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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...

Memory Disorder Diagnosis: 3 Things Families Need to Consider

The founder and CEO of The Cottages offers advice for families with loved ones in the early stages of a memory disorder. Frisco, TX, April 27, 2017 – Finding out a loved one has been diagnosed with a memory disorder in its early stages can leave families feeling lost and more than a little overwhelmed. Many are likely to find themselves bombarded with information from healthcare providers, and facts and figures they search on their own. Obtaining expert guidance is a must, but so too is taking meaningful steps to assist the loved one as much as possible. “Memory disorders are progressive, often incurable conditions, that can leave loved ones and their families unsure of what to do or where to turn,” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. “In the earliest stages, there are several important steps families can take to help their loved ones and potentially better position themselves for what the future may hold.” Taking these three actions can be helpful for families and their loved ones: Work closely with healthcare providers – At the onset of a memory disorder, such as Alzheimer’s disease, working with healthcare providers to learn more about the condition, its signs, symptoms and how best to help a loved is important. Families may find, for example, that medications are available to potentially slow the progression. While these are not cures, they may help buy loved ones and their families precious time. Address financial and legal issues – It is often strongly recommended that families begin the process of addressing legal and financial matters while a loved one is...

Tips For Making Memory Care Home Visits Enjoyable

The director of The Cottages offers advice for families with loved ones living with memory disorders. Frisco, TX, March 13, 2017 – Making time to visit a loved one who has moved into a care home following a diagnosis of a memory disorder is important for enhancing the person’s well-being while providing personal peace of mind. While these visits can be emotionally trying at times, they may also help create treasured memories. The key to ensuring healthy, productive visits lies in understanding a few rules of the road before walking through the doors. “When a loved one is living with a memory disorder, such as Alzheimer’s disease, routine visits can be crucial for helping keep the person connected to family and friends for as long as possible,” says Trent Quinn, founder, president and CEO of The Cottages. “Regular visits can also be important for family members to give them the peace of mind that comes from knowing their loved one is being monitored and well cared for. A few tips can help make coping with the ups and downs that may accompany visits a little easier.” Whether a person is visiting a loved one for the very first time or visits will become a part of the daily or weekly routine, Quinn says it can be very helpful for family and friends to keep these points in mind: Understand the schedule – Care homes often have schedules they follow for good reasons. Scheduling can provide people living with memory disorders a sense of comfort that goes along with having a routine. Before visiting, it’s recommended that family and friends...

What to Do After Receiving a Diagnosis of Dementia

Frisco, TX, Feb. 13, 2017 – When concerns about forgetfulness or personality changes prompt people to seek medical advice, the hope is to learn the root cause is a reaction to medications that need to be changed, a fleeting condition or just a series of unfortunate coincidences. When the diagnosis comes back as dementia, shock is likely inevitable for the person living with the disease and his or her loved ones. There are steps people can take to help themselves and their loved one navigate the road ahead. The first thing to do is learn more about the form of dementia, the loved one’s staging and possible interventions to slow progression or treat the condition. Dementia can take on several different forms that vary in their symptoms and prognosis. Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia and vascular dementia have symptoms in common, but are different in their causation and may have different treatments available. Understanding that time is a precious and fleeting is the first step to laying the groundwork to be able to help the loved one. These tips may also help: Gather resources – Assistance may not be required immediately after diagnosis, but the progressive nature of the condition means it likely will be down the road. The days and weeks after diagnosis present the perfect time for gathering information about resources for when they are needed. These resources include support groups, daycare facilities, respite care, assisted living and so on. Help the loved one continue to live life to the fullest – Especially in the early stages, it is important to take advantage of every precious moment...

Consistency Matters in Dementia Care

Whether a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease is cared for at home or in a skilled residential facility, there are certain hallmarks that signify good care. Consistency happens to be one of the most important. Consistency involves a number of different factors that can help those living with dementia enjoy their lives to the fullest while ensuring a level of care that is exceptional. Whether care is provided at home or in a residential care setting, medical professionals recommend a consistent approach be taken in these areas: The people caring for the loved one – While consistency is relatively simple to ensure at home when a family member and a few other familiar faces might be responsible for all care, it can be trickier to ensure in a care facility. One of the points to consider when selecting a residential facility to care for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s is the consistency of the care given. People living with memory disorders tend to do better when staff members are able to build a rapport with them by providing specialized care day in and day out. It is also important to make sure staff members are highly trained. The environment – It is also important to keep a loved one’s surroundings comfortable, warm and familiar. Making sure not to dramatically change the home environment is important if family members will be caring for the loved one. In a residential care facility setting, make sure the atmosphere is homelike. Also be sure to bring familiar items to the loved one’s room to help make them feel more at home....