12.28.10

Yoga for the Elderly

Posted in Assisted Living, Elder Care, Elderly Diseases, exercises at 10:06 pm by admin

As seniors get older, their options for exercise become more and more limited. This is unfortunate, because if there was ever a time for them to make proactive attempts to get fit, it is in their senior years. After all, there are a host of ailments and diseases that come about because of inactivity, or are at least made much worse by it. But how can a senior avoid the aches, panes, and general abuse that comes with impact sports and exercise? Here is one idea: Yoga.

Yoga for seniors is becoming a popular activity in elderly care, mostly because it can be an extremely beneficial exercise. The physical affects of yoga are well documented: the exercise helps individuals achieve greater flexibility, lubricate joints and tendons, improves respiratory health, and tone muscles. Likewise, the psychological affects are tremendous as well: yoga fosters a sense of calm well being. People just tend to feel better after practicing yoga.
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Seeing this, it’s obvious why seniors would want to join yoga classes. A typical senior gets weaker and tighter as they sit for long hours. This can result in muscle shortening. They can also develop osteoperosis, and their balance gets worse. This leads not only to greater deterioration of their bones and muscles, but it can lead to accidents as well. Yoga can help to counteract all of these problems. It can help to stretch a senior’s muscles, preventing that tightness and shortening. It can help maintain healthy bones, and best of all, it can help seniors maintain a sense of balance.

Granted, yoga is not a complete exercise program. It is not a cardio workout that can take the place of jogging. But it can be an extremely valuable addition to a senior’s exercise program.

Thankfully, assisted living programs and senior centers are starting to offer yoga programs all around the Texas and around the country. Many yoga studios offer special classes especially for seniors. These classes may be called “gentle yoga,” or something similar. But don’t be dissuaded. These classes can still be immensely helpful for seniors who not only want to feel better about their body but who want to feel better about their life.

12.10.10

Continuing Care in Austin

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases at 2:12 am by admin

If you or someone you love has been looking for senior housing in Austin, TX, we have a consideration for you. There are many terrific facilities in the city, of course. There are dozens of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and all manner of retirement communities. And Austin is a wonderful city to retire in, no matter what kind of care you need.

But the fact is, a senior’s health is liable to be extremely fragile. It is all too common that when a shift takes place in their condition, they suddenly have new needs to be met, and new challenges to overcome. What if they are living in a facility that can not meet these needs? What then?
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This can happen with a person who is getting basic help with their ADL’s (activities for daily living) like dressing, transferring positions, and bathing. Assisted living staff are used to taking care of these activities. That is why they are there. But suppose that person falls and breaks their leg, requiring much more intensive physical therapy. Assisted living facilities are simply not equipped to handle that. That is a condition for skilled nursing professionals in a nursing home or a hospital. What should they do in the mean time? Move out?

Worse yet, what if that person has been diagnosed with a serious illness that requires the senior to make a permanent change to a more intensive senior care community?

The problem, of course, is that Austin Assisted Living communities require deposits, leases, and long-term agreements. It is inconvenient, and it takes a lot of effort, hours, and cost to leave one company and sign on with a new one. And when you are in the midst of dealing with an accident, or an illness, paperwork, house hunting, and paying extra money are the last things any one wants to be thinking about.

But there is a new, exciting trend in the world of elderly care which can help solve this complicated issue, and it is called Continuing Care.

Austin Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Continuing care communities in Austin are retirement communities that also have assisted living facilities and nursing homes right there on site (or in some cases not on site, but very close by). All of these senior care facilities are part of the same company. Because of that, seniors can move from one level of care to another without any problem. There are no new contracts to sign, no new down payments to come up with, no new rounds of haggling with financial institutions.

Austin continuing care communities, like others, ask the senior to sign a care contract. These can sometimes last for a fixed amount of time–a year or two–or be written to last until the end of their lives. No matter what type of care you need at a given time, the caregivers will adapt to you. If you need to move into a different part of the campus for a time or for the long term, you can do that easily, and with no paperwork. The contract covers it all.

