In 2006, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued new guidance for activities that specifically directed facilities to improve activities for residents with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Facilities are expected to provide all residents with their own, personalized activities program, which includes special, individual plans developed for residents with varying stages of dementia. Multisensory rooms and specialized dementia programming provide group activities in an environment that is success-oriented, failure-free, purposeful, and meaningful. Its multisensory room at the Portage County Health Care Center in Stevens Point, WI, has been in use since March 2007, and they have developed a list of 24 goals for use of these programs. Another great aspect of their program that sets it apart from others is the Service Learning Project that was developed jointly through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for their facility. After having spent years thinking about and planning for, and then months fund-raising, developing, and setting up the specialized programming, it's great to finally have all aspects in place.
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