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Dementia and Family Dynamics

Dementia and Family Dynamics

Dementia and Family Dynamics

It may be hard to imagine, but for some families, dementia has a silver lining. The diagnosis may bring families closer as members work together to solve a common challenge. It forces intimacy when bodily functions become less personal. And it can cause relatives to depend on each other for emotional support.

More often, though, dementia sparks conflict, guilt, grief, sacrifice, uncertainty negative emotions that can affect the quality of life for the person with dementia and their loved ones. Studies show that more than most other diseases, dementia increases stress and decreases mental health and well-being in caregivers for a variety of reasons:

• Caring for someone with dementia is difficult, time-consuming, and may necessitate the caregiver leaving their job and abandoning hobbies and relationships.

• Dementia can be isolating because it’s so individual.

• The progressive and unpredictable nature of dementia makes planning difficult, increasing uncertainty and anxiety.

• Many family members experience guilt when caring for someone with dementia, wondering if they’re doing enough for their loved one.

• Adult children of people with dementia may find themselves bathing, dressing, and feeding their parents. The resulting sense of loss can cut both ways: Adult children grieve the parent they knew, and the person with dementia depending on how lucid they are may grieve the effect their diagnosis has on their children.

• Frustration can arise when the care recipient is unable to express gratitude.

You may be dealing with these stressors and/or others, making your experience with dementia far from any silver lining. If that’s the case, here are some ideas to help maintain your well-being and navigate the land mines of family dynamics and dementia.

Remember that what you’re experiencing is normal. All your emotions are shared by millions of loved ones around the world. You may feel alone you’re not.

Stay flexible. Dementia is not fixed. The disease evolves and changes so what you’re handling right now may change next week. Try not to fixate on one way of doing things.

Be patient. This is easier said than done. But try to keep in mind that your loved one isn’t intentionally being difficult. The best care you can provide is a healthy dose of patience.

Ask for and offer help. If you’re in over your head, ask your family for support. Try to make your requests specific versus open-ended: “I need someone to do the grocery shopping. I need you to take mom to the doctor on Tuesday. I need coverage on Wednesday so I can take a day off.” Remember that if you need help, other family caregivers may need support as well. Check in and see how everyone is doing and what might make it easier for everyone.

Communicate. Consider weekly family meetings to discuss the latest developments and who’s handling what.

Consider an intermediary. When tensions run high in already fraught situations, the results can be explosive. Try to diffuse the situation before it gets to that point by using an intermediary to negotiate with difficult family members if disagreements about care seem insurmountable.

Hire support if necessary. Bring in professionals if you need to. Professional caregivers, housekeepers, personal assistants, and others can relieve you of the burden of care when it gets too heavy.

Take care of yourself. Studies show that caregivers who adapt to stress share two qualities: optimism and resilience. Resilience is the ability to cope effectively and adapt. Optimism is the expectation of a positive outcome in the face of adversity. Ask yourself what you can do to increase these qualities in yourself. Regular exercise? Time away? Professional support? Banish the misconception that self-care is selfish: you simply can’t take care of your loved one unless you first take care of yourself.

Caring for someone with dementia is especially hard when family dynamics are unhealthy. The most important thing you can do for your family, yourself, and your loved one is to work together and support each other. Quality of life is possible if you know how to create it.

Source: tenderrose.com

A guideline for navigating changes in Family Dynamics

In order to cope with the change in dynamics, it’s important to face everything as a family with open communication, understanding and compassion. This battle is different for everyone, so it’s important to do what you can to help one another. To help you navigate the changes, keep some of the following points in mind.

Adjusting will not happen overnight.Just because you now know about the disease and have a plan in place doesn’t mean you know everything there is to know. Alzheimer’s disease affects families and their loved ones differently, so your “normal” may change multiple times through the course of the disease. Take time to adjust and give yourself – and other family members – some grace.

People generally work better in numbers.If you or another family member need help with caregiving tasks, ask for help or step in to help. Is a family member having an emotionally hard time dealing with the diagnosis? Reach out and help them. Are household tasks getting put on the backburner? Take some time to help them clean.

Make sure everyone is on the same page.Again, communication is key. If your loved one is getting worse, tell your family. If there is something they need to step up and do, ask your family to help with it. If you learn something that makes your loved one with Alzheimer’s feel better, share that with other family members. Be a team and communicate to be better caregivers.

“If you and your family are having trouble coping with your loved one’s diagnosis, reach out for help and support,” says Peggy. “Joining support groups, talking to a counselor or pastor, or seeking out options for care can help to make your journey through Alzheimer’s disease easier.”

Source: lionsgateccrc.org

Siblings disagree about how much care is needed

Adult siblings don’t always see caregiving needs the same way. One child may have the impression that a parent is doing fine at home, while another feels that the parent needs extra help. This is especially common if family members are spread out geographically or spend different amounts of time with the aging loved one.

Source: aplaceformom.com

How relationships change

Alzheimer’s disease does not change a person’s need for love and affection, but it changes many aspects of a relationship. You may lose the companionship of someone who has been close and important to you. You’ll need to find different ways to express your feelings.

Alzheimer’s disease can also affect the sexual relationship of partners. It can change a person’s interest in sex, either increasing or decreasing it. This may create a problem. For example, the person may put demands on you for more sex than is wanted.

A person with dementia may be overly affectionate at the wrong time or place. If this happens, explain the disease and its effects to the people involved to help them understand.

You may also find your role in your relationship has changed. Perhaps the person always looked after the family’s finances and this task has now fallen to you. Making decisions about financial and legal matters may be overwhelming. You may need to ask family members, friends or professionals to help you.

You may also find that your relationships with friends and family have changed. Perhaps they hesitate to spend time with you because they’re not sure what to say or may worry about the person’s behaviour. You may need to be the one to contact friends and family members. Suggest the best way to communicate with your family member with dementia, such as what to expect or activities they may still enjoy together. This may help you keep these sources of support close to you and the person you care for, at a time when you most need them.

Providing care for someone close to you can create new sources of stress in the rest of the family. Other family members may not be able to accept the person’s illness; you may resent the lack of help from other family members who don’t feel able, for whatever reason, to help out. You may also disagree on decisions about finances and care. It’s most helpful if these concerns can be acknowledged and addressed. You can do this through holding a family meeting, accepting that you will not all agree, sharing responsibility for care (even if it’s not an equal share), and continuing to communicate so that family members don’t feel left out.

The Alzheimer Society can help; don’t try to do this alone!

Source: alzheimer.ca

The Help You Need in a Memory Care Facility

As with all Stonegate Senior Living-supported properties, the staff at Pathways Memory Care know how to help families navigate the troubled waters to find the support they need. They understand that dealing with the progressive disease can become overwhelming.

