Health Services at Boston Nursing Home Long-Term Care

Specialized Care Unit (SCU)

We've Made Our Great Senior Care Even Better!

Our Specialized Care Unit takes a holistic approach to managing residents with Alzheimer's and other dementias while preserving independence and functional ability. 

Therapeutic programs focus on residents' medical, physical, social, cultural, emotional, behavioral and spiritual needs in a compassionate, supportive and structured environment.  

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What is the Specialized Care Unit?

The Specialized Care Unit, housed on two floors at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, provides a continuum of care for residents with Alzheimer's disease or other related dementias. Based on Hebrew SeniorLife's philosophy of optimizing the living environments of residents, the unit focuses on residents' emotional, physical, social, environmental, intellectual, spiritual and vocational wellness. The unit takes a holistic approach to managing residents with dementia. Our staff is trained to understand residents' unique behaviors and how to respond to them.

Who is a candidate for admission?

The primary diagnosis for admission is Alzheimer's disease or an associated type of dementia, along with presenting behavioral symptoms that cannot be effectively managed in a less structured environment.

Is the unit approved by the Alzheimer's Association?

Yes, the Specialized Care Unit meets Alzheimer's Association guidelines. HRC consulted with the Alzheimer's Association, which made recommendations to improve the aesthetics and programming on the two floors that comprise the unit to meet its standards for dementia care. To that end, HRC has made physical changes to the environment, hired additional staff, increased individualized therapy for residents, and provides continuing education for all staff.

What type of programming is offered?  

We offer the highest level of clinical care in order to address acute events in-house, minimizing the need to send residents to another environment for care. Onsite, we have board-certified geriatricians, a geriatric psychiatrist, nurses specializing in dementia care, a pharmacy, and a wide range of clinical therapy services so residents do not have to be transported out for these services.

In addition, we address residents' psychosocial needs, including anxiety and agitation, through creative arts and recreation therapy programs.

Is the staff trained specifically to care for patients with Alzheimer's and other related dementias? 

A large number of HRC staff have been trained by the Alzheimer's Association and are now certified dementia care trainers. They, in turn, have provided 12 hours of Alzheimer's Association training to all direct care staff, including an overview of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, dealing with behavioral issues, communicating with residents who have difficulty expressing needs, assisting with activities of daily living, and family issues, among others. All indirect staff (e.g., Housekeeping, Dietary, Kitchen) received training. Staff will be recertified every two years. The goal of this training is to teach the staff to be more understanding and responsive to the challenging behaviors associated with the disease.

Who lives on the unit? 

The Special Care Unit is housed on two floors of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. One floor is for residents who are ambulatory and experiencing mid- to late-stage dementia, while the second floor is for residents who are no longer able to independently move about and are experiencing late- to end-stage dementia.

What role does family play in resident care on the unit?  

Family members are an important part of our interdisciplinary care team, and special emphasis is placed on recognizing and responding to the needs of family members of residents with dementia. A Family Advisory Council meets monthly to examine policies, programming and procedures on the unit.


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