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Understanding the Services Provided by Assisted Living Communities

  The search for a memory care home in Dallas for your loved one can be a bit overwhelming. There are many to choose from, but we know you want the best for your loved ones. There are many questions that you may be asking yourself, including: Who’s going to care for my loved one? Who’s going to be there for them when I can’t? Will they be happy in a memory care home? Will all of their needs be met? Will the staff care for my loved one like they would their own family member? We understand how stressful this can be. That’s why at The Cottages, we take pride in assisting your beloved family members with tender hearts and a staff that will make them comfortable in their new home. We are family-owned and operated. We know how important your loved ones with memory disorders are, and we will help them enjoy their time in our community.  We aren’t your typical memory care home.With locations in Dallas, Austin, Houston and Amarillo, our facilities offer assistance to those with all types of memory disorders and Alzheimer’s. Some of the services we offer our residents include: Scheduled activities Well, balanced meals Zero isolation tolerance Wellness monitoring Laundry and housekeeping Licensed nurses and certified medication aides Our residents are family. We treat every person with the same love and care as we would our own loved ones. Our main goal is to provide an environment as close to home as we can get.  We pride ourselves in the ability to help provide your loved ones all the opportunities of daily...

How a Memory Care Community Can Help Improve Life for Your Entire Family

When it comes time to find the right assisted living memory care community for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders, choosing the right one can have benefits for your whole family. Look for a memory care community that focuses on the quality of living and treats everyone with the respect and dignity. Reasons to Choose The Cottages Senior Living There are many reasons The Cottages are a good choice for your loved one living with a memory disorder. When your family member comes to live with us, we create a care program just for them. No cookie-cutter plans here.We tailor each aspect of care specifically for the individual. We have found this approach will allow your family member to live a healthy, happy life with as much independence as possible. The Difference Professionals Make The move from a private residence to an assisted living community can be traumatic for anyone, but can be especially overwhelming and frightening for our loved ones with memory disorders. The Cottages find professionals who understand the difficult transition, not only for the family member living with memory loss, but for your whole family. And our staff goes the extra step to help everyone in your family will feel like they are part of The Cottages family. As an added bonus, our staff stay with us far longer than the industry average. Keeping professionals on staff longer helps our community family members feel more secure with familiar faces and a constant and stable routine. At The Cottages, our 24-hour assisted-living team oversees resident’s health and well-being so they can have freedom...

How to Choose the Right Memory Care Home

With so many options, it can be a daunting task to choose the right memory care community in Texas. To help make the process a bit simpler, we have compiled a list of some of the key factors to consider as you begin the process of finding a memory care home for your loved one. Expertise and familiarity with Alzheimer’s and dementia care When comparing memory care facilities, look at each facility’s specialties of care. For example, some communities specialize in memory care, while other senior living homes may be more geared towards assisted living. Ask questions of the staff to get a sense of their experience level, knowledge and character. Keep in mind that you aren’t only looking for a home that will serve the current needs of your loved one; but be aware of potential future needs as well and make sure the community is equipped to meet them. Key questions to ask: Is the community equipped to prevent wandering and other unsafe behaviors associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? Does the community provide therapeutic or rehabilitative support? Are residents encouraged to be active? What is the staff turnover rate, and how often are staff training and education updated? What is the ratio of staff to residents, and does it vary nights, weekends or holidays? Quality of care To evaluate the quality of care at any given community, don’t just speak to administrators and staff but also to other residents and their families. Visiting the community at different times and on different days to eat meals and participate in resident activities will help you get a sense...

The Cottages: State-of-the-Art Alzheimer’s Assisted Living in Texas

When it comes to your loved ones, your family is our family. Our top priority is the comfort of our residents, providing them with a home-like environment and prominent personal assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Seven-day Access to Nursing Our highly qualified, licensed and certified nurses are dedicated to fulfilling your loved one’s needs physically, mentally and emotionally. We believe through specialized activities designed for memory impairment, we are able to help our residents avoid the feelings of loneliness and isolation. We offer care for all stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia in our assisted living facilities, as well as Parkinson’s and Lewy Body dementia. As needed, we are also able to bring our residents’ physicians in for on-site visits. Nutrition and assistance with tasks of daily living We understand the value of helping our residents maintain healthy eating habits. Our on-site chef prepares three nutritious meals every day of the week, as well as snacks upon request. Our family’s hygiene and living environment are important to us, so we provide bathing assistance, daily laundry and housekeeping services. We dedicate ourselves to taking care of your loved one’s needs in every aspect of daily life here at our homes. Your family is our family. The staff at The Cottages understand everybody’s individual needs are different. It is our goal to sit down and listen to what each resident’s family member has to say, and what we can do to help them feel content while living in our memory care home here in Texas. We specialize in caring for individuals living with memory impairment, but our greatest...

Top 5 Benefits of Respite Care

Caring for a loved one living with memory loss can be a rewarding, yet challenging and often exhausting task. Respite care provides caregivers with much needed support when they need a break from the physical and emotional strain of caregiving. Traditionally, respite care is provided in the individual’s home or at a memory care community. Respite care comes in many different forms and can be overnight, a short-term stay at a memory care facility, an adult day center or in-home. When incorporated into the overall care plan for a loved one living with memory loss, respite care offers many benefits to caregivers and their loved ones. Here are five top benefits of respite care. Respite care helps prevent caregiver burn-out. Full-time caregiving can be physically and emotionally taxing. Being able to take a step back and do something enjoyable and stress-free re-energizes caregivers and helps prevent burn-out. Respite care provides opportunities for social engagement. It can be challenging for caregivers to maintain a social life when caring for a loved one full-time. It’s important to reconnect with friends and loved ones on a regular basis. Additionally, respite care can provide additional social opportunities for your loved one with memory loss. Respite care allows caregivers to maintain their identity and personal life. Extended time away from caregiving responsibilities allows caregivers to manage their personal lives and maintain a life balance. This time away helps caregivers maintain a sense of self and can give them a fresh perspective. Respite care provides a change of pace. For both the caregiver and the loved one with memory loss, changing up the routine occasionally...

Useful Gifts for Your Loved One with Memory Loss

Buying gifts for your loved ones can be challenging. Finding a gift that is useful, yet personal and meaningful takes thought and effort. When you’re shopping for a loved one living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, the challenge can become even more difficult. What does your loved need? What will they actually use? If your loved one lives in a memory care home, what gifts are most practical? These questions are valid, and that is why we are here to help. Memory loss disorders are usually classified into three groups: mild, moderate, and severe. This gift buying guide is categorized accordingly. Gifts for Loved Ones with Mild Memory Loss At this stage of memory loss or dementia, your loved one may be able to still communicate and function to a higher degree with some assistance. If your loved one lives in a memory care home in Dallas, think about gifts that are practical, such as: Shoes with Velcro: Seniors in dementia assisted living facilities can forget the steps to tying their shoes. Shoes with Velcro straps allow them to maintain some independence and out their shoes on without needing help from a staff member. Simple board games: The Cottages memory care homes in Dallas and across Texas are designed with family in mind. Not only are residents encouraged to spend time in community activities, but family members are always welcome to stop by to enjoy some quality time together. Board games area a favorite activity among seniors living in assisted living or memory care facilities. Be careful not to choose something complex, but stick with games that are familiar, with...