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The Cottages Offer Award-Winning Memory Care

The Cottages community is designed specifically for those living with memory loss Frisco, Texas, Oct 12, 2020 – The Cottages community continues to offer the highest quality of care for loved ones living with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other memory loss conditions. With communities located throughout Texas, the organization ensures its residents receive innovative care that is in line with current research on memory loss and dementia. Each location of The Cottages provide residents the option for of live in smaller “townhomes” or the spacious main building featuring large bedrooms with communal living and family rooms. Residences are color-coded and organized according to the latest research from the Mayo Clinic to best support independent navigation by residents. The organization knows the value of outdoor enjoyment for those living with memory loss, and each community has gardens and outdoor dining available. The Cottages’ primary focus for memory loss care is to offer a safe and comfortable lifestyle tailored to individual residents. Outdoor spaces are designed for ease of navigation and are secure to prevent wandering. Each community offers a variety of activities with both internal staff and external experts to meet the interests of each resident. Care plans are developed in close communication with family members so that each resident’s current and anticipated future needs can be met. Indoor spaces are designed to feel as homelike as possible with plenty of natural light and multiple living options. In addition to specific layout and program design, the Cottages have 24-hour staffing, full housekeeping and personal hygiene services and medication management. The Cottages staff are explicitly trained in best practices for working with those...

What Should I Look for in a Memory Care Community?

Caring for a loved one living with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss can be challenging. At some point, your loved one may not be able to live at home and may need a memory care community. It can be overwhelming to know how to choose the right memory care community for your loved one. Below are some key factors to consider when choosing one. Location, Location, Location The first important factor is to consider the community’s proximity to friends and family. Family visits and involvement are important in helping your loved one stay connected. Family involvement and visits are especially important in the beginning as your loved one adjusts to their new environment. Take a Tour Visiting any prospective communities is vitally important in the decision-making process. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices to a few, be sure to visit each community a few times during different times of the day and week to get a sense of how the community operates at all times. Get to Know the Staff Ask staff and administration about staff turnover, the staff to resident ratio, and how frequently staff are trained. A high staff to resident ratio indicates that residents are well looked after and have regular social engagement. Other factors to consider: Are residents’ care plans customized? Does the community encourage family connections? Is there a variety of activities? Is there a safe outdoor space for residents to enjoy? Examine the lighting: is there adequate lighting and lots of natural lights? Does the food look and taste appetizing? Interview staff and the family of current and past residents:...

The Cottages: A Safe Haven for People Living with Memory Disorders

Family members caring for a loved one with memory disorders can be under a great deal of stress. Ensuring your loved one has the very best care can feel impossible at times and considering moving your loved one to an assisted living home may only increase that stress or even cause feelings of guilt. Often, when people think of assisted living facilities, they imagine a nursing home that’s dimly lit with small rooms and limited activities for residents. The Cottages memory care facility in Frisco, Texas (just north of Dallas) is entirely different. Our mission is to provide an environment that feels as close to home as possible. Here are some of the key services and benefits The Cottages offers our residents: Personalized Assistance for your Loved One We will get to know your loved one on a personal level. Should something ever happen to your loved one and they are in a position to need assistance with even simple daily tasks, there will always be someone to aid them. Having someone to help 24/7 is not feasible if your loved oneis home alone. Family members may come and go throughout the day to offer assistance with designated tasks, but they’re not always available at all hours of the day. Personalized Activities They Will Enjoy Despite your loved one’s memory loss, there are still activities and hobbies they can enjoy. The Cottages assisted living facilities offer customized activities for our residents, with our staff on hand to assist in safety. These include: quilting baking gardening and many others If your loved one was at home, it may be difficult...

Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones: What is Memory Care?

If you are new to caring for a loved one who is living with dementia or Alzheimer’s in Dallas, “memory care” can seem like a vague term that encompasses many ideas. What does “memory care” mean in terms of assisted living homes and long-term care facilities? Memory care is a specialized form of care geared specifically for people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. These communities are carefully designed to be secure and safe environments where the residents’ health and well-being is closely monitored by staff around the clock. Memory care communities feature activities, events and programming designed to meet the needs of residents through cognitive skill-building and continuing hobbies and passions. The staff in memory care communities are trained to meet the specific needs of each resident and provide high-quality care for those living with memory loss. Memory care communities train staff in evidence-based best practices, providing continued educational support so that residents can benefit from the best possible care specific to their needs. Memory care communities provide apartments and living quarters that feel like home. The layout is typically designed to help residents remember where they live and navigate the community easily and safely. Most communities have courtyards or other natural spaces that allow residents to enjoy the outdoors in a secured space. Community designs are backed by research supporting the most appropriate and supportive layout for successful memory care. Staff in these memory care communities provide support for residents in daily living skills, laundry, housekeeping and meals. Each resident typically receives an individualized care plan created with plenty of input from...