Take, for example, Dawn Revere, who gave up her job to look after her husband, who contracted early-onset Alzheimer’s, at age 50, and finally succumbed four years later. “This experience caused me to be an emotional wreck, but I knew I couldn’t fall apart,” Dawn says in her testimony on the Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry. “I was his rock. I did everything I could to protect him and give him the best care possible.”

Providing care to a loved one with dementia can become too much for many people. Statistics show that seniors with dementia are three times more likely to be hospitalized or go to a specialized senior care facility than those without. They wind up requiring the kinds of professional long- term support and services just not possible for most untrained family members to provide.

At Pathways Memory Care, they rely on Warchol Best-Abilities Care Model to ensure a “loved one is able to live to his or her emotional, spiritual, and functional potential at every stage of dementia.” As with all Stonegate memory care facilities, it provides special programs to slow down memory loss and enhance quality of life for every stage of the resident’s experience of Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Source: accelcrystalpark.com

Tips for families

Listen to each family member with respect. Coping with a progressive illness, such as Dementia or Alzheimer’s, can be stressful — and not everyone reacts in the same way. Family members may have different opinions. Some relatives may deny what is happening; a long-distance relative may be resented for living far away; or there may be disagreement about financial and care decisions, especially at the end-of-life. These issues are complex and require ongoing discussions. Give everyone an opportunity to share their opinion and avoid blaming or attacking each other, as this will only cause more hurt.

Discuss caregiving responsibilities. Talk through caregiving roles and responsibilities. Make a list of tasks and include how much time, money and effort may be involved to complete them. Divide tasks according to the family member’s preferences and abilities. Some family members may be hands-on caregivers, responding immediately to issues and organizing resources. Others may be more comfortable with being told to complete specific tasks. Consider setting up an online care calendar to coordinate helpers.

Continue to talk. Keep the lines of communication open. Schedule regular meetings or conference calls to keep everyone involved up-to-date. Discuss how things are working, reassess the needs of the person with Alzheimer’s, and decide if any changes in responsibilities are needed. Plan for anticipated changes as the disease progresses.

Cope with changes and loss together. As Alzheimer’s progresses and cognitive abilities change, it is normal to experience feelings of loss. Caregivers and family members may want to seek support from others who are dealing with similar situations. Attend a support group in your area or join our ALZConnected online community.

Seek outside help. If tensions and disagreements are ongoing, you may want to seek help from a trusted third party, such as a spiritual leader, mediator or counselor. Sometimes, an outside perspective can help everyone take a step back and work through the difficult issues.

Source: alz.org





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Tips and Guide: Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s

Tips and Guide: Caring for someone with Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Help for Family Caregivers

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? This guide will help you cope with the challenges at each stage, find the support you need, and reap the rewards of caregiving.

Source: helpguide.org

Make a plan

As Alzheimer’s progresses, you may need more caregiving help, so it’s good to start out thinking long term. You can’t anticipate every situation, but being forward-thinking now will help you respond more quickly and effectively in an emergency.

It’s also key to spread caregiving tasks around your team from the get-go. You can’t do it all.

Build your team. Beyond medical professionals, reach out to friends, family and community resources to form a larger network of caregiving helpmates.

Determine tasks. Ask team members what they’re willing to do to contribute to your loved one’s care. Is someone available to travel to medical appointments? Prepare meals a few times a week? Even if team members live far away , they can handle jobs like ordering prescriptions or paying bills. Encourage them to stay connected to your loved one; dementia can be extremely isolating.

Listen to your loved one. To the extent possible, the person you’re caring for should always participate in discussions about needs and plans. Consider the recipient of your care the most important member of your caregiving team.

Source: aarp.org

Bathing

For many people with Alzheimer’s disease, bathing is a frightening and confusing experience. Elders may think they have showered recently, but in reality their last shower was days or even weeks ago. They can become confused by the process or become afraid of the water and the possibility of falling. Sensitivity to these issues and planning ahead can help make bath time easier on both of you.

Make sure you have all bath products, towels and assistive devices you need set up before bringing your loved one into the bathroom. Draw the bath ahead of time.

Be sensitive to the temperature of the water and the air. Warm up the room beforehand if necessary, and keep extra towels and a robe nearby. Test the water temperature before beginning the bath or shower.

Minimize safety risks by using a hand-held showerhead, a shower bench, grab bars, and nonskid bath mats. Never leave the person alone in the bathtub or shower.

If they need help bathing, move slowly and tell the person what you are going to do step by step. Allow him or her to assist in the process as much as possible.

Bathing may not be necessary every day. A sponge bath can be effective between full showers or baths.

Bathing Tips and Techniques for Dementia Caregivers

Dressing

Getting dressed may not seem very complicated, but Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers face some unique hurdles with this task. Both physical and cognitive decline affect an elder’s ability to recognize when it is time to change soiled clothes, choose appropriate items to wear, and take off/put on clothing and footwear. Minimizing these challenges can make a significant difference in a loved one’s sense of control and independence.

Always set aside extra time before outings and appointments so they can dress themselves as much as they are able without added pressure or having to rush.

Allow them to choose what they want to wear from a limited selection of outfits. If he or she has a favorite outfit or clothing item, consider buying multiples or the same style in a few different colors.

Store some clothes in another room to reduce the number of options they have to choose from. Too many options can overwhelm Alzheimer’s patients who are trying to make a decision. Keep only a couple of outfits in their closet or dresser.

Arrange clothing items in the order they are put on to help guide them through the process.

Choose clothing that is comfortable, easy to get on and off, and easy to care for. Dressing aids and adaptive clothing items featuring elastic waistbands and Velcro closures minimize struggles with finicky fasteners like buttons, zippers and shoe laces.

Personal Care and Dressing Products for Seniors

Eating/Nutrition

Ensuring that your loved one is eating enough nutritious foods and drinking enough fluids is a challenge. People with dementia literally begin to forget that they need to eat and drink. Complicating the issue may be dental problems or medications that decrease appetite or make food taste “funny.” The consequences of poor nutrition are many, including weight loss, irritability, sleeplessness, bladder or bowel problems, and disorientation.

Make meal and snack times part of the daily routine and schedule them around the same time every day. Instead of three big meals, try five or six smaller ones.

Make mealtimes a special time. Try flowers or soft music. Turn off loud radio programs and the TV.

Eating independently should take precedence over eating neatly or with “proper” table manners. Finger foods support independence. Pre-cut and season the food. Try using a straw or a child’s “sippy cup” if holding a glass has become difficult. Provide assistance only when necessary and allow plenty of time for meals.

Sit down and eat with your loved one. Often they will mimic your actions, and it makes the meal more pleasant to share it with someone.

Prepare foods with your loved one in mind. If they have dentures or trouble chewing or swallowing, use soft foods or cut food into bite-size pieces.

