Recent Ministry of Health data reveals a significant increase in life expectancy of senior citizens, which corresponds with developments and advancements in the world of medicine.
This situation raises the need to cope with a wide variety of health issues and chronic diseases, some of which are diseases of aging such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The Medical Center has five inpatient departments, three of which are designated for mentally frail patients and two for long-term care of mentally frail patients. Every department employs its own department manager, under whom operates a dedicated staff of nurses and healthcare practitioners. New tenants are generally hospitalized in the departments for the mentally frail depending on their eligibility.
In its most advanced stages, Alzheimer’s disease affects all patient functions. Inpatient beds in the nursing departments are saved for Center residents. Patients are generally not directly hospitalized in the nursing departments.
The Medical Center operates under a broad medical administration that includes physicians, nursing administrative staff, department directors, and paramedical departments. Working alongside them is a broad professional staff that offers a professional expedited response whenever necessary.
The Center employs a staff of 200 including physicians, nursing staff, healthcare practitioners, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologist, music therapist, art therapist and experienced occupational staff. The system includes management and administration, an experienced cook and kitchen staff as well as maintenance and cleaning staff.
All Center staff work around the clock to provide the best possible service to Center tenants.
The medical staff includes some of the leading specialists in their field who have extensive experience in treating patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Medical Center Chairman Prof. Michael Davidson, a world-renowned specialist in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, has been supervising the Center from its inception over twenty
years. The medical director is Dr. Alexander Kaplan, a highly experienced geriatrics specialist who works alongside a full-time physician, a clinical nurse, and other specialists on a need basis.
Heading the nursing staff is Ms. Miri Trost and her deputy Ms. Sarit Elfassi, both of whom have extensive knowledge and experience in management of care of the Medical Center’s tenants. Every department is headed by a department director who is in charge of the
medical and nursing care and on management of daily life in the department. A member of the nursing staff is present in the department 24/7. In every department are auxiliary staff members in charge of caring for the patients based on the individual needs of each tenant.
The paramedical staff oversees providing complementary care of the Center’s residents both physically and in maintaining their cognitive state and good mood. The paramedical staff includes social workers, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, physical therapist, diet, emotional therapy and a large and skilled occupational staff. Every professional field implements an orderly treatment plan that involves a personal follow-up of every tenant while also implementing customized group activity.
Every tenant entering the Medical Center is closely supervised by physicians during the first several weeks to determine their medical condition.
Additionally, the medical staff, including physicians, department directors and members of the paramedical staff, convenes on a weekly basis. Once every six months during these weekly meetings, the status of every tenant’s condition is individually reviewed so that all medical and paramedical staff can obtain a complete and genuine impression of the patient’s condition, and subsequently, can choose and determine the best course of treatment for the patient.
The Department Agenda:
Every department has a plan of activity that is adapted to the nature and needs of the tenants. From the morning to the late afternoon, brief activities (activities that last 30-45 minutes at most) take place, with a half-hour break between activities. In all departments, music is performed throughout the day (other than Saturday) by pianists / violinists / accordion players or television, etc.
The medical center assigns tremendous importance to offering many and various activities to prevent ‘boredom’ of patients and to reinforcing and supporting their cognitive abilities.
Occupational activity is offered between Sunday to Thursday, and includes exercise, art, emotional therapy through bibliotherapy and music. Weekends include social activity moderated by the attending staff. At the request of families, pictures can be sent of the activity that takes place in the department in which their family member is participating. Ads depicting the activities will not display the tenants without the advanced permission of the tenant’s family.
The Medical Center has a synagogue that is available to tenants based on their condition. Tenants interested in putting on Tefillin or lighting candles on Friday evening are invited to do so.
On Friday nights, the Center hosts Kabbalat Shabbat, the tenants wear their Shabbat clothing and enjoy lighting candles reciting kiddush as well as a festive meal.
פרופסור מן המניין בפקולטה לרפואה ע"ש סאקלר באוניברסיטת תל־אביב ובבית ספר לרפואה של בית החולים "הר סיני" בניו יורק, מנהל המחלקה הפסיכיאטרית של המרכז הרפואי ע"ש שיבא, חתום על למעלה מ-250 פרסומים בספרות המקצועית העולמית ופעיל במחקרים רבים בנושא דמנציה ואלצהיימר.
בוגר הפקולטה למשפטים, מוסמך למנהל עסקים (LLB/MBA).
מומחה בגריאטריה, סגן מנהל מחלקה גריאטרית בשיבא.
Graduated from the Faculty of Law, certified in Business Administration (LLB/MBA).
Full professor at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and at the Mount Sinai Hospital School of Medicine in New York, director of the psychiatry department at the Sheba Medical Center, author of over 250 publications in the world's professional literature and active in many studies On dementia and Alzheimer's.
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