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Tim Dolan on Caring For Someone With Dementia
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 09:00PM UTC
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Tim Dolan of Dolan Homes talks about the philosophy used to care for individuals with dementia in his group homes. Tim Dolan has been involved in memory care for over twenty years and has witnessed significant changes in the perception of the illness along with the vast resources now available to families.
Dolan specializes exclusively in the care of those afflicted with the disease.Dolan uses the concept of small households within residential communities accommodating ten or fewer residents.
Tim was very close to his grandparents and when faced with having to place them in traditional nursing homes, the thought of having to place them in that kind of environment was simply unacceptable. So he set out to develop what he thought would be an acceptable alternative.
In 1999 Dolan Residential Care was chosen as one of only two facilities in the St. Louis area to participate in the State’s Alzheimer’s Pilot Program to investigate and develop new environments and care techniques for Missourians suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. During that period he developed three state-of-the-art households that included numerous environmental design features that address the cognitively impaired along with several new innovative building techniques.
In 2010 Tim was chosen by the Governor to be a member of the Missouri State Alzheimer’s Task Force representing the long term care industry in the state.
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