Austin House Living
The Mirage and Sahara units provide a homelike environment for residents with low acuity behavioral issues requiring the stability, structure, and safety of a secure living environment. Two distinct and separate units; our Mirage Unit is home to residents diagnosed with dementia with our Sahara unit providing a home for persons whose behaviors are associated with diagnoses other than dementia.
Both units provide a therapeutic care program facilitated by a professional staff that are highly trained in working with persons with dementia. We place a special emphasis on effective approaches and interventions in dealing with low acuity behavior issues.
Relationships, continuity of care, and comfort are key in maintaining Austin House’ family atmosphere. Both units offer comfortable semi-private and private rooms. Families and residents are encouraged to bring personal items and furniture to create a homelike atmosphere.
The Oasis unit offers a more independent residential option for residents who have demonstrated the capacity to manage behaviors and function effectively in a less restrictive environment. Our step-down solution from the Sahara unit, the Oasis unit provides both semi-private and private rooms.
Austin House Activities
Austin House maintains an activity program that meets the diverse behavioral, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of all program residents. Our full-time activity director offers activity programming designed uniquely for each separate and distinct unit. All caregivers, care coordinators, and staff members are cross-trained to help facilitate activity programming through out the day, 7 days a week.
Austin House Care Team
Austin House prides itself on the educational training, dedication, and continuity of our care staff. Each program unit is maintained by a Care Coordinator who oversees day-to-day clinical operation, handles staffing, and oversees implementation and follow-up of resident care. Our care givers are required to successfully complete ADHS-approved directed care training. In addition, they attend our orientation and training program focusing on approaches and interventions for dealing with low acuity behavior issues and working with people with dementia. All program staff are required to attend on-going continuing education training sessions.
Our Austin House care team, led by our clinical psychologist, includes the unit coordinator, community LPN, primary care provider, behavioral health consultants,case managers, and caregivers. Each resident is reviewed within seven days of admission and a minimum of once a quarter thereafter, by the care team. Our care team meets weekly with our clinical psychologist to review the care, progress, and discharge status of residents. Behavioral interventions are written, directed, and supervised by our clinical psychologist and based on the “least restrictive” philosophy of addressing behavior issues.