TEMPLE, Texas — Some reinforcements have arrived for the 1,300 Texans who care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Thirty-nine graduates of the CARES dementia certification program will be honored at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Activity Room of the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home, 1424 Martin Luther King, Jr. Lane, in Temple.
“The number of Central Texans living with dementia grows each day, and we’re grateful to those stepping up to the plate to care for them,” said Sue Nelson, On-Site Representative for the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home and its overseeing agency, the Texas Veterans Land Board.
The Courtney State Veterans Home maintains a separate, state-of-the-art facility specifically for patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementia – with room for up to 32 residents. The CARES Dementia Advanced Care education program trains staff to know exactly how to keep a resident from wandering away, or what to do when a resident falls or complains of recurring pain, among other topics.
The program is provided by HealthCare Interactive, a company which specializes in dementia, memory loss and Alzheimer’s Disease education. CARES is an acronym for “Connect with the person, Assess behavior, Respond appropriately, Evaluate what works, and Share with others.”
An estimated 340,000 Texans have Alzheimer’s disease, and many more live with dementia from other causes. There are around 1,300 caregivers in Texas who specialize in caring for persons living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, according to the national Alzheimer’s Association.
Attendance at the ceremony is by RSVP only. To attend call the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home at (254)791-8280.
WHO: Graduates of the CARES dementia education program
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. (RSVP required)
WHERE: The Activity Room of the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home, 1424 MLK Lane, in Temple.
WHY: To recognize those who care daily for those living with dementia
The following Central Texans have become CARES certified and will be honored with a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 21, at the William R. Courtney State Veterans Home in Temple.