12.27.10

Seniors and Pets

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Safety, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen at 12:43 pm by admin

Healthy Seniors Owning Pets

Pet ownership has tremendous benefits for people in any demographic, given the right circumstances, especially senior citizens. Seniors who grow close to their pets are often happier and healthier than those who live alone. It is not difficult to see why. Pets become a source of real companionships for millions of people. They talk to their pet, they feel a connection with them. They feel protected by them, and they feel like they are never alone. And because their pet is dependent on them, they take responsibility for all kinds of things: feeding their pet, taking walks, cleaning up after her. All of these things can help the senior to get physical exercise that they might not otherwise get.

For seniors who are healthy enough to live alone, pet ownership can be a tremendous help. The biggest benefit might be the most subtle. Retired seniors can often suffer from a depressed state of mind that results in a loss of purpose. When they were working in their former careers, at least they felt productive. At least they felt like they were contributing to society. But when they retire, all of that can go away. A pet, however, brings the kind of responsibility to the table that can squelch those feelings. A senior who has to take care of a pet can quickly regain a sense of responsibility, which builds confidence. Add to this the comraderie and exercise benefits, and pet ownership might be a real no-brainer!
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When Seniors Can’t Care for Their Pets

But as a senior ages further and their health begins to go south, they might not be able to take care of their beloved friend by themselves. What happens then?

Fortunately, there are a growing number of elderly care facilities–from nursing homes to assisted living facilities to retirement communities–that allow pets, and able to help care for them. Of course, there are restrictions and fees involved, but the door is opening wider and wider as baby boomers need help but don’t want to abandon their friends. This is definitely worth looking into. Seniors can search for assisted living homes that will allow dogs, cats, birds, etc.

But more often than not, assisted living homes will not allow pets, for obvious reasons. Pets require additional hands, and additional care. That means greater expenses. So if you are unable to find an assisted living home that will take a pet, you might be left with some less attractive options:

1) Find a family member who can take care of the pet. This is a great option if the pet is small and manageable. But if we are talking about a bid dog or a less manageable animal, obviously, family will not be too thrilled.

2) Take an ad out in the paper or on Craigslist and find a good home for the pet. This is not a fun option for the senior, but it might be the best one. If they can’t manage their pet any longer, of if they are unable to take their pet with them to their next living situation, let them have a say in where their pet goes. They might be able to have a say in where their animal ends up.

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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.

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12.03.10

Continuing Care Communities in Houston

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Nursing home, Retirement, Senior Citizen at 2:38 pm by admin

Seniors in Houston have many options at their disposal for elderly care. If they are not healthy, there are dozens of full time Houston nursing homes that will take care of their medical needs around the clock, or to give them physical rehabilitation after an injury. If they are healthy, but need some help with daily living activities, they can find one of the many Houston Assisted Living homes to meet their needs. And if they are healthy and physically active, they can find a Houston retirement community (a.k.a. Houston Independent living community) to settle down in ease and comfort.

And rest assured, there are some awesome facilities in each of these categories. There are especially some terrific retirement communities in the Houston area. Seniors love the year round warm temperatures, the wide assortment of entertainment options, the sports scene, the shopping, and the championship golf courses. Many retirement communities are centered around golf courses, even. So there are some awesome reasons for seniors to live in the Houston area.
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And yet, there is a quandry for Houston seniors and their families regarding their future in senior care, and it is this: a senior’s health and activity level are not static. Those are constantly changing factors, and generally, there will be a deterioration in a senior’s health over the years. So there is an inherent risk to signing a contract with an assisted living facility or buying a condo at a retirement center. What happens if your loved one takes a fall and breaks his hip? Or what happens when he contracts a disease that needs more oversight? Then you are stuck in a facility that does not care for the needs you actually have.

This is where Houston Continuing Care communities come in to play. Continuing care is a revolutionary kind of elderly care that adapts to the health and needs of the residents. In Houston continuing care facilities allow a resident to move into a different part of the facility (it is generally more like a large campus with different departments) that will better fit the particular needs they are facing.

