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How to Lower Salt Intake From a Strongsville Assisted Living Community

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Foolproof Ways to Reduce Salt Levels For Seniors

When it comes to sodium, less is usually best. Yet, most Americans consume over twice as much sodium in a day than what is recommended. Having high salt intake can lead to high blood pressure and damage to your kidneys, and it is the leading cause of kidney failure among older adults. To help reduce your and your loved one’s salt intake daily, the expert team at Cardinal Court has put together some of our best tips to make lowering your salt intake easy.

Choose Whole, Unprocessed Meats, Fruits and Vegetables

Did you know that most preservatives are made almost entirely from salt? Cured meats, processed fruits and vegetables, and most of the quick and easy dinner meals that you find in the freezer section of the grocery store are drenched in enough sodium for an entire day. Fresh cuts of beef, chicken, and pork contain natural sodium, which is good for you, but you do not need to add extra. A good rule of thumb is if it can last for weeks in the refrigerator, it likely has way too much sodium in it.

Read Food Labels

Begin reading food labels when you are grocery shopping for yourself and your loved ones. Sodium content is listed on the nutrition label, and you should check to see how it is measured as well. It can be surprising to see how much sodium content is in our diets once we start reading the labels and understanding how much we are putting into our bodies. To keep it simple (unless your medical team has advised you otherwise, of course) most people should aim to reduce their sodium intake. Less is best.

Remove Salty Sauces From your Refrigerator

Next, remove salty sauces and table salt from your refrigerator and dining table. Sauces like ketchup, mustard, barbeque sauce, chutneys, and soy sauces all contain very high levels of sodium and should be consumed in moderation or not at all. The reality is, we have likely already consumed more salt than we should purely based on what is in processed foods—before we ever even add the extra sauce. By removing these options from your home, you will not be tempted to add extra salt to your diet.

Use Spices That Do Not Contain Salt for Flavor

Another great way to remove salt from your diet is to abstain from cooking with salt. But this doesn’t mean your food has to taste bland! You can simply use herbs and spices that do not contain salt to flavor your food. For example, making the simple switch from using garlic salt to using garlic powder can eliminate unnecessary salt from your diet. You don’t have to sacrifice flavor to reduce your salt intake!

Preselect Your Meals Before Dining Out

Before dining out with your friends and family members, consider doing your research first on the menu options at the restaurant. Visit the restaurant’s website to see what they have on the menu and the nutrition facts associated with each choice. If this is not an option for you, you can also request that your food be cooked fresh without salt to reduce the amount of salt in your meal.

As you can see, there are several simple changes that you and your loved ones can make to reduce the amount of salt in your diets. It is especially important for seniors to have lower sodium diets to maintain their kidney health and to keep their blood pressure down, especially if those are conditions they struggle with. The expert team at Cardinal Court is here to support you if you need any additional assistance with this new diet change!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Cardinal Court, contact our friendly team today.

Try These Fun Activities To Get Outside And Explore Nature

Now that the weather is starting to warm up in most of the United States, everyone (seniors included!) is making the most of the sunshine and getting outside! Lucky for West Columbia seniors, Colonial Gardens has intentionally created a safe and welcoming outdoor environment for residents that includes plenty of walking trails, picnic tables, and more to invite your loved one to enjoy the outdoors. Here are our top ten favorite outdoor activities that you should add to your summer bucket list.

Bird watching

Birdwatching is a relaxing and educational activity that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. With many birdwatching books available both in bookstores and online, this can be a great way to encourage indoor-outdoor living for you and your loved ones.

Gardening

Gardening is one of our favorite outdoor activities because not only does it allow for seniors to get some vitamin D from being in the sun, it also encourages independence and pride over their work. There is nothing quite as rewarding and growing and harvesting your own food, herbs, or flowers!

Popsicle Making

Seniors with memory challenges can often forget that they should be hydrating regularly, so encourage them to do so with some fun popsicle making! Have a variety of flavors available, so everyone can choose their favorite. Then, watch how much they drink so you monitor their hydration levels!

