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Do You Know the Benefits of Assisted Living?

Thursday, June 29th, 2017 1:59:33 PM
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Seniors with memory care needs can thrive with assisted living

The prospect of placing your parent in an assisted living facility or bringing home care help into their home can be intimidating. You want them to be comfortable and receiving the best care possible. Especially if your loved one has a memory illness, remaining in familiar surroundings can be beneficial for their well-being.

Whether your loved one needs around the clock care or just occasional assistance and social interaction, there are many benefits to assisted living. Consider this when researching memory care options in Wichita, KS:

  1. Memory care professionals know how to care for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients

While family caregivers often want to care for senior loved ones with memory illnesses, as their disease progresses it becomes necessary to enlist professional care. Assisted living professionals can engage and care for seniors with dementia in ways that keep them calm, happy, and comfortable.

  1. Consistency is key

For many seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s, sticking to a routine schedule is beneficial. New surroundings and people can cause confusion and frustration. If your loved one is seeing familiar faces and participating in routine activities as part of an assisted living care plan, they may feel more secure.

  1. Assistance offers relief for family caregivers

If you often feel overwhelmed caring for a parent or senior loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s, you are not alone. Part-time care in the form of adult day care can offer relief for family caregivers. You can take the time to rest, schedule appointments, run errands, or attend to other obligations. You are able to care for your loved one best after you care for yourself.

The benefits of assisted living are more numerous than those listed here. The amount of care required and for what amount of time can be customized based on your loved one’s needs.

Consider the benefits of memory care assistance and the real benefits of assisted living in Wichita, KS. You may find that seeking help is the best choice for you and your loved one.

 

ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS provides memory care services to the following cities and neighborhoods:

Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.

Alzheimer’s Care Experts Share Advice On Dementia And Balance

Friday, June 23rd, 2017 1:21:15 PM
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Seniors often experience problems with impaired balance in their golden years. Falls present the leading cause of injury in the senior population and those who are afflicted with some form of dementia are even more so at risk. If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, it is very important for them to try everything they possibly can to maintain their balance and minimize fall risks. This can help slow down the progression of the disorder and keep them vital for longer.

For seniors living with dementia, problems with balance often occur when the cognitive disease affects portions of the brain responsible for balance and coordination. As a matter of fact, the first signs of dementia are shuffling gait, clumsiness or slow-footed walk.

Though diminished balance and mobility issues present a problem that cannot be reversed for those living with dementia, Alzheimer’s care experts recommend taking some preventative measures that can ensure a safer environment for your loved one and help improve their balance and gait.

Build strength with safe Alzheimer’s care assistance

If your loved one is in the early stages of dementia, Alzheimer’s care providers suggest encouraging them to start a low-impact regimen that can improve their balance. Stretching exercises are often recommended. A family member or caregiver should assist your senior mom or dad with their exercise routine, making sure they are safe and well hydrated.

Another thing to consider is purchasing walking aids and encouraging your loved one to use them. Your senior mom or dad can have a safer footing by using a walker or a cane. In addition to this, your parent can also enhance their footwear, opting for shoes with non-skid soles as they can be helpful in increasing mobility and reducing the risk of falls.

To reduce fall risks that could cause serious injury, you might want to consider fall-proofing your senior mom or dad’s home. When fall-proofing the home, it is important to make pathways easily accessible and free of clutter, install grab bars in the bathroom, remove or fixate all rugs, carpets, and electrical cords to reduce tripping hazard, and rearrange furniture.

Furthermore, Alzheimer’s care providers also suggest enhancing lighting throughout the house, especially in frequented areas such as staircases, kitchen, and the bedroom. On the other hand, if your senior mom or dad is in the advanced stages of dementia, it might be better for them to live in a safer facility that provides around-the-clock care.

Seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s don’t need clinical care in a large institution, as most of them simply react better to calm, familiar surroundings where they can receive adequate care. Alzheimer’s care services can allow your loved one to age with the dignity that they deserve, with specialized care in a real home setting and well-trained, caring personnel.

ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS provides memory care services to the following cities and neighborhoods:

Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.

Tactile Art & Senior Assisted Living Activities

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 5:59:25 PM
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Learn how tactile activities benefit seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

As dementia or Alzheimer’s disease progress, it becomes difficult for seniors to do the hobbies and activities they once loved. Their mind is unable to process complex activities and diminishing fine motor skills make sewing, writing, and other small tasks nearly impossible. Senior assisted living facilities can offer mental stimulation and socialization through tactile art activities.

What is tactile art?

Tactile art is also known as sensory art and includes any physical interaction with art through the sense of touch. Tactile art is frequently used to teach young children or the visually impaired about the world around them. In a similar way, seniors with dementia can use tactile art to re-learn their surroundings, strengthen motor functions and control, and express themselves in a meaningful way.

Whether you are the primary caregiver or your senior loved one is in a senior assisted living facility, finding activities to keep them engaged can be difficult. Sensory and tactile art can be implemented in a variety of activities to meet the abilities and interests of your loved one.

Sensory activities for memory care

Using modeling clay or play-dough is one form of tactile art. The creation of a final product is not necessarily the goal, but rather a mental stimulation through touch that benefits a senior’s health. Sponge painting, potato stamping and even painting with hands can be unique tactile art activities.

Picking up everyday objects can help seniors with dementia understand their surroundings and feel secure. This is especially important if they are living in a senior assisted living facility that they may not be familiar with. Feeling different types of fabric, metals, wood, door locks, and more provides sensory stimulation. Seniors can learn through their hands and may find comfort in familiar objects like dolls, cushions, or blankets.