Typically, it works this way: a resident will sign a contract with a continuing care community to last a certain length of time. Most seniors sign on with the community indefinitely–for the rest of their lives. They do this while they are healthy and active, generally, and living in a low maintenance retirement setting. But when they need to, they can transfer to assisted living or nursing home care without worrying about ending a lease and signing a new contract with another company. Needless to say, this is a huge break, as contracts can be a massive hassle for Houston seniors and the companies.

The Forum At Memorial Woods
777 N Post Oak Rd
Houston, TX
Phone: 866-333-2176

Alliance Care Phone
2626 S Loop W Ste 415
Houston, Texas,
Phone: 866-407-7211

Hampton at Post Oak
2929 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056
713-993-9999

Holly Hall Retirement Community
8304 Knight Rd
Houston, TX 77054
713-799-9031

Bayou Manor
4141 S. Braeswood Boulevard
Houston, TX 77025
(713) 663-3801

University Place TX
7480 Beechnut
Houston, TX 77074
(713) 541-2900

To find other kinds of Houston TX Assisted Living and retirement communities, use the “Find Senior Housing” box at the top of this page. Feel free to request more information from as many communities as interest you. Enjoy your search!

12.02.10

When Grandma has to Spend Christmas Alone…

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Depression, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Nursing home, Senior Citizen at 1:02 pm by admin

The Holidays are supposed to be the most joyful days of the year. Everywhere you look, people are singing songs, buying gifts, and celebrating life and relationships. But there is an ugly truth about the holidays: they are also the most depressing time of the year for millions of Americans. This is no more true then in nursing homes and assisted living housing communities. All too often, the seniors who live in these homes get left and forgotten over the holidays while the rest of their family is gathering together and celebrating. This usually happens when family lives in another region, of course, but it can even happen when people live close together.

At any rate, if you cannot be with your aging loved one this Christmas, and they are left to spend the holidays alone in their senior housing facility, there are still ways to bring a little bit of Christmas cheer to them. Here are a few ideas to make that happen:

1.) Let them “virtually” join you
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We have talked a lot about the terrific technological gadgets that allow video conferencing, but we need to mention it here again. Take it from someone who regularly has the grandkids connect with “grammy and pappa.” Being able to see and talk with the grandkids is special for seniors. Very special. So imagine how much better it would be if you could video chat while the kids are opening their presents, or going through some Christmas traditions. Then grandma or grandpa could “experience” it with them. Is it quite the same? Of course not. But it is a huge step in the right direction, and they will be very grateful for the chance.

(If you don’t know how to set up video conferencing, there are many options now. For seniors in an elderly care facility is a modern smart phone like the iPhone 4, which has video conferencing capabilities available. We wrote about that already. But if they have a computer with high speed internet access, you can get them connected with a camera and Skype account. Trust me, it will be worth it!)

2) Get the Kids to Make them Gifts
Nothing says love like a hand-made gift, especially when it comes from the grandkids or great-grandkids. And it does not have to be elaborate at all. We’re talking something simple: a home made card saying “we love you grandma.” A craft that they made at school. Something that they touched themselves, something they put thought into.

3) Send a Christmas Care Package
There will always be things a person does not like about their environment. Maybe the towels in the fitness center are scratchy. Maybe the toilet paper is rough, or the silverware is ugly. A giftbox can be a great way to address several of these small irritants at once. Of course, they can live with any and all of these things. It’s not a big deal. But the fact that you knew they bothered her, and cared enough to track down several different little things to cheer her heart can go miles to making her know that she is not forgotten.

4) Send a Christmas Telegram
What? A telegram? It’s the twenty-first century! Of course it is, but your loved one remembers when they were a normal part of life. Telegrams that are sent directly to your loved one’s room, hand-delivered at just the right time communicate one thing and one thing loudly: “We remember you!” You can easily find a telegram service on the internet that will deliver to the assisted living facility, just make sure you arrange it ahead of time, as the Christmas rush could be difficult.

5) Call them. Multiple times.
Give them a ring on Christmas eve just to say “we love you, and we wish you were here.” Let the kids say hi. And then in the morning, after the kids have opened their gifts, call again. Let the kids say “Thanks for the presents. Describe how the festivities went. Let them feel a part of the holidays. The sound of your voices is far more comforting than you probably realize.