Nature Trail Walking

Colonial Gardens has plenty of walking paths available around the property that are perfect for enjoying nature. Grab a buddy so you can enjoy the walk safely, put on your walking shoes, and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Fruit Picking

If your loved one is not quite able to garden for themselves, do not worry! There are tons of farmer’s markets available that allow “Pick your own” services. This is a great alternative to growing your own food but still has the same prideful benefits.

Dine Al Fresco

There is something special about enjoying a meal outside. Pack a picnic basket full of your favorite fruits, vegetables, drinks, and some sandwiches, and choose a beautiful spot to enjoy the weather. Spending time together in the great outdoors is always better with a snack!

Sightseeing

If you are new to the area (or even if you are not!), there are plenty of great tourist attractions in West Columbia that you should go see. One of our favorites is the Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens! This is a great way to spark some interest in wildlife and enjoy some fun in the sun.

Go Fishing

Consider adding a fishing trip to your summer bucket list! This can include fishing in a lake or pond, or and the style of fishing can be easily modified depending on your loved one’s ability. Spending some time enjoying the peace and quiet near the water is good for the soul. And because the best fishing occurs in the morning, you can get outside before the weather gets too hot to handle.

Outdoor Painting

Have an artist on your hands? The great outdoors is full of inspiration and imagination. Practicing using those talents is a great way to promote brain health and encourage play. Head to a picturesque part of our property (there are tons!) and enjoy some peaceful time together.

Play Board Games

There is no need to stay inside all day while playing board and card games; play the same games outdoors! Checkers, puzzles, UNO, and more are great games that are easy to learn and provide brain stimulation for seniors. These games also encourage socialization in small groups, which is essential for the emotional support of our residents.

As you can see, there are tons of great outdoor activities that you can schedule with your loved ones! You may even choose to combine two or several of these suggestions to create your own full day of fun in the sun. Remember to dress appropriately, drink plenty of water and use sunscreen when enjoying the outdoors. Colonial Gardens cannot wait to enjoy the warm weather with you!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Colonial Gardens, contact our friendly team today.

Research Your Family Tree With East Amherst Retirement Community

Your family tree is a wonderful way for you and your loved ones to learn about both your family’s history and yourself. Researching your family history is easier than ever with modern technologies and genealogy websites that make it possible for you to search records from the comfort of your couch. These new technologies make ancestry research simple enough that people of all ages (seniors included!) can enjoy this fun activity.

Why You Should Research Your Family Tree

There are many reasons why you should research your family tree:

  • It is a great way to learn about your ancestors, understand their life story and how it relates to your own.
  • It is a meaningful activity for families to participate in together. Make it a fun activity with your family by having dinner, playing music, and enjoying each other’s company.
  • It also allows you to piece together your family’s medical history which can be eye-opening for how to treat your current body.

Step 1: Start With What you Know

So, how do you start? First, we recommend going through your family’s memorabilia. Break out the old photo albums, letters, family records, and diaries. Organize everything you find by date and location to provide clues to your past. Ask older family members to provide as much information as they can and use the information you find as prompts for diving deeper.

Step 2: Use a Family Tree Building Website

Next, organize the information you found into a family tree building website. Some of our favorite websites are Ancestry.com, Archives.com, and FamilySearch.org. You may also find that other members of your family have already started building your family tree once you dive into the platform. This can be very exciting as you make connections and discover more about your family!

Step 3: Consider Taking a DNA Test

Once you have made as many connections as possible, you may consider taking a DNA test. This can aid tremendously in your research because it will reveal your genetic makeup and tell you where to look for more connections. There are several options for companies that perform these tests, but our favorites are 23andMe and AncestryDNA. These two companies provide tools to collect your family’s artifacts all in one place and trace ancestral migration patterns as well.

Step 4: Head to Your Local Sources

Now that you have your genetic makeup, head to your local library for the census, military, and immigration records that could lead to more connections. Some libraries even offer free genealogical research services. There are also online options for discovering newspaper clippings and naturalization records. You can even search for family members by name on Chronicling America, a website sponsored by the U.S. Library of Congress.