If chewing and swallowing are issues, try gently moving the person’s chin in a chewing motion or lightly stroking their throat to encourage them to swallow.

If loss of weight is a problem, offer nutritious high-calorie snacks between meals. Breakfast foods high in carbohydrates are often preferred. On the other hand, if the problem is weight gain, keep high-calorie foods out of sight. Instead, keep handy fresh fruits, veggie trays, and other healthy low-calorie snacks.

Address safety concerns

You’ll need to consider a range of potential hazards, and they’ll change over time. Is it safe for your loved one to drive? Is the recipient of your care prone to falling, or at risk of wandering and getting lost?

You eventually may need to make home modifications and acquire special equipment such as a hospital bed or lift chair. Useful tools also can help prevent wandering and other safety issues common to dementia patients.

Prevent falls . Some basic, low-cost changes include removing trip hazards such as throw rugs, making sure the home is well lit (use automatic nightlights) and installing safety features such as handrails, grab bars and adjustable shower seats.

Stop them from wandering. Six out of 10 people with dementia wander from home at least once, and many do so repeatedly, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. A predictable routine can help avoid disorientation and subsequent excursions. You might also consider installing remote door locks or alarms, or locks far above or below eye level. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a 24-hour nationwide emergency response system, MedicAlert with Wandering Support , for an annual subscription fee.

Anticipate other risks. Dementia brings with it particular worries about self-injury. To lower the risk, keep medications in a locked drawer or cabinet, disable the stove when not in use and lower the water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

Recognize driving dangers. Impaired driving isn’t only a danger to the driver. It can and does harm others. Discuss your concerns with your loved one. If the person is resistant to giving up the car keys, consider asking a physician to weigh in. Be empathetic about the loss of freedom, a common fear.

Source: aarp.org

Toileting and Incontinence Care

As the disease progresses, many people with Alzheimer’s begin to experience toileting difficulties and reduced bladder and bowel control. Incontinence can be upsetting and embarrassing for a senior and difficult for their caregiver to address and manage. Sometimes incontinence is indicative of a physical illness, such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) , so be sure to discuss changes with their doctor as soon as possible.

Practice timed voiding where you create a bathroom schedule and stick to it as closely as possible. For example, take toileting breaks every three hours during the day, and don’t wait for the person to ask. This includes tracking when accidents happen to help plan ways of avoiding them.

Watch for nonverbal cues that an elder may have to go to the bathroom, such as restlessness or pulling at clothes, and act quickly.

To prevent nighttime accidents, limit fluid intake in the evening hours just before bedtime.

Plan ahead for outings. Look up restroom locations, have the senior wear simple, easy-to-remove clothing, and bring an extra set of clothes and incontinence supplies in case of an accident.

 

Source: agingcare.com

When to seek professional help

A person may require professional help if they need full assistance with daily and personal care activities.

People who have Alzheimer’s disease will require more care as their condition progresses. Caregivers may need assistance in performing physically demanding tasks, such as bathing, moving, or dressing a person.

Caregivers may want to consider seeking professional help if their loved one:

  • requires full assistance with daily and personal care activities
  • loses the ability to walk
  • experiences a seizure
  • unexpectedly loses a significant amount of body weight
  • experiences a fall or other type of injury
  • has periods of anxiety or agitation
  • tends to wander away or get lost

Caregivers who experience adverse health effects, such as chronic stress, fatigue, or depression, may require professional assistance.

Ultimately, it is up to the caregiver and their family to decide when to seek professional help.

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When is it time for Memory Care?

When is it time for Memory Care?

How do you know when it’s the right time?

Knowing when someone with dementia should move into residential or nursing care can be difficult. The main thing to think about is whether your loved one’s needs are met at home; is moving into a care home in their best interest?

When should a person with dementia go into a care home?

If a person’s dementia has progressed far enough that they need more care and support than you can provide, it may be time for them to go into a care home. At this point, they may need 24-hour care.

Dementia is progressive, meaning the person with the condition will require more care and support as time goes on. As your loved one’s condition declines, their needs increase and you may not be able to fully meet these needs despite your best efforts.

This is one example of the number of reasons why it might be time for people with dementia to move into a care home. Other reasons include hospital admissions, worry about your loved one’s safety or their behaviour becomes unmanageable.

There is no cure for dementia and the physical and mental state of a person living with the condition will only worsen. There will never be a perfect time because of the stress and emotional difficulties , but if they need 24-hour supervision and support to stay safe and to ensure good quality of life, the only option may be to move into residential care.

One idea is to write a list of your loved one’s needs and if you are able to support them. For example:

My wife cannot safely go outside on her own – I can only take her outside in the mornings Can I guarantee she won’t leave the house without me? – No, it worries me when I’m not there If you go down the list and notice that you are unable to provide the care and support necessary for your loved one, taking into account your other commitments in life, it may the right time to consider residential care.

If your loved one is unable to live independently and cannot care for themselves anymore, moving into a residential setting will give them the benefit of 24-hour care and support. This will give you peace of mind that your loved one is safe and that they receive the right level of care.

Source: carehome.co.uk

Why It is Beneficial to Start a Memory Care Search Early

From finding and touring memory care residences to finalizing legal documents to managing the memory care move, it will take at least 2 months to sort out the logistics of moving your loved one into memory care. For most families, 3-4 months is more normal. Financial hurdles, like getting covered by Medicaid obtaining VA pension benefits other payment support will take even longer. Even with professional financial planning assistance , it can take 6 months to arrange payment.

If you are considering memory care at an unknown point in the future, then it is probably time to start investigating the process now.

It is highly advantageous to be prepared when the times comes for memory care rather than to be scrambling. The onset of the need for memory care is just as like to be sudden as it is to be gradual. Patient behavior can change dramatically accelerating the need for memory care. However, unexpected changes with primary caregivers is just as likely to initiative the need. Since many caregivers are spouses and elderly themselves and they often push themselves beyond their own limits, caregiver injuries are more common than thought.

Another benefit of starting early is that it can let your loved one actually have a say in the decision. Making the decision in later stages of the disease, when the largest stakeholder can’t communicate well because of symptoms, will only exacerbate emotions including the guilty feelings that often come with this change.

The sooner the preparation begins, the more likely it is to be a positive transition.

Source: dementiacarecentral.com

Concerns About Day-to-Day Care

The most common concern of family caregivers is that their loved one isn’t getting good care. This can be hard to adjust to, because while family caregivers typically care for one person, nursing assistants are usually assigned to eight or more people at a time. And while many have experience and are sensitive to the needs of the people in their care, some have little training.

The best way to deal with any concerns about care is to talk to the staff member involved in a calm way. Most of the time, the issue can be solved this way. If not, talk to the administrator or nursing director.

