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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...

Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones: What is Memory Care?

If you are new to caring for a loved one who is living with dementia or Alzheimer’s in Dallas, “memory care” can seem like a vague term that encompasses many ideas. What does “memory care” mean in terms of assisted living homes and long-term care facilities? Memory care is a specialized form of care geared specifically for people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. These communities are carefully designed to be secure and safe environments where the residents’ health and well-being is closely monitored by staff around the clock. Memory care communities feature activities, events and programming designed to meet the needs of residents through cognitive skill-building and continuing hobbies and passions. The staff in memory care communities are trained to meet the specific needs of each resident and provide high-quality care for those living with memory loss. Memory care communities train staff in evidence-based best practices, providing continued educational support so that residents can benefit from the best possible care specific to their needs. Memory care communities provide apartments and living quarters that feel like home. The layout is typically designed to help residents remember where they live and navigate the community easily and safely. Most communities have courtyards or other natural spaces that allow residents to enjoy the outdoors in a secured space. Community designs are backed by research supporting the most appropriate and supportive layout for successful memory care. Staff in these memory care communities provide support for residents in daily living skills, laundry, housekeeping and meals. Each resident typically receives an individualized care plan created with plenty of input from...

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...