Step 5: Document What you Find for Future Generations

Congratulations! You have learned as much as you can about your family history. Once you have all of that information, compile it within a common database or showcase to share it with other members of your family and future generations. Here are some ideas for how you can honor your ancestors:

  • Create a shelf in your home to display objects
  • Create a scrapbook with clippings you found
  • Create a family tree with your children
  • Record audio/take photos of living family members to share

Tracking your family tree is an important part of remembering (or discovering!) your family legacy. The expert team at Juniper Glen cares about honoring family and are excited to see how much of your ancestry you can find!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Juniper Glen, contact our friendly team today. 

How to Detect Early Signs of Dementia In Your Loved One

Dementia is a relatively common condition that affects nearly 3 million people per year. Dementia itself is not a specific disease, but rather a group of conditions that are characterized by impairment of at least two brain functions. These can include memory loss, impaired judgment, loss of social skills, and more. Treatment and medication can help, but unfortunately, there is no cure available at this time. Lakewood is a dedicated memory care facility that specializes in supporting residents with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. The experts at Lakewood know that early detection and support are key to maintaining your loved one’s quality of life. So here are some signs and symptoms that you should watch out for to know if your loved one might be getting Dementia.

Short Term Memory Changes

Struggling to remember short-term items might be an early sign of Dementia. These changes are often subtle and might be deemed “senior forgetfulness” without a second thought, but you should be aware that if these changes become common and your loved one is forgetting more and more of their day, it could be a sign of more serious memory issues.

Stumbling Over the Right Words

You might notice that your loved one struggles to find the right words more often than usual. For example, they may begin calling you the wrong name or seem to stumble when talking and trying to say what they mean. They also might struggle to express their feelings such as thirst, being cold, or feeling sleepy.

Being Repetitive

Dementia also affects the communication portion of our brains. A person with Dementia might struggle to find the right words or become repetitive both in the questions they ask and the actions they take. Your loved one might start repeating tasks such as shaving, eating, or asking the same question several times.

Difficulty Adapting to Change

For someone who is in the early stages of memory challenges, change can cause fear. The person may lose their ability to understand and process change, and they may forget why the change has to take place. Your loved one might not remember why they had to move in with you or why he or she is at the grocery store, causing experiences to become scary. They may start to crave a consistent routine.

Changes in Mood

Experiencing changes in mood is also very common with Dementia, but it might not be super recognizable right off the bat. These changes can be positive or negative. Depression, for example, maybe an early sign of Dementia, but so is a personality shift from being shy and reactive to becoming more outgoing and joyful. Dementia affects each person differently, but be on the lookout for distinct personality and mood changes in your loved one.

When You Should Consult a Doctor

If your loved one is showing two or more of the above signs of early Dementia, it might be time to consult a doctor. Normal forgetfulness does not automatically equal Dementia, but combined with other symptoms can be a reason to take a closer look. As a general rule of thumb, if you are concerned about your loved one’s well-being, we recommend that you see a doctor to ease your mind. Your doctor will likely refer you to a neurologist that can examine your loved one and give you a definitive treatment option for Dementia or another cognitive issue that could be occurring.

Dementia is a common condition that affects many seniors. Luckily, with early diagnosis and treatment options available, it is possible to slow the progression of the disease and maintain mental function for as long as possible. The staff at Lakewood Memory Care are highly trained and specialized in doing just that, and we would love to help you in any way that we can.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Lakewood, contact our friendly team today.

A Guide To Managing Multiple Medications With Ease

If taking multiple medications is a major source of stress for you and your loved one, you are not alone. Nearly all adults will take some prescription in their lifetime, and most will take more than one on a regular basis. Managing these medications and prescriptions can be difficult if you do not take the time to put a plan in place to track and ensure that they are being taken correctly. Also, taking medications incorrectly can lead to complications or bad outcomes that are totally preventable. Magnolia Place is passionate about making sure our community is aware of medication safety, so here are a few tips on how to track multiple medications safely.

Fill All of Your Prescriptions at One Pharmacy

Tracking multiple medications is difficult enough, do not waste time or energy trying to get them from different pharmacies. Pharmacists are very talented at what they do and help tremendously when it comes to managing medications and ensuring that none of the drugs you are taking will negatively interact with each other. By filling all of your medications at one pharmacy, your pharmacist is able to do his or her best work and develop a relationship with you and your doctor to keep you on the right track.

