There are major differences between assisted living and memory care. Read on to discover what the differences are, so you can make a better choice between the two types of care for your aging parent, spouse, or partner. Assisted living is a lifestyle option for seniors who need some help with daily living activities. In such a facility, your loved one could receive help with getting dressed, cleaning house, laundry,
Many people equate assisted living communities with nursing homes. While both nursing homes and assisted living communities perform support functions for their residents, there are significant differences between the two. For many seniors and their families, assisted living is a desirable alternative to a nursing home. Assisted Living Communities are NOT Nursing Homes In traditional nursing homes, residents are assigned to private or semi-private rooms, much like hospital rooms.
We all know that the physical facilities available at an assisted living facility are important. However, staff members who interact with your loved ones represent the heart of the facility. The list below represents several key staff members of assisted living facilities – and what you should know about them. Wellness Nurse Also known as nurse practitioners or staff nurses, wellness nurses provide hands-on medical care for residents.
Being a caregiver can be challenging. One of the most challenging issues is dealing with a loved one who resists much needed care. Understanding some of the reasons behind a loved one’s resistance can make it easier to manage – and ultimately help reduce that resistance. Address Fears of Losing Independence Your loved one may resist care because he or she fears a loss of independence. Discuss possible types of
Are you faced with transitioning mom from assisted living to memory care? Learn about the possible reasons for the transition, and the best ways to navigate this difficult transition. Reasons for Transition There’s a big difference between mom chronically forgetting where she left her eyeglasses, and mom having trouble remembering your name. If you notice that mom is struggling more often with remembering things, especially simple ones, it might be
Sometimes, it can be challenging for caregivers to know when a loved one needs additional care. The caregiver is often too close to the loved one to notice subtle changes that happen on a daily basis. In other instances, the caregiver may be reluctant to relinquish total control over care for the person they have spent a lifetime loving. This may blind them to the need for additional care that
Aging is a reality of life. As time goes on, it’s important to plan for living options that make sense in light of changing needs. Independence, quality of life and type of residence in one’s later years depend upon health, finances and lifestyle preferences. The following is an overview of the top living options for seniors preparing for transitions and changes. Independent Living Staying in one’s current residence as
When dementia begins to set in, you may notice disturbing new behaviors in your aging loved one. Dementia doesn’t just bring about memory loss, and the secondary symptoms associated with dementia can be quite difficult to understand, let alone deal with. As a caregiver for someone with dementia, you may find it confusing to know what care you should be providing. Communication Issues Patients with dementia often have trouble with
When it comes to aging well, think of your doctor as your partner in maintaining your health. During your annual checkup, be prepared to have an open dialog with your doctor about your health history, present and future. Don’t be afraid to communicate with your doctor—after all, they can’t help you with issues they don’t know about. Write down a list of any questions you have before your appointment. There
One of the realities of aging is that your body changes, including changes to your brain and cognitive abilities. You may find that suddenly you have a harder time remembering names or where you put your keys. Maybe you’re in the middle of a conversation, and you can’t quite think of the right word. While major memory loss can be a sign of dementia or other serious condition, these small