Are you looking for continuing care communities in Austin? Here are a couple to consider:

Summit at Westlake Hills
1034 Liberty Park Dr.
Austin, TX 78746
512-328-3775

Westminster Manor
3204 University Club Drive
Austin, TX 78732
(512) 266-5600

Longhorn Village
3204 University Club Drive
Austin, TX 78732
(512) 266-5600

Krus Village
1700 E Stone Street
Brenham, Texas, USA
979-830-1996

Buckner Villas
11110 Tom Adams Drive
Austin, Texas, USA
866-333-2176

To find other TX Assisted Living facilities, check out our Senior Housing Finder at the top of this page.

12.08.10

Elderly Care… From Robots???

Posted in Elder Care, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, Nursing home, Senior Citizen at 2:53 pm by admin

We all remember the visions of the future that were given to us as kids by the Jetsons. There would be flying cars, instantaneous travel, and a robotic maid. It seemed so fun, so whimsical, and so utterly absurd. Could a robot ever actually take care of a person?

And here we are in the year 2010, and robots do not do our housework, answer our doors for us, or make us dinner. But in a few years, robots just might become elderly care professionals.

Sound crazy? It should. But scientists in Japan are very serious about the possibility. Well, sort of. Here, have a look for yourself at RIBA (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance):
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As you can see, this robot is helpful for one thing, basically: transferring a person from a bed to a wheelchair, and vice versa. And although this is one of the very common ADL’s (activities for daily living) that are dealt with at your typical Assisted Living facility on a constant basis. In fact, lifting patients from one place to another can be a truly exhausting task for caregivers. Still, it seems highly unlikely that any facility is going to want to buy a robot to take care of that one duty. Even if the robot did not resemble a huge, creepy bear, most seniors will probably prefer an actual human being.

So no, Riba will not be taking the place of elderly care nurses and workers any time soon. But the possibilities are somewhat intriguing. And the scientists are going for more. Riba is being programmed to be able to respond to a person’s touch, voice commands, and movements. Considering the incredible leaps in technology (we talked about how the XBOX Kinnect could be an awesome help to seniors in assisted living), the RIBA does represent a fascinating thought that seniors could get a huge lift (pun intended) by technology.

Here is another example of how robots could help with elderly care in the future:

As you can see, the University of Connecticut seems to think that their “ethical robot” can be a big help in the medical community. Could they remind seniors to take their medicine, and report them if they refuse? Certainly, the technology seems to be there. once again, it seems that seniors would be more than a little creeped out by it. Nobody who ever saw Terminator wants to take orders from a robot.

Is The Human Touch A Necessity in Elderly Care?

All of this raises a very important point, I think, in how we think about elderly care, and about senior citizens in general. We have an aging population, and companies certainly pay big bucks for elderly care workers to take care of menial tasks like lifting patients to different positions, or reminding patients to take their meds. And if there could be an inexpensive form of technology (robots, for instance) to do these jobs–even if they could do them better than the human workers–would that really be a good thing?

I am not talking about the economic effects of replacing human workers with virtual ones. Every time there is a leap in technology, the workforce expands because new jobs are created. So the big strong twenty-six year old assisted living stud who lifts patients into their wheelchairs every day… he may get fired, but he would find a new job, and the cost of assisted living could actually drop for seniors in the long run. The economic effects are secondary, though, to the simple human touch factor. Will patients (senior or otherwise) who are already fighting loneliness and depression ever be comfortable with getting help from a machine? I don’t think so.

The fact is, seniors in nursing homes and assisted living need human attention. Those short conversations about the weather that they have with the aid who brings them their pills every day… those awkward questions that they ask the young man who puts them in their wheelchair… they might seem meaningless to the aid, but to the patient, they can be priceless. Seniors in full time nursing care need touch and general human attention as much as any other neglected person on the planet. There is simply no substitute for the touch and concern of another human being. Certainly not by a robot bear or a dancing, ethical tattle tail.

