Jean Makesh the CEO of Latern assisted living facilities wanted to create a new kind of nursing homes. He met with elderly patients to inspire the changes at Latern. He even said : "I thought I knew a lot about elderly care. The more and more time I was spending with my clients, that's when I realized, 'Oh my god, I have no clue.'" He realized that confusion is very common in Alzheimer's patients.
He then realized he needed to think outside of the box to minimize the conflicts; an environment that looks like outside. The truly unique concept has a sunrise and sunset inside the building, and moon and stars. The facility is supposed to look like the '30s and '40s to take the residents back to that time they remember.
Each resident gets a "home" instead of a room and the homes are located on a street-like environment with green carpet to mimic grass. The ceiling is made of a digital sky so they can keep their biological clocks in tune. They even have aromatherapy at the facility! During the day, they spray fresh scents like peppermint and citrus, and play nature sounds. There is actually studies that show that aromatherapy have merit for improving cognitive function in Alzheimer's patients.
Makesh wants to change the lives of patients with severe dementia. He is trying to really change the way they are treated instead of just making them comfortable. He doesn't want to be like other facilities who impose a strict schedules on patients and just offer them antipsychotic and anti-anxiety medications. Makesh and his facility are really proud to offer something truly unique in the cases of patients with severe dementia and that is hope!
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