So there it is. You can let your aging loved ones feel joyful during the holidays, even if their surroundings are something less than joyous and comfortable. All it takes is a little imagination, planning, and intentionality. With those, even the loneliest TX Assisted Living facility and nursing home can glisten with holiday cheer.

11.29.10

Dallas Elderly Care

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen at 3:37 pm by admin

The term “elderly care” can mean many different things to many different people. To some, it refers specifically to senior housing options like assisted living and nursing homes. To others, it points to services that are available to elderly citizens. And still to others, elderly care services are services for senior citizens to be involved in.

Fortunately for North Texas seniors, Dallas elderly care covers all of these descriptions.

Why Retire in Dallas?

The Dallas, Texas metroplex is a popular retirement destination for retirees. Many seniors enjoy the city for its perpetual warmth, its endless shopping opportunities, and its many venues for cultural presentation. Dallas’ art scene is fantastic, and its sports and entertainment options are amazing. There are also championship golf courses, and a host of area lakes for bass fishing. Whatever a senior’s preference is, the Dallas metroplex can cater to it.

Dallas Senior Centers

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Senior centers are very often an important center for building friendships and sharing information. Dallas senior centers can help elderly residents connect with one another and find out what services are offered throughout the community. Oftentimes they can also help seniors sort out issues regarding their own unique situations with medical benefits, etc. Here are a couple of Dallas Senior Centers:

West Dallas Senior Center
2828 Fish Trap Road
(214) 670-6350

M.L.K. Senior Center
2901 Pennsylvania
(214) 670-0355

Park South Senior Center
2500 Romine
(214) 421-5301

Places for Dallas Seniors to “Plug In”

Senior Volunteering is a unique and very positive side of elderly care. Seniors who retire from their careers do not have to sacrifice their sense of usefulness and productivity. Many who quit their jobs no longer know how to find those things again, but thousands of senior volunteers have found a new sense of pride and fulfillment in helping others. In Dallas, the local RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is very active. One terrific facet of this program this group offers is the “Off Our Rockers” tutoring and mentoring opportunity. Here, seniors can take an elementary school student under their wing and help them with their homework. But there are lots of other opportunities beyond that as well. The important thing to remember is that there are ways for any senior to help, no matter what skills they possess. There is always a way to plug in. Here is the very best place for potential senior volunteers to start.

RSVP
3910 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas
(214) 823-5700

Senior Services offered to Dallas Elderly

For Dallas seniors who are looking to find out what type of services are offered for them, they can find answers at the Dallas County Health and Human Services. Here is their address:

2377 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas

But there are private volunteer services available for Dallas seniors as well. For example, the Meals on Wheels program is an immensely popular service offered all around the country, and it is mostly seniors who benefit. Here is one way to find them:

Meals On Wheels
Place page
Ste 500, 1440 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas
(214) 689-2639

Senior Housing in Dallas

Finally, the most popular definition for “elderly care” is senior housing, and there are many varieties here as well. For active adults looking for a comfortable place to settle down, Dallas seniors will love the choices they have for retirement communities. Many of them offer a resort style living environment that will keep them busy and happy. For others who need a helping hand in their life but still want to maintain some privacy and independence, Dallas TX assisted living is a wonderful choice. And still for others who are experiencing chronic medical issues that require full time oversight, Dallas has some tremendous nursing homes.

So, what’s the best way to find Dallas Elderly Care housing options? Use the gray box at the top of this very page to enter your information and begin your search. You will find a ton of options, and be able to find what works best for you.

11.26.10

Elderly Care in Texas

Posted in Assisted Living, Caregiver, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Nursing home, Senior Citizen at 8:33 pm by admin

Texas is increasingly becoming a popular retirement destination. Elderly care services in Texas are meeting the demand. People of all ages like to live in Texas, and the reasons are fairly obvious. First, Texas is a warm place. Even in the winter time, temperatures are comfortable, and ice and snow–both of which most seniors do not care for–are rare occurrences. In addition, many move to the state because it has one of the lowest living costs in the nation. There is also no state income tax. But mostly, people like to live in Texas because of the culture. The pace of life is relaxed already, and southern manners and hospitality make the state a treasured throwback to simpler times.

