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The Cottages Assisted Living Staff Completes Training on Parkinson ’s disease

TULIPS Training Provides Better Understanding for Better Care to Residents with Parkinson’s Dallas, Texas, May 27, 2018 – Parkinson’s Disease, a chronic, progressive and degenerative disease of the central nervous system is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease in America. According to parkinson.org, about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. Parkinson’s is also closely related to dementia. In fact, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, about 50 to 80 percent of those living with Parkinson’s Disease will eventually experience memory loss or dementia as their disease progresses. The Cottages state-of-the-art assisted living residences for people living with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders aim to provide the very best care for their residents. To this end, education and training for staff is of utmost importance. For the past seven years, The Cottages staff have participated in the TULIPS certification to better care for residents with Parkinson’s Disease. “The TULIPS certification — Time, Understanding, Live Quality, Increased Awareness, Pills on Time and Support — assures our families that our staff have a better understanding of Parkinson’s Disease, and are able to provide the best care for their loved ones,” said Maryjane Kesler, LVN, Campus Executive Director at The Cottages at Chandler Creek in Round Rock, Texas. The Cottages works with a home health agency to provide TULIPS training to staff who have not already received their certification. Another training is scheduled this month for new staff who are not yet TULIP-certified. The training is a one-hour in-service for staff and includes a test upon completion and covers basic knowledge of the disease, including risk factors and symptoms, sleep changes and...

Better Understanding for Better Care: How TULIPS Training Helps Our Staff Provide the Best Care to Residents with Parkinson’s Disease

At The Cottages, we strive to provide the very best care to our residents. To that end, education and training for our staff is essential. When we opened our new building in Round Rock in 2011, we began the TULIPS Parkinson’s certification training for our staff. The TULIPS certification — Time, Understanding, Live Quality, Increased Awareness, Pills on Time and Support — assures our families that our staff have a better understanding of Parkinson’s Disease, and are able to provide the best care for their loved ones. Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic, progressive degenerative disease of the central nervous system. Second to Alzheimer’s, it is the most common neurodegenerative disease in America. Most Americans living with Parkinson’s are 60-years-old or older and risk increases with age, though early onset of the disease (40 years or younger) occurs in five to 10 percent of Parkinson’s patients. Parkinson’s is also related to dementia in that, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, an estimated 50 to 80 percent of those with Parkinson’s Disease eventually experience dementia as their disease progresses. The average time from onset of Parkinson’s to the development of dementia is about 10 years. Symptoms of dementia associated with Parkinson’s disease include: Changes in memory, concentration and judgment Difficulty interpreting visual information Muffled speech Depression Irritability and anxiety Sleep disturbances Hallucinations and delusions Each year, The Cottages works with a home health agency to provide TULIPS training to staff who have not already received their certification. It is a one-hour inservice for staff and includes a test upon completion. The training covers basic knowledge of the disease, including risk factors and...

Those Suffering From Lewy Body Dementia Can Seek Help with a Memory Care Facility

Frisco, Texas, May 17, 2018 — Lewy body dementia, also known as dementia with Lewy bodies, is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease dementia. This is the same disease that afflicted actor, Robin Williams. Protein deposits, called Lewy bodies, develop in nerve cells in the brain regions involved in thinking, memory and movement (motor control). Lewy body dementia causes an advanced decline in mental abilities. People with Lewy body dementia could experience visual hallucinations, and fluctuations in alertness and attention. If you have a loved one suffering from Lewy Dementia or other memory disorders, The Cottages, a certified state-of-the-art assisted living residence for people with memory disorders can help. Residents and their family will have their worries relieved with personal care, snacks, and specialized activities as well as medications, supervision, and meals. The Cottages is focused on providing residents with the best care in a warm and compassionate environment, making their residents feel at home. Once a person becomes a resident of The Cottages, their needs are met, whether those needs are mental, physical, or emotional. Tailored for each individual’s needs, the professionals at The Cottages are highly qualified. Along with 24-hour staffing, residents will receive personalized care at every stage of their memory disorder, including assistance in bathing and monthly weight checks, as well as wellness monitoring. Care and compassion are also provided with a trained and certified Alzheimer’s activity director. Top care is also given to residents with evaluations of the menu by a registered dietician and a gourmet chef that provides three delicious and nutritious meals and snacks a day. Residents...