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Isolation & Memory Care Patients

By Hope Dunkleman, You First Services, Inc.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association defines dementia as “the general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life.” Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is a very common illness that affects over 3 million American citizens a year.
Taking care of a loved one with memory inconsistencies can be difficult. That’s why there are facilities specifically for memory care and Alzheimer’s patients.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia

Memory Care Patient Isolation For most people, when they come down with a typical, non-life-threatening illness, our doctors tell us to rest up and to avoid other people as much as possible. But for nursing home patients battling memory-related ailments, the act of isolating from others while as a method to recovery, creates a medical conundrum. This is because those dealing with cognitive-decline conditions desperately rely on daily social interaction to slow the rate of cognitive decline. So, you can see why the act of isolating a person in this setting, while they recover from an unrelated disease, often does more harm than good.

Mental health is a big part of memory care. For this reason, maintaining a positive mindset is essential, as mood plays a significant role for a resident with memory loss. Mood instability is just one of the many effects that isolation can have on a resident. Because mood plays a vital role, not only for cognitive health, it also has a dramatic ability to affect our body’s overall health. Therefore, isolation can have a profound impact on a person’s overall health, making them vulnerable to developing additional health problems that include:

  • Loss in Spleen Mass
  • Loss of Body and Renal Mass
  • Asymmetric Hippocampal Atrophy
  • Disrupted Sleep
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Suppressed Emotional Health
  • Depression

In this study, individuals stated they felt increasingly anxious, agitated, and lonely after a term of isolation. This was made worse because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with isolation in nursing homes becoming unavoidable. At the height of the pandemic, some patients cited experiencing hallucinations because of prolonged periods of limited or no social interaction.

Memory Care Isolation Units

When your memory care facility is facing another contagious outbreak, think about installing SteriSpace units to keep everyone as safe as possible.

SteriSpace ensures infection containment by preventing the recirculation of any contaminated air by maintaining a negative pressure room. The healthy residents that are not in the unit would be safe and free to go about their daily activities within the nursing home.

SteriSpace Air Sterilization Technology is the newest in air cleaning advancements. HEPA, the industry-leading standard, is 99.97% effective at trapping pathogens to clean the surrounding air. SteriSpace’s technology is superior. Not only is it 99.9999% effective, but it is also more effective than HEPA. It destroys the pathogens rather than just trapping them using a patented compressive heating process.

To learn more about Isolation Units for Nursing Homes from SteriSpace please visit SteriSpace for Nursing Homes

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