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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...

When is the Right Time for an Alzheimer’s Resident to Move into an Assisted Living Facility?

Caring for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s can be difficult and at some point, it may become necessary to move them into a memory care facility in Austin. If you’re wondering if it’s time to move your loved one into an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility, here are some of the signs to look for. They are experiencing mobility issues. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, people tend to have issues moving around and completing tasks like bathing, dressing or going to the bathroom. Your loved one may also experience a fall or other injury with no one else around, which can be life-threatening. They have been wandering or getting lost. Issues with wandering is one of the biggest reasons family members choose to move their relatives into Alzheimer’s care in Austin. There’s no way to prevent wandering, but in an Alzheimer’s assisted living facility, residents can wander around under the supervision of caregivers in a secured environment. The disease is progressing. People in the early stages of Alzheimer’s can live relatively normal lives, but this changes as the disease progresses. Eventually, it may become impossible for individuals to live alone. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it may be time to consider moving your loved one into a memory care facility in Austin: Moodiness Severe confusion or lapses in memory Behavioral or personality changes Loss of bladder or bowel control Other factors to consider Assisted living facilities can be wonderful for both residents and their family members. Caregiver burnout is very real, and a family member can only perform home care for so long before the physical and...

Staying Active and Making Memories Despite Memory Loss

Memory Care Home in Dallas Offers Activities for All Residents Families seeking a memory care home in Dallas should visit The Cottages, a home that engages their residents living with a variety of cognitive abilities. Residents at this facility enjoy a wide range of activities designed with memory impairment in mind. Residents begin their day with morning activities intended to rouse their bodies and rejuvenate their minds, such as stretching and light movement. By mid-day, The Cottages offers varied activities for specific interests and may bring a specialist on-site to lead the residents in a class or session. The residents engage with interactive cognitive tasks in the afternoon as well as tasks focusing on their hand-eye coordination. Finally, each day concludes with regular relaxation activities for the late afternoon and evening. Special activities such as concerts, game nights and religious services rotate through the facility’s monthly calendar. All activities are overseen by The Cottages exemplary staff and tailored to each resident’s needs and abilities. Residents are never forced to participate but are strongly encouraged to interact with the staff and fellow residents in between family visits. The Cottages’ comprehensive enrichment program offers a stimulating environment at The Cottages. Families who are looking for an engaging, compassionate memory care home in Dallas should look no further than The Cottages. About the Cottages: The Cottages is dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.  The Cottages concept provides a home-like environment tailored to meet individual needs based on physical, mental and emotional needs. The Cottages offers all-inclusive pricing with no level of care charges and all care...

Tips for Transitioning a Loved One into Memory Care

After years of watching your loved one’s memory fail and their cognitive functioning decline, you may feel a move to a memory care home is necessary but may be unwelcomed. Make sure that, when you initiate this vital transition, you have done your best to ensure a smooth move. Here are a few general tips to help. Having a Conversation with your Loved One As you prepare to discuss the transition into a memory care facility with your loved one, keep in mind that they will likely be upset about the decision, no matter how it’s presented. Patiently listen to their concerns. By validating their emotions, you will show them that you still love them and desire what is best for them. Select a Facility Together, But Plan the Move on Your Own Research the best dementia care homes that are both available and affordable. Look for a memory care home that offers all-inclusive pricing to make budgeting easier with no hidden costs. Invite your loved one to attend events at each home with you. Most dementia care homes offer enrichment activities and would accommodate the visit of a prospective resident. Although you’ve included your loved one in selecting a new home, don’t share all the logistical details, such as items to bring or the date of the move. Dementia can exacerbate feelings of anxiety, especially in anticipation of a life transition. Establish Good Rapport with the Home Proactively engage with the staff at the home of choice. Visit the facility often, including before the move and brief the staff on information about your loved one that will help...

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...