Tactile stimulation

If your loved one is unable to participate (or uninterested) in tactile art, senior assisted living facilities and caregivers can support mental stimulation through other ways. Passive tactile stimulation can be as simple as holding a hand or giving a shoulder rub. Relaxing scents such as lavender can calm an agitated senior and stimulate their sense of smell.

A virtual beach or other location can be created with scented candles and the sound of crashing waves played through a speaker. Your senior can run their hands through sand or pick-up shells you have placed out. As an adult with a healthy brain, these activities may seem childish or strange. But the benefits tactile stimulation has on seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s can be incredible.

Ask your loved one’s senior assisted living care providers if tactile art is a healthy option for their overall care. Together, you can integrate new activities to stimulate their senses, promote mental wellness, and improve their quality of life.

 

Resources:

http://www.alzheimers.net/2014-01-23/sensory-stimulation-alzheimers-patients/

https://www.nccdp.org/resources/AlzheimersDementiaActivityIdeas.pdf

http://www.best-alzheimers-products.com/tactile-stimulation.html

 

ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS provides memory care services to the following cities and neighborhoods:

Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 1:04:14 PM
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You recognize Alzheimer’s symptoms – here’s how to make a difference.

If you have a loved one with a memory illness, you are probably familiar with dementia and Alzheimer’s symptoms. They may not remember familiar people or places, become easily confused and agitated or have trouble caring for themselves. The type and severity of Alzheimer’s symptoms that seniors with the disease present change as the disease progresses.

As a caregiver or loved one of a senior with incurable dementia, you may feel helpless. You might ask yourself, “What can I do to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s symptoms and dementia diseases?” There are millions of Americans who have felt this same desire to do more. The Alzheimer’s Association celebrates June as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month to help increase awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, share the latest dementia research, and raise money for federal funding.

Go Purple for Alzheimer’s Disease

Purple is the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement. Get the facts about Alzheimer’s symptoms, prevention, treatment, and more and then show your pride by wearing purple this June. This simple action can help spread awareness and spark conversation between seniors, caregivers, family members and celebrity advocates alike.

Share Your Story

Many people who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease share their stories online and through social media. This community leans on each other for emotional support, resource sharing, and care recommendations. You can update your Facebook profile picture to raise awareness – try it here! Join conversations on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #EndALZ and #MyAlzStory to learn about the Alzheimer’s symptoms and situations others are experiencing.

The Longest Day: June 21st

June 21st is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. “The Longest Day” is a worldwide celebration of doing activities you love to fundraise for Alzheimer’s research. Consider partnering with your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association by selecting an activity you love & fundraise to end Alzheimer’s disease. Check out the events at the Central and Western Kansas Chapter here or look into global teams you can fundraise with no matter where you live.

Take time this June to learn more about the causes and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the latest research and treatment, and how you can get involved. Creating awareness for those living with dementia as well as the stories of families impacted by the disease can make a huge impact. Even after June is over, continue to explore the dementia resources and care services for you and your loved ones!

Resources:

2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Central and Western Kansas Alzheimer’s Association Chapter

ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS provides memory care services to the following cities and neighborhoods:

Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.

Know the Differences: Forgetfulness vs. Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 1:58:35 PM
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Have you ever forgotten where you placed your keys or missed a doctor’s appointment because it wasn’t written on your calendar? Most of us will admit that our busy schedules and everyday distractions have caused us to forget certain things. At what point should these occurrences be considered signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia? Learn the differences between normal forgetfulness and serious memory loss so you can know when it is time to seek assistance.

What is forgetfulness?

Many people worry that forgetfulness is the first sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia. There are many causes for forgetfulness and memory loss that are not serious or permanent. Some types of medication, stress and anxiety, or emotional distress can cause intermittent forgetfulness. Speaking with a doctor about your medications and mental health can help you improve your focus and memory.

If you forget an acquaintance’s name, misplace your cell phone, or cannot remember the name of a popular actor, don’t fret. This type of forgetfulness is common and does not necessarily indicate Alzheimer’s or dementia symptoms. Managing stress in a healthy way as well as limiting alcohol intake can make everyday forgetfulness less common.

When does memory loss become serious?

When signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia present in seniors, it can be hard to distinguish the difference between a serious mental disease and everyday forgetfulness. Only a doctor can confirm a dementia-related diagnosis. If you observe a senior loved one with these symptoms, it may be time to seek assistance:

  1. Unable to remember things, recognize family members or follow directions
  2. Asking the same question or telling the same story repeatedly
  3. Becoming lost in familiar places
  4. Neglecting personal hygiene and nutrition

The signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia are more severe and constant than everyday forgetfulness. Being able to recognize these signs as abnormal helps you seek out professional assistance. Always consult a doctor if you are concerned about a loved one’s memory loss.

There are many programs, support groups, and assisted living communities for seniors with memory loss issues. Sometimes the care required cannot be provided by family members alone. When you or a loved one are facing an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis, know that you have many options for support and assistance.

References: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/forgetfulness

 

ComfortCare Homes of Wichita, KS provides memory care services to the following cities and neighborhoods:

Wichita, Derby, Augusta, El Dorado, Newton, Hutchinson, Pretty Prairie, Kingman, Norwich, Conway Springs, Belle Plaine, and the surrounding areas of Kansas.

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