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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...

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...