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Dallas, Texas, April 07, 2020 – Families across the great state of Texas and beyond struggle with the thought of placing their loved one in an assisted living home. This decision brings on an enormous amount of questions. It can leave family members feeling like they have given up on their loved ones. These thoughts can all be alleviated when families choose The Cottages. The Cottages are a memory care home with facilities in Dallas, Austin, Houston and Amarillo. Their staff includes advisors who are there to help families make this important decision with confidence. They are in the know when it comes to understanding the needs of dementia and Alzheimer’s residents. This is why the advisors at The Cottages are prepared to give families the tools they need to choose a memory care home at a location convenient to them. Assisted living for dementia residents should be an asset to families. At The Cottages, families are provided with a team that will support and advise them about difficult decisions. Their advisors leave no stone unturned when helping families. They understand what families are going through when choosing assisted living for their loved ones living with memory disorders. Advisors at The Cottages will share with families what memory care facilities have to offer their loved ones. They will walk through the facility with families answering questions along the way. Advisors at The Cottages are there to ensure families feel confident and at ease during this time. Memory care facilities within The Cottages network are equipped to handle many situations. The families are welcomed in and given tools to help...

How to Find Affordable Assisted Living for Memory Care in Texas

Finding the right memory care facility in Amarillo can seem like a daunting task. You want to make sure that your loved one feels at home even when you’re not there. Plus, most Americans are living on a budget. Affordability is one of the most critical factors in picking a memory care facility. Let’s look at how you can balance your budget and care for your loved one. In an assisted living facility, seniors can care for themselves and it offers access to an active lifestyle. Families are not required to meet all of their loved ones’ needs alone. Memory care living facility can improve family relationships and reduce stress.  Factors to Consider:  Do you have a comprehensive understanding of what your loved one’s insurance does and does not cover? It’s a good idea to talk to the provider about what they do cover in regards to dementia assisted living. It’s understandable that you’d want to keep your loved one close so you are able to visit regularly. The Cottages are conveniently located throughout Texas. These include facilities in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and Amarillo. Your loved one’s needs. Do they need more consistent and intensive care? Or, are they currently more independent? Getting an assessment for their needs may help you pick a facility that is the best fit for your loved one’s needs. More Tips for Choosing the Right Memory Care Home for Your Loved One Now that you understand the basics, it’s time to consider other factors that will contribute to your choice. Once you have all of your paperwork in order, it’s a good idea to...

6 Indicators That It’s Time to Consider Assisted Living

More than 16 million Americans give their time and energy to taking care of their loved ones. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is never easy. There comes a point when your loved one may require a higher level of care. It is never an easy choice to place a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s into memory care assisted living. To make this decision easier, there are some signs to look for that it might be time. These indicators include, but are not limited to: Aggression: Physical, violent, or sexual aggression often occur in people with dementia. Family members or caregivers can become stressed or resentful when these behaviors occur. Dementia assisted living facilities are skilled in handling aggression in a safe way. Caregiver stress: This is is not a sign to ignore. Dealing with stress in your own life can make it harder to care for your loved one. Increasing care needs: Each day you should ask yourself if the needs of your loved one are more than you’re physically or mentally able to handle. If your answer is ever yes, then it is time to consider placement in a dementia assisted living or memory care home. Home safety: Whether your loved one has been living in their own home, or you have moved them into your home, safety must be a top priority. Are you completely confident in the safety of your loved one’s surroundings? Would assisted living for dementia residents be a safer option for your loved one? Sundowning: “Sundowners syndrome” is defined as a very agitated behavior that becomes more pronounced...

Useful Gifts for Your Loved One with Memory Loss

Buying gifts for your loved ones can be challenging. Finding a gift that is useful, yet personal and meaningful takes thought and effort. When you’re shopping for a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, the challenge can become even more difficult. What does your loved need? What will they actually use? If your loved one lives in a memory care home, what gifts are most practical? These questions are valid, and that is why we are here to help. Memory loss disorders are usually classified into three groups: mild, moderate, and severe. This gift buying guide is categorized accordingly. Gifts for Loved Ones with Mild Memory Loss At this stage of memory loss or dementia, your loved one may be able to still communicate and function to a higher degree with some assistance. If your loved one lives in a memory care home in Dallas, think about gifts that are practical, such as: Shoes with Velcro: Seniors in dementia assisted living facilities can forget the steps to tying their shoes. Shoes with Velcro straps allow them to maintain some independence and out their shoes on without needing help from a staff member. Simple board games: The Cottages memory care homes in Dallas and across Texas are designed with family in mind. Not only are residents encouraged to spend time in community activities, but family members are always welcome to stop by to enjoy some quality time together. Board games area a favorite activity among seniors living in assisted living or memory care facilities. Be careful not to choose something complex, but stick with games that are familiar, with...

Get a Glimpse into Memory Assisted Living with Respite Care

Caring for a loved one with a memory disorder can be an exhausting task, often taking a significant toll on the caregiver and their family. Respite care offered throughout Texas by The Cottages memory care assisted living facilities serves as a much needed short-term break for caregivers. These short-term respite stays also allow loved ones living with memory loss or dementia to take a “test run” of assisted living a to see if the assisted living setting is a viable solution for their living needs. The process of choosing a long-term living situation for a loved one can often be confusing and complicated. The Cottages residential care respite options provide solutions for the needs of families facing these difficult decisions for any desired length of time. What is Included During a Respite Care Stay?  Independent Lifestyle — The same services are available to respite residents at The Cottages assisted living as all permanent residents. Residents are grouped into smaller communities of eight to 12 apartments, complete with dining, kitchen and living areas. Caring and compassionate staff are available to assist residents 24 hours a day. This unique preview stay of living arrangement is ideal for those who desire to be as independent as possible but need some security and assistance with daily living activities. Memory Care Activities — A wide variety of memory specific activities, including music, arts and crafts, games and other specialized interest activities are provided to all residents at The Cottages. These activities are purposefully for those living with memory disorders. Beautiful Setting for Specialized Care  In addition to family-style, independent living arrangements, The Cottages provide...