Alzheimer's Unit (The Willows)
Why The Willows is Unique
The Willows, part of the Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Muncy Valley Hospital, takes special care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia by providing individual attention and advanced care in a beautiful and therapeutic setting. Our well-trained, devoted staff offers high quality, compassionate care to the residents through specialized treatment, planned activities and more. All of the features that set us apart include on-site therapy services, around-the-clock nurse call system and close proximity to an acute care hospital.
To make our residents feel at home, much attention was given to the area’s design, which features:
- Private or semi-private rooms located in a separate wing of the Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
- Walls painted with calm, soothing colors
- Local photography featuring scenes reminiscent of residents' lives, which are changed every few months to promote memory stimulation
- An activities/dining room with large windows for a panoramic view of the countryside
Dedicated, Expert Care
Safe, vibrant and upbeat, The Willows is a place where residents, their families and staff members thrive. Ensuring residents’ safety and security while maintaining a home-like setting is our priority. In addition to a 24-hour monitoring and security system, a centralized nursing station keeps residents under the constant watch of healthcare professionals, including:
- Registered nurses
- Licensed practical nurses
- Certified nurse assistants
- A social worker
- A dietitian
- Activity aid
Our activities staff members provide daily continuous mind-sharpening activities and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CRST) oversees unit programming and activities to ensure that residents grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively.
By establishing and maintaining relationships between residents, their families and staff members, we strive to meet each resident’s needs. This open communication concept enables us to create a positive, welcoming environment for our residents, which allows them to feel safe and valued.
Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Dementia can make you confused and unable to remember people and names. You also may experience changes in personality and social behavior. Dementia is not just a disease for elderly people. Early onset dementia can occur before the age of 65.
Dementia indicates problems with at least two brain functions, such as memory loss and impaired judgment or language, and the inability to perform some daily activities such as paying bills or becoming lost while driving.
Dementia can affect thinking functions such as memory, attention, language and problem solving. The most common forms of progressive dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, front temporal dementia and Lewy body dementia.
The Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center offers educational and support services for dementia. These include, but are not limited to, public speaking engagements and monthlysupport group meetings.
To learn more about The Willows feel free to call or visit our facility during normal business hours.
Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
215 East Water Street
Muncy, PA 17756