Use a Medication Dispenser

Technology these days is incredible. There are still those daily pill dispensers with each day listed on them that you fill up every Sunday. But consider taking it a step further with a fully automated medication dispenser. There are devices on the market such as Hero that will sort, manage and dispense your medication exactly when you are supposed to take it each day and alert you when it does.

Create a List and Put it in a High Traffic Area

We find that the biggest struggle that seniors have with medication management is forgetting to take their medications at the right times. This can be especially true for loved ones with memory challenges. Consider creating a document that has all their medications listed on it with checkboxes to fill in when they take the medicine. The clearer, the better. If your loved one has advanced Dementia, they should not be in charge of managing their own medication and will need assistance.

Have Your Doctor Review Your Medications Regularly

We like to call this a “brown bag” review. Gather up every medication that you take on a regular basis, over the counter, and vitamins included! Take these medications to your doctor and have them look over everything to make sure you are taking them correctly and that none of your medications have adverse reactions to each other. Your doctor might also change or adjust your medications based on this review as well.

Refill Your Prescriptions as Soon as You Can

Nothing is worse than realizing that you only have one pill left of very important medication. You never want to be one dose away from being out of something important, so make sure that you or your loved one fills their prescriptions in a timely manner. This can involve using mail-order pharmacies, auto refills, or setting calendar reminders to get your prescriptions refilled as soon as you can.

Managing multiple prescriptions does not have to be difficult if you put these practices in place. If you are still struggling with this, consider asking your doctor if he or she has any additional advice for you on how to manage medications for you or your loved one. Sometimes doctors can adjust prescriptions to refill on a more convenient schedule, leading to fewer trips to the pharmacy and a decreased chance of running out. There may also be other options as well! The team at Magnolia Place is here to support you when you need us.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Magnolia Place, contact our friendly team today.

A Guide to Getting a Good Night’s Rest for a Better Day Tomorrow

Getting a good night’s sleep can dramatically improve our mental and physical health, especially as we age. Sometimes, seniors can find it difficult to sleep at night and find themselves tossing and turning when they should be sleeping. This is common, but there are steps that you can take to improve your sleep quality. The expert team at Whitetail Springs Memory Care in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has put together 8 tips to help you or a loved one sleep better tonight.

Turn Off Your Devices

Yes, this includes the cell phone and the television. These devices have blue light in them that mimics the sun to our eyes, which prevents the production of melatonin. Melatonin is what makes us sleepy! So, if your eyes are registering that it is daytime because of the blue light, you might not be able to sleep.

Limit Caffeine and Beverages Too Close to Bedtime

We all know that caffeine is used to keep us awake, but did you know that it also causes increased urination? Limiting beverages (particularly those containing caffeine or alcohol) within 2 hours of bedtime can prevent those frequent trips to the restroom in the middle of the night and improve sleep quality.

Use Pillows to Relieve Body Pain

As we age, our muscles and joints may become achy, especially at night. Sometimes people simply do not want to lay down because it hurts, and we understand! That is why we like to keep our beds nice and soft with plenty of supportive pillows to help relieve that pain.

Consider Circadian Rhythm Lighting

Circadian Rhythm lighting is a great solution for someone who struggles with late-night wakefulness because it helps the brain to remember that it is nighttime. There are many different types of circadian rhythm lights, so we recommend consulting with your physician to find out which one is the best option.

Limit Daytime Napping

Maintaining a quality sleep cycle means most of your sleep should happen at night. Daytime naps should be kept to a minimum as much as possible and should only last for 10-20 minutes when they do occur. This will help to ensure that you or your loved one are sleepy at bedtime and will be ready for a good night’s sleep.

Exercise and Stretch During the Day

This might seem off-topic, but we promise it is not! Daytime movement can help us fall asleep faster and get higher quality sleep. Having a consistent exercise and stretching routine will release endorphins that not only make us feel happy but also help melatonin production and release once we are ready for bed.