It’s also a good idea to build good relationships with the care providers. Remember that staff members work hard, have schedules and other pressures, and want to be treated with consideration and respect. Visit the facility often, and share what you know. Tell them what’s being done well, and gently let them know what you’d like to see and when you don’t see it.

Source: webmd.com

Caregiver stress

Caregiving for a loved one with memory care is a 24/7 occupation.

Without engaging in regular respite care , it becomes impossible to sustain the situation. Even with qualified, in-home care providers, those with mid to later stages of memory loss require increasing levels of medical assistance, and the enormity of unceasing tasks is more than almost any household can accommodate.

If you’re approaching, or have already reached, a point where caregiving is all-consuming, it’s time to consider memory care.

Similarly, if you find yourself a member of the “Sandwich Generation” , stuck between an aging parent requiring care, a job and the needs of your own family, memory care is a must or else you’ll quickly go from being a caregiver to needing a caregiver of your own.

As memory loss sets in, so do the abilities to drive a car , make grocery lists, prepare food, remember daily medications, or even remember to eat.

Losing track of days and times has a disastrous effect on the circadian rhythm, contributing to Sundowner’s syndrome, insomnia and other sleep disorders that take on toll on one’s health and well-being.

Physical signs include:

Rapid weight loss

Lack of food in the fridge or cabinets

Evidence of medication not taken (or overtaken)

Neglected personal hygiene

Hunched or sunken posture

Inexplicable bruises, breaks and/or injuries

Unpaid bills and missed appointments

The inability to remember how to get home or where one is going puts patients at risk for injury, getting lost or becoming victims of scams and potentially violent crimes.

Similarly, those with dementia are more prone to being injured at home and are less able to remember how to seek help, forgetting to press a “life alert’ button or how to use the phone to call 911.

If you find yourself worrying about a loved ones’ well-being on a regular basis, the transition to memory care brings peace of mind while simultaneously ensuring s/he is supported, attended to and cared for day-in and day-out.

Source: thememorycenter.com

Finding the right care home for someone with dementia

To find the best care home according to your loved one’s needs, the first thing to do is to request a needs assessment from your local council’s social services.

Your local authority will make recommendations about your loved one’s care and also conduct a financial assessment as they may contribute to some of the costs.

As mentioned earlier, planning in advance will make the choice of care home easier as you will have more information about your loved one’s preferences and wishes.

A residential care home will be able to provide personal care, such as washing and dressing while a nursing home have a qualified nurse on site 24-hours a day.

 

Source: carehome.co.uk

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Myths About Assisted Living

Myths About Assisted Living

Assisted Living Facts

Know the facts before it’s time for you or a loved one to think about assisted living.

Are you or a loved one thinking about moving into an assisted living facility? If you are, do some homework first, to make sure you pick the right setting for you.

Be better prepared to visit and choose the best facility suited for your taste.

Source: seniorcare.com

MYTH: When you move away from family, no one will be around to help.

If you have gotten used to having loved ones provide you assistance, the prospect of moving away from them and into a strange place can be very daunting indeed. You need to remember (or remind your loved one) that you are moving into a community with security and helpful staff that are available 24-7. Rather than suffering from isolation and less help, you may have more help than you know what to do with. All of our facilities are equipped with special features that make it easy to get help quickly if you find yourself in a pinch. These are features you won’t be able to benefit from in your home. Assisted living is better!

Source: heritageassistedlivingnj.com

MYTH: Living at Home Is Less Expensive

Reality: Monthly expenses to maintain a home are higher than many seniors realize, and when combined with potential at-home care costs, living in their current home may end up being the most expensive option. According to the 2017 Genworth Cost of Care Survey , the national median annual cost for homemaker services is $47,934, and a home health aide costs $49,192. Plus, even if the mortgage has been paid off, utilities, homeowner taxes, maintenance and insurance payments add up.

Assisted living costs vary greatly depending on the type of residence, the size of the apartment, the types of services needed and the geographical location of the community. But the cost includes 24-hour supervision and security, daily meals, basic housekeeping, laundry, health and exercise programs and social programs, transportation, and access to medical services. It’s important to ask each community about their individual costs and services.

Source: arborsassistedliving.com

MYTH: Assisted Living Is Depressing and Residents Are Lonely

Many adult children of senior parents resist the idea of assisted living because they don’t want to “abandon” their parents, and many seniors fear that their loved ones will forget them and never visit. At Arbor Terrace, nothing could be further from the truth! We encourage our residents to maintain close relationships with their loved ones. We are always happy to facilitate family get-togethers or provide suggestions for things to do in the Asheville area. Between visits, our residents never have to be on their own! Arbor Terrace strives to be a true community, and there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends and stay connected, from mealtimes to book clubs to community outings.

Source: arborcompany.com

MYTH: Wheelchair dependent or have urinary incontinence

Assisted living allows for wheelchairs. They do not allow those who need more than one staff member to assist them in getting in and out of the chair. Persons living with urinary incontinence can live in the ALF as long as the issue is easily managed by the resident.

Source: seniorcare.com

MYTH: There’s No Socialization

Socialization is the backbone of assisted living communities. Loneliness has a serious impact on the mental and physical health of seniors. Living alone is the single biggest risk factor for extreme loneliness in seniors. Assisted living for seniors allows them to maintain their privacy and independence, but it also provides many opportunities for socialization with activities and close proximity to peers.

Source: discoveryvillages.com

MYTH: The food will be terrible

Truth: Many assume that since they’ll no longer be able to cook their own food at home, the quality of the food they’ll be eating will decrease but this won’t be the case at a good assisted living facility. Nutritionists and dining teams ensure that the food your loved one eats will be full of both variety and the nutrients they need to help maintain their health. These facilities will provide three meals a day, and will provide reminders and escorts to meal times so your loved one won’t forget to eat.

Source: lorettocny.org

Now that we’ve debunked some of the most common assisted living myths, it’s time to talk about choosing the best community for you. Braley Care Homes provides professional care in a home-like environment, which is crucial to preserving our residents’ dignity and self-worth. We believe this can best be done in smaller environments, rather than large facilities. The home setting is the environment we choose to care for your loved one. They can surround themselves with pictures and furniture for that complete home feeling. Our intimate, home-like atmosphere allows for individualized care and lasting relationships.

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How To Communicate with a Person with Dementia and Alzheimers

How To Communicate With A Person With Dementia And Alzheimers

Dementia and Alzheimers affect a person’s ability to understand and be understood. Know what you can do to improve communication and lessen frustrations.

Tips for communicating with a person with dementia

Dementia and Alzheimers affect everyone differently so it’s important to communicate in a way that is right for the person. Listen carefully and think about what you’re going to say and how you’ll say it. You can also communicate meaningfully without using spoken words.

