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Memory Care That Helps You Experience More Possibilities For Your Life.

Realizing a loved one is in need of assistance can be a very emotional time. Braley Care Homes specializes in Alzheimer's & Dementia and offers exceptional, yet affordable care in a professional, compassionate manner.

Chris Braley Receives Prestigious Achievement Award from AGE-u-cate for Dementia Live Coaching


Chris Braley has been honored with the Achievement Award from AGE-u-cate for his outstanding work as a Dementia Live Coach. This prestigious recognition highlights his dedication to improving the lives of those affected by dementia. Chris' innovative coaching methods and compassionate approach have made a significant impact in the field.

Memory Care That Helps You Experience More Possibilities For Your Life.

Realizing a loved one is in need of assistance can be a very emotional time. Braley Care Homes specializes in Alzheimer's & Dementia and offers exceptional, yet affordable care in a professional, compassionate manner.

The Family Assessment Form and the Behavior Profile are guides designed to assist you in determining the level of need for your loved one.

After you have completed these forms, feel free to send via mail or fax to the attention of Chris Braley, Braley Care Home’s licensed clinical social worker. He will be happy to discuss the results of the assessment tools and any other concerns you may have.

The Family Assessment Form and the Behavior Profile are guides designed to assist you in determining the level of need for your loved one.

After you have completed these forms, feel free to send via mail or fax to the attention of Chris Braley, Braley Care Home’s licensed clinical social worker. He will be happy to discuss the results of the assessment tools and any other concerns you may have.

Chris Braley interview

Why Choose Braley Care Homes?

Braley Care Homes was created from a father and son’s passion for quality assisted living in a home-like environment, spawned from their experience in the mental health field.

Chris and Dean Braley opened Braley Care Homes on March 29, 2005. Braley Care Homes expanded into Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and, memory care services in 2008. Chris Braley is the owner and administrator of Braley Care Homes and it remains the only free-standing Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and memory care facility in West Virginia. Our facility was built with dementia care in mind and is the ideal environment for someone with this disease. It is locked 24 hours per day and has a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a pastoral view, which is secure at all times.

Our memory care activities and behavior programming is geared toward meeting each individual’s needs, which helps keep their anxiety level down and reduces the risk of behavior issues.

Chris Braley has a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work and is an LICSW (licensed independent clinical social worker). Chris shares, “dementia is not only in my professional life, but also in my personal life. My grandmother and father suffered from dementia, so I know the pain the families go through as they watch helplessly as their love one suffers. Our goal at Braley Care Homes is to tap into each resident’s unique qualities and help bring a calmness to both their life and their family’s life.

Chris Braley interview

Why Choose Braley Care Homes?

Braley Care Homes was created from a father and son’s passion for quality assisted living in a home-like environment, spawned from their experience in the mental health field.

Chris and Dean Braley opened Braley Care Homes on March 29, 2005. Braley Care Homes expanded into Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and, memory care services in 2008. Chris Braley is the owner and administrator of Braley Care Homes and it remains the only free-standing Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and memory care facility in West Virginia. Our facility was built with dementia care in mind and is the ideal environment for someone with this disease. It is locked 24 hours per day and has a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a pastoral view, which is secure at all times.

Our memory care activities and behavior programming is geared toward meeting each individual’s needs, which helps keep their anxiety level down and reduces the risk of behavior issues.

Chris Braley has a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work and is an LICSW (licensed independent clinical social worker). Chris shares, “dementia is not only in my professional life, but also in my personal life. My grandmother and father suffered from dementia, so I know the pain the families go through as they watch helplessly as their love one suffers. Our goal at Braley Care Homes is to tap into each resident’s unique qualities and help bring a calmness to both their life and their family’s life.

About Us

Braley Care Homes, located in Hurricane, WV, is the only free-standing Alzheimer’s Dementia Care Facility in West Virginia.

Braley Care Homes’ philosophy is “quality care in a home-like environment.” The facility was built with dementia and memory care in mind and is the ideal environment for someone with this disease. It is locked 24 hours per day and has a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a pastoral view, which is secure at all times.

Memory care activities and behavior programming is geared toward meeting each individual’s needs, which helps keep their anxiety level down and reduces the risk of behavior issues.

