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Caregiving Long Distance: How to Make a Long-Distance Relationship Work

We don’t need to see the latest romance movie to understand that long-distance relationships often do not work. For caregivers who live far away (an hour or more) from the home of their loved one (what we call long-distance caregivers) can face difficult and demanding challenges that could turn into real problems. These challenges could become even more complicated with loved ones who are living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Long-distance caregivers who travel to assisted living care homes for dementia residents have to think through not being present to keep constant tabs on their loved one, travel time which can be a real problem during emergency situations where time is key, and the expenses of having to drive a long distance and potentially miss work. Despite these challenges, many caregivers simply don’t have a choice, so how can they make long-distance caregiving work? Here are seven ways you can be an effective long-distance caregiver: Be organized. Develop a system that works for you to keep track of information about medication, pharmacies, contact information, etc. Do your homework. T he more you know and understand about your loved one’s dementia, the better prepared you’ll as the disease progresses, and you’ll also be more equipped to plan ahead in regards to traveling, medical care and assisted living. Reach out. Talk to friends, family, and doctors who are close by about your loved one to help provide care and support. Hire a caregiver. You may feel most confident having an experienced professional providing in-home care for your loved one. Put technology to use. Facetime, Skype and other face-to-face video chat programs and apps are priceless tools when you’re trying to...

Using Specific Activities for Memory Care at The Cottages

Frisco, Texas, August 15, 2018 – Memory care programs at The Cottages are helping residents and their families live fulfilling lives as memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s start to affect their loved ones. “Activities are planned throughout the day to help residents stay relaxed and engaged.” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. “Activities include physical as well as educational programs.” At times, an expert in a specific interest will be invited to participate in programs for residents. The staff at The Cottages has designed a schedule for all residents, so they may have a routine. Routines help those living with memory disorders stay relaxed. Activities in the morning are designed to help residents wake up and get the day started. Mid-day activities are specific to the interests of the residents, and hand/eye coordination and memory recall programs are scheduled for the afternoon. Residents of The Cottages enjoy a comfortable and homey atmosphere. Religious services are provided throughout the week for residents and their families. Creating a life full of comfort and joy is the goal of all staff members. Dedication to residents and their families shines through all activities and programs that residents take part in. The Cottages are dedicated to helping people living with memory disorders enjoy the highest quality of life possible. Activities are carried out by Alzheimer’s certified activity directors and all residents are encouraged to attend and participate. About The Cottages The Cottages are dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.  The Cottage concept provides a home-like environment tailored to meet individual needs based on physical,...