With a population of around twenty-five million, Texas is the second largest state in the country. The elderly care business is expansive, including senior housing and senior services that are as broad as Texas itself. Here are a few examples of what you might see with Texas Elderly Care, and a few ways to find a particular service you might be looking for.

Texas Senior Centers

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Senior Centers are an important aspect of elder care for millions of retirees. They are places where elderly people can connect in a variety of ways, where new friendships are formed, and where seniors can find out how to take advantage of a whole host of elderly care services. In Texas, there are senior centers available in virtually every significant metropolitan area. Here is how you can find some of these in the Texas’ biggest cities:

Dallas
Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas-the Senior Source
3910 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas
(214) 823-570

Houston
Senior Citizens Center
2500 Campbell St, Houston, TX 77026
(713) 228-7543

San Antonio
Senior Citizens Ctr Social Service & Welfare Organizations
Address: 6th St & Ave E
(830) 742-8711

Austin
Lamar Senior Ctr Senior Citizens Service
Address: 2874 Shoal Crest Ave
(512) 474-5921

Places for Texas Seniors to be Involved

Many retired seniors find adjusting to life a difficult task because they cannot be idle. They have worked hard their whole life, and when they quite their career, they feel a sense of loss. They miss the feeling of being productive, and they miss being with people. For them, volunteer opportunities are a central part of Texas elder care services. Here are some networks for senior volunteer opportunities in Texas’ largest cities:

Dallas
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
3910 Harry Hines Boulevard
(214) 823-5700

Austin
100 N I H 35
County of Travis: Retired Senior Volunteer Program
(512) 854-7787

San Antonio
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
202 West French Place
(210) 222-0301

Elderly Care Housing in Texas

The most notable type of elderly are is, of course, senior housing. And Texas is full of all types of senior housing.

Texas Elderly Care Housing can be divided up into three primary divisions: Skilled nursing, Assisted Living, and independent living. Patients and residents have very different needs when they choose one of these, and there are many shades of care in each category. Texas skilled nursing homes, for example, are for ill seniors who need around the clock care, or full time rehabilitation. This can include hospital care for seniors as well.

TX Assisted Living, on the other hand, is mostly for seniors who do not need that kind of intensive oversight, but who still need some help with Activities for Daily Living, or ADL’s. This can include anything from doing housework to taking baths to getting dressed in the morning. Seniors at assisted living facilities can get specific care for their specific needs. That way, they can live independently for most things, enjoy living in an active social community, but still be taken care of where the situation calls for it.

Texas Independent Living is for seniors who are ready to retire, but who do not need oversight. Retirement communities let seniors live by themselves, without having the responsibilities of home ownership. They can often get help for all sorts of things like lawn care, housekeeping, etc. Texas Independent Living facilities often resemble resort communities.

Some Texas elderly care communities can combine all three types of care in one. These are known as continuing care communities. Seniors who choose this option generally move in to the facility when they are able bodied and independent, with the understanding that they can adapt their care options asw their situation calls for it. So when they decide they need help with basic daily activities, they can move in to an assisted living care level, and if their health unravels, they can get skilled nursing attention. Continuing care communities allow residents to sign one contract when they move in which will last for the remainder of their lives, if they wish to.

If you are looking for Texas senior housing options around the state, enter your city location and type of care desired in the gray box at the top of this article. If you find a facility that suits your needs, you can request more information from them.

11.24.10

Making the Holidays Special for Elderly Loved Ones

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elderly Care, Nursing home, Retirement, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services at 9:40 pm by admin

The Holidays would not be complete without our nearest and dearest. Many families include traditional ways of celebrating that have been passed down through the generations. The holidays are a special time to include elderly friends and family. The following are some steps to ensure that the elderly one you love will enjoy the Holidays to the fullest.

