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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...

How Persons with Memory Impairments Can Benefit from Assisted Living Residences

The Executive Director at The Cottages explains the benefits of assisted living for its memory-impaired residents. Frisco, Texas, Nov. 25, 2017 – People living with Alzheimer’s and other mental disorders can receive personalized quality attention at assisted living centers dedicated to memory care. The residences at The Cottages are tailored to meet each individual’s mental, physical and emotional needs. The family setting at these premises ensures everyone receives personalized attention which goes a long way to help residents manage their health disorders. “Memory care is our chief focus and specialty. We know the difficulty that memory loss can have on a family, and we’re here to offer the help you need,” explains the Executive Director, Mary Poole at The Cottages of Chapel Creek in Frisco, Texas. “We have the resources and support groups to help. But, more than that, we become a part of your family in caring for the people you love.” Some benefits of assisted living for their residents: Home away from home – Residents live in small, home-like settings, with separate dining rooms, sunrooms, and living areas. Residents are served well-balanced meals, family-style in every cottage. These small intimate settings make it easy for care-givers to develop deep and personal relationships with their residents. Access to top-notch health care – People with Alzheimer’s disease and other mental disorders can access quality medical care from highly qualified medical staff available around the clock. The facilities have engaged the services of certified medical aides and licensed nurses to meet their residents’ health needs. Personalized care – Persons living with Alzheimer’s and other mental disorders have needs that vary...

What Services Do Assisted Living Residences Offer to Persons with Memory Disorders?

The Vice President of Operations of The Cottages talks about the services they offer. Frisco, Texas, Oct. 25, 2017– Many families in Texas choose to take their loved ones who have memory disorders to assisted living residences. These facilities provide a warm, caring environment to residents, making them feel accepted and cared for. These facilities have family-style dining where an on-site chef prepares tasty, well-balanced meals that are served to the residents. Our residents are always in good company. We have friendly caregivers who understand everyone’s needs,” says the Vice President of Operations. “We are caregivers, housekeepers, nurses, chefs, and administrators, but most importantly, we are that Cottage Family Member to all the residents.” The services provided to residents include: Health and wellness – Residents receive top-notch health services with all-inclusive pricing and no hidden fees. The services include highly-qualified staffing (24-hour), daily laundry and housekeeping, access to daily nursing, wellness monitoring, personalized care for Alzheimer’s at all of its stages, menu evaluation and much more. Respite care – This is for those seeking a temporary arrangement, or for those caregivers in need of rest. Respite care covers any amount of time, and The Cottages are fully furnished to address the needs of residents in need of respite care. Family support –Loved ones that have a family member with memory loss disorders receive help through support groups, grief counselling, and ongoing caregiver support. “At The Cottages, there are unique programs tailored for those with memory disorders,” explains the Vice President of Operations. “We offer many activities for both stimulation and relaxation to our residents.” About The Cottages The Cottages...

Falls Prevention Awareness Day: How to Protect Your Loved One

  Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults over age 65. For senior adults, falling down can result in hip fractures, broken bones and head injuries. A history of falling may also cause your loved one to become too fearful or depressed to maintain an active lifestyle. Today is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, set aside to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. There are a number of things that can cause a senior adult to fall. Some of the most common causes of falls include: Loss of coordination, flexibility and/or balance Vision or hearing loss Side effects of medications, such as dizziness, dehydration or interactions with other meds Environmental factors, such as tripping hazards around the home Chronic conditions such as diabetes, stroke or arthritis If you are a caregiver for a loved one, the National Council on Aging recommends taking these six simple steps to help prevent falls and keep your loved one safe and healthy as long as possible: Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay active. Ask your loved ones if they’re concerned about falling. Many older adults recognize that falling is a risk, but they believe it won’t happen to them or they won’t get hurt — even if they’ve already fallen in the past. Encourage your loved one to discuss any concerns about falling, dizziness or balance with their healthcare provider. Assess their current health condition. Is your loved one having trouble remembering to take their medications — or are they experiencing any side effects of those medications? Is it becoming more difficult for your...