No, elderly care will never be taken over by robots. So breath a sigh of relief, terminator fans. That cute candy striper isn’t going anywhere.

For help finding TX assisted living facilities, check out the cool Senior Housing finder at the top of this page.

11.27.10

Continuing Care Communities

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Atria Senior Living, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, Nursing home, Texas Elderly Care Services at 1:55 pm by admin

Continuing Care is a type of elderly care designed to help senior citizens make just one housing decision that will last for years to come. Here is why this is necessary. Think about what happens when a senior who lives in a retirement facility has something unexpected happen to them. For instance, what happens if they are diagnosed with a disease that will require medical help on a regular basis? Or what if they take a fall, break their hip, and now need help getting dressed in the morning? Typical retirement communities have no provisions for these unexpected events. They are built to let seniors live independently.

Similarly, Assisted Living communities are meant for seniors need help with basic activities for daily life, but not full time medical attention by nurses. But as anyone who has ever been through such trials knows, the health of a senior is a tenuous thing. It can all change very quickly.
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In the past, when elderly care was synonymous with skilled nursing (what a narrow definition!), all varieties of seniors from the healthy to the terminally ill were often housed together. That took care of this concern on one level: patients already had full time nurses patrolling the halls, after all. But today (thankfully), the situation has changed. How can a man who lives in a condo on a golf retirement community get help bathing every morning after he breaks his leg?

Understanding Continuing Care Communities

Continuing Care Communities are facilities that offer adaptable levels of care. Patients can be comfortable making one elderly care decision with one company. There is no need to end a contract, move their belongings to a different part of the city, and sign a new care contract at a new facility. And seeing as those changes usually need to happen during times of crisis, that can be a massive relief for everyone involved.

Here is how it works. When a senior finds a multi level continuing care community, they can sign a contract with that company that will either last for a defined period of time, covering any needed types of care, or can last for the remainder of the patient’s life. The services offered are generally right there on the same physical facility, but sometimes the nursing home facility is offsite. But either way, the principle is the same: the resident is dealing with the same company which adapts to their own unique needs. So when it’s time to move into different housing, everything is still very much in order. No reason to panic.

The best thing about Continuing Care Communities is the “community” aspect. Residents are more like members of a club then they are patients. There are social events planned in house, and there is transportation available for social outings offsite. Residents can eat together (assisted living, in most cases, offers three meals per day), and do life together. In this way, they are not alone, wasting away in isolation. They are surrounded by friends, and they have a support system already in place.

Does continuing care sound like the right type of housing for your aging loved one? Use the gray box at the top of this page to find facilities near your city. It will help you find TX Assisted Living facilities, as well as senior housing from all around the United States and Canada.

11.11.10

Assisted Living Help for Veterans

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, care at home, Caregiver, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, Senior Citizen, Taking Care of a Loved One, Texas Elderly Care Services at 12:15 pm by admin

It’s November 11th today: Veteran’s Day! Today, we honor our loved ones who served to protect our nation through many years of wars, and conflicts, and those who stood on a wall to defend our freedom. In a land where every group out there is asking for more funding, these military veterans are the ones who deserve our highest attention. Since they pout their lives on the line for us, the least we can do is make sure they have the ability to live as comfortably as possible, and have full abilities to take advantage of opportunities, just like the rest of us.

Many Veterans are now becoming senior citizens. The baby boom generation includes millions of military veterans who are now retired, or planning to retire very soon. These brave men and women, many of whom fought during the Vietnam War, one of the most difficult struggles of the last century, are now wondering what should come next. Should they stay at home, or move into an elderly care facility where their medical needs are watched over, and they are relieved of the daily responsibilities that come with living in your own home. The cost of Assisted Living, however, often seems prohibitive. So many seniors who would love to move into an Assisted Living community, end up passing it up.

Fortunately, there is help for these veteran seniors. A little known Pension fund that can be a massive benefit to these men and women. The “Improved Pension” Benefit of the Veterans Administration includes a benefit for Aid and Attendance. How much aid is available? Alot. A single veteran can receive as much as $1632 per month, and a married couple up to $1949 per month. Even surviving spouses can benefit from this. They can receive $1055 per month.

