Our Dementia Care Training and Services Coordinator, Sharon Young, has a Bachelor of Science in counseling and psychology, a master’s in practical theology, plus more than 46 years of experience as a nurse (LPN) and director of Alzheimer’s and Psychiatric units. This expert level of experience and training equips our caregivers with the knowledge and tools needed to establish heart to heart connections through personalized care.
When seniors transition from their home to a nursing home, the loss of independence and being out of their comfort zone can take a toll, which is why our philosophy encourages choice, purpose, and meaning in residents’ lives – helping them to feel valued. Our caregivers work hard to build a rapport with residents though encouragement, praise, conversation, and by getting to know each person – their personality, children, careers, likes, and dislikes.
We focus on building upon the strengths and abilities residents have and encourage them to be as independent as possible – from putting on a shoe to outdoor nature walks or playing piano. No matter the level of cognition or physical ability, we provide meaningful activities, love, and cognitive stimulation that help our residents be the best version of themselves. With Pleasant Valley’s person-centered care, residents will live an improved quality of life filled with self-respect and personal connections.