Preparing your home

Whether you’re having a massive family celebration or just your family and grandma, everyone enjoys sprucing up the house and adding special seasonal decor. One thing to keep in mind in your preparation is to keep the floors clear of loose rugs and objects that might easily be tripped over and cause a fall. Outside walkways and driveways also may need some sand or salt to prevent icy surfaces, prime culprits of senior falls. Having a comfy seat handy for Grandpa to plop down in rooms where you will be spending most of your time is also a safety measure worth taking. Pulling out decor and photo books that have sentimental value, like the quilt Great Aunt Nettie made or the kids most recent school photos may mean more to your elderly loved one than any gift and become great conversation pieces for everyone.
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Making room for special diets on the Holiday menu

Keep in mind that the elderly one joining your celebration may have diet restrictions will save you some last minute flurry and prevent anyone from being left out of the Holiday feast. Many elderly people need to watch their salt, fat, or sugar intake, even on the Holidays, so ask before you start your baking, and be sure to include a few special-diet-friendly dishes

Accommodating Special Needs

In the case of an elderly loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, having someone on hand to guide them through the Holidays and keep tabs on them is a wise idea. Whether you assigned a family member or hire a respite care worker, having a loved one with dementia take part in family celebrations is important. Briefing family and friends who are unaware on how to interact can be helpful. The Holidays may be a particularly sentimental and emotional time for people who have Alzheimer’s Disease, and having someone close by who is familiar and calming helps.

Planning ahead to make the house as accessible as possible will ensure that no one gets left out. Keeping family activities on the ground level and in easy-access rooms will allow everyone to participate. Leave space at the table and through the house for walkers or wheelchairs, and make sure the bathrooms are easily accessible for everyone.

Planning for meaningful interactions

Many holiday celebrations are centered around the kids, but some of the most precious traditions are the ones Great-Grandma started. Having special, traditional activities that will bridge the generation gap and bring the elderly and the kids together can create unforgettable memories. Putting Great Grandma in charge of a taffy pull, turkey craft, or cookie decorating, or setting Grandpa in charge of choosing the best dishpan to send the kids down the snowy hillside is an awesome way to stir up family stories and create priceless memories.

The Holidays are filled with precious family interactions and traditions. Take time this year to make them special for the elderly one you love.

If you are looking for help finding TX assisted living or other elderly care, use the search box above.

11.15.10

Dallas, Texas Assisted Living Options

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen at 10:50 am by admin

If you are looking for Dallas, Texas assisted living options, you have come to the right place. Dallas is one of the best cities in all of Texas to settle down in for a variety of reasons, and there are some outstanding assisted living communities in and around the metroplex. It is a popular place for families and seniors alike.

Would Assisted Living Meet Your Needs?

Assisted Living is a form of elderly care that has increased dramatically in popularity in the last twenty years. It represents a stark difference between the way we cared for elders in the past. For example, when a retired person could no longer care for himself or herself, they would often be left with just two choices: move into the home of a relative, or move into a nursing home. But nursing homes would be filled with all different kinds of seniors: those who were suffering from dementia, those who were bedridden, and those who were relatively healthy, but needed help getting dressed in the morning. Nursing home care was blanket senior coverage.

Of course, that was never idea. In reality, there is as much variety in the daily lives of seniors as there is within any other demographic. Seniors don’t need blanket care, they need care that fits their needs. And for seniors who, in general, desire activity and independence but still require some help with daily routines, assisted living has proved to be an attractive option.
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Dallas, TX Assisted Living communities have a great deal of variety themselves, but there are some pretty standard characteristics. Most of them contain senior apartments for their residents. They have a medical staff on site to care for residents’ basic needs. They serve three meals per day to residents. And they provide venues and transportation for social get-togethers.

Because Assisted Living communities house many people, the social aspect might actually be the biggest drawing point for many active seniors. These become places where true, solid friendships are formed. And this is especially true in a place like Dallas, Texas, where there are so many things to do.

Dallas, Texas Living

The Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex is one of the largest city areas in all the Unites States. It is massive area full of shallow rolling hills and scattered trees. The weather is humid and warm, and there is plenty of rain (if you are picturing a desert, you have the wrong side of Texas in mind!). Dallas residents are blessed with a wide array of activities on their doorstep, no matter what kind of entertainment they are into.

Things for Dallas Seniors to Do

Dallas has more restaurants than any city this traveler has ever seen. Seriously. If you can think of a type of cuisine, you will probably have at least fifty choices to find it at! If you are religious about eating out, this is your Mecca!