This benefit is not for those who want to move into a luxurious retirement home. It is for veterans who need medical help in a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living community and cannot afford it. The medical problems do not have to be strictly related to their service, however. And it would also cover other types of caregiving, such as home care expenses for those who still want to live in the comfort of their familiar surroundings.

Consider how much this benefit could help. Most TX Assisted Living facilities can cost between $2500 and $400 per month (although he benefit is national, of course, not just for Texans). For a married couple, this is a lot of money. However, the Improved Pension benefit can affectively cut this amount in half, making it actually doable.

Are you a military veteran who wants to retire in an Assisted Living environment? Could you use this type of financial assistance? Visit VeteranAid.org to read more about the Improved Pension benefit for Aid and Assistance, and find out if you apply. Make sure you read through the application process, as it explains in detail what documents to prepare and submit. Also, if you need to find an Assisted Living facility in Texas or any other state, use the “Find Senior Housing” tool at the top of this page.

One final word to you or your loved as you look into this benefit: Thank you. For everything.

11.08.10

Stopping Senior Illnesses Before they Happen

Posted in Assisted Living, Dialysis Assisted Living, Dimentia, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, pain releif, Senior Citizen, Taking Care of a Loved One at 11:07 am by admin

Seniors are living longer, healthier, and better lives thanks to public awareness, elderly care research, and a proactive shift to preventative medicine. Many of the following deadly illnesses can be prevented or managed with a healthy lifestyle and early medical intervention.

1. Heart Disease
Heart disease includes heart failure, heart attack, and arrhythmia, which impair the heart’s ability to beat regularly and effectively, impacting blood circulation. Heart disease is often found in conjunction with other conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, poor diet, and lethargy. Genetics also plays a roll in heart disease.

Heat disease prevention begins with sticking to a healthy diet and regular exercise regime as well as quitting smoking. Quickly identifying and treating potential health risks and complicating factors such as diabetes, and high blood pressure can go a long way to reducing your risks of having potentially serious heart disease. Check with your doctor if you are concerned about any of the above or if heart disease runs in your family.

2. Cancer
The types of cancers affecting seniors vary from colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, to skin cancer. The older a person gets, the more susceptible they are to developing any of the above cancers.

Prevention of cancer is still being heavily researched, and many scientists and doctors disagree on the best course of action to prevent cancer, but most will agree that catching cancer earlier rather than later allows time for treatment and increases your chances of survival. Annual check-ups may be your best defense.

3. Stroke (cerebrovascular disease)
The loss of speech, muscular control, or vision is cause by a stroke, also called cerebrovascular disease. A stroke is usually caused by a blood cot which either prevents blood flow to the brain or causes the brain to hemorrhage.

Prevention of strokes is tricky, but science tells us that seniors with high blood pressure or diabetes have an increased risk of having a stroke. Keeping those risk factors under control may be the best way to prevent a stroke. Also, catching early warning signs, such as a mild stroke, may give you and your doctor a strategy for preventing a major stroke.
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4. COPD
That irritating cough that just won’t go away, may not just be irritating if it’s due to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). This disease is often associated with heavy cigarette smoking or long-term exposure to air-born toxins and starts with a deep cough and mucus in the lungs.

Prevention of COPD may be as clear cut as stopping smoking or avoiding toxic working environments. Treatments may include inhalers or surgery to alleviate symptoms.

5. Pneumonia
Cold and flu season, during the winter, is one of the most likely times for seniors to contract pneumonia, an infection or inflammation of the lungs. Pneumonia really becomes deadly when it’s combined with other chronic diseases.

The pneumococcal vaccine may prevent some types of bacterial pneumonia, and the flu shot may also prevent one type of viral pneumonia. Otherwise just avoiding gatherings during the peak of cold and flu season, washing hands before eating and after returning home. Physical and breathing exercises may also help improve your lung capacity. Avoid smoking and second-hand smoke. When using chemicals, wearing a mask and protective clothing and working in a well ventilated area may prevent aspiration pneumonia.

