We have integrated a special program into our Memory Care neighborhood – a program called Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy, which is customized to meet the interests and capabilities of individual residents.
The innovative BBET Program operates day and night and complements our regular schedule of group activities. It contains collections of music and video therapies as well as stimulating therapies for cognitive exercise.
Each resident also has a “memory prop box” where families can provide sentimental and comforting items for their loved ones like a favorite sweater, photographs, awards, or souvenirs.
Some of the BBET benefits:
• Residents are calm for hours after therapy and often sleep better
• Assistance with a resident’s personal care is smoother and more efficient
• The staff is trained to identify signs of stress before behaviors escalate
• Therapies are personalized which provides the appropriate cognitive exercise
• There are a number of non-pharmacological options for managing behaviors
• Family visits and interactions are enhanced
This BBET Program has received numerous national awards for achieving outstanding improvements in the quality of life of residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia by significantly:
• Reducing falls
• Reducing the use of behavioral medications
• Enhancing family visits
• Providing a calm living environment
This BBET Program was developed by Dr. Govind Bharwani, who spent 30 years of his career as an ergonomics consultant in healthcare and manufacturing. In 2002, he became an adjunct professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. The position enabled him to teach subjects he felt passionate about, while also positioning himself for the next phase of his career.
Bharwani’s ergonomics expertise caught the eye of the Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio and he was soon asked to become its director of nursing ergonomics and Alzheimer’s care.
After months of research, first-hand observations and trips to nearly a dozen long term care facilities in Ohio, Bharwani found one common thread among facilities across the state: caregivers lacked the right resources needed to calm and soothe residents according to their specific needs. Most centers only knew how to engage residents in group settings, which often met the need of some residents, but not all.
Growing out of this research, Bharwani created the Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET) program. The program reduces cognitive stress
on residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia by using customized and stimulating interventions.
We are proud to establish the BBET program at Westminster Assisted Living!