We have caring, highly trained staff available 24/7 including nurse aids, AMAPs, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and an activity coordinator.

old woman being cared for

About Us

Braley Care Homes, located in Hurricane, WV, is the only free-standing Alzheimer’s Dementia Care Facility in West Virginia.

Braley Care Homes’ philosophy is “quality care in a home-like environment.” The facility was built with dementia and memory care in mind and is the ideal environment for someone with this disease. It is locked 24 hours per day and has a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a pastoral view, which is secure at all times.

Memory care activities and behavior programming is geared toward meeting each individual’s needs, which helps keep their anxiety level down and reduces the risk of behavior issues.

We have caring, highly trained staff available 24/7 including nurse aids, AMAPs, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and an activity coordinator.

old woman being cared for
old woman being cared for

Our Mission

Braley Care Homes were created in 2005 from a father and son’s passion for quality assisted living in a home-like environment, spawned from their experience in the mental health field.

Braley Care Homes provide professional care in a

home-like environment, which is crucial to preserving our residents’ dignity and self-worth. We believe this can best be done in smaller environments, rather than large facilities. The home setting is the environment we choose to care for our loved ones. They can surround themselves with pictures and furniture for that complete home feeling. Our intimate, home-like atmosphere allows for individualized care and lasting relationships.

old woman being cared for

Our Mission

Braley Care Homes were created in 2005 from a father and son’s passion for quality assisted living in a home-like environment, spawned from their experience in the mental health field.

Braley Care Homes provide professional care in a

home-like environment, which is crucial to preserving our residents’ dignity and self-worth. We believe this can best be done in smaller environments, rather than large facilities. The home setting is the environment we choose to care for our loved ones. They can surround themselves with pictures and furniture for that complete home feeling. Our intimate, home-like atmosphere allows for individualized care and lasting relationships.

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Testimonials

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I have only great memories of the great care my husband received. Never heard an unkind word to anyone there. This care home facility is wonderful. Thank you, Mr. Braley, for all you do and your staff. God's blessing continue to be with you all.

Brenda B. L.

five blue stars

I’ve worked there and I’ve seen how the residents are treated. Staff love their jobs and you can tell. Owner is great with residents too. They do a wide variety of activities and even a pet dog.

Samantha G.

five blue stars

I have only great memories of the great care my husband received. Never heard an unkind word to anyone there. This care home facility is wonderful. Thank you, Mr. Braley, for all you do and your staff. God's blessing continue to be with you all.

Brenda B. L.

five blue stars

I’ve worked there and I’ve seen how the residents are treated. Staff love their jobs and you can tell. Owner is great with residents too. They do a wide variety of activities and even a pet dog.

Samantha G.

five blue stars

Absolutely the best care home in the valley for your loved one with dementia.

Leah S. K.

five blue stars

Residents and workers are great. What you see is what you get. Thanks, BCH!

Nola H.

five blue stars

Absolutely the best care home in the valley for your loved one with dementia.

Leah S. K.

five blue stars

Residents and workers are great. What you see is what you get. Thanks, BCH!

Nola H.

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Holistic Approaches to Dementia Care at Hom

Holistic Approaches to Dementia Care at Hom

July 03, 20246 min read

In navigating the complexities of dementia care, a holistic approach is increasingly recognized as invaluable. When loved ones are diagnosed with dementia, families often find themselves thrust into unfamiliar territory, grappling with both emotional and practical challenges. Holistic care emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of the individual's needs, encompassing not just medical treatment but also social, emotional, and spiritual support.  At its core, holistic dementia care at home integrates various facets of well-being into a cohesive plan. This approach acknowledges the unique journey of each person living with dementia, tailoring care strategies to promote dignity, comfort, and quality of life. By focusing on enhancing overall wellness and fostering a supportive environment, caregivers and family members can cultivate meaningful connections and alleviate some of the burdens associated with dementia caregiving. Embracing holistic practices not only addresses immediate care needs but also cultivates a nurturing atmosphere that enhances the overall experience for both the individual and their caregivers.

