Hill Top opens new Alzheimer’s wing

The Hill Top Home of Comfort in Killdeer recently completed a renovation that will better accommodate certain patients.1
By Bryce Martin – N.D. Group Editor

bmartin@countrymedia.net

With the addition of a special care unit in October, patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia began receiving more specialized care.
Gary Ledbetter, the facility’s administrator, said there was a need for it in the area and plans were developed to remodel an older wing to better house those specific patients.
“It went amazingly well,” Ledbetter said. “It’s a clam, pleasant atmosphere.”
Along with the new wing are psychiatric services tailored to meet the needs of those patients.
Donna Rohr, Social Services designee at Hilltop, said she is pleased with the outcome of opening the unit.
A few of Hill Top’s patients suffered from debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gets worse over time. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events. As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation, including easily getting lost, mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self-care, and behavioral issues. Such a disease often prompted uncontrollable behaviors in those patients that affected other patients at Hill Top.
Having them relocated from the general population of patients has worked well, according to Rohr, who said mealtime is now a quiet, good atmosphere.
Those patients also had a tendency to wander, which was solved upon opening of the new unit.
It really made a difference to all of the patients, Rohr said.
The Hill Top Home of Comfort is a 50-bed skilled nursing care facility aimed at providing in-home-like care for its patients.


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