ALEH  - the Organization for the Senior Citizen in Kiryat Ono     
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The ALEH Organization activates a department for the mentally frail at the Day Center, 
trains professional caregivers 
and provides long-term care services for the mentally frail.

In addition, the organization activates the following projects in the field, in collaboration with the EMDA association:

 
The mentally frail and family caregivers
Supportive and training activities 
 

The following projects are activated by ALEH Kiryat Ono in collaboration with EMDA - the association
for
patients with dementia, Alzheimer's and similar diseases in Israel:

Support groups for the families
 
These are groups of family members who take care of a person with dementia at different stages. These groups allow the participants to learn about the disease and about ways of dealing with it - 
from the experience of other participants, and sometimes from
visiting professionals.
In addition, the groups allow the participants to share personal problems and learn from others about
possible solutions that have been effective for them. The groups are a safe and secure place to talk about things that may be difficult to talk about in other places, freely and in a safe and supportive ambiance.
All these alleviate hard feelings that arise naturally as a result of caring for a person with dementia. The groups are mixed in terms of the stages of the disease and in terms of the caregiver's role in the
family (spouse or child). Most groups meet once a month, and sometimes more frequently.


Support groups for patients in the early stages of the disease

These groups provide a place for emotional expression for patients in the early stages of the disease. 
The meetings take place together with family members, and thus give an opportunity to strengthen
the family ties and develop effective communication methods in dealing with the disease.
The group meets every two weeks.
 
"Lituf" - Providing support to the main caregiver of a person with dementia by creating family and social support systems 

The concept of "Lituf" is that in order to take good care of the person with dementia, more than one
family member
is needed. The more the family member, the main caregiver, feels she/he has a good
support system, the more the
care burden is lowered, and the condition of the person with dementia is
improved.
The goal is a thorough analysis of the nursing family's 
needs, followed by a series of meetings, some
individually with the main caregiver, and some with various family members. These meetings can provide information and practical tools for coping in everyday life with dementia.  
Furthermore,
the family is given the possibility to think about other services available in the
community, which the family can use today and in the future.


"Connections and Skills - An action for Health"  

- Acquiring tools for the right communication with the ill person and his family
at the beginning of the
way
.
The main goals are:
  • Maintaining and strengthening the abilities and skills at the beginning of the disease;
  • Providing interest, satisfaction and meaningful activity in the patient's life;
  • Improving the quality of life of the patient, the caregiver and the family.
In this program, activators, trained to work by estimation, discover the capabilities of the sick person and involve him in activities, and at the same time guide the family member and/or the main
caregiver, how to continue to activate the patient in activities on a daily basis. The caregivers receive training and tools that teach them how to communicate and deal with the patient and the disease.
 
The intervention is made by using the "Connections and Skills" kit, initiated and developed by "EMDA". The kit contains various activities tailored to the patient's level of functioning in the beginning of the disease, and it allows individual reference according to the patient's needs and interests, in the past and at present.

The kit includes a package with a wide variety of tools, specifically designed to help demented people. By using the tools, an activity is performed which is adapted to the patient's condition in a pleasant,
interesting and built-in social, physical, intellectual and creative way, as well as by stimulating the
senses and the memories.  


The registration is made by Tamar Ghishri Alon, family therapist, group coach and specialist in working
with families of the mentally frail.