The right care
Fountainview engages the mind, body and spirit as dementia ebbs and flows
Holistic Health Care
- Physician and geropsychiatry services by our Medical Director and Associate Medical Director
- Around-the-clock nursing services by our professional Licensed Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants
- Physical, speech and occupational therapy by our professionals
- Dental, vision and podiatry services by contracted geriatric care professionals
- Radiology, X-ray, laboratory and wound care provided in-house by contracted specialists
- Pharmacy services by our contracted provider
- Nutritional meals by our registered dietician and certified dietary planner
Best Friends ‘Forever’ Caregiving
We follow the Best Friends™ Approach care model, which pairs residents with certified nursing assistants who learn your loved one’s needs and nuances, and can provide comfort and guidance on good days and bad, just like a best friend.
The Best Friends Approach starts with seven basic ‘building blocks’ that can help you learn to “see” persons with dementia differently and begin implementing a Best Friends Approach in your work:
- Recognizing the basic rights of a person with dementia.
- Understanding what it’s like to have dementia.
- Knowing and using the person’s life story.
- Knowing just what to say when communication is breaking down.
- Developing the ‘knack’ of great dementia care.
- Experiencing meaningful engagement throughout the day.
- Recasting the relationship and your language from staff to best friend.
All new caregivers take the Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT), a simulation of how people with dementia experience daily life. They retake the training after 90 days to see how their approach to caregiving has improved.
Fountainview served as a pilot site for the development of VDT, which has now been experienced by 3 million people in 20 countries. It is a scientifically proven training method designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia.
Grounded in neuroscience research, this program provides personalized music playlists to help residents reconnect with fond memories.
These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.
New clinical staff members receive 24 hours of classroom training and spend up to two weeks shadowing our staff before assisting residents.
All staff are required to annually complete three hours of dementia-focused Relias Training to stay current on research and approaches.
Our nursing staff is loving and loyal, with retention levels that exceed state and national benchmarks.
For two hours each day, our Activities staff provides soothing hand, arm and neck massages to advanced residents in a room fused with aroma therapy and soft music.
The program, designed by Joyce Simard, MSW, is designed “to honor the spirit within” each individual.
Residents experiencing aggressive energy may go to a controlled and quiet environment where they can engage in activities that provide physical and mental stimulation.
We recreate the fine dining experience, complete with table linens, fresh flowers and music, for residents who are independently mobile, helping preserve social skills and personal etiquette.
Several times each week, some of metro Atlanta’s finest musicians bring out the song in our residents with live performances of popular songs they’re likely to remember.
Salon and Barbershop
Residents can get a shampoo, style or trim onsite.
The well-being of our residents’ families is a key component of our person-centered care, and we offer a series of supportive programs, including a lunch group, support group, newsletter, Facebook page, educational programs, holiday parties, and the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
"You are a very special breed of caretakers who open their hearts to each of your residents. Not only did you embrace our mother and her needs, but you took each of us into your hearts. The love we felt and were shown was so tremendous."
Cathy Brown and family
“It was a surprise to us how quickly Mila adjusted to her new home and this was due in large part to all the wonderful people involved in her care. We couldn’t be more grateful to each and every one of you.”
George and Elizabeth Petkovich
“Although Dad was only there for two months, you provided excellent care and were there for us when we needed you.”
Mickey Wener, Jenny Michaels & Susan Hatfield
“Thank you so very much for the wonderful care you gave to my precious Mama. As I left there each day, I knew that she was in caring and competent hands. I didn’t worry about her for I knew that all of you are dedicated to good care for the residents.”
“Thank you for your loving care of my dad. Your efforts to truly see him as a person and an individual was a comfort to us as we watched the husband, father and grandfather we loved decline.”
“You are special people doing a difficult job. Never doubt the importance of all those ‘little’ things you do every day. In the end, they are the big things.”
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