At Villa St. Francis sometimes foot rubs are more effective than sleep medication

Dan Weinbaum
March 12, 2019 - 4:48 pm
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Kelly Whetstone is the director of nursing at Villa St. Francis. She and her clinical team are passionate about providing excellent care to seniors in the Kansas City Metro.

“We used to rely a lot on medication. We’ve learned from clinical research that there can be negative outcomes and side effects, so we do a lot of non-pharmacological interventions now,” says Whetstone.

 

 

During her exclusive interview on KMBZ, she shared that some residents had had difficulty waking up in the morning in their memory care community.

But instead of prescribing a pill, they discovered that just the aroma of freshly baked bread helped to wake residents naturally and to stimulate appetites.

To treat anxiety, the creative Villa St. Francis clinical team often uses music therapy. They personalize the program based on the resident’s musical preferences.

So instead of just focusing on physical and medical needs, they cater to the individual. This personalization of care means residents aren’t just a number. They do their homework. They partner with the family to find out who they are and what’s important to them.

“It’s the right thing to do. Data shows that alternative therapies can be more effective than medication.

"A 5-star care rating doesn’t come just for doing things the old way,” said Whetstone.  “There’s no prescription for TLC.”

 

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