There are so many shopping centers in this city, you will never run out of places to go. Most people love going to the Galleria, or to suburbs like Grapevine, home of the legendary Bass Pro Shop and Grapevine Mills Mall. There are outlet malls nearby, and terrific downtown shopping hotspots.

For kids, the best thing about Dallas is undoubtedly Six Flags over Texas. This amusement park in Arlington is a massive draw. That is a great thing for seniors who want their grandchildren to come and visit. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is close by, so it is easy to arrange family visits, and to take them to Six Flags!

Dallas,Texas Culture
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One of the thing Dallas prides itself on is its cultural sophistication. There is a reason for this. The arts district contains many gorgeous art galleries and museums. Most notably, the Dallas museum of art hosts exhibits from around the world, and the Science Museum on the Texas State Fairgrounds draws thousands and thousands each year. These are popular outing destinations for seniors from Assisted Living communities.

Events in Dallas, Texas

The are unique cultural events in Dallas, one of the most notable being the Mesquite Rodeo. This is a terrific cultural experience for out of towners, and for seniors looking for some out of the box entertainment. Of course, Dallas is also host to four professional sports teams: the baseball Texas Rangers, the Dallas Cowboys of football, the Dallas Stars in hockey, and the Dallas Mavericks in basketball. In addition there are collegiate events all over the metroplex. Texas loves its sports, and if your aging loved one does, too, this is a terrific place to live.

There are also cultural events that draw in millions of visitors, especially the Texas State Fair which happens each fall, drawing visitors from all over Texas and Oklahoma. The Fair culminates with the famed “Red River Shootout” football game between The University of Texas and Oklahoma University.

Is Dallas, Texas Assisted Living RIght for Your Loved One?

Only you and your family can answer that question. Once you have determined what level of senior health they need, I suggest you look into it. I can tell you from experience that Dallas is a wonderful place to live for any person, no matter what their age, and that there are facilities that are bound to meet the needs of any individual. So go ahead and search our database of facilities at the top of this page. You can request “More Information” from any community you like. Go ahead and search. It’s free!

Understanding Texas Assisted Living

Posted in Assisted Living, Assisted Living Facilities, Elder Care, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen, Texas Elderly Care Services, Uncategorized at 9:53 am by admin

Why Choose Assisted Living in The First Place?

Assisted Living facilities, in their most basic form, are elderly care communities. They come in many different forms, but there are some pretty standard characteristics. For example, assisted living facilities, unlike nursing homes, provide ways for their residents to remain independent. Nursing home patients need around the clock care, so nurses are always nearby. But that is not the case here. Assisted living residents are not usually fighting diseases.

The lines between types of care are blurring more and more. The current trend in senior care is that assisted living homes are doing more of what nursing homes used to do–caring for a patient’s daily needs. They want their resident’s independence to remain in check, but they also need a helping hand with ADL’s, or Activities for Daily Living.
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Activities for Daily Living?

What activities? Basic ones that young people hardly ever think twice about. Things like bathing, getting dressed, going to the bathroom. Things like transportation, taking medicine, and eating meals. When aging seniors start to lose muscle mass and control, they need someone to be with them to give them a helping hand.

Assisted Living facilities provide help with these ADL’s for all of their residents who need it. For example, they almost always offer meal services. Most of them give three hot meals per day. They also provide transportation for shopping, doctor appointments, and scheduled social events. In fact, social outings have become a center piece of the assisted living lifestyle. Most will not need help bathing or toileting, but if they do, the staff is there to assist them. And in general, residents love to have housekeeping assistance as well.

Independence and Simplification

Residents of these facilities usually are those that want to maintain independence. They have lived in their own homes for years, and they have never had to rely on other people to do everything. This kind of life is not really possible in a nursing home where there is a maximum level of oversight. In assisted living, residents are encouraged to do whatever they want to do on their own, and take advantage of whatever services they require. It is a lifestyle of simplification, not helplessness. They simplify by getting rid of complicated, labor intensive chores such as housekeeping, cooking and lawn maintenance. That means there is more time for having fun.

