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5 Gift Ideas for Seniors in Memory Care Homes

With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be at a loss as to what to get your loved one living in a memory care facility in Dallas. Although people in Alzheimer’s assisted living cannot do everything they once could, there are some gifts you can surprise them with. Here are five great gift ideas for your loved ones living in Alzheimer’s care homes in Dallas: A family photo album. Maintaining close relationships with family and friends is crucial to your loved one’s well being. Gift your loved one with an old family photo album to help them remember the past, or a newer one, so they don’t lose sight of the present. Their favorite CD or record. Hearing old favorite songs may both stimulate the resident’s memory and inspire creativity. Music can be very therapeutic to people living in a memory care facility in Dallas and is sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face! Art supplies. While you may feel strange buying your loved one a coloring book or watercolors, art can be great therapy for people in Alzheimer’s assisted living! Holding crayons, colored pencils or paintbrushes can also help residents maintain their motor skills. A stuffed animal. A stuffed animal can provide a great deal of comfort to people living in Alzheimer’s care homes in Dallas. Just as with therapy animals, a stuffed animal may give the resident a sense of companionship. It can be challenging to shop for people living in Alzheimer’s care homes in Dallas. In general, try to stick to simple things that make their lives a little easier and...

Finding the Right Memory Care Facility for Your Family’s Needs

Making the choice to move your loved one living with dementia into assisted living in Texas is never easy. However, finding a community that fits all the needs of your loved one and your family can make the whole process feel less daunting. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re looking for a memory care facility in Texas. Safety Considerations for Your Loved One If you have a family member who requires dementia or Alzheimer’s care in Austin, the most important factor in choosing a community is the level of safety it provides. Here are just a few questions you should ask to assess the level of safety a dementia assisted living community can provide for your loved one: What is the staff-to-resident ratio at this facility? Are the staff and nurses specifically trained or licensed to deal with people who suffer from memory loss issues? Does the community offer medication supervision and other wellness monitoring services? What security measures are in place in the facility to help prevent wandering? By asking these questions and more, you should be able to get a good idea of how secure your loved one may feel in the community. An Individualized Approach to Care The ideal community that offers assisted living for dementia patients in Texas will tailor the level of care it provides to the needs of each resident. Ask the nurses and caregivers on staff how the care plan is developed for each resident, and consider asking other questions like: Does the community offer therapy and rehabilitation services? Are there organized activities available that support residents’...

The Cottages offer Resident-Centered Design at their Alzheimer’s Care Facilities

Houston, Texas, Nov 05, 2020 – The Cottages is an assisted living center for those living with dementia and adults with diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. In this Texas memory care facility, residents become members of one large family. The Cottages provide each resident with an intimate, home-like environment for small group socializing. All residents have access to a larger shared space, activity room and expansive backyard gardens. By designing the residence to be both small-scale and interconnected, residents feel they have a home and family with whom to share it – a comfort to adults living with memory loss. At The Cottages, each resident is seen as an individual with particular needs and preferences. The staff works 24/7, providing a wide range of services, from nursing care to pharmaceutical services to toileting assistance. Despite these medical competencies, The Cottages is not a hospital, nor does it feel like one. The staff helps with physical needs as well as the mental and emotional needs of memory loss. Multiple activities are scheduled each day, from rousing stimulation to help residents regain coordination to soothing relaxation to help ease their minds. All activities in The Cottages dementia assisted living home are designed for adults with memory impairment and can be tailored for each resident’s abilities. Finally, the caregivers who bring their loved ones to The Cottages are seen as a part of the family. Because witnessing memory loss can be emotionally taxing, The Cottages offers many resources to caregivers, including compassionate counseling and support groups. The Cottages recognize that each family’s situation is unique; some caregivers may need only temporary...

Cost Cutting Tips to Save Money While Still Receiving Good Assisted Living Care

If your family has decided to move a loved one into a care home, it can be daunting to sort through all the information to select the best home for your loved one. You may find that many of the homes have full-time staff, medical providers, cafeterias, etc. However, though these amenities look very inviting on the surface, it is important to understand and agree to the costs. What can you afford and what does insurance cover? Let us break down the two options. All-inclusive care home — All-inclusive pricing means no hidden fees; all services and care is included. It should include highly qualified, 24-hour staff with access to nursing, personal care assistance, medications supervision, meals, snacks and specialized activities. Pay-per-service —Similar services are offered in this option as with all-inclusive care. Your loved one will still receive meals, medication supervision, housekeeping and full-time care. Where this option takes a turn is often in the extra costs. For example, if your loved one is unable to or refuses to go to the cafeteria for food, they do have the option of eating in their rooms, but this may come at an additional cost. Sometimes, it can be as simple as having a staff member help with daily care tasks like showering. Again, if a staff member must aid your loved one during a bath, there is an extra cost. Although the base cost may be much lower than all-inclusive care, those extras can add up quickly. Services that your loved one should receive for all aspects of daily living: Highly qualified 24-hour staffing Licensed nurses and certified medication...