Have a Doctor Review Medications

First, we always recommend having a doctor review you or your loved one’s medications if you notice symptoms like not sleeping well or wandering during the night. Sometimes, simply changing when medication is taken can dramatically improve sleep quality since some medications naturally keep us awake. The opposite is true as well; taking a medication that causes drowsiness in the evening may assist in regulating sleep cycles.

Develop a Consistent Routine

Once you have found a bedtime routine that works for your family, stick to it! Having a consistent routine will train the brain and the body to know when sleep is about to occur so it can prepare itself for a restful night.

It’s important to maintain a healthy sleep schedule that involves getting seven to nine hours of sleep every night. If you or your loved one is struggling to sleep well, try these tips! If these tips are not enough or the problem persists, consult with your doctor to help you get a good night’s sleep.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Whitetail Springs, contact our friendly team today.

Use These Tips To Move Your Mom or Dad To Memory Care While Avoiding Stress

So you have decided to move your parent to a memory care community that can better serve their needs. That is a big decision, and we understand how important it is that you choose the right facility and have a strong process in place for the transition. Lakewood Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Brookfield, Wisconsin is dedicated to ensuring that moving your loved one to our community is as quick and easy as possible. Here are some of our best tips:

Have the Conversation Early

Relocating your loved one to a retirement community can be a difficult subject to broach, especially if family members have differing opinions about whether or when the move should occur. By opening the conversation with your family early on, you will give everyone time to do their research and respectfully present their opinions. If your loved one is able, include them in the conversation about moving while they can give informed input about what they want. By suggesting the move prior to implementing it, you are giving your family and loved one the opportunity to take their time digesting this new information.

Pack for Them to Minimize Stress

After living in their home for years, your loved one likely owns a lot of things. They probably own much more than will fit in their new home at Lakewood, but that is not a problem! Downsizing is great for memory care residents because it is less overwhelming and stressful to be in a clean and clutter-free environment. However, your loved one may not love the idea of letting go. Consider packing for them rather than having them help if you think this could be stress-inducing for them.

Personalize Their New Space

Once you have arrived at Lakewood and are bringing their things in to unpack, make their new space feel like home. Bringing some personal items such as photos, artwork and their favorite blanket. Having these personal items will help them feel at home and more comfortable in their new space. In fact, communities like Lakewood will assist families with decorating new residents’ rooms so they are familiar, safe spaces. This can help memory care residents to recognize and feel comfortable in their rooms more easily since their space has all of their belongings and photos of their family members on the walls.

Minimize Anxiety Around Moving

Routine is key to keeping those experiencing memory challenges comfortable. Unfortunately, moving is the ultimate routine-changer. But there are ways to make the process more comfortable for your loved one. On moving day, follow their normal daily routine as much as possible. Schedule the move during a part of the day when they are typically relaxed and in a good mood. If you can, ensure that familiar friendly faces are present on moving day to make them feel comfortable.

Stay Connected With Visits (Virtually or Otherwise)

After you have moved your loved one in, try to visit as much as possible! By staying in touch with them, you can address any concerns that come up, such as homesickness or anxiety, that are normal after a big life change. Staying in touch also gives reassurance to your loved ones that you are not abandoning them and truly just want them to be safe and cared for here at Lakewood. These visits can also be virtual if needed! Even a video chat or a phone call helps show them you care.

Be Open to Reassessing the Situation if Needed

Sometimes the move is too stressful for a loved one or parent. They may need to adjust where they live to another room that has a better view of the outdoors, or they may need to have more of their belongings with them. They may also need someone to come visit during the day for the first week or so to help keep them comfortable. Rest assured that the expert staff here at Lakewood is prepared for any and all changes that need to be made to help your loved one feel safe and comfortable with us. Our main priority is the safety, health and happiness of our residents.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Lakewood, contact our friendly team today.

After Being Cooped Up All Winter, Try These Activities For Some Spring Joy

After being indoors all winter, we cannot help but smile as the weather begins to warm up and the flowers start to bloom. Spring is one of our favorite seasons because everything begins to come back to life! The birds start chirping again every morning, the big heavy winter jackets find their homes in the back of the closet once more, and the warm sun shines. If you love spring as much as we do here at Maple Brook Terrace in Greenville, South Carolina, try these fun activities to celebrate spring and all the joy that comes with it!

