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The Right Memory Care Community Near You

It can be very difficult to find a memory care community that best suits your loved ones’ needs. Whether it be finding accredited staff, practicing useful care techniques or merely developing personal care, you may find yourself striking out on locating a care center that checks off every category. The most important thing is to find a place that your family member will be loved and cared for in a meaningful way. If you feel like you’ve been spinning your wheels trying to find the right place, you can stop your search now. The Cottages can be your final step towards finding the right environment for your loved one. This assisted living facility specializes in caring for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or any memory care disabilities. In addition to traditional care such as housing, round-the-clock assistance and a safe environment, The Cottages offer residents a multitude of unique benefits.  Benefits of The Cottages Assisted Living Facilities  The Cottages take assisted living to an entirely new level by providing scheduled activities, balanced meals and ensure residents are cared for with genuine compassion at all times. Aside from indoor activities, The Cottages provide an outdoor facility that is second to none. With generous walking paths, outdoor dining and outdoor gardening, the facilities outside are so expansive that your loved one will never run out of something to do. With the all-inclusive payment packages and gourmet chefs serving daily nutritious meals, you can rest assured that your value is well placed in this enchanting environment. Aside from the elegance provided through their outdoor facilities and home-like design, their true beauty resides in...

How to Stay Connected with Your Loved One in an Assisted Living Facility

The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially difficult for individuals living in assisted living and nursing home facilities and their families. Maintaining those family relationships is a critical aspect of an individuals’ health and well-being, yet the pandemic has forced many loved ones to remain socially distant. While we recognize how difficult this time has been for our residents and their families, The Cottages, a memory care facility in Dallas, encourage our residents’ family members to find new ways to stay in touch! When an in-person visit isn’t possible, there are still plenty of ways to stay in touch and maintain those valuable relationships. Here are a few ways our current families are using to stay connected.  FaceTime/Skype/Zoom/Google Video Technology allows us to stay connected no matter the distance, or the device! If your loved one has access to a smartphone, tablet or computer, these video chat apps allow “face-to-face” connection without being in the same room. Video chat apps will work with a mobile data or WiFi network connection. The staff at The Cottages will help facilitate these calls with your loved ones. Email You might be surprised to know that people have been communicating via email since 1971! This simple tool is still just as useful today as it was the day it was invented. Email is a quick, easy and convenient way to stay in touch with your loved one and let them know you’re thinking of them. Receiving even a short email message can really brighten your loved one’s day. Our staff will be happy to print emails and give or read them to your loved...

Options to Help Your Family Afford Memory Care

There are ways to help your family afford quality care from a memory care center in Texas. These tips and suggestions may help you and your family member experiencing memory disorders like dementia or Alzheimer’s get the care they need. Programs May Help Pay the Costs Social Security Income or Social Security Disability Income can help provide financial coverage for some people. These benefits are for residents over the age of 65. A separate program called the Compassionate Allowance Initiative can help people under the age of 65 who have early onset Alzheimer’s or dementia. Insurance Plans Many types of insurance can help pay for memory care. Private insurance plans often contain coverage for certain aspects of long-term assisted living care. Your loved one may have insurance benefits available from retirement plans and pensions earned that can help provide relief for your family and help cover the cost of care for your loved one living with dementia or a memory disorder.   Long-term care insurance is available, but plans must be purchased before a diagnosis of dementia. Families should review policies carefully to make sure the policy covers dementia. Disability insurance also provides benefits, but policies must also be in place before a diagnosis. Disability insurance is usually included with policies from employer-paid policies. Planning Ahead If your family has a history of memory ailments, it is wise to plan ahead to make sure your family can afford the high level of care necessary for a loved one with memory disorders. A financial planner may be helpful as you make decisions to cover future...

Know the Signs: When It’s Time for Memory Care

The decision to seek memory care for a loved one can be difficult and stressful for both you and your family member living with dementia. Many people wonder about how and when the right time to seek help would be. Others question how a memory care facility can help their loved one living with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory disorders. Knowing what to look for when one of your family members has a memory disorder can help to get care and support quickly. Clues That Could Indicate an Underlying Concern We all age, and as we do, our memory may be impacted in different ways. But, there is a difference between an aging mind and a memory disorder like dementia. Some signs are easier to spot, but the only way to know for sure is to consult your healthcare provider. Common signs of dementia include: Repeating questions Mixing words up Getting lost in familiar places Mood swings and emotional changes While any of these signs may indicate that your loved one is beginning to experience symptoms of a memory disorder, these indicators may also be simply the result of aging. A healthcare provider can conduct tests to determine if the symptoms indicate something more than typical aging. When you know the signs of worsening memory, you can act quickly to get help. Sometimes, memory disorders are the result of medications, head trauma or even stress in older people. Many people who have cognitive disorders find an assisted living facility to be an immense help. The Cottages help our community residents maintain their independence and have freedom to enjoy their...

Making the Most of Social Distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside-down. Lockdowns and social distancing measures across the nation have been aimed at protecting our most vulnerable, including residents of senior living communities, which have been hit particularly hard by the novel coronavirus. Physical distancing can be a challenge for those living in memory care communities in Texas and their loved ones; and may even put a strain on relationships. Although things may look a little different these days, there are still plenty of ways to help your loved one stay social while staying healthy during this time. Here are a few tips to help memory care residents make the most out of this time of physical distancing but staying connected socially. Phone calls from a friend or family member. This time of physical distancing may feel very lonely for residents of memory care and assisted living communities. Setting aside time each week for phone calls and FaceTime with loved ones and friends can help. Encourage physical activity. Encourage your loved one to set aside time each day for physical activity. Whether that’s participating in a scheduled activity with other residents or simply going for a walk around the community. (Keep in mind that any exercise should first be cleared by your loved one’s doctor.) Trying a new hobby or revisiting an old one. There are plenty of safe activities for your loved one to participate in, from playing games and doing puzzles to crafting, scrapbooking, knitting or gardening. Encourage your loved one to try something new or spend some time on their existing hobbies. This time of social distancing is a...

What to Expect in a Residential Memory Care Home

  Once your loved one has moved into a memory care community in Texas, knowing what to expect in the community can help both you and your loved one adjust to the new changes. Here are some of the general expectations you should have of a residential memory care home. A residential memory care home is a live-in housing option. Residential memory care homes offer smaller, home-like settings with a sense of community and offer individualized care. Residential care home services typically include: A room or suite that may be shared or private Meals in-house Assistance with daily living like bathing, toileting and health care management General housekeeping and daily laundry Medication management and administration With a small staff to patient ratio, residents at an in-home memory care community get more attentive care. Generally, these communities offer an array of activities geared towards the needs of their residents. Each state has its own licensing rules and regulations, so residences can vary greatly across states. Checking the state website to see their specific regulations can provide a better idea of what to expect from the community. Most websites offer public access to the surveys taken for licensing. Talking with staff and residents can help you get a sense of the community’s culture and day-to-day activities. The interior of the communities may be styled differently, and it could help with the transition to find one similar to your loved one’s taste and style to help them feel more at home. Expect that there will be an adjustment period for both you and your loved one as they transition to this new...