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Why I Walk – Kasey Briedenthal

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 12:20:08 PM
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I walk for many reasons. I walk for my maternal grandma, paternal grandpa and great grandparents who had dementia and Alzheimer’s.

I walk for my paternal grandma who is living with end stages of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. I walk for my mother-in-law who is battling early-onset dementia at the age of 65.

I walk for my family, friends, children and husband who I hope are never afflicted with the disease. I walk for the wonderful residents and families that I serve at ComfortCare Homes.

I have watched this terrible disease steal the memories, personality, and identity of many people close to me. Unfortunately, there will be many more in my lifetime.

I pray that with the donations raised at the Walk to END Alzheimer’s we will get one step closer to a cure or at minimum better treatments.

Help Kasey by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Brain Games and Activities to Make Memory Care Fun

Thursday, August 10th, 2017 7:34:48 PM
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Professional memory care providers know how to keep seniors active and engaged

A major challenge faced by family caregivers of loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is the unpredictability. As dementia progresses, memory and word retrieval become more difficult. Behavioral changes and mood swings can be common as well as disinterest in favorite hobbies and a desire to be left alone. Providing adequate memory care can be challenging because you are not certain how your loved one will respond from one day to the next.

Facing the uncertainty and seemingly randomness of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can make interacting with a loved one difficult. You want to support their health and happiness without causing confusion or irritation. In coordination with other methods, professional memory care providers suggest brain games and activities as a fun way of engaging seniors.

Brain games, in a way, disguise dementia and Alzheimer’s care as a fun activity. While you and your loved one will definitely enjoy these activities, brain games do more than pass the time and offer a few laughs. Specific activities and games help the brain relearn how to recall specific words, exercise cognitive abilities, encourage focus, and increase alertness. Brain games don’t have to be high-tech or on your smart phone. Often times, the simplest of games are the most beneficial to seniors with dementia.

Memory Care Games for Seniors and Family Caregivers

Bingo – Bingo is an ideal game for seniors with dementia because it can be easily modified based on their personal abilities. It requires matching of letters and numbers or colors and shapes, which are both beneficial on a cognitive level. Bingo is enjoyed and understood by people of all ages, so the whole family can be involved. These social interactions can have a positive impact on your loved one’s mood. [Source]

Card  Matching – Like Bingo, card matching games can be easily adjusted for seniors of all levels of memory loss. For early stage dementia, try placing the cards in even rows and columns face up for 2 minutes, then flipping them so the back side shows. Try to find matching pairs by flipping over two cards at a time. If a match is found, remove the pair from the rows. Repeat until all matches have been found. For advanced dementia, leave all the cards face up and have your senior loved one point out pairs. Card matching games help seniors recognize familiar objects and utilize short term memory.

Puzzles – Completing puzzles can be a fun activity to do together and promotes cognitive and tactile abilities. While the main purpose of brain games is to have fun, seniors with dementia may become agitated or frustrated by tasks they are unable to complete. Keeping high-spirits through conversation and friendly assistance can help make puzzles an enjoyable activity.

Want more brain games and activities? Check out 101 Activities for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease.

Help is Available When You Need It

Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise, especially for seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Assistance from a professional memory care provider or facility can help your loved one stay mentally active on a regular basis. If you’re concerned about your loved one’s well-being while you’re away at work, adult day care services are available. Not only do professional care providers know how to keep your senior safe, other senior residents provide companionship and conversation.

Your senior loved one’s dementia or Alzheimer’s disease will continue to progress and their symptoms will change. As you find your family in need of long term care options, consider specialized care facilities. Adult day care can be a great way to ease your loved one into the idea of assisted living so the transition into full-time care is more comfortable.

If you are providing senior care for a loved one with dementia, know that you are not alone. Utilize local resources and expert assistance from ComfortCare Homes of Wichita.

To learn more about memory care and how specialized care can help, please call ComfortCare Home of Wichita at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website by clicking here.

Why I Walk – Dawn Taylor, House Call Medical Services

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 8:03:30 PM
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I walk because I can.
I walk because I can find my way home.
I walk because I know the faces of those who love me.
I walk because I can speak my joy, my frustration and my sorrow every day.
I walk because I can defend myself.
I walk because I can share my own story.
I walk because those who cannot do these things still have a story worth telling.
I walk for them because I can.


Help Dawn by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Differentiating Depression from Dementia: Assisted Living Wichita KS Specialists Can Help

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 6:46:29 PM
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If you are the primary caregiver for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you know how much the symptoms can vary. The type and severity of symptoms are may be different from one day to the next, even changing from morning to night.  With all that goes into providing dementia care, you may not even be aware that your loved one may be experiencing depression as well.

According to recent studies, up to 40% of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia also suffer from depression. Sudden changes in mood, disinterest in activities or hobbies, desire to be alone, and physical pain are a few symptoms that are common between depression and dementia. Assisted living Wichita KS professionals, specially trained in memory care, can help you determine whether your loved one’s dementia symptoms are actually signs of depression. [Alzheimer’s Association]

What does depression look like in seniors with dementia?

Depression in seniors with dementia is harder to identify because of the emotional and behavioral changes that dementia brings on its own. Symptoms of both can be very similar. However, assisted living Wichita KS professionals know that in seniors with dementia and depression, their depression symptoms may be less severe and intermittent than a person without dementia.

This means you may not be looking for the stereotypical signs of depression, but rather a sporadic display of symptoms.

How can I help my senior loved one?

Assisted living professionals who care for seniors with dementia full-time can provide better insights and observations because they interact with residents every day for the whole day. If you are spending one afternoon with a loved one who has dementia, the limited time you spend together may not indicate symptoms of depression. For this reason, assisted living Wichita KS  may become the best long term care option.