Get Outside and Explore Nature

Our community is intentionally set up to encourage indoor and outdoor living. With tons of green walking trails and sturdy benches for residents to sit and enjoy the weather, getting outside and exploring nature is easier than ever. Go for a short walk in the sun with a friend, head to the courtyard, or even opt for having your lunch outside as the warmer weather should not be wasted.

Have an Easter Celebration

Easter is on Sunday, April 4th, 2021. Celebrate in style with fun activities that your loved ones can participate in, such as Easter egg painting, decorating for spring, coloring Easter-themed coloring pages, and more. Don’t overthink it and just enjoy each other’s company. If it still is not safe for you to be around your loved one, show them you love them by giving them a call on Easter Sunday to wish them a happy holiday and let them know you wish you could be together this season.

Create an Indoor Herb Garden

The warm sun coming in the windows is perfect for starting your very own indoor herb garden. These gardens can be very fruitful with some patience and a lot of tender love and care. Your loved one can find great joy in watching these plants grow and seeing the fruit of their labor. They may need some help remembering to water and weed them, but this is a fun opportunity for you to spend time with your loved one during the warmer months. Try easy-to-grow options like basil, parsley, and mint to start.

Do Some Spring Cleaning

It is no secret that we gather more than we need over the winter months, so take advantage of the warmer weather to do some spring cleaning around your loved one’s home. Now is a good time to purge some of those unwanted, and perhaps dangerous, items from their home such as unnecessary rugs, ancillary tables, knickknacks, and anything that could cause injury or a fall. Now is a good time to install any safety precautions that might help your loved one, such as handrails, a security system, or no-slip grips in the tub.

Feed the Birds

Everyone loves watching birds eat from a bird feeder. There is just something so peaceful about sitting in the sun with a nice breeze blowing by listening to the birds chirp. Take it up a notch by creating your own bird feed with your loved one. You can also using pine cones with peanut butter and bird seed to create your own bird feeder!

Add one (or all five!) of these easy celebrations to your spring to do list and have some extra fun this season! We love having tons of activities for our residents to enjoy here at Maple Brook, and our Life Enrichment Director has a month full of activities planned for April. Follow along to see all the festivities!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Maple Brook, contact our friendly team today.

Try These Apps To Help Make Senior Caregiving Easier

If you’re caring for a senior loved one, you know that trying to balance schedules, remember medications, and track symptoms can be a challenging part of the job. While being a caregiver is rewarding, it is a big responsibility. But if you have a smartphone (and most of us do!), you can use free apps on your phone to make being a caregiver easier. With things like sync-able calendars, meal and symptom tracking, medication reminders, and more, these apps make it easy for you and your family to stay on top of senior care management for your loved one. Here are 6 of our favorite senior care apps from the team at Azalea Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care in Tallahassee, Florida:

AARP Caregiving

AARP Caregiving is an app that equips caregivers with knowledge and information on how to appropriately care for their loved ones. It offers symptom tracking, meal tracking, appointment reminders, and allows you to coordinate care with other family members. AARP Caregiving also offers a help center to answer any questions you may have about the software. This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.

CaringBridge

CaringBridge is all about communication, which is vital when caring for a loved one. All of your family members can rally together to provide the best care possible for your loved one, whether they are experiencing memory challenges or recovering from a surgery. With a guest book that allows you to share updates in a journal-entry style, everyone can be on the same page about care. This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.

ianacare

This app was built by family caregivers, for family caregivers. It provides all the necessary tools to keep you organized and collaborate with other caregivers. If you are looking for an app that will help you plan for family caregiving in the future, this is perfect for you. ianacare helps you coordinate care with your family members, provide updates in a private feed with everyone present, and offers a collaborative calendar so members can assign themselves tasks without having to ask “how can we help?” This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.

