Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It has its roots in the days shortly after the Civil War, the war that cost more American lives than any war in history. Originally called "Decoration Day," “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land" (May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan).
For many dementia and Alzheimer patients, this day may or may not mean anything. Survivors of World War II are few and are slipping away, as are their memories and the culture's memories of their sacrifice. Every generation has its warriors, and they deserve at least a moment's notice and recognition for their place in America’s history.
Bristol House Memory Care Is the Best Place to Be for Those with Dementia During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Even before the coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic impacted the greater Philadelphia region, Bristol House Memory Care in Warrington, PA, implemented proactive measures to limit visitations, perform wellness checks on staff and residents, and tighten entry protocols. Bristol House currently has no COVID-19 cases because of their early action to mitigate the virus risks. There are other factors that make Bristol House an ideal place to shelter for seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Keeping in touch with a loved one in a care home is especially difficult during this epidemic. The restrictions and pleas to stay at home leave many wondering just what is allowable and what isn’t. Compounding this stress is the fact that regulations are constantly changing, and dementia patients may not understand what is going on and why you don’t visit them. A few scenarios and guidelines may help you stay connected, both for your sake and the patient’s.