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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...

Is It Time to Make the Move? How to Handle Delicate Conversations about Moving to a Memory Care Community

For adult children, having a conversation about moving to a memory care community with their parent or parents can be extremely challenging. Often, children delay having the conversation until after a crisis because it can be intimidating and uncomfortable. However, putting off the conversation can be risky for the wellbeing of someone living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Looking for a community in the Dallas area can be a lengthy process as you want to make sure you find the right fit for your loved one. If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, now is the time to begin this important conversation. Here are a few strategies to help ensure your conversation about memory care communities is empathetic and productive. Have realistic expectations. A single conversation is probably not going to solve the problem. Unless there is an emergency, expect that this topic is going to be ongoing over the course of several conversations. Especially so if you and your loved one have not previously discussed the possibility of moving to a memory care communities. Do your research and visit on-site. Before talking with your loved one, it’s important to have a base of knowledge about memory care communities. Being well-informed about the benefits and features of different communities in your area means you’ll be able to better answer their concerns and questions. Take time to do your research, and even consider scheduling an on-site visit before you begin the conversation with your loved one. Put yourself in their position. Before opening up the conversation, think about how you’d feel if you were in their situation. Your...

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...