Dementia and language

You are here: Tips for communicating with a person with dementia Non-verbal communication and dementia Dementia and sensory impairment: communicating Communicating and dementia – other resources

These tips apply to however the person usually communicates, for example speaking English or signing British Sign Language.

Every person’s experience of dementia is unique, so not every tip may be helpful to the person you care for. Use the tips that you feel will improve communication between you.

Source: alzheimers.org.uk

Why is communication important?

Communication is a vital part of our lives. It allows us to express who we are and relate to one another. Communication is more than talking and listening – it involves understanding and interpreting.

When a person living with dementia is having trouble expressing themselves or understanding what is being communicated, try these tips to help you stay connected.

Source: alzheimer.ca

1. Use what you know about the person

What does the person like? Use that knowledge to suggest conversation topics or activities they may enjoy.

Nurture the person’s skills and abilities. Focus on what they can do instead of what they can’t.

When the person is making a choice, offer them a couple of options that you know they will like.

Source: alzheimer.ca

2. Reduce distractions

Take note of possible visual or auditory distractions in the person’s environment and minimize them.

Account for any hearing or vision challenges the person may have.

Make eye contact to help focus the person’s attention.

Source: alzheimer.ca

3. Don’t ask a person with short-term memory loss a short-term memory question

A patient and/or loved one can construe even the simplest of conversation starters (“How are you today?”) as a real question, but they honestly don’t know the answer to it. This can be embarrassing and can send them back into a fog they try their best to give an answer that makes sense to them and often produce immediate physical concerns: “I’m having a lot of pain,” for example. A caregiver and/or family member might ask, “What did you have for breakfast?” and the person with memory loss doesn’t remember at all. They might say earnestly, “I haven’t had anything to eat for weeks,” (because they honesty can’t remember the last time they ate). So these are questions to avoid because it causes fear for the person, that they have failed. But there are things you can talk about (which is covered under Communication Do’s.)

Source: training.mmlearn.org

4. Don’t correct them

A patient and/or loved one with memory loss often shows progression in terms of their problems with language. The first sign is finding the right words for things, or word accuracy. The patient and/or loved one may be telling you something about a letter they received, but they can’t get the word “envelope” out, or they may point to a lamp and they can’t quite get the word “lamp” out. Language starts to become disfluent, and it’s difficult for the person to find the specific, right word that they want to express. Over time, their language becomes increasingly vague it is more difficult for them to say something specific. For example, if you ask them what they do on a day-to-day basis, often they’ll say, “Oh, you know, I kind of do the same old thing. I kind of sit around a bit I do house things,” but they can’t offer specific details. This is because their store of language has become affected by the disease. In short, it is very difficult for them to express themselves in any great detail.

Another way to spot decline in language skills is substituting words. For example, they ask you to pass the salt when they meant to say sugar. Stop yourself from nitpicking them on accuracy: “You meant to say the sugar, so here’s the sugar.” Skip that whole conversation. You won’t teach someone how to talk, and, it can be construed as rude to ask that person to try a little harder, because they’re already functioning with half the brain cells. If they point at the sugar and ask for salt, just hand it over as if they said sugar. That’s the most respectful and kind.

People with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s may ask repetitive questions. Usually the question expresses a concern they have. Anyone with a concern that isn’t being addressed will become louder and more persistent. He/she may repeat the same question, because he/she cannot remember that he/she has just asked it, and their concern hasn’t gone away. It is the caregiver’s and/or family member’s responsibility to help soothe the worry. The goal is not to make the question go away it is to make the worry go away for a little while, and then the question may come back. It’s perfectly okay to give the same answer again if it helps to calm the patient and/or loved one. Certain situations throughout the day will trigger repetitive questions that’s to be expected.

Source: training.mmlearn.org

5. Encouraging someone with dementia to communicate

Try to start conversations with the person you’re looking after, especially if you notice that they’re starting fewer conversations themselves. It can help to:

speak clearly and slowly, using short sentences

make eye contact with the person when they’re talking or asking questions

give them time to respond, because they may feel pressured if you try to speed up their answers

encourage them to join in conversations with others, where possible

let them speak for themselves during discussions about their welfare or health issues

try not to patronise them, or ridicule what they say

acknowledge what they have said, even if they do not answer your question, or what they say seems out of context – show that you’ve heard them and encourage them to say more about their answer

give them simple choices – avoid creating complicated choices or options for them

use other ways to communicate – such as rephrasing questions because they cannot answer in the way they used to Alzheimer’s Society

Source: nhs.uk

6. Find the right time of day

The first step to easier telecommunication with someone who has Alzheimer’s disease is to call at the right time of day. That’s when your loved one is rested and most alert.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association , Alzheimer’s disease affects the sleep-wake cycle. I’ve noticed this with my grandma, and I definitely noticed this when I worked at a memory care facility.

Changes include:

sleeping longer

difficulty sleeping at night

daytime naps

drowsiness during the day

Scientists don’t know exactly why this occurs, but believe it’s due to Alzheimer’s-related changes in the brain.

My grandma tends to get out of bed late in the day, around 11 a.m. or noon. She is most alert in the early afternoon, so this is when I call. Since she lives in assisted living, I also avoid calling at mealtimes or when there are group activities.

Instead of trying to change your loved one’s sleep cycle or schedule, recognize the impact of their disease and work with them.

Know that finding the best time of day to call might take some trial and error, and it might change as their disease progresses. Talking to caregivers or keeping a calendar of symptoms can help you find the best time to call.

Source: healthline.com

7. Simplify your language

It’s easier said than done, but one of the best things you can do to aid communication is simplifying your language.

According to Bennett, “Usually we add a lot of fluff and storytelling to our main point, but individuals with dementia might get lost in all that fluff.” Try using as few words as possible with simple, common phrases. Cut out modifiers and shorten your sentences. Bennett even recommends pairing visual supports like pictures or props over video chat to get your point across.

I’ve found that avoiding open-ended questions can help.

I ask yes or no questions or give two options. This can help prevent overwhelm and limit the cognitive resources required to communicate, saving energy for the rest of the conversation.

 

Source: healthline.com

The Power of Memory

The brain works in funny ways. While someone with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s may not be able to recall what he/she had for breakfast that morning, he/she may remember people, places, and stories from the distant past. Remember: ask the patient and/or loved one to share favorite stories from childhood family members may even be surprised to learn something new.

Also keep in mind that even though the patient and/or loved one is losing his/her memory, he/she still has feelings and emotions. Humor offers a great way to connect, and everyone can reap the mood-boosting benefits.

Communicating with a patient and/or loved one with memory loss has its challenges, but these proven techniques can help caregivers whether you are a professional or a family member overcome the barriers in order to continue to connect.

 

Source: training.mmlearn.org

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How To Stay Connected With Seniors You Can’t Visit​

How To Stay Connected With Seniors You Can't Visit

The social distancing that keeps our residents safe may be hard on you. Separation leaves some people feeling lonely, anxious, or out of touch. So, we’ve mustered our creativity to help families stay connected with the seniors they can’t visit.

