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Making the Most of Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside-down. Lockdowns and social distancing measures across the nation have been aimed at protecting our most vulnerable, including residents of senior living communities, which have been hit particularly hard by the novel coronavirus. Physical distancing can be a challenge for those living in memory care communities in Texas and their loved ones; and may even put a strain on relationships. Although things may look a little different these days, there are still plenty of ways to help your loved one stay social while staying healthy during this time. Here are a few tips to help memory care residents make the most out of this time of physical distancing but staying connected socially. Phone calls from a friend or family member. This time of physical distancing may feel very lonely for residents of memory care and assisted living communities. Setting aside time each week for phone calls and FaceTime with loved ones and friends can help. Encourage physical activity. Encourage your loved one to set aside time each day for physical activity. Whether that’s participating in a scheduled activity with other residents or simply going for a walk around the community. (Keep in mind that any exercise should first be cleared by your loved one’s doctor.) Trying a new hobby or revisiting an old one. There are plenty of safe activities for your loved one to participate in, from playing games and doing puzzles to crafting, scrapbooking, knitting or gardening. Encourage your loved one to try something new or spend some time on their existing hobbies. This time of social distancing is a...

What to Expect in a Residential Memory Care Home

  Once your loved one has moved into a memory care community in Texas, knowing what to expect in the community can help both you and your loved one adjust to the new changes. Here are some of the general expectations you should have of a residential memory care home. A residential memory care home is a live-in housing option. Residential memory care homes offer smaller, home-like settings with a sense of community and offer individualized care. Residential care home services typically include: A room or suite that may be shared or private Meals in-house Assistance with daily living like bathing, toileting and health care management General housekeeping and daily laundry Medication management and administration With a small staff to patient ratio, residents at an in-home memory care community get more attentive care. Generally, these communities offer an array of activities geared towards the needs of their residents. Each state has its own licensing rules and regulations, so residences can vary greatly across states. Checking the state website to see their specific regulations can provide a better idea of what to expect from the community. Most websites offer public access to the surveys taken for licensing. Talking with staff and residents can help you get a sense of the community’s culture and day-to-day activities. The interior of the communities may be styled differently, and it could help with the transition to find one similar to your loved one’s taste and style to help them feel more at home. Expect that there will be an adjustment period for both you and your loved one as they transition to this new...

How to Choose the Right Memory Care Home

With so many options, it can be a daunting task to choose the right memory care community in Texas. To help make the process a bit simpler, we have compiled a list of some of the key factors to consider as you begin the process of finding a memory care home for your loved one. Expertise and familiarity with Alzheimer’s and dementia care When comparing memory care facilities, look at each facility’s specialties of care. For example, some communities specialize in memory care, while other senior living homes may be more geared towards assisted living. Ask questions of the staff to get a sense of their experience level, knowledge and character. Keep in mind that you aren’t only looking for a home that will serve the current needs of your loved one; but be aware of potential future needs as well and make sure the community is equipped to meet them. Key questions to ask: Is the community equipped to prevent wandering and other unsafe behaviors associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Does the community provide therapeutic or rehabilitative support? Are residents encouraged to be active? What is the staff turnover rate, and how often are staff training and education updated? What is the ratio of staff to residents, and does it vary nights, weekends or holidays? Quality of care To evaluate the quality of care at any given community, don’t just speak to administrators and staff but also to other residents and their families. Visiting the community at different times and on different days to eat meals and participate in resident activities will help you get a sense...

The Cottages Provides a Specialized Dementia Care “Neighborhood” Devoted to Residents Living with Alzheimer’s

July 16, 2020 (HOUSTON) — Specialty care is essential for individuals living with dementia. As the effects of dementia increase in severity, family members often seek the help of an assisted living facility. The Cottages provide quality personalized care for loved ones suffering from all forms of dementia. Residents at The Cottages live in a safe, family-owned environment specifically designed to reduce the obstacles associated with memory loss. Families and loved ones will appreciate the beautiful, state-of-the-art environment created by The Cottages, where daily opportunities to interact with the community are available. Specialized Care Because every individual is unique, so is the care offered by the staff who focus on building relationships with their residents in order to make them feel more at home. Staffed with exceptional administrators and specially trained caregivers, The Cottages provide expert daily care for their residents both physically and emotionally. The staff receives extensive training in common causes of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lewy Body dementia. Outside experts are brought in for scheduled demonstrations and activities for the residents. In addition, the compassionate staff understands the concerns of family members. The Cottages provide monthly support groups and educational series for families as well as grief counseling and caregiver support. The Cottages is an assisted living community where loved ones and their families feel confident knowing medications, supervision of personal care, specialized activities and meals are all provided. Residents receive individualized care with the support of 24-hour staffing. This may include assistance in bathing, wellness monitoring, physician visits and mobile lab or x-ray services. Unique Design Based on research at the Mayo Clinic, The...

Top Four Ways to Find Gratitude as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver

  Acting as a caregiver of a loved one living with Alzheimer’s can be a real challenge. In addition to your loved one’s declining health, your workload is always increasing, and the long list of responsibilities and duties can begin to feel overwhelming. Finding gratitude in the midst of the stress is crucial to a caregiver’s overall health and wellbeing. Here are four tips to help caregivers find gratitude. Build gratitude into your daily routine. Incorporating gratitude into your daily routine is one of the most effective ways to practice gratitude. Set aside a specific time in your day to reflect on your reasons to be thankful. Anchor this time to something you already do every day, like after brushing your teeth or before getting into bed. Start a gratitude journal. Journaling is a proven method for practicing gratitude. Taking a few minutes at the end of the day to jot down a positive thing from your day can be helpful. In times of stress, or to jump-start your day, take a few minutes to go back and read previous entries. Notice the little things. Noticing the little things to be grateful for can be hard, but they are important. Think about a meal you had with a friend or a sweet moment with a loved one. Appreciating these seemingly small moments can make all the difference. Share gratitude among friends and family. Let the people in your life know you’re thankful for them. Sending a thoughtful text, handwritten thank you note or making a phone call are some simple ways of letting others know you’re grateful for them....