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How Should I Choose the Right Memory Care Home for My Family?

If your parent or other loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, dementia or any other memory-related disorder, it might be time to check into assisted living for dementia residents in Texas. There are many different facilities across the state and choosing the right one can be a tough decision. If you’re wondering how to find the right Alzheimer’s assisted living facility for your loved one, consider some of the factors below. How much care does your loved one need? Memory disorders affect everyone differently. Some people may just need a little assistance with chores like laundry and housekeeping, while others need 24-hour care and help dressing, bathing and eating. Before you make the final decision, make sure the dementia assisted living facility you’re considering is able to handle the daily care your loved one requires now and the level of care they may need in the future. Ask the staff as many questions as you need to properly assess whether your family member would be well-cared for in the facility. Are staff members trained and certified to handle people with dementia? Is medication management offered? What amenities and activities are available to residents? Most homes that provide assisted living for dementia residents will offer planned activities. Some of these activities may include: Art therapy Music therapy Fitness and wellness classes Consider your loved one’s interests and needs when evaluating the activities that are offered. Make sure your loved one would be able to enjoy themselves participating in the planned activities at the Alzheimer’s assisted living facility. How secure will your family member be in the facility? When assessing...

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...

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...

Looking for an assisted living facility that specializes in memory care and feeling overwhelmed with the choices?

Understanding the services offered will help make your decision easier. There are many factors to consider when families are trying to understand what services will be provided for their loved ones when they move into a memory care facility. Will they be safe? Will they be fed enough? What about medications? In many cases, families have been the primary providers for their family members living with a memory disorder. Providing daily care is often emotionally, physically and mentally draining on everyone involved. If your family has chosen to seek a higher level of care for your loved one, you must first understand what services will be provided. Knowing the care that will be provided will give everyone peace of mind.  What are the differences between a “skilled nursing” versus an “assisted living” environment? A skilled nursing facility has patients, while an assisted living facility has residents. At a skilled nursing facility, the patients are being treated by on site doctors and have more complex illnesses and medical needs. At an assisted living facility, residents have a range of needs, from help with daily living tasks such as bathing, dressing and mobility assistance to incontinence, and help managing medications or feeding. Mealtime can vary at both types of locations, depending on the needs of the resident or patient. At The Cottages, a family-owned and operated assisted living in Texas, all meals are served family style in a homelike setting. A skilled nursing facility will feel more clinical, as the rooms are furnished by the facility to be accessible for any medical emergency and are equipped with medical equipment. At an...

How to Manage Financial Burdens of Assisted Living Costs

One of the biggest challenges when deciding to accept the resources of an assisted living facility in Texas is the potential financial burden that accompanies the decision. This is a difficult decision for everyone as you want to provide your loved one with the best environment while simultaneously not taking on a considerable amount of debt. To manage the financial burden of assisted living costs, you first want to ensure that you’ve addressed every possible avenue to assist you with the payment of an assisted living facility, including long-term care insurance and retirement benefits. The more options you have, the less cumbersome it can be to you and your family. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making this monumental decision. Best ways to save money? Look for all-inclusive pricing. The best way to save money on the cost of assisted living for your loved one is to locate memory care facilities that offer all-inclusive pricing. The Cottages Senior Living—with locations in Dallas, Houston, Amarillo and Austin—provide care for your loved ones at an all-inclusive price. That means no surprise up charges for any service or care provided to your loved one. This includes: • Highly qualified, 24-hour staff • Seven-day-a-week nursing assistance • Meal-plan that encompasses breakfast, lunch and dinner Additionally, you can take comfort in knowing that there will be no add-on costs for other services your loved one will receive. If the original value is manageable, then you can move forward with the peace of mind that there will no extra or surprising hidden fees involved. Look for a facility with the most...

Finding the Right Memory Care Facility for Your Family’s Needs

Making the choice to move your loved one living with dementia into assisted living in Texas is never easy. However, finding a community that fits all the needs of your loved one and your family can make the whole process feel less daunting. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re looking for a memory care facility in Texas. Safety Considerations for Your Loved One If you have a family member who requires dementia or Alzheimer’s care in Austin, the most important factor in choosing a community is the level of safety it provides. Here are just a few questions you should ask to assess the level of safety a dementia assisted living community can provide for your loved one: What is the staff-to-resident ratio at this facility? Are the staff and nurses specifically trained or licensed to deal with people who suffer from memory loss issues? Does the community offer medication supervision and other wellness monitoring services? What security measures are in place in the facility to help prevent wandering? By asking these questions and more, you should be able to get a good idea of how secure your loved one may feel in the community. An Individualized Approach to Care The ideal community that offers assisted living for dementia patients in Texas will tailor the level of care it provides to the needs of each resident. Ask the nurses and caregivers on staff how the care plan is developed for each resident, and consider asking other questions like: Does the community offer therapy and rehabilitation services? Are there organized activities available that support residents’...