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Dementia Care at Foss House

With the increase of dementia or dementia related symptoms, The Phoenix Residence has dedicated an entire house to care for those with this diagnosis

As the age of the population served by The Phoenix Residence increases, so does the presence of dementia. Adults with disabilities are just as likely or more likely to show signs of dementia as compared to healthy adults.

With the increase of dementia or dementia related symptoms, The Phoenix Residence has dedicated an entire house to care for those with this diagnosis. Foss House, located in St. Paul, has made many updates to the home and provides the needed dementia training to their staff.

Updated features to the home include the addition of sensory lights; individual room and wall lights that automatically turn on when an individual moves by the sensor. It has been reported those with dementia have an increased fear of the dark. Having lights turn on without the assistance of staff may help ease their fear and has made a positive addition.

The paint colors at Foss House are neutral and light in color as dark paint and pattered wallpaper are known stressors. Mirrors can also pose as a stressor; all mirrors throughout the house are covered with blinds. All carpeting has been removed and replaced with hardwood flooring. Carpeting or patterned carpet can cause confusion resulting in the increase of falls and injury occurrences.  Shiny or glossy floors can appear wet to people with dementia and again, can cause unwanted injuries.

We also provide the appropriate training for all staff at Foss House. All are trained on a broad spectrum of dementia. Once an individual has progressed, we tailor training to the specific needs of the person as everyone progressive differently.

The Phoenix Residence is proud to offer this specialized service to support our population as they age and progress through life.