6. Diabetes: Type II
Type II Diabetes is also known as adult onset diabetes, and is a metabolic disorder that affects the way your body responds to insulin and stores sugar (energy). The many long-term complications from diabetes are what make it so deadly since they can affect the eyes, kidneys, heart, blood vessels, immune system, and nerves. The risk of heart attack is dramatically increased for people with this type of diabetes.

Prevention of Type II Diabetes lies mostly in correctly managing it to avoid the serious complications associated with the disease. Diet and exercise are key for managing diabetes.

7. Accidents
Accidents are not an illness, obviously, but they become a big deal when you’re a senior. Slowed reaction, decreased muscle control, and brittle bones contribute to the danger of senior accidents whether it’s a fall at home or a car crash.

Preventing accidents could be as easy as knowing your physical limitations and asking for help.

8. Septicemia
Septicemia includes any major infection that enters the bloodstream, poisoning the entire body.

Seniors should be quick to go to the doctor if they have fever, shaking chills, changes in mental status, or bleeding into the skin. The doctor may be able to localize and treat infections quickly, preventing serious major infections that lead to septicemia. Also, having flu and pneumococcal vaccines reduce a senior’s risk of developing septicemia.

9. Nephritis
Nephritis is better known as kidney disease. Nephritis is caused by toxic chemicals, bacterial infections, or alcohol abuse, which damage our body’s filtering system, the kidneys.

10. Alzheimer’s Disease
More and more attention is being turned toward Alzheimer’s Disease since complications associated with the disease can be deadly. Alzheimer’s causes loss of memory, mental reasoning, and eventually motor skills and organ function.

Alzheimer’s Disease does not have a cure, and more research needs to be done to define better treatments, but most experts agree that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with healthy diet and exercise will help, and being proactive by quickly seeking medical help may reduce your risk of developing the disease or at least slow the symptoms.

Awareness and healthy living will go a long way to protecting you or the senior you love from becoming a casualty of one of these ten illnesses. If you are looking for FL assisted living, or senior housing around the country, use the search bar at the top of the page.

11.06.10

Alzheimer’s Disease: Elderly Care’s Biggest Challenge

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Assisted Living Safety, dementia, Dimentia, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases, Senior Citizen at 4:57 pm by admin

Caring for Alzheimer’s disease is one of the least most difficult functions in the world of elderly care. Maybe that is because it is one of the most difficult ailments to understand. There are millions of families around the country who are struggling with it right now. For them, it is not just an issue of memory loss. It is an issue of perplexion and heartache.

The good news is that families no longer have to figure out how to deal with Alzheimer’s disease by themselves. There are countless ways for family caregivers to get help fighting this disease, while helping their loved ones to be comfortable and as happy as possible.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer’s disease is not just “common memory loss.” Yes, there is a sort of memory loss that can occur with age, but Alzheimer’s does not. Alzheimer’s is a form of Dementia. Dementia is a decrease of brain activity, not just in memory. Alzheimer’s is a particularly dangerous form of dementia. There are between 2.5 and 5 milion Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s. And unfortunately, many of these people end up dying from the disease. Alzheimer’s is the seventh leading cause of death in America.

So what can a family do when their loved one shows signs of Alzheimer’s disease? Ultimately they have two choices: care for them in a home setting, or put them in a full time elder care community that specializes in memory care. It is not a good option to leave them to live alone, since Alzheimer’s causes serious problems in every day life.