Understanding Holistic Care for Dementia: A Comprehensive Guide

Dementia is a complex condition that affects millions worldwide, impacting cognitive functions, behavior, and daily living abilities. While medical treatments play a crucial role, holistic care approaches offer a comprehensive way to support individuals with dementia, addressing their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. In this guide, we'll explore various facets of holistic care, providing insights and practical tips to enhance the quality of life for dementia patients at home.

Dementia Care

Physical Well-being: Nurturing the Body

Physical health is foundational in dementia care. Encourage regular medical check-ups to monitor overall health and manage any coexisting conditions effectively. Nutrition plays a vital role; ensure a balanced diet rich in brain-boosting nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. Mealtime routines and adapted utensils can promote independence and enjoyment during meals. Physical activities such as gentle exercises or therapeutic massages can help maintain mobility and reduce agitation.

Emotional Support: Navigating Feelings and Emotions

Emotional well-being is crucial for dementia patients, who may experience confusion, frustration, or anxiety. Establish a calming environment by minimizing noise and distractions. Validate their feelings and provide reassurance during moments of distress. Engage in activities that evoke positive memories, such as listening to favorite music or looking through photo albums. Encourage open communication and support group activities that foster a sense of belonging and social connection.

Cognitive Stimulation: Keeping the Mind Active

Cognitive stimulation helps maintain mental function and delay cognitive decline. Engage in activities that challenge memory and problem-solving skills, such as puzzles, word games, or reminiscence therapy. Adapt activities based on the individual's interests and abilities to ensure enjoyment and success. Consider incorporating technology, like memory apps or virtual reality experiences, to provide engaging cognitive exercises.

Social Engagement: Connecting with Others

Social interaction is vital for mental and emotional well-being. Encourage participation in social activities that promote engagement and reduce isolation. Arrange visits from friends, family, or therapy animals, which can provide companionship and emotional support. Consider joining local support groups or community programs tailored for dementia patients and caregivers to share experiences and resources.

Spiritual Care: Nurturing the Soul

Spirituality can provide comfort and meaning for individuals with dementia. Respect their spiritual beliefs and practices, incorporating them into daily routines. Offer opportunities for quiet reflection, prayer, or meditation based on their preferences. Attend religious services or community gatherings that align with their spiritual traditions, fostering a sense of connection and peace.

Nutritional Strategies for Dementia Patients: Eating Well for Brain Health

Proper nutrition plays a crucial role in managing dementia and supporting overall brain health. Individuals with dementia may face challenges in maintaining a healthy diet due to cognitive decline, changes in taste and appetite, and difficulties with meal preparation. In this guide, we'll explore effective nutritional strategies tailored to enhance brain function, promote overall well-being, and improve quality of life for dementia patients.

Focus on Nutrient-Dense Foods

Nutrient-dense foods provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support brain health. Encourage a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins (such as fish, poultry, and beans), and healthy fats (like nuts, seeds, and olive oil). These foods provide necessary nutrients while supporting overall health and cognitive function.

Hydration Matters

Proper hydration is vital for brain function. Ensure dementia patients drink an adequate amount of fluids throughout the day. Offer water, herbal teas, and diluted fruit juices. Monitor hydration levels, especially if the individual has difficulty recognizing thirst cues or managing fluids independently.

Balanced Meals and Regular Eating Schedule

Establish a consistent meal schedule with balanced meals to promote stable energy levels and maintain nutritional intake. Include a variety of foods from different food groups in each meal. Offer smaller, frequent meals if appetite is reduced or if large meals are overwhelming.

Adapt Foods to Individual Preferences and Abilities

Adapt meals based on individual preferences, dietary restrictions, and abilities. Consider texture-modified foods for those with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). Offer familiar foods and flavors to promote enjoyment and encourage eating. Use adaptive utensils or assistive devices if needed.

Boost Brain-Boosting Nutrients

Certain nutrients are particularly beneficial for brain health. Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts) to support cognitive function. Antioxidant-rich foods like berries, spinach, and dark chocolate help protect against oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain.

Cognitive Stimulation Activities: Keeping the Mind Active and Engaged important 

Keeping the mind active and engaged through cognitive stimulation activities is crucial for individuals with dementia. These activities not only help maintain cognitive function but also enhance quality of life by promoting mental agility and emotional well-being.