The following infographic provides a summary of our suggestions. Scroll down for more details.

We offer more details and ideas below.

While we’ve tailored our suggestions to meet Care Haven’s safety guidelines, they may be useful to others with at-risk friends or family members. Feel free to share!

Source: carehavenhomes.com

Call Frequently

“Don’t underestimate the power of a phone call,” says Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and author of “ Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing the Stress of Caring for Your Loved One .” But because many of us aren’t doing much outside the home these days, it may be hard to come up with topics to discuss. FitzPatrick suggests reading a book or watching a favorite TV show or movie together over the phone. You could also do fill-in-the-blank stories or use “table topics”-type questions to spark conversation.

Plan a window visit

You’ve likely seen viral photos of “window visits” people are having with senior family members at their homes or outside of senior care facilities. During these visits, family members stay outside, but they chat with their loved ones on the phone or bring handmade signs with messages. “It feels much more like a normal visit when they can see their loved ones,” says Goyer.

In addition to window visits, families are also putting a social distancing spin on other types of house calls. “Caregivers have told me their loved ones sit on their porch and family and friends sit on a lawn chair in the yard far away and they visit that way, or from a car,” Goyer explains. “My cousin’s children make chalk drawings in my aunt and uncle’s driveway (their grandparents), and they sit on the porch and watch them draw and can communicate from a safe distance.”

Source: care.com

Between Virtual Visits, Stay In Touch With Seniors The Old-Fashioned Way

Older adults learned to stay connected between visits through the fine art of letter writing. Let’s face it: we all love getting cards and notes via snail mail.

Don’t be intimidated, staring at that empty sheet of paper. A short note even a postcard will do. Just include

A salutation (“Dear ____,”)

3 or 4 sentences

The closing (“Love,”)

Most important, your signature legible, with an identifier to help if a caregiver needs to read it (Your granddaughter Joan Your son Jon Your old friend June George, your friend from church Gina, your neighbor from Brookside)

Feel free to add a heart, smiley face or doodle, too. You can even write several notes or cards at the same time and then mail them days or a week apart.

Snail mail: that’s all it takes to stay connected with seniors when you can’t visit.

Speaking of mail, we appreciate it when you send all correspondence to our office, where we can sanitize it before redelivery.

Source: carehavenhomes.com

 

Set up a family Video Conference

FaceTime and video calls aren’t just for young people. If the senior in your life is in a nursing home or assisted living and doesn’t have their own equipment, chances are good the staff can help. At The Falls Home, an assisted living facility in Montour Falls, N.Y., administrator Julie Everhart says they will arrange video calls through the front desk so that residents can stay connected. “Our staff will then coordinate a quiet location in order to give the families their privacy,” she says.

By using a service like Zoom, you can involve multiple parties, and even make it a virtual happy hour or lunch. “Everyone in the family can bring a beverage or meal to their computer and catch up,” FitzPatrick says. And if there’s a special occasion, take a video and send clips to your loved ones even better if you can arrange a video call to sing “Happy Birthday” or “meet” a new grandbaby.

“Several months ago, my husband and I streamed a party we had for our newborn son for his ill grandfather,” says Nicole Arzt, a marriage and family therapist based in Orange County, California. “While he wasn’t there to attend the event, he was able to hear everyone’s voices and feel like he was part of the experience.”

Source: northwesternmutual.com

Make a safe in-person visit

“If you live near your older loved ones, drive to their house, sit outside and make a phone call,” FitzPatrick recommends. “You can wave and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ so your parent can see you.” You can even leave a cake on the front porch no contact is needed. Even if it’s not a special occasion, bring the kids and even your pets by to say hi through the window. They can draw pictures or dress in funny costumes to bring a smile to their grandparent’s face.

Source: northwesternmutual.com

Take a virtual vacation

Sure, most resorts, museums, and other fun destinations are closed to the public, but you can still explore the world together from the safety of your own home. “For example,” says Sarafan, “why not give them a call and take a tour of an online museum together?” You can find free online virtual tours of destinations like Yellowstone National Park Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Louvre in Paris, and even Mars. As long as your senior loved one has access to a smart device, they’ll be able to follow along at your chosen destination. Sarafan says Home Care Assistance has also created a Life Enrichment Guide with additional virtual activity ideas for seniors and their families.

Source: care.com

 

Enlist caregivers’ help

If your loved one has limited abilities, lives in a senior care facility, or has an in-home care provider, see what their caregivers can do to assist them in staying in touch. “Many facilities are purchasing tablets and having staff take them to residents’ rooms periodically to video chat with their families,” Goyer says. “This is particularly important for residents who are unable to manage it by themselves.” If you’re going the non-electronic route, Sarafan adds that caregivers can also be asked to assist with letters and cards so your loved one can provide you with regular updates. “One thing many of our Home Care Assistance care team members do is write handwritten notes to clients, family members, and community partners,” she explains. “A caregiver can easily help and even write letters for the older adult should they need help.”

Source: care.com

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words (Which Is Many, Many Visits!)

Consider creating an album filled with pictures of family members or recalling special memories. Take the opportunity to scan and upload treasured wedding photos or vacation pictures, thereby preserving a digital copy. (You can always use them later in other albums as well!) Our caregivers appreciate it if you also add text to photo books, identifying both people and places. Then we can help your loved ones share their memories.

Source: carehavenhomes.com

 

BE CONSISTENT

However you choose to reach out, make sure it happens on a regular basis, Artz says. Call every Sunday or at a regularly scheduled time, and then make every effort to follow through, as your family member could very well plan their whole day around it.

“Many of us are struggling with social distancing all of a sudden, but it’s important to remember that a lot of older adults are isolated already and have been unintentionally socially distancing for quite a while,” FitzPatrick says. “Use this time as a lesson to plan how you will engage with them in person more frequently once this temporary unprecedented time in history is over.”

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Memory Care Activities at Braley Care Homes

Memory Care Activities at Braley Care Homes

Host: Chris Braley with Braley Care Homes is here today. Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Chris: Thank you! 

H: Yeah, okay now you know this has been a tough year for everyone but especially our older loved ones but i hear you all been doing a lot of fun activities even a snowball fight. Tell us what’s going on.

C: Yeah, you know it’s important to keep everybody active and have some fun. And we’ll try to do activities that are spontaneous and kind of related to the weather and stuff that’s going on – seasonal.

So of course as you know uh last week we had a bit of snow and ice in our area uh so we did a snowball fight with the residents and so i got in the center of an area in our living room and the residents kind of we got different snowballs and they just kind of threw it at me and had fun. 

H: I bet they really enjoyed it.

C: They did yeah. 

