The Story of Mount Carmel Assisted Living
We Offer Caring Assisted Living in Hampton, GA
Mt. Carmel Personal Care Home was founded in 1986 by retired physician
Dr. N.R. Coury and his family. They have continuously owned and operated
the facility ever since. Even today, the daily operations and tours are
conducted by Dr. Coury and his family, who take great pride in the services
they provide to their community.
Mt Carmel's focus on providing care for Alzheimer's and dementia
patients is the result of Dr. Coury's significant medical experience
and his interest in providing help and support for patients suffering
from memory disorders. Early on in his medical career, Dr. Coury realized
that patients suffering from various memory disorders were not being properly
treated with commonly used traditional options.
This was the result of a general misunderstanding throughout the medical
community regarding the treatment needs of memory care patients. Oftentimes
doctors, hospitals and aides were creating bigger problems or causing
new problems through their treatment methods for Alzheimer's and dementia.
In some instances, the treatment was even worse than the disease.
Dr. Coury's Behavior Management Program
Dr. Coury recognized early on that Alzheimer's and dementia diseases
do not just affect a patient's memory, but also their personality,
methods of communication, problem solving skills, and ability to interpret
their environment. Through his medical and professional experience with
Alzheimer's and dementia, Dr. Coury made some significant discoveries.
He concluded that in order to provide proper care, treatment should focus
on a set of fundamental principles:
Agitated and aggressive behavior could be caused by symptoms of unmet needs. These situations must be addressed immediately. Confrontational approaches
to correct a patient's behavior should always be avoided. Hallucinations
or paranoia causing aggression can be effectively treated with medication.
A sudden change in behavior could be due to a new physical illness. A thorough treatment process could resolve the problem.
Alzheimer's and dementia patients experience a progressive decline
in their ability to function. Because of this, patients can often become easily frustrated. For example,
it is common for a patient to feel lost, which may result in feelings
of anxiety and paranoia. For this reason, patients should be approached
with kindness, understanding, and should be constantly reassured and redirected.
Additionally, patients with dementia may not be able to understand spoken
words, but they can easily read body language. Therefore, patients should
always be approached from the front with a smile and friendly demeanor.
Caretakers should gently and kindly redirect behavior. It is important to direct a patient's focus elsewhere when they are
angry or frustrated rather than try to reason with them. This can help
to avoid further anger or frustration on the part of the patient.
Patients should be cared for in an unrestricted and safe environment. Some patients tend to wander or pace as a result of extreme anxiety, which
most Alzheimer's and dementia patients suffer from. As such, patients
should never be restrained in any way, and instead be allowed to move
freely in a stress free environment.
Too much activity is as bad as no activity. Therefore, a patient's environment should not be noisy or crowded.
Music has a positive impact on behavior. It should be used frequently as a form of therapy and recreation.
Tranquilizers and sleeping medications may have the opposite effect on
Alzheimer's and dementia patients. We aim to limit the use of tranquilizers and sleeping medication if possible
by working closely with the resident's physician.
Mount Carmel's High Standard of Care
Mt. Carmel's behavioral management program is founded on these eight
principles described above. Under Dr. Coury's implementation of this
plan, we have successfully taken care of hundreds of residents who were
discharged from other facilities due to difficult behavior.
Our staff takes great pride in restoring a sense of normality and dignity
to the lives of our residents by recognizing and meeting their specialized
care needs in a highly skilled and appropriate manner.
Tours are available 7 days a week and walk-ins are always welcome during
normal business hours Monday through Friday. Our management is also pleased
to offer tours on Saturdays, Sundays, and after normal business hours,
Mt. Carmel has proudly served the Georgia counties of Henry, Clayton, Fayette,
Coweta, Spalding and Butts for nearly thirty (30) years, including the
cities of McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove, Fayetteville,
Peachtree City, Griffin, Jonesboro, Riverdale, Forest Park, Lovejoy, and
Jackson. If you are uncertain whether your area is among the ones we serve,
feel free to call and ask!
For more information about our Hampton assisted living and memory care facilitycall us at (770) 824-3385 today!