Medisafe

Medisafe is consistently ranked as one of the top apps for medication management every year. Whether your loved one has a temporary increase in medications or has a prolonged condition requiring several medications, Medisafe makes it easy to keep track of prescriptions, medication regimens, and more with several reminders and alerts for when each medication is due. This app also syncs with GoodRx to provide coupons for medications. The app can even provide an alert when a specific medication might have a harmful interaction with another medication. This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy

This app is perfect for caregivers who need some help managing the stress of caring for a loved one with memory challenges. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Buddy offers helpful tips and advice on how to tackle daily care tasks like hygiene and meal times as well as offers a 24/7 hotline for family conflict. The app also offers activities to stimulate the brain and advice for how to deal with symptoms such as aggression or behavior issues. This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.

First Aid by American Red Cross

As a caregiver, you might find that you have picked up on a lot of medical knowledge that you did not previously have, but you are not expected to know everything! It is helpful to have reminders of how to administer first aid and CPR in the event that it is necessary. This app offers helpful step-by-step instructions on how to save the life of your loved one (or strangers!) by choosing which emergency is occurring in the moment. It also can track where your closest hospital is as well. This app is available for free on both iPhone and Android.

At Azalea Gardens, we have a professional staff and our own professional systems that help us provide Person-centered care to each and every resident. But for caregivers, apps like these can help keep you organized and keep your loved one safe and happy.

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Azalea Gardens, contact our friendly team today.

Learning About Your Loved One’s Memory Care Options? These Are The Basics

If your loved one is beginning to experience memory challenges, you’re likely looking into your options to get them the care they deserve. But did you know there is a specific type of senior care that is targeted to serve those living with memory challenges? It’s called memory care, and it may be the right choice for your loved one if they are beginning to experience these issues.

If this is your first time hearing about memory care, never fear! The expert team at Woodland Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Dresher, PA, is teaching you all the basics you need to know:

What is memory care?

Memory care is a specialized type of senior care that is meant to support the needs of seniors experiencing memory challenges. Memory care can be provided at home or in a specialized memory care community like Woodland Creek.

At a memory care community, your loved one will be surrounded by trained staff members that are experienced in working with seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other memory conditions. Such communities will also often provide specialized activities and memory-support programming for their residents. At Woodland Creek, these research-backed programs include aromatherapy, virtual reality therapy, life skills stations, music therapy, and more.

How is a memory care community different from a nursing home?

Both nursing homes and memory care facilities offer residents assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, oral care, and medication assistance. But memory care communities go the extra mile for residents experiencing dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other memory challenges.

The professionals at memory care communities have vast experience with memory conditions. Staff members at memory care communities understand that all your loved one’s behaviors are in response to a perceived situation. These expert team members become detectives to get to the root of those responsive behaviors and resolve the response through a holistic approach. In contrast, nursing home staff may not receive the same training as memory care communities’ staff and may therefore opt to sedate someone with challenging behaviors rather than resolve the response in another manner.

A memory care community will not only provide assistance with the activities of daily living, but they will also provide specialized programming and care specific to your loved one’s memory needs.

What are my loved one’s care options?

As they age, your loved one’s memory care needs will change. Ensure that the care your chosen community provides will change with them. The community you choose for your loved one should offer a variety of care options, including assistance with the activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, oral care, etc.), medication management options, and on-site activities and programming suited to your loved one’s needs. At Woodland Creek, we offer transitional assisted living, assisted living, and memory care options for our residents. If their needs change, their Person-centered care plan will change with them.

How will I know if my loved one needs a memory care community?

Only you, your loved one, and their doctor can determine if they need the specialized care provided by a memory care community. Conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s are progressive, meaning that your loved one’s memory care needs will change over time. If you, your loved one, and their doctor believe they could benefit from the memory-supportive programs, social interaction, and activities at a memory care community, it may be time to look for the right option.

And because the care options at Woodland Creek span from transitional assisted living all the way to memory care, any level of care that your loved one needs or will need is covered. And because their care plan will regularly be reevaluated along with input from you and their medical team, you can be confident knowing that as their personal care and memory care needs change, they will be well taken care of.

If the time has come for you to look for a memory care community for your loved one, Woodland Creek is ready to welcome them home!

To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour, contact the friendly team at Woodland Creek today.