H: And then we were showing a picture going into the commercial break was that a carnival what else do you do? 

C: Yeah yes actually just yesterday um you got an exclusive we don’t even have it on our Facebook (oh wow) we did a carnival um and i just did some carnival kind of foods and then we did we did a wheelchair race and then we we did this thing where they put shaving cream on my head and the shower cap and so the resins try to throw popcorn uh and they had a blast I mean it was I don’t know if you have some pictures of that but it was pretty. 

H: Yeah this looks like maybe you all had a Valentine’s party.

C: Yep yeah and they had their own message kind of their message to being a valentine and.. 

H: Yeah and maybe that’s carnival 

C: That’s part of the carnival.

H: Okay yeah well you know why do you think it’s so important to for the residents to engage in these fun activities? 

C: well it i think you know activities are just as important as any other aspect whether you’re looking at medications or nutrition um it’s food for the brain yeah and so they need they need that that mind and body stimulation there’s a lot of research that has shown that with that correct kind of activities they can improve their their mental status they can improve levels of agitation levels of depression, flexibility and all those aspects. 

H: So is this something that you all because you know right from the science aspect of it and then of course seeing the smiles on their faces is this something you all are going to continue doing throughout the year or is it just through the winter? 

C: Oh no no we do this all you know all year round 

H: Yeah that is great um and you’re a good sport too if you’re letting them throw snowballs at you anything to get a laugh.

C: that’s true that’s true 

H: So how important is it you talked about that but what about our viewers at home maybe they don’t have a loved one in a care facility like yours but they have someone they’re taking care of at home any advice for them what are some activities that you’ve seen that would work.

C: Yeah it’s really looking at the individual and where they are in their stage of dementia and understanding their history what they enjoy what their skill set is and then trying to design an activity program around that certainly things like crossword puzzles and other kinds of puzzles are good for the for the mind but you know you can get creative and if they’re later stage you know an activity that’s been very effective for us with certain residents a baby doll and it’s very soothing relaxing it takes them back to that time period when perhaps they were caring for their child or their grandchild and those are the emotions and feelings that you’re trying to get for them within an activity yeah um is that they’re feeling that self-respect and that they’re taking care of taking care of someone. 

H: I get it now if folks at home want to contact you all maybe come talk to you or i guess do an online tour and discuss how do they get in touch with you?

C: Sure they can go to our website which is braleycarehomes.com they can certainly give us a phone call at 304-767-4033 and we can schedule a time for them to come down 

H: Great sounds good we’ll keep having fun and being a good sport with them thank you all righty thanks a lot Chris Braley with Braley Care.

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6192 US 60

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COVID Vaccine Rollout at Braley Care Homes

Chris Braley discusses getting vaccines distributed to memory care and alzheimer’s patients and residents at Braley Care Homes.

Host: Hi Welcome back! you know assisted living has taken a huge hit during the pandemic. Today we have Chris Braley, the owner of Braley Care Homes here to talk about how you all maneuvered and adapted during this time because you have some very special people that you all take care of and that gives you an extra obstacle to deal with but you all have gotten everyone vaccinated?

Chris: Yes, we have. We had the second dose last week.

H: Wow, that’s gotta give you all a lot of relief

C: oh, ya. Ya, it’s been trying time to get to that point and absolutely, we had webinars done by the West Virginia Health care association that helped us get logistically prepared for it

H: I remember the last time you were here talking to us. You all were hoping to get the first vaccine and now you’ve gotten both vaccines in your memory care residents there. So, how did it go?

C: It went well. We had a great staff turnout. I think we only had maybe 15% of staff that didn’t do it and about 85% of our staff, all of our alzheimer’s care residents were vaccinated. The families are very happy of course and excited because the next thing now will be when can families come visit?

Is there a timeline yet for that? That’s the million-dollar question!

Yeah, and I think that was really the big goal. We wanted to get to this point where we could get everybody vaccinated where there I think ah, we’re gonna be slowly open up some visitation here real soon

H: Oh, that’s good. How can the families find out when that will happen?

C: They can contact me and they have when we have enough talked and I think we’re looking at probably within the next month. One thing that I’ve told them I’m looking at is they’ve heard about the South African variant.

Yeah, with the virus, just kinda keep an eye on, you know what’s going on with that.

I know we had the Moderna vaccine and we know they’re doing some research with that particular issue

H: Is that the vaccine you all got?

C: Yes.

H: Did everyone do okay with it?

C: There were some side effects. The second dose I think affected really probably more staff than our residents. But it only lasted about 24 hours and everybody was fine after that.

H: We’ve heard a lot about that. That second dose. It makes you feel a little rougher than the first dose but those are important people your staff workers because they’re taking care a lot of loved ones.

Okay, so what about, do you all have openings or vacancies?

H: If someone watching today. Maybe they heard about your facility and they would like to get a loved one there for memory care or alzheimer’s or dementia care services. But these are still very, you know, scary times for a lot of people. How do they go about visiting and finding out more about it.

C: Right, uh, it is very scary and it is a little different of course from what it used to be. But they would just contact me and we would set up a time. I can’t give an actual tour at this moment but they can go on to our website and they can set up a time with me and I can meet with them in our lobby and kind of go over some things to get that ready. We do have some openings right now

H: Oh, that’s good!

Um, and it looks like we have your phone number on our screen right now as well.

If people want to call and get the ball rolling on that process to a take the virtual tour and come in and talk to you in the lobby there

C: Absolutely.

H: Well, good. so you feel probably a sigh of relief now that the vaccine everyone’s gotten vaccinated or at least the majority there

C: Oh, it’s been nerve-wracking. You know for quite a while and I really want to thank again the West Virginia Health Care Association and Assured Care Pharmacy who we partnered with to help get everything done. It helped tremendously to get logistically everything going to get that done

H: I bet that was a big undertaking

C: Ya and there was concern and fear in the beginning during the webinars

that residents may not be in that first wave of vaccinations which is very scary. But you know Governor Justice did in fact do that where some states didn’t and there are some residents long-term care that were not in that first wave in other states

H: Right, alright, well

Chris Braley, owner of Braley Care Homes

Thanks for you all are doing there and for stopping by and sharing how things are going now that you all have gotten vaccinated.

C: Thank you for having me!

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What is memory care?

What is Memory Care?

Understanding memory care

Memory care is specialized care for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  Communities that specialize in memory care typically feature safe and secure environments where staff can closely monitor the health and safety of the residents.

When it becomes difficult to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia at home, you may want to consider memory care. Memory care is a form of senior living that provides intensive, specialized care for people with memory issues. 

Communities that specialize in memory care, like Braley Care Homes, typically feature programs, activities and events that are designed to help residents with memory care issues work on their cognitive abilities in an enjoyable way.  