  • Types of Activities: Include puzzles, word games, memory exercises, and activities that stimulate different cognitive functions like problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Personalization: Tailor activities to the individual's interests and abilities to ensure engagement and enjoyment.

  • Consistency: Incorporate cognitive stimulation activities into daily routines to establish a sense of structure and familiarity.

  • Social Interaction: Engage in group activities or one-on-one sessions to encourage socialization and reduce feelings of isolation.

Conclusion

Adopting holistic approaches to dementia care at home can significantly enhance the quality of life for both patients and their families. By integrating physical, emotional, and social aspects into caregiving routines, individuals with dementia can experience improved well-being and a greater sense of comfort and security in familiar surroundings. Holistic care emphasizes personalized strategies that address the unique needs and preferences of each patient, fostering a supportive environment that promotes dignity and independence.

At Braley Care Homes Inc in Hurricane, we are committed to providing compassionate and effective holistic care solutions for individuals living with dementia. Our dedicated team understands the challenges families face and strives to create a nurturing atmosphere where patients receive comprehensive support. For more information on our services or to discuss how we can assist your loved one, please contact us at (304) 767-4033. We are here to help you navigate the journey of dementia care with empathy and expertise.


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Holistic Approaches to Dementia Care at Hom

Holistic Approaches to Dementia Care at Hom

July 03, 20246 min read

In navigating the complexities of dementia care, a holistic approach is increasingly recognized as invaluable. When loved ones are diagnosed with dementia, families often find themselves thrust into unfamiliar territory, grappling with both emotional and practical challenges. Holistic care emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of the individual's needs, encompassing not just medical treatment but also social, emotional, and spiritual support.  At its core, holistic dementia care at home integrates various facets of well-being into a cohesive plan. This approach acknowledges the unique journey of each person living with dementia, tailoring care strategies to promote dignity, comfort, and quality of life. By focusing on enhancing overall wellness and fostering a supportive environment, caregivers and family members can cultivate meaningful connections and alleviate some of the burdens associated with dementia caregiving. Embracing holistic practices not only addresses immediate care needs but also cultivates a nurturing atmosphere that enhances the overall experience for both the individual and their caregivers.

Understanding Holistic Care for Dementia: A Comprehensive Guide

Dementia is a complex condition that affects millions worldwide, impacting cognitive functions, behavior, and daily living abilities. While medical treatments play a crucial role, holistic care approaches offer a comprehensive way to support individuals with dementia, addressing their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. In this guide, we'll explore various facets of holistic care, providing insights and practical tips to enhance the quality of life for dementia patients at home.

Dementia Care

Physical Well-being: Nurturing the Body

Physical health is foundational in dementia care. Encourage regular medical check-ups to monitor overall health and manage any coexisting conditions effectively. Nutrition plays a vital role; ensure a balanced diet rich in brain-boosting nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins. Mealtime routines and adapted utensils can promote independence and enjoyment during meals. Physical activities such as gentle exercises or therapeutic massages can help maintain mobility and reduce agitation.

Emotional Support: Navigating Feelings and Emotions

Emotional well-being is crucial for dementia patients, who may experience confusion, frustration, or anxiety. Establish a calming environment by minimizing noise and distractions. Validate their feelings and provide reassurance during moments of distress. Engage in activities that evoke positive memories, such as listening to favorite music or looking through photo albums. Encourage open communication and support group activities that foster a sense of belonging and social connection.

Cognitive Stimulation: Keeping the Mind Active

Cognitive stimulation helps maintain mental function and delay cognitive decline. Engage in activities that challenge memory and problem-solving skills, such as puzzles, word games, or reminiscence therapy. Adapt activities based on the individual's interests and abilities to ensure enjoyment and success. Consider incorporating technology, like memory apps or virtual reality experiences, to provide engaging cognitive exercises.

Social Engagement: Connecting with Others

Social interaction is vital for mental and emotional well-being. Encourage participation in social activities that promote engagement and reduce isolation. Arrange visits from friends, family, or therapy animals, which can provide companionship and emotional support. Consider joining local support groups or community programs tailored for dementia patients and caregivers to share experiences and resources.

