due to their cognitive status, may need a smaller, more controlled environment.
Comprehensive Patient Assessment
Dementia is characterized by a progressive decline of cognitive function. As patients change over time, the Comprehensive Resident Assessment (CRA) will describe that change which assists the team in “color-staging” a patient’s cognitive status.
The color stages correspond to the patient’s level of cognitive functioning. Once team members know and understand a patient’s cognitive color stage, a personalized plan of care can be developed.
We have developed specialized education and training which equips our caregivers with the extra tools needed to help patients experience a sense of personal worth and empowerment.
Functional Habilitative therapy focuses on maximizing what a patient is capable of doing now, not what he/she was able to do in the past.
We have specially designed activities to help reduce agitation and boredom for our patients.
Psychotropic Drug Management
Our goal is to provide safe, clinically appropriate and effective medications. Our approach to psycho-active medication management helps to ensure appropriate medication utilization and proper dose reductions.
In many cases, a non-pharmacological intervention is all that is needed to solve a person’s problems and many benefits can be realized.