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Alzheimer’s Care at Home

For families who are able and willing, home care is probably the best option for dealing with Alzheimer’s. That is because it is easier for dementia patients to be around familiar settings. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s at home:

  • Keep the day full of activities. Make sure to include activities which are familiar to them. If possible, make connections with skills that they used to use in their career. If they get upset, switch to a new activity.
  • Form routines with those activities. Routines are extremely important for Alzheimer’s patients. If there are things your loved one would do every day, try to bring those in as well. Familiartiy is your ally.
  • Communicate with gentleness, calmness and brevity. Do not complicate the issue with confusing sentences. And do not let your own frustrations come through. That does not mean you should patronize, as if you are talking to a child. Just let your kindness come through in your patience and your clarity.
  • Utilize help services, for your sake and your loved ones. Cargiving is not easy in any situation, but especially when dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are not careful, you may end up frustrated and burned out. So be sure to check into local respite care and adult day care services. These are often linked to long term assisted living centers. They can look after your loved one for any length of time, from a few hours to a few days. Remember, if you are not well taken care of, you will not be able to take care of them.

If you are not able to care for your loved one at home, you may want to consider an Alzheimer’s Care facility, also known as Memory Care. Memory Care units will focus on building routines, providing safety, and keeping your loved one comfortable. The staff at Alzheimer’s Care facilities are well trained to deal with the intricacies of Alzheimer’s disease, and will make sure you are involved in the process as well.

Finding Alzheimer’s Care Facilities in Your City

Are you searching for elderly care to help your loved one while they are suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease? Find it right here on this site, by putting your information in the box at the top of this page. Be sure to click the “Alzheimer’s Care” box before you click your search, and if you find a facility that interests you, be sure to request “More Information.” This is a totally free service, so be sure to get information from as many faciliities as you want, with no charge.

10.22.10

Alzheimer’s Burden on Women

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elderly Care, Elderly Diseases at 12:41 pm by admin

Recently, Maria Shriver, wife of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and daughter of an Alzheimer’s patient, published a new edition of “The Shriver Report.” The Report focuses on how Alzheimer’s Disease is affecting Americans all over the country, and especially on how it affects women.

The primary discrepancy between men and women on this issue is not primarily about who suffers from the disease, but on who cares for those who are suffering. Women are the primary caregivers by a large number. Many of these women are caring for their parents while working full time and raising their family. It is no wonder, then, why 60 percent of them confess they are dealing with emotional stress, and half of those say it is a “level 5 out of 5″ kind of stress. If you’re doing the math, that means that one-third of these caregivers are experiencing extreme stress from their duties.
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How can we deal with this? It is not as if caregivers can just drop their other duties! They can’t stop raising their children or earning bread for them. And they certainly cannot just stop loving their parents. So what are they to do?

There is no easy solutions when you are dealing with Alzheimer’s. But there are options. Many families still have not heard of elderly care services that deal with memory loss. But Alzheimer’s care facilities are becoming more and more common all throughout the United States. Alzheimer’s caregivers can get professional help from caregivers, whether that means for an afternoon, or for the foreseeable future.

Memory Care, or Alzheimer’s care can take on many forms. Many adult day care facilities specialize in memory care patients. Their facilities are safely enclosed to prevent wandering off, and the staff focus strategically on building routines, and helping their patients stay comfortable. Other assisted living communities offer entire wings of their facility as Alzheimer’s wings. They often have outdoor enclosed gardens or parks, and their living quarters are secured and monitored twenty-four hours a day.

While many women caregivers might not be ready to give their loved ones over to a memory care assisted living center, some of them just need a break. Either way, they should absolutely not feel guilty for seeking assistance. If the stress overwhelms them, then things will get really bad. They will not be able to care for themselves, their children or their parents. Then what?

If you are looking for Alzheimer’s Care in Texas, enter your information in the box above. Click this link if you need Alzheimers or assisted living FL.

08.25.10

Adult Family Homes

Posted in care at home, Elder Care, Elderly Diseases at 10:32 am by admin

No one likes to face the tough decision of what to do with mom or dad if they are unable to live alone and family members are not able to take them into their own home. But starting the decision process earlier rather than later will help you find the place best suited to your loved one, and will help them be a part of this important decision making process.

