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3 Tips to Help You Be a Healthy Caregiver

Caring for your loved one living with dementia is a labor of love and can often be overwhelming and exhausting. We understand how difficult caregiving can be. From our experience coming alongside families as they provide care for their loved ones with dementia, here are a few tips to help you as a caregiver. Take Care of Yourself You may feel as though your loved one is your top priority, but if you fail to take care of yourself, it can take a toll on your own health and well-being. Taking care of yourself allows you to be a better caregiver for your loved one. Be sure to eat well, as making healthy diet choices can help you sleep better, give you more energy and mental clarity, and allow to enjoy daily activities with your loved one. Get regular exercise to reduce your stress and boost your energy level. Choose physical activities that appeal to you, such as gardening, walking, dancing or joining a local exercise group or class. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise at least five days a week. Most importantly, take time to refresh your soul. Seek out activities that calm your spirit and renew your mind. These might include prayer, meditation and focused breathing. Know When to Seek Help Caregiving, particularly in the long term, takes a toll on every aspect of your life including family dynamic and finances. To avoid emotional and even physical problems, know the signs of burnout, including: anxiety, depression, irritability, fatigue, trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, eating or drinking more, avoiding leisure activities and feelings of resentment....

Care Options For Those With Alzheimer’s In The Later Stages Of The Disease

The director of The Cottages talks about taking care of a loved one living with Alzheimer’s who are at an advanced stage of the disease. Frisco, TX, Dec. 12, 2017 – If a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and it is at an advanced stage of the disease, then it may be time to consider residential memory care. Trent Quinn, founder, president, and CEO of The Cottages says, “Your loved one’s care and needs will increase as Alzheimer’s progresses. All their activities, from having meals to dressing, bathing, and personal care, will become more difficult. During these stages, you should consider the option of residential memory care.” For those living with Alzheimer’s or other memory disorders, support can be provided through assisted living residences. In these special communities, residents can have their own specialized suite or apartment.  These memory care residences should offer individualized services that include highly qualified 24-hour staff, housekeeping, recreational activities, medication supervision and activity programs tailored to those with memory disorders. Within residential memory care facilities, residences should be personalized to meet each resident’s requirements. All residents need individualized care in an environment that makes it feel like home. These residences need to ensure safety measures are in place, such as secured exits and outdoor spaces for the safety of all residents. “Taking the time to find a memory care residence that specializes in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders can provide families with the peace of mind they need to care for their loved one,” says Quinn. About The Cottages The Cottages is dedicated to care for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory...