Blog: Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania Offers Exceptional Specialized Support for Memory Care

When it becomes difficult to care for a loved one suffering from memory impairment or dementia at home, you may want to consider memory care in a secure community.

Memory care at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania offers dedicated surroundings that provide specialized care for people with memory loss. Memory care provides a safe surroundings with set routines to lower stress for people with dementia, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Our dedicated, caring staff provide meals and assists residents with activities of daily living tasks.

In Scranton, the staff at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania takes this care to another level. They are also specially trained to deal with the unique issues that often arise as a result of dementia. The staff provides structure and support to help them navigate their day.

At the Jewish Home’s Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Alzheimer’s Program, the mission is to provide optimal care to patients with dementia in a secure and comfortable environment. The foundation is one of the largest private charitable groups in the United States and we are grateful for their impact in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Our person-centered approach to meet the needs of residents and their families includes:

  • 24/7 nursing staff
  • Nursing manager supervision
  • Full-time social worker
  • Day and evening activities staff
  • Family support group
  • Nutritious meals and snacks

The Jewish Home’s activities are carefully designed for residents with both short- and long-term memory impairments, and include exercise, music, crafts, cooking programs, and much more. We have a Dementia Care Specialist on staff.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 60 percent of people with dementia are prone to wander. Safety is a priority for residents residing in the memory care neighborhood at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania have alarmed doors and elevators that require a code to keep residents safe.

Daily activities are designed to improve cognitive function and engage residents at different stages of the disease.

Here are some factors about the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania to consider during your search.

  • Layout and physical environment:
    • clean and pleasant
    • rooms and doors clearly labeled (with words and pictures) to help residents easily find their way around
    • an enclosed outdoor area with walking paths
  • Staff:
    • dementia-specific training
    • nurses on staff in the building
    • residents’ needs met quickly
  • Food and activities:
    • activities that keep loved one engaged
    • strategies to encourage residents to eat
    • staff engages residents during the activities; know residents personally
  • Availability of continuing care:
    • complex medical care
    • health conditions or behaviors that might require a loved one to leave

The Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania accepts Medicaid.

Learn more by calling 570-344-6177, or check our website: https://jhep.org/services-page/alzheimers-care/

Is it time for memory care?

Many people suffering memory impairment or diagnosed with dementia can live on their own during the early stages of the disease, especially if a family member or caregiver provides regular, in-home support. But there may come a time when your loved one needs more care than you feel you can provide at home. Here are some questions to help you determine if it’s the right time for a move:

  • Is the person unsafe in their current home?
  • Is the health of the person or my health as a caregiver at risk?
  • Are the person’s care needs beyond my physical abilities?
  • Am I becoming a stressed, irritable and impatient caregiver?
  • Am I neglecting work responsibilities, my family and myself?
  • Would the structure and social interaction at a care facility benefit the person with dementia?

Source: Alzheimer’s Association

Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania
1101 Vine St.
Scranton, PA 18510
570-344-6177

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