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Avalon continues to help community
by Shain Gillet
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AVALON HEALTH CARE recently opened an Alzheimer’s care unit in Bountiful. Photo Courtesy
AVALON HEALTH CARE recently opened an Alzheimer’s care unit in Bountiful. Photo Courtesy
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BOUNTIFUL — Sometimes, people need help getting through the toughest patches in life.

Whether it’s a physical or mental ailment, or a matter of age, residents in Davis County have a place they can turn to in order to get the assistance they need.

The Avalon Health Care Center, located at 523 N. Main Street in Bountiful, has been helping people for decades get through those rough patches. And with the help of several other businesses and corporations, has been able to assist people in different ways.

“We have rehabilitation rooms available for post-surgery care and people that have suffered strokes,” said Julie Hart, admissions coordinator for the Bountiful office. “We also have in house therapy in partnership with Brighton Rehab, which is part of Avalon Therapy.”

The care center also recently opened an Alzheimer’s care unit in order to help those with the disease. Complete with 38 beds, Avalon works with the University of Utah’s research center as a companion for the area.

As part of the program, the center developed what they call “my way” services. It offers residents the opportunity to have a schedule based on their daily lives, which helps to maintain their memory.

“If they get up at six in the morning and eat cereal and a banana for breakfast every single day, that’s what we do for them,” said Hart. “The same goes with all their plans.

“We try to imitate their daily activity in order to help their memory along.”

The program also has four “levels” of Alzheimer’s ranging from Bronze (mild) to platinum (severe), to determine how far along their patient is, which also helps the staff know how to take care of the patient.

And of course, the area is completely secured in many ways.

Among other aids offered at the Bountiful location include pet therapy and restorative aid, which helps residents in different ways as they come and go from the center.

“The pet therapy is a daily therapy we offer to our residents,” said Hart. “The (restorative aid) program helps with range of motion and strength training for certain daily activities.”

One of the more fun things offered to residents is the chance to eat what they like if the daily menu isn’t exactly their cup of tea.

“We have a set menu daily, but people can order almost anything they want,” said Hart. “We had someone here that always ate a hamburger for breakfast, so we cooked up a hamburger for him on a daily basis as part of his special request.”

The main reason, however, that the care center has been able to grow and be successful, according to Hart, is the recent population figures of Bountiful and its surrounding cities.

“We’ve noticed that in this area, the population of people over 65 is growing fast,” she said. “And the people that come here receive some of the best care around thanks to the partnerships we have locally and elsewhere.”

The center is staffed with nearly 80 part-time and full-time employees as well.

To find out more about the Avalon Health Care Center, visit www.avalonhci.com.
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