Staff in environments like this are typically specially trained to provide the kind of quality care required by people suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other forms of memory loss.

What makes memory care different from assisted living?

Memory care is designed to provide a safe, structured environment with set routines to lower stress for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia while protecting and enhancing their cognitive abilities . Employees provide meals and help residents with personal care tasks, just like the staff at an assisted living facility typically would, but they are also specially trained to deal with the unique issues that often arise as a result of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Staff members in specialized memory care facilities check in with residents more frequently and provide extra structure and support to help them navigate their day. 

What should you expect from a memory care community?

If someone you care about or care for is experiencing memory loss, it doesn’t mean that either of you should have to sacrifice your quality of life.  Short term and long term care programs exist to make sure that both you and your loved ones get the support you need.  At Braley Care Homes our residents live in a home-like environment surrounded by people who support them, and encourage them to enjoy life to the fullest.  In a specialized memory care facility, residents are able to experience feelings of belonging and purpose through activities and interaction that preserve their current skill levels and can even help improve memory and functionality.

At Braley Care Homes we have created a warm and welcoming home-like environment for residents, while also protecting their health and security at all times.  Residents feel at home with a balance of community, privacy, and creature comforts that remind them of home.  

Our Home features a secure setting where your loved one will be safe.  Traffic in and out of our facility is monitored and controlled at all times to make sure residents are safe at all times.

We also feature personal and person-centered care programs.  We are all unique, and we believe that providing quality care that caters to each resident is the cornerstone of providing the best care possible.

This includes activities that enrich the lives and well being of all residents. As a resident, your loved one will have a full social calendar that changes regularly. Our residents stay engaged with a gentle daily structure of planned activities to help them maintain their abilities and encourage the use of their current skills. Brain games, dancing, art classes, and music programs are just a few of the ways our residents enjoy their days and protect their cognitive abilities.

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6192 US 60

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Facility Phone: (304) 201-3677

Facility Fax: (304) 201-3678

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Nursing Homes and Dementia

Nursing Homes and Dementia

Placing a loved one in residential long-term care is somewhat straightforward for a lot of people and seniors as well. There are various forms of senior living and they might seem easy enough to understand on the first impression but choosing when and where to put an elderly loved one is not as easy especially when they have been diagnosed with some form of dementia or memory loss.

Due to the severity of dementia at its later stages, it is almost safe to conclude that if someone has dementia, a nursing home should be considered as a solution at some point. However, it is easy to make the mistake of thinking that efforts in providing long-term care would match up to the demanding needs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease but that is not often the case. 

 

Below is a comprehensive breakdown of dementia, nursing home care provision, the different types of care homes available, and tips to follow when choosing a special care facility for a loved one.

Understanding Dementia and Nursing Home Care

Before discussing the issue of nursing homes and dementia, it is wise to have a comprehensive understanding of what nursing home care involves as well as dementia. 

Dementia is a complicated condition that alters cognition, behavior, and memory. As a disorder, it is linked with a decline in quality of life. 14% of people aged 70 and higher are reported to have dementia. 

A time may come when a person living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will require more care than can be offered at home especially as the condition progresses through to the later stages when care needs become more urgent and intense. 

This makes the need to move into a residential care facility become almost necessary although a lot of people are not comfortable with the idea of sending a loved one to a nursing home. 

Nursing homes provide long-term care on a frequent basis to the aging population and should not be confused with assisted living or assisted living for people suffering from dementia. 

Interestingly enough, nearly 15% of Americans diagnosed with dementia live in nursing homes and over 50% of nursing home residents have some degree of dementia. It is also estimated that about 70% of Americans suffering from dementia will die in a nursing home. 

Assisted living offers less care as compared to a nursing home and has very different protocols to how practitioners go about their work. Skilled nursing is another field that is often directly associated with nursing homes. While nursing homes provide long-term care, skilled nursing is purposed for short-term care or rehabilitation from an injury. 

Available Housing Options for Patients Struggling with Dementia

Every institution involved in providing residential long-term care has its own protocol that outlines how it goes about providing care to elderly people. These protocols vary with the rules and regulations as per state. 

It is therefore important that you understand the general care provision levels for seniors on the chance that you are considering putting a loved one in a nursing home and you want to find one providing the right level of care as per your loved one’s needs. 

Below is a comprehensive breakdown of dementia, nursing home care provision, memory care and the different types of care homes available, and tips to follow when choosing a special care facility for a loved one.

Nursing Homes

Nursing home facilities provide the highest level of long-term care. Staff members working in these facilities provide round-the-clock care and have various levels of training. This means that there is a differentiation in the medical skills and expertise available and the staff can, therefore, provide assistance with administering injections, medications, as well as any other complex medical functions. 

Nursing homes accommodate patients with dementia who are at the later stages of their disease when they are not able to walk, talk, or eat by themselves.

Assisted Living

Assisted living provides residents with hands-on assistance on activities that involve daily living and many of these institutions provide a wide selection of additional care services at an added cost. However, kindly note that skilled nursing care is not offered. 

Dementia patients in the early to intermediate stages usually spend a bit of time in assisted living institutions because they are allowed to be somewhat independent and their health and safety are catered for. The rooms they stay in are private and the staff is not available 24/7 apart from emergency care staff. 

Nursing homes accommodate patients with dementia who are at the later stages of their disease when they are not able to walk, talk, or eat by themselves.

The aim of memory care facilities is to offer long-term residential care curated for people suffering from intermediate to later phases of dementia. A patient diagnosed with dementia may decide to move to a memory care unit depending on the resources available. 

There are facilities dedicate to providing memory care such as care campuses that offer various levels of care in one area, or an assisted living facility in a secure wing. 

Because they are considered ‘special care units’, staff members working in these facilities are well skilled in caring for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s. They are well trained and experienced in communicating with the residents, identifying signs indicating changes in a resident’s psychological behavior, as well as dealing with the difficult behaviors that may come up while administering care and how to deescalate such situations.  

The primary step to choosing the ideal living facility for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia involves doing a needs assessment. Residents in nursing homes in the later phases of dementia are completely functionally dependent, have restricted speech ability speaking no more than 8 words, and are confined to their beds. Offering care to these residents needs skills and knowledge specific to their various medical, physiological, and supportive needs.  

After a needs assessment has been conducted, it is advisable that you conduct a cost assessment so that you can have clear insight as to whether you can afford to pay for the cost of a care home and which care facility is within your budget. Another thing you should look out for is the location of the institution. Is the center close to family or friends and is it easily accessible? 

Another factor that you should consider is the service provided by the facilities as per the needs of your loved one. Are there enough toilets? Are the rooms offered private and how much space do they have? Is the caring staff available 24/7 and how well trained are they? 

These tips should give you thorough insight into whether you should opt for a care facility and which facility you should choose for your loved one.

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