Mina Breuker is the President and CEO of Holland Home.
Holland Home is a Life Plan Community, providing Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, and Skilled Nursing residential living. In addition, they operate Faith Hospice, Atrio Home Care and Help at Home as well as a Medicaid Waiver program through Reliance Community Care Partners. Holland Home is there to help those living with dementia find joy in their journey while caring for them with compassion and empathy. They provide a person-centered approach to dementia care. This encompasses five components:
- Dementia training – All of their employees take part in a unique training program called the Dementia Journey. The program is designed to simulate sound, vision, and sensory impairment, helping staff better understand and create greater empathy for those living with dementia.
- A positive approach to care - Holland Home has adopted renowned dementia expert Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care™ concept. As a result, their caregivers have a better understanding of the disease’s effect on behavior, and practice techniques that improve communication and care by respecting boundaries and creating compassionate connections with those in their care.
- Connect- Rather than providing generic group activities, they seek to connect residents to their environment in meaningful ways, also known as the Montessori approach. Providing an engaging environment based upon their individual gifts and talents can spark interest and provide a sense of well-being.
- Honor care - Compassionate care when a loved one’s journey with dementia is approaching its end.
- Spiritual care - Evening Star is a unique worship service that calls to mind memories of favorite hymns and Bible passages and allows those with dementia to participate in worship.
- In November of 2019, Holland Home was recognized as the first organization in the state of Michigan, and only the fourth organization nationally, to achieve the coveted Positive Approach to Care (PAC) designation. A designation from PAC is so rare that organizations need to be invited to apply for the credentialing. Teepa Snow, who has visited and lectured at Holland Home several times, invited Holland Home to apply earlier in 2019. After a site visit by a team of surveyors, Holland informed that it had achieved Aware status. As an Aware Designated organization, PAC attests that Holland Home's memory care services are considered to be offered and measured at some of the highest levels among all senior memory care service programs. Most notable to patients and families is that the PAC designation means every Holland Home team member has specific dementia-care training as well as ensures all team members continue to participate in regular dementia training.
The Rethinking Dementia mission states “Improve lives of people affected by dementia by promoting better access to quality support and services through innovative community collaboration.” Holland Home serves people and wants to improve their life! Rethinking Dementia is a way they can connect with other providers and share their best practices, learn from each other, and share how they can serve people when they need memory care support. Dementia is scary for the person with memory loss and their loved ones walking the journey with them. Together we can do so much more!
Rethinking Dementia is grateful for Mina’s dedicated service and Holland Home’s loyal support.