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People living with dementia feel safe with care from The Cottages

A Home Away From Home for Dementia Care Frisco, TX Jan 25, 2020 – Studies show that approximately 40 percent of senior-aged (65+) United States citizens suffer from a memory disorder. These include but are not limited to dementia and Alzheimer’s. The two disorders make day-to-day living a little more complicated as loved ones age. They begin to need extra help with both simple and complex tasks. When family caregivers are unable to provide 24/7 care to their loved one living with dementia due to career and other obligations, many choose to move their loved ones to an assisted living facility. Memory care at The Cottages is complex and stimulating. The staff ensures that residents feel like family and are comfortable. Interest-specific activities are provided mid-day for residents, and occasionally guests are brought in to teach residents new activities. Religious services are also available to those who desire to attend. With dementia and Alzheimer’s, comfort is key. Family presence is important, but it is recognized that this is not always possible. The activities that are provided in a memory care facility can create lasting bonds between residents and staff. The Cottages sets itself apart from other assisted living facilities with its focus on the feeling of home and familiarity. Each location has been updated to feel cozy and comfortable, with floor plans designed to evoke a feeling of home. They also offer a variety of dietary options for differing needs. Since memory disorders vary by case, treatment plans are individualized. Temporary arrangements are also available with the respite program. This allows residents to stay on an as-needed basis. The...

Like Fine Wine: A Guide to Senior Health and Wellness

Aging is a process nobody likes to talk about. However, we all experience it. We age every day without realizing it. While at times this can be scary and intimidating, there are things we can do to help our bodies age a bit more gracefully. People fear memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, and the thought of eventually residing in an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility may cause worry and anxiety. While health is no guarantee, there are steps you can take to help keep your body healthy and well throughout your whole life. Exercise your brain. Keeping your brain engaged and stimulated even before you get to middle-age can significantly improve your memory for the future. It is a fact that your memory loses power as you get older, but most people do not experience significant memory loss. Activities like reading frequently can keep your functioning at its best. For those who do require assisted living, memory care facilities in Austin, such as The Cottages, provide many stimulating activities that promote mental wellbeing. Find fulfillment. Find activities to do that will keep yourself happy throughout your lifetime. Doing so can help maintain a strong foundation for the future. People are more motivated to take care of themselves when they feel fulfilled. If there’s a hobby you’ve been meaning to get back to, pick it up again immediately! There’s no better time than now. Maintain a healthy diet. In this day and age, there are many options for healthy diets. This means something different for everybody, but generally keeping balanced dietary habits is a good idea. Having hearty fruits...

5 Activities to Help Keep Your Loved One Living with Dementia Busy

Spending time with your loved one living with memory disorders is incredibly important. You want to keep the relationship that you’ve shared all your life, but you also want to be sensitive to your loved one’s changing health condition. When you visit your loved one at an assisted living facility for dementia, the following activities can keep you both entertained and happy during your visit. Read to them. Does your loved one enjoy reading or have any favorite books? Reading familiar books to them can keep them stimulated through content they know and enjoy. Cook together. While this may be limited due to your loved one’s situation, cooking brings people together and can be a fun activity when done correctly. Make sure all safety measures are in place first. Enjoying the end product together is the best part of the process and can create a bonding moment as well. Reminisce on old times. Bring family photos or home movies with you when you visit to share with your loved one and look back on all the fun times you’ve had together. Often, recent memory is the first to be affected by dementia. As such, reminiscing can be comforting to your loved one to look back on moments they are able to remember well. Get crafty. Simple art projects and crafting DIY masterpieces can be a stimulating activity that you can both enjoy. If your loved one is creative, this activity can be especially enjoyable! Just be sure to remember to keep things simple regarding tools and materials. Try to use minimalistic patterns that aren’t too loud. Get some fresh...

How to Prepare a Senior’s Home for the Winter

It’s no secret that the wintertime can be a more difficult as we grow older. Our bones are more sensitive to the cold and other forces of nature make wintertime more difficult for seniors. This is especially true if your loved one has a memory loss disorder such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. You may be contemplating whether or not to have your loved one reside in an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility. That choice is a tough one to make, so while your loved one is still living at home, the following will give you peace of mind this winter: Keep the pantry stocked. Weather conditions are unpredictable during this time of year and sometimes make grocery shopping difficult. Having a good supply of non perishables ready for these occasions is recommended so your loved one won’t need to get out in the weather as often. Respite care. While you navigate through your busy holiday schedule, respite care may be a good option. This allows your loved one to get care from a dementia assisted living facility but return home when you are ready. The Cottages offers expert respite care, with programs designed to fit almost any schedule. Check the gutters. This is the easiest way that unwanted water makes its way into the home during the winter. Making sure the gutters are cleared out will prevent this from happening, and save you time and money in the future. Maintain the furnace. No matter the heating system that is available in your home, keeping it in-check is key when it gets frosty outside. While simple repairs are possible from a...

When Should Your Loved One Transition to Memory Care?

  Caring for a loved one suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s can be very hard. Your loved one may have lost some communication skills, and diseases that cause dementia come with complex and subtle changes in behavior and function. Taking a proactive approach to your loved one’s future care needs is crucial. Here are some common signs that may indicate your loved one is no longer safe living alone. Forgetting about food cooking on the stove or in the oven Neglecting hygiene and/or personal care Unintentional weight loss Paranoia or hallucinations Difficulty carrying on a conversation Struggling with paying bills and managing finances Getting lost in familiar surroundings While having your loved one move in with a family member can be a positive temporary arrangement, as memory loss progresses, finding a memory care community may be the best option for your loved one’s future. Doing your research in advance ensures a smooth transition when your loved one is ready. When it’s time to consider a memory care facility, there are a number of factors to look at. While every community varies in structure and support, there are some vital components to consider. Here are the top tips to help you evaluate prospective memory care communities for your loved one. Staffing: A staff that is experienced and a low turnover rate are both good signs. Asking how many staff changes there are and how much additional regular training staff receive are indicative of the community’s standards of care. Environment: Because loved ones with memory loss may wander and get lost, even in familiar surroundings, it’s important that your loved one’s...