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Cost Cutting Tips to Save Money While Still Receiving Good Assisted Living Care

If your family has decided to move a loved one into a care home, it can be daunting to sort through all the information to select the best home for your loved one. You may find that many of the homes have full-time staff, medical providers, cafeterias, etc. However, though these amenities look very inviting on the surface, it is important to understand and agree to the costs. What can you afford and what does insurance cover? Let us break down the two options. All-inclusive care home — All-inclusive pricing means no hidden fees; all services and care is included. It should include highly qualified, 24-hour staff with access to nursing, personal care assistance, medications supervision, meals, snacks and specialized activities. Pay-per-service —Similar services are offered in this option as with all-inclusive care. Your loved one will still receive meals, medication supervision, housekeeping and full-time care. Where this option takes a turn is often in the extra costs. For example, if your loved one is unable to or refuses to go to the cafeteria for food, they do have the option of eating in their rooms, but this may come at an additional cost. Sometimes, it can be as simple as having a staff member help with daily care tasks like showering. Again, if a staff member must aid your loved one during a bath, there is an extra cost. Although the base cost may be much lower than all-inclusive care, those extras can add up quickly. Services that your loved one should receive for all aspects of daily living: Highly qualified 24-hour staffing Licensed nurses and certified medication...

What Should I Look for in a Memory Care Community?

Caring for a loved one living with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss can be challenging. At some point, your loved one may not be able to live at home and may need a memory care community. It can be overwhelming to know how to choose the right memory care community for your loved one. Below are some key factors to consider when choosing one. Location, Location, Location The first important factor is to consider the community’s proximity to friends and family. Family visits and involvement are important in helping your loved one stay connected. Family involvement and visits are especially important in the beginning as your loved one adjusts to their new environment. Take a Tour Visiting any prospective communities is vitally important in the decision-making process. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices to a few, be sure to visit each community a few times during different times of the day and week to get a sense of how the community operates at all times. Get to Know the Staff Ask staff and administration about staff turnover, the staff to resident ratio, and how frequently staff are trained. A high staff to resident ratio indicates that residents are well looked after and have regular social engagement. Other factors to consider: Are residents’ care plans customized? Does the community encourage family connections? Is there a variety of activities? Is there a safe outdoor space for residents to enjoy? Examine the lighting: is there adequate lighting and lots of natural lights? Does the food look and taste appetizing? Interview staff and the family of current and past residents:...

The Cottages: A Safe Haven for People Living with Memory Disorders

Family members caring for a loved one with memory disorders can be under a great deal of stress. Ensuring your loved one has the very best care can feel impossible at times and considering moving your loved one to an assisted living home may only increase that stress or even cause feelings of guilt. Often, when people think of assisted living facilities, they imagine a nursing home that’s dimly lit with small rooms and limited activities for residents. The Cottages memory care facility in Frisco, Texas (just north of Dallas) is entirely different. Our mission is to provide an environment that feels as close to home as possible. Here are some of the key services and benefits The Cottages offers our residents: Personalized Assistance for your Loved One We will get to know your loved one on a personal level. Should something ever happen to your loved one and they are in a position to need assistance with even simple daily tasks, there will always be someone to aid them. Having someone to help 24/7 is not feasible if your loved oneis home alone. Family members may come and go throughout the day to offer assistance with designated tasks, but they’re not always available at all hours of the day. Personalized Activities They Will Enjoy Despite your loved one’s memory loss, there are still activities and hobbies they can enjoy. The Cottages assisted living facilities offer customized activities for our residents, with our staff on hand to assist in safety. These include: quilting baking gardening and many others If your loved one was at home, it may be difficult...

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...