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Make Your Loved One’s Life a Little Easier at an Assisted Living Facility

If your parent or another loved one is living with a memory-related disease such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know how difficult it can sometimes be for them to complete their daily tasks. Depending on how far your loved one’s condition has progressed, they may need just a bit of help around the house or full-time assistance with daily tasks like dressing and bathing. If your loved one’s needs for assistance with daily activities are increasing, it may be time to consider assisted living for those with dementia. Although many people are wary about checking their loved one into a memory care facility in Austin, these facilities may be best equipped to accommodate your loved one’s needs, making completing daily tasks and chores a little bit easier. Personalized Assistance Every resident in an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility is different, and memory impairments progress differently in everyone. Because of this, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to memory care. A memory care facility in Austin will tailor their care approach to your loved one’s specific needs, whether they just need help with transportation or full-time assistance with bathing, dressing and taking their medication. Planned Social Activities Isolation can become a big issue for people in Alzheimer’s assisted living facilities, and may even cause memory impairments to progress more quickly, leading to depression in some individuals. It’s vital that residents get as much socialization as possible. Many memory care homes that offer assisted living for those with dementia facilitate social activities with other residents to prevent isolation and the issues that come along with it. Laundry and Housekeeping Services Even if your...

How to Connect with Your Loved One Living with Alzheimer’s

As your loved one’s Alzheimer’s disease progresses and their memory fades, they will be susceptible to feelings of isolation, loneliness and confusion. Coordinate with their care home and keep in contact as much as possible. Here are a few tips to help you maintain connection with your loved one living in a memory care facility. Make Each Visit Smart and Effective Your loved one may be losing their memory, but they haven’t lost the human desire for connection. An in-person visit can wonderfully uplift their spirits, even if they don’t remember the details. Here are some strategies for ensuring a successful visit: Plan for a time of day when your loved one is at their best. Don’t overwhelm your loved one with too many people at once; visit in pairs at most. Minimize distractions and mute the television or other noises when you arrive. Visit Virtually Perhaps the best Alzheimer care home in Texas is too far away from where you live, and you are unable to visit often. Alternatively, you may be restricted from seeing your loved one at the risk of spreading infection. When an in-person visit is impossible, try the following methods: Call them over video chat, such as FaceTime or Zoom. Send them a postcard or care package. Share music files or audiobooks – or recordings of yourself! With each of these examples, your loved one will rely on staff to receive your correspondence. Give the care home staff enough notice of your method so that they can provide the assistance necessary for its success. Do It for Them, Not for You You placed your...

Is your family member living with a memory disorder struggling to sleep at night?

While each of us have experienced sleepless nights, we have the capabilities to overcome these struggles. Loved ones living with a memory disorder often have anxiety around this subject as they often forget what makes them comfortable.Here are a few tips to create a peaceful environment for your loved one and how you can help them overcome that anxious feeling. Look at the lighting in the room Are the lights too bright? Is there too little lighting? There should be a balance of light so that your loved one can safely get up in the night as needed, without making it so bright that sleep is hard to come by. If your loved one often wakes in the middle of the night, have a small dresser lamp available. By keeping the rest of the room dark, the brain understands that it is still nighttime and programs the body for sleeping. If the room has windows, try using blackout curtains, which are made to keep the light out and allow for privacy. Give them a “hug” Naturally, as humans, we respond to touch, especially when we feel nervous or anxious. Loved ones living with a memory disorder have this feeling almost nightly. Try using a weighted blanket. These blankets use pressure therapy to induce a calming effect. By having the same amount of weighted pressure placed on each part of the body, the brain can calm down and prepare for sleep. Also, make sure your loved one’s pillows are comfortable and not causing soreness, which may keep them up at night. Encourage a snack or warm drink Family members who...

Developing a plan to begin your loved one’s transition into memory care

Now that you’ve made the difficult decision to move your loved one to a memory care facility, it’s time to begin the preparation. Being prepared ahead of moving day will not only keep your household organized but will help keep your family member living with a memory disorder calm and unstressed. While there are multiple business items to take care of as you begin the transition into a care home, it is important to keep your loved one informed. Though they will likely be nervous about leaving their solace, keeping your loved one excited about the new services they will be receiving may help them feel more comfortable. Discussing what your loved one’s day-to-day living will look like is a great way to start. Show them an hourly list of activities available. Allow your loved one to look over this schedule multiple times to get familiar with it. While their schedule at home may be completely different, the visual allows them to see how things will change once they move into the facility. If it is necessary to make any changes to the schedule, make sure to discuss this with management before moving your family member in. Allow your loved one to take comfort items with them. This could be a special chair, a photo album or extra pillows. Perhaps offer a shopping trip to buy new items. Ensuring your loved one is surrounded by the things they enjoy often helps with anxiety during the transition. Most importantly, sit down as a family and discuss any questions your loved one may have. Reassure them that you will be close...

Looking for an assisted living facility that specializes in memory care and feeling overwhelmed with the choices?

Understanding the services offered will help make your decision easier. There are many factors to consider when families are trying to understand what services will be provided for their loved ones when they move into a memory care facility. Will they be safe? Will they be fed enough? What about medications? In many cases, families have been the primary providers for their family members living with a memory disorder. Providing daily care is often emotionally, physically and mentally draining on everyone involved. If your family has chosen to seek a higher level of care for your loved one, you must first understand what services will be provided. Knowing the care that will be provided will give everyone peace of mind.  What are the differences between a “skilled nursing” versus an “assisted living” environment? A skilled nursing facility has patients, while an assisted living facility has residents. At a skilled nursing facility, the patients are being treated by on site doctors and have more complex illnesses and medical needs. At an assisted living facility, residents have a range of needs, from help with daily living tasks such as bathing, dressing and mobility assistance to incontinence, and help managing medications or feeding. Mealtime can vary at both types of locations, depending on the needs of the resident or patient. At The Cottages, a family-owned and operated assisted living in Texas, all meals are served family style in a homelike setting. A skilled nursing facility will feel more clinical, as the rooms are furnished by the facility to be accessible for any medical emergency and are equipped with medical equipment. At an...