I am the Heartland Village Director at
Elmcroft of Washington Township. We are a
Assisted living and Alzheimer facility.
Heartland Village is the Alzheimer unit. I
am currently facing some issues with my activity
programming and achieving strength and balance
with therapy due to the cognitive challenges.
My facility works closely with Alternate
Solutions' therapy department and their
Marketing/Admissions Rep. suggested I use one of
their social workers to administer clock
I agreed and last week I received a care plan
based on the clock test results for each one of
my current residents. With this information I
was able to re-evaluate 6 residents for PT/OT
and start them on a new program based on results
of their clock testing. I was able to
relay this information to the PT/OT staff
through Jeremy Collier, Alternate Solutions Rep.
We are now looking at treating Alzheimer's
patients through a whole new perspective.
Some other things we picked up on was that
some of my
residents were deficit in processing
on the right or left side. I was able to
rearrange their plates at meals to increase food
consumption. I also found out that one of
my other residents was only able to process one
task at a time. Her nutrition status was
decreasing and we were desperately looking for
ways to increase her meal consumption. By
using the results of the clock test we tried
giving her one food item on the plate at a time.
She went from eating 30-50% of her meal to 100%
I am amazed daily by the results of the clock
test and how well these techniques work when
implemented. So amazed I am enrolled to
take the course in 2 weeks! Thank you so
much to Barbara Brock for working with me and
supplying me with all the information so
Lindsey Woodmansee, LPN/HVD