Provision Living - Summit at Park Hills 2

GS lived in the Assisted Living side of our community for 3 years before moving into our memory care unit. Staff members had started reporting an increase in property damage being made with GS’s power chair. She had also come close to injuring other residents while going to the dining room in her power chair. She was picked up by therapy due to this increase in difficulty with power chair operation. Upon evaluation, the therapists discovered she was having many other difficulties related to ADLs and activities. GS was an avid quilter who was no longer able to complete her quilting activities.

There was a decrease in quality with her grooming tasks and difficulty with dressing. She demonstrated poor safety awareness with her power chair operation and was putting herself and others at risk for injury. She had stopped attending activities and spent her days in her room alone, only leaving for meals.Through testing and skilled observation, it was determined that GS was functioning at an ACL high 3. She was moved into Samara shortly after starting therapy. Her power chair was replaced with a standard wheelchair and therapy focused on GS propelling herself in this new chair. Her quilting activities were replaced with colored pencils and quilt pattern color sheets.

This activity was easy for GS to complete and gave her a creative outlet. She became very proud of the artwork she was creating. Once she was in Samara, she was surrounded by peers more like her and her social interactions increased. She started coming out of her room and participating in activities. Her daughter lives out of state and recently visited her mom for the first time since the move. She is amazed at how well her mom is doing and is so grateful for the positive changes that came from moving her mom into a more appropriate environment.
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“Every individual on this earth deserves to be treated with compassion, understanding, and the right to keep their dignity intact. This can be difficult to honor at times when someone loses control of their behavior, but that’s where Rational Detachment and not taking it personally really kicks in. What has helped me be able to do this well goes back to the first day I was introduced to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training. I was a participant before becoming a Certified Instructor (and before working for CPI), and over the years I have had so many opportunities to use what I learned way back then. Today, I live the skills automatically. It’s an honor to have been given those skills to live the philosophy of treating others the way I want to be treated.”