But there is an extra benefit of this lifestyle that many seniors find out only after they move in: the friendship factor. These facilities are filled with peers, after all–other seniors who are in the same boat as they are. And because they are living in community, they end up spending a lot of time together at meals, social outings, and in-home activities. These peers often end up becoming dear friends, and making the entire transition process very enjoyable.

The Cost of Assisted Living

There are so many options involved with Texas assisted living. Some facilities, of course, are more opulent than others. There are some that are defined by the type of amenities that surround them. For example, some facilities are situated near golf courses for more active seniors. These types of facilities are more like retirement centers than assisted living facilities. These types of active communities are generally far more expensive.

But generally, the price will depend on the size of the apartment and the specific ADL’s that the senior requires. If he needs help bathing, for example, he can expect to pay far more than someone who simply needs help remembering to take his medication.

All in all, assisted living is generally much more affordable than nursing home life or full time home care. According to a recent Met Life report, assisted living typically costs around $3,200 per month–about 1/3 the cost of a nursing home. The difference is this: nursing homes generally accept Medicare or Medicaid, while assisted living facilities almost never do. And for Texans, this figure is likely to be lower than the national average. Texas, after all, has the most inexpensive nursing care in the country, and it’s assisted living costs are also very reasonable.

Finding a Texas Assisted Living facility

Are you looking for an assisted living facility for you or an aging loved one? There are many, many excellent communities to chose from. Whether you need a artsy community in downtown Dallas, or a rural setting in New Braunfels, we can help you find the TX Assisted Living home you need. All you need to do is use the widget at the top of this page to search for housing in your city. When you see a list of facilities, you can request an information packet from as many places as interest you. So go ahead and take a look!

11.14.10

Volunteer Services Helping Seniors in the Dallas area

Posted in Alzheimer's Disease, Assisted Living, Assisted Living Referral Service, care at home, Dimentia, Elder Care, elderly and education, Elderly Care, Senior Citizen at 8:45 pm by admin

For many Dallas/Fort Worth senior residence, the difference between staying independent enough to live at home or needing to move into an elderly care facility may lie squarly on the shoulders of volunteers from their own community.

There are a plethera of service organizations that specifically target home-bound seniors living in the Dallas/Fortworth metroplex. Services offered vary by organization and depend on the number of qualified volunteers available, but may include transportation, housekeeping assistance, meal preparation and delivery, light maintenance, friendly visits or phone calls, respite care (particularly for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia),

People Helping People
214-670-7320
People Helping People offers assistance to Dallas seniors age 62+ helping homeowners with minor exterior home repairs that improve the safety of the home including replacing rotted wood, scraping and painting, installing handrails, replacing ramps, steps, and porches.

Faith in Action
NSEAM Living at Home/Block Nurse Program
(817) 338-2958 ext. 15
Volunteers from this Fort Worth-based organization offer Tarrant county seniors assistance with bill paying, light household chores, friendly visits or phone calls, meal preparation, shopping, transportation, personal and respite care.

Catholic Charities of Dallas
Phone: (214) 826-8330
Catholic Charities has three locations serving Dallas residents age 60 and over. Volunteers at the three Dallas locations provide hot meals, health screenings, social events, community activities, and assistance.

Meals on Wheels
Collin County Committee on Aging (CCCoA)
CCCoA is a private nonprofit organization serving Collin County seniors by delivering about hot meals for lunch and dinner weekdays, and weekends. They also offer congregate lunches at six senior centers located in Farmersville, McKinney, Plano, Bart Peddicord Community Center, Princeton, Allen

CCCoA volunteers also provide transportation to seniors, caregiver support, benefits counseling, and case management services.

Are you or the senior you love feeling overwhelmed with housework and meal preparation? Losing track of which bill is due when? Got a fix-it list that’s been neglected? Need a ride to the doctor’s office? Could benefit from respite care? Need a grocery-getter? A friendly visit or phone call? Pick up the phone and call one of the above organizations; there are volunteers ready to help you stay as independent at home as possible.

If you’re looking for TX assisted living facilities in the Dallas, Fort Worth area, enter the city and state or zip code in the box at the top of this page as well as the type of housing you’re looking for. A list of facilities in that area will pop up on the next page.

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