Spiritual Care: Nurturing the Soul

Spirituality can provide comfort and meaning for individuals with dementia. Respect their spiritual beliefs and practices, incorporating them into daily routines. Offer opportunities for quiet reflection, prayer, or meditation based on their preferences. Attend religious services or community gatherings that align with their spiritual traditions, fostering a sense of connection and peace.

Nutritional Strategies for Dementia Patients: Eating Well for Brain Health

Proper nutrition plays a crucial role in managing dementia and supporting overall brain health. Individuals with dementia may face challenges in maintaining a healthy diet due to cognitive decline, changes in taste and appetite, and difficulties with meal preparation. In this guide, we'll explore effective nutritional strategies tailored to enhance brain function, promote overall well-being, and improve quality of life for dementia patients.

Focus on Nutrient-Dense Foods

Nutrient-dense foods provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support brain health. Encourage a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins (such as fish, poultry, and beans), and healthy fats (like nuts, seeds, and olive oil). These foods provide necessary nutrients while supporting overall health and cognitive function.

Hydration Matters

Proper hydration is vital for brain function. Ensure dementia patients drink an adequate amount of fluids throughout the day. Offer water, herbal teas, and diluted fruit juices. Monitor hydration levels, especially if the individual has difficulty recognizing thirst cues or managing fluids independently.

Balanced Meals and Regular Eating Schedule

Establish a consistent meal schedule with balanced meals to promote stable energy levels and maintain nutritional intake. Include a variety of foods from different food groups in each meal. Offer smaller, frequent meals if appetite is reduced or if large meals are overwhelming.

Adapt Foods to Individual Preferences and Abilities

Adapt meals based on individual preferences, dietary restrictions, and abilities. Consider texture-modified foods for those with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia). Offer familiar foods and flavors to promote enjoyment and encourage eating. Use adaptive utensils or assistive devices if needed.

Boost Brain-Boosting Nutrients

Certain nutrients are particularly beneficial for brain health. Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as salmon, flaxseeds, and walnuts) to support cognitive function. Antioxidant-rich foods like berries, spinach, and dark chocolate help protect against oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain.

Cognitive Stimulation Activities: Keeping the Mind Active and Engaged important 

Keeping the mind active and engaged through cognitive stimulation activities is crucial for individuals with dementia. These activities not only help maintain cognitive function but also enhance quality of life by promoting mental agility and emotional well-being.

  • Types of Activities: Include puzzles, word games, memory exercises, and activities that stimulate different cognitive functions like problem-solving and decision-making.

  • Personalization: Tailor activities to the individual's interests and abilities to ensure engagement and enjoyment.

  • Consistency: Incorporate cognitive stimulation activities into daily routines to establish a sense of structure and familiarity.

  • Social Interaction: Engage in group activities or one-on-one sessions to encourage socialization and reduce feelings of isolation.

Conclusion

Adopting holistic approaches to dementia care at home can significantly enhance the quality of life for both patients and their families. By integrating physical, emotional, and social aspects into caregiving routines, individuals with dementia can experience improved well-being and a greater sense of comfort and security in familiar surroundings. Holistic care emphasizes personalized strategies that address the unique needs and preferences of each patient, fostering a supportive environment that promotes dignity and independence.

At Braley Care Homes Inc in Hurricane, we are committed to providing compassionate and effective holistic care solutions for individuals living with dementia. Our dedicated team understands the challenges families face and strives to create a nurturing atmosphere where patients receive comprehensive support. For more information on our services or to discuss how we can assist your loved one, please contact us at (304) 767-4033. We are here to help you navigate the journey of dementia care with empathy and expertise.


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Location:

Braley Care Homes

6192 US 60

Hurricane, WV 25526

Phone Numbers:

Referrals and Inquiries: (304) 767-4033

Facility Phone: (304) 201-3677

Facility Fax: (304) 201-3678

AREAS WE SERVE

BUSINESS HOURS

Monday

9:00am – 6:30pm

Tuesday

9:00am – 6:30pm

Wednesday

9:00am – 6:30pm

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9:00am – 6:30pm

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