Most people are aware of nursing homes, assisted living communities, and retirement communities, listed in order of most to least support provided, but many are unaware of the adult family home option that may be appropriate for an individual who needs help with meals, cleaning, medicine administration, transportation, physical and daily routine assistance. Adult Family Homes generally offer more assistance than an assisted living facility, but less than a nursing home. Adult Family Homes are also a great option for someone who wants to have the sense of family by sharing a home with others. [ad#ad-1]

What are Adult Family Homes

Adult Family Homes are simply houses in residential areas which are licensed to provide room and board for up to 6 senior residents. Normally these homes are operated by singles, families, or businesses. Some Adult Family Homes choose to hire outside personel such as nurses to come into the home and provide services on a regular basis.

Services Offered

Every Adult Family Home will vary, but most homes offer the security of an onsite person responsible for the safety of the residents and providing physical assistance as needed, meal service, medication administration, and nursing care for routine vital checks. Some homes offer specialized services for residents with specific ailments such as dementia, mental or physical disabilities, or neurological illnesses.

Adult Family Homes Pros and Cons

In spite of their negative association with group homes that have gotten a bad rap in the past, new laws and medicaid eligibility requirements have upped the standards for most adult family homes. The shift to specialized care also has improved the overall quality of care for many adult family homes. More homes are making family atmosphere a higher priority by offering more family-style activities and living accommodations and policies. Many seniors appreciate the warm family atmosphere found in these smaller, tight-knit house communities . They also enjoy the fact that they can receive the extra care that they need, and don’t have to be a burden to family members.

Choosing a suitable Adult Family Home

Find a list of all adult family homes in your region. Be sure that their required licensing is up-to-date. Decide what specialized services you might need, and which accommodations you desire. Find out what specialized services each home offers that meet your wants and needs. If possible, bring your loved one with you to visit a few of the Adult Family Homes you’ve selected to meet some of the residents and find which location will be the best match, and what the atmosphere and other residents are like. If your loved one would like to keep a treasured pet, find out whether or not that home permits pets. There pet policy would be good to know too if pets or pet dander is a problem.

Adult Family Homes might be just the ticket for a senior needing some assistance and supervision and at the same time wanting to maintain independence from family. The family style residential atmosphere offered by adult family homes often provides a safe haven that suits many seniors to a T.

10.19.09

What Should I Know About Long Term Memory Care?

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, Dimentia, Elderly Diseases at 10:26 am by admin

Understanding Long-Term Memory Care

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Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer’s have needs that other Elders do
not. Their memory impairment and frequent disorientation can be a
constant source of anxiety for their loved ones and caregivers. Memory
Care Facilities can be a huge help for these individuals. Memory Care
is offered in the form of short-term respite care or long-term
assisted living. Elder care services are increasingly recognizing
Memory Care as a necessary form of specialized care.

So how is Memory Care different than regular Assisted Living?

The most major component is the increased focus on safety. Alzheimer’s
patients are especially prone to wondering around, getting lost, and
sometimes hurting themselves. Most Assisted Living facilities aren’t
equipped to deal with this type of problem. Memory Care facilities
place a high priority on a safe, contained environment. Sometimes,
facilities provide an entire wing, sometimes called an Alzheimer’s
wing, that is always well-staffed and keeps doors locked. That way,
the staff can keep track of potential wanderers.
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But just because facilities are locked and safe doesn’t mean they have
to be institutional, stifling and dull. Many Memory Care centers offer
lots of room for residents to roam and explore in total safety.
Outdoor courtyards and gardens are very common, and very helpful.

In addition, the staff of Memory Care facilities are trained to deal
with the difficult effects of memory loss. Much of this comes in the
form of routine building. Routines are an important part of any
person’s life, but they become especially important for those with
memory loss.

There are kinds of variations in treatment and environment between
memory care facilities. If you are considering placing your loved one
in this type of assisted living facility, it is important that you
actually go to visit several in your area to compare the level and
kids of care they offer.

Dealing with Alzheimer’s is never easy, and it almost always means the
end is not far away. Memory Care facilities are acutely aware of this,
and uniquely suited to help make your loved one’s final days just a
little bit more comfortable and, if possible, maybe even pleasant.
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