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Join Our Workshop on Effective Communication Strategies For People With Alzheimer’s: Thursday, September 1st!

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday, September 1st, Franklin County Rehab Center will be hosting an educational workshop, aimed at helping caregivers and family members work on effective communication strategies with people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed,” states the Alzheimer’s Association. 

This workshop will be lead by our Enrichment Director, Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, and Oasis (Person-Centered Care) Coach, Ann Hawksby. She is also on the facility’s very successful antipsychotic medication reduction team, that believes in trying to assist with behavioral issues, with non-pharmaceutical interventions, such as validation, redirection, small group programs, 1:1 programs, Music and Memory, and aroma therapy.

If you are someone or know someone that suffers from this debilitating disease, please join us. Let’s work together to #EndALZ!  

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We’re Excited To Tell You About Oasis, A New Way At Franklin County Rehab!

What is Oasis?

Oasis is a culture change that encourages and assists staff to better meet the everyday needs of the people we care for. It is focused on who the person is—rather than looking at them as an illness or a disability. The emphasis of Oasis is to create a home-like atmosphere rather than continue to follow the old-school medical model.

Oasis is all about person-centered care and knowing our residents – not as “residents” but as the “people who live here” & as the individuals that they are!

Michelle (Social Services) and Ann (Resident Services) have completed all four modules with many of the staff, and have been attending monthly coaching/Oasis experience-share meetings.  Earlier this month, at the Vermont Healthcare Association Annual Conference at Lake Morey, we were invited to display our Music and Memory/Messenger article banner and assist with the Oasis booth. It was a pleasure to not only be in attendance at the conference, it was also a great networking opportunity to chat with industry leaders and advocates for quality health care. 

In the picture below, Oasis coaches Michelle Cramer and Ann Hawksby are here under the palm trees with residents Nona Goldstein, Theresa Lamothe, Jean Bigelow, and Marion Cook. 


To learn more about Oasis please visit the VHCA website.


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