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Things Alzheimer’s Caregivers Should Avoid

The director of The Cottages discusses things that caregivers can do that make the process easier. Frisco, TX, Jan. 23, 2018 – Caring for a loved one who is living with Alzheimer’s disease can be trying at best. Helping them enjoy life to its fullest while dealing with the ups and downs of this personality-changing disorder can take its toll on the most enduring caregivers. “It’s important for family members to realize that the care needs of their senior living with Alzheimer’s disease will only increase with time.” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. “There are some things that caregivers can do that can make the process easier on their loved ones and themselves.” Here are some tips on what to avoid in the day-to-day routine of living and loving someone with Alzheimer’s: Leave denial at the door – If the signs of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia are present, denial will not do anyone a bit of good. While it’s painful to acknowledge that a loved one might be in trouble, getting the concerns checked out is critical. After all, some forms of dementia are caused by other issues that can be treated. Caregivers owe it to themselves and their loved one to simply find out for sure. And, if it does turn out to be Alzheimer’s, early treatment can help slow the progression. Don’t take a trip down memory lane – Asking a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease if they “remember” something is a very common mistake. While it’s tempting to believe the memory can be jogged, it rarely can....

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...

Tips for Talking with Kids About Memory Disorders

The CEO of The Cottages talks about sharing the news with children. Frisco, TX, Aug. 18, 2017 – When a loved one is diagnosed with a memory disorder, family members have a right to know. Telling adult children can be difficult enough, but explaining the situation and what to expect to younger children can be especially hard. While the conversation is one no parent ever wishes to have with a child, there are tips that can help ease the emotions, angst and confusion that may result. “Breaking the news that a beloved grandparent is living with a memory disorder can be traumatic,” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. “Doing so, however, is important to prepare children of any age for changes in their loved one they are likely to witness as time passes. It can also help ensure children remain active participants in their loved one’s lives, which can be tremendously beneficial for everyone, including the person living with the memory disorder.” While word choice, level of explanation and details shared may vary based on the age of the child, these tips can help parents broach the topic: Share the news as early as possible – Explaining the basics of what is happening to a family member sooner rather than later is strongly advised. Keep in mind that even younger, school-age children are very intuitive. Chances are they have noticed changes in their loved one. A brief, but honest explanation can help them cope more effectively if symptoms are impacting a loved one’s behaviors. Try to avoid emotions – A diagnosis of a memory disorder...

The Cottages at Chandler Creek Awarded 2017 Best of Senior Living

We are pleased to announce The Cottages at Chandler Creek, our state of the art memory care residences serving the Austin/Round Rock areas has been received the 2017 Best of Senior Living Award by SeniorAdvisor.com. This award places us in the top one percent of senior care providers nationwide. The annual SeniorAdvisor.com Best of 2017 Awards recognize outstanding senior living and home care providers who have received consistently high ratings from residents and their families. Winners of the SeniorAdvisor.com Best of 2017 Awards are located all over the country and represent the top tier of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers in the country. We pride ourselves in providing the very best care and services for our residents and their families. At The Cottages at Chandler Creek, we provide two living options: The North and South Cottage. The South Cottage is a brand new state-of-the-art home. The North Cottage, open since 1997, has been completely renovated! Each Cottage offers the same level of care and services. Our more intimate living in groups of 12 – 16 allows the staff to develop deeper relationships with our residents. And, this smaller setting allows the residents more comfort and familiarity while living with dementia. If you would like to learn more about The Cottages at Chandler Creek, please contact us online or schedule a...