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Helping Your Loved One Downsize Before Moving to an Assisted Living Facility

Downsizing personal belongings is one of the big tasks that must be done when you’re moving your loved one into a memory care facility in Austin. For many families and individuals living with dementia, this process can be overwhelming. Many seniors have entire rooms filled with belongings they’ve accumulated throughout their lives, and they are often reluctant to let them go. From furniture, to wall hangings and memorabilia, dementia care homes in Austin will not usually be able to accommodate all the belongings a resident may have kept in his home. If you’re having trouble deciding what should stay and what should go before moving your loved one into dementia assisted living in Austin, consider these tips. Start with the Least Sentimental Items You’ll usually be able to tell which items your loved one holds near and dear, and which are just taking up space. To make the process easier, save the sentimental items for last. Moving to a memory care facility in Austin is already a significant change. If you start with what’s least important, your loved one will already be used to letting things go by the time you get to the items that hold an emotional connection. Don’t Let Your Emotions Get in the Way As you’re going through your loved one’s belongings, you might feel some attachment to items that have been around since you were young. However try to process your emotions at a time when you are away from your loved one, as this can make the downsizing process more difficult for your relative moving to one of the dementia care homes in...

Care for People Living with Dementia

More Families Turn to Alzheimer’s Assisted Living for Person-Centered Care More than 5.8 million Americans are living with dementia due to Alzheimer’s. Primary care doctors expect that number to increase over the next five years. The Cottages is a Texas-based company that provides person-to-person care for people living with dementia and other memory disorders. The Cottages provide assistance such as bathing assistance, housekeeping and laundry, a chef who provides healthy meals, regular visits from their physician and more. The demand for specialized dementia assisted living care is increasing. Families and caregivers of people living with dementia face numerous challenges. The disease’s degenerative nature takes a devastating toll on the individual living with a memory disorder and on the families and other caregivers. Many find that they cannot cope and turn to Alzheimer’s assisted living facilities like The Cottages. The Cottages provide support and individual care in a warm environment, so each resident feels comfortable and at home. When families and caregivers turn to assisted living facilities, they have high expectations. They want to ensure their loved ones are well-cared for, living comfortably in an environment that feels like home. They want to ensure their loved ones are treated as individuals. They also want to remain involved in their lives. Many see assisted living facilities as a new beginning for their family. The Cottages is a place you can turn to by giving person-centered care for those living with dementia. About The Cottages The Cottages is dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders. The Cottage concept provides a home-like environment tailored to meet individual needs...

Choosing the Right Assisted Living Facility Near You

If your loved one has been afflicted with a memory-related disorder such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, you may be considering moving them into a local facility that offers assisted living for dementia residents. Throughout Texas, there are many dementia assisted living facilities, and not all of them offer the same level of care. When choosing the right facility near you, as these questions: Are the staff well-trained and compassionate? Is care given on an individualized basis? Can residents socialize and participate in planned activities in the facility? When you consider these factors, you’ll be able to choose the right Alzheimer’s assisted living facility more easily. Staff Experience and Demeanor It’s always best to choose a facility that employs well-educated, experienced and compassionate staff members. Working in the field of assisted living for dementia residents is no easy task, and it’s important to know that your loved one will be well-cared for and happy after moving in. The right dementia assisted living facility will: Employ certified caregivers and licensed nurses. Have a good staff-to-resident ratio at all times. Work only with kind and compassionate staff, from receptionists to nurses. Individualized Care Memory disorders affect everyone differently, and it’s vital that you choose an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility that reflects this. Whether your loved one is just at the beginning stages of this disorder or has progressed to the late stages, you want to go with a facility that offers the right level of care for each resident. Opportunities for Socialization and Activity Mentally stimulating activities and frequent socialization are both essential for Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Make sure to choose...

How Memory Care May Benefit Your Loved One

If your loved one or relative has been diagnosed with a memory disorder like Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, moving them into a memory care facility is something to consider for your loved one and your family. A memory care facility in Texas provides personalized daily assistance in a comfortable setting to people living with memory loss. This around-the-clock care can lessen the burden you and other family caregivers may feel. Here are three ways memory care may benefit your loved one living with dementia: Get Your Loved One Help in a Care Setting Many people are resistant to the idea of moving their loved one into a dementia assisted living facility because of misconceptions about the setting and level of care they’ll receive at The Cottages. Our residents enjoy private, comfortable, apartments and spacious group areas, both inside and out, with a personalized level of care. Whether the resident just needs some help with daily tasks like laundry, or 24-hour around-the-clock care, our staff has the experience to provide it. Planned Activities The staff at our Alzheimer’s assisted living facility understand that stimulating activities help in maintaining residents’ quality of life. To aid in this, The Cottages offers a plethora of planned social and creative activities. The residents at our memory care facility in Austin and other locations in Texas include physical activity that is appropriate for those living with memory impairment and dementia, as well as stimulating activities and relaxation.  We have Alzheimer’s Certified Activity Directors on staff and all programs are customized for each resident.  When it is time for an activity, our activity directors...