If you are concerned about your senior loved one having depression, consult with a medical professional right away. While there is not a singular test that verifies a depression diagnosis, a trained medical professional will be able to listen to your observation of symptoms and make a proper plan of care.

For a senior with dementia, a depression diagnosis does not have to be devastating. The overlapping of symptoms can actually make treatment easier! Therapy methods that are successful for patients with dementia can also be beneficial to those with depression. Both conditions can potentially be managed through the same medications, activities, and therapy techniques.

Where can I find help?

Dementia is a degenerative disease that unfortunately does not have a cure. This means that your senior mom or dad’s condition will continue to get worse as time goes on. However, they should not have to sacrifice their comfort and well-being as a result. There are memory-specific facilities and assisted living Wichita KS that are wonderful options for senior care. Many assisted living facilities offer varying levels of care, such as part-time adult day care, that can ease seniors with dementia into their new surroundings.

If you are providing senior care for a loved one with dementia, know that you are not alone. Utilize local resources and expert assistance from assisted living Wichita KS.

To learn more about dementia and depression and how assisted living can help, please call ComfortCare Home of Wichita at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website by clicking here.

Why I Walk – Deidra Jackson, Family Services Director

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 7:56:05 PM
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“I walk for my “Aunt Too”. Not many people are close to their great great aunt but in my family, my “Aunt Too” was a huge influence on my life. She was unable to live on her own when I was very young and came to live with my grandparents.

Back when she began showing signs of dementia they didn’t have the diagnostic testing that they do today and she was labeled senile. It was particularly hard to watch her mind slip away because for her it was such a defining aspect of who she was. My Aunt Too was one of the first women to graduate from law school and practice law in Oklahoma.

Aunt Too had a long goodbye. I helped take care of her until she passed when I was a junior in high school. She was 98. It was so difficult watching such a vibrant trail blazing woman slip away so slowly. She begged for God to come get her. I held her hand many times and just sang to her because that was all I knew to do.

I learned so much about life through her journey. Much of who I am today is because of the stories she shared and the time I spent caring for her. Even now, not a day goes by that I don’t think about my Aunt Too.”

Help Deirdra by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation.

For more information about The Walk to End Alzheimer’s and how you can get involved, please visit our event page here. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 316-267-7333.

Why Adult Day Care is Important

Thursday, July 27th, 2017 7:45:22 PM
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Adult day care services benefit seniors and their family caretakers

If you have a senior parent or loved one with dementia, you know how challenging providing adequate care can be. Even if their disease is not yet severe, the changing needs of seniors with memory illnesses are hard to keep up with. You may be caring for a senior parent, raising a family, focusing on a career, and trying to maintain your own health. If you feel overwhelmed, you are not alone.

Adult day care has become a solution for many family caregivers seeking senior care assistance. While adult day care offers interim care for family members, this care option also benefits seniors. The physical activity, social stimulation, and emotional connections help seniors with dementia connect to the world around them, which often feels like a frightening or unfamiliar place.

What is Adult Day Care?

Typically, adult day care refers to nonresidential senior homes or community centers that are focused on the needs of elderly adults. These care centers are open during regular business hours, accommodating the busy schedules of adult children who may be caring for an aging parent.

Adult day care relieves primary caregivers while ensuring that senior loved ones are still receiving proper attention and assistance in a friendly, safe, and nurturing environment. [National Caregivers Library]

Benefits for Seniors

Family caregivers, especially adult children, often feel guilty placing their senior mom or dad in an adult day care facility. The truth is that the mental and social benefits a care facility can bring are far more than in-home care alone. Adult care programs give seniors an opportunity to socialize, resulting in increased alertness and activity.

Professional care providers at specialized adult day care facilities are trained to meet the unique needs of seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other memory illnesses. This means that they are equipped with the proper tools to monitor and manage memory illness symptoms. These caregivers can monitor your loved one’s mental health and know when to recommend more advanced care.

Adult day care facilities offer services such as assistance with eating, exercise programs, crafts, bus trips, holiday parties, and transportation help. Adding activities to a senior’s schedule provides more structure, giving them things to anticipate and look forward to.

Benefits for Family Members

Caring for a loved one with dementia is mentally and emotionally demanding, frequently requiring numerous hours each day on top of professional and family obligations. Adult day care services give primary caregivers much-needed assistance. Senior loved ones are still receiving high-quality care in a compassionate and attentive environment.

Making sure to care for yourself is essential to helping others. If you are feeling stressed, depressed, or overwhelmed, your loved one’s care will suffer. If you are caring for an aging parent, utilizing adult care can have a significant impact on your personal relationship. Instead of seeing one another as caregiver and patient, you can focus on reconnecting as child and parent.

Having a parent that suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease is a difficult situation and you must make sure you care for your emotional and mental well-being as well as your loved one’s.

Making Adult Day Care Work for Your Family

For grown children working full-time jobs, raising families, and caring for aging parents, schedule flexibility is everything. Most adult day care centers offer full-day and short day programs that allow seniors to be active when it works best for them. This gives seniors an increased sense of independence, helping them feel more confident.

As your loved one’s dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other memory illness progresses, their care needs will become more specialized. Moving from home into a nursing facility can be a shocking and stressful event for seniors, especially those with dementia who prefer familiar surroundings. Utilizing an adult day care facility while your loved one is still lucid creates a transition phase from home to a full-time dementia care facility.

Adult day care programs can assist family members in finding the right resident care facility when the time comes. Until then, the benefits of day care for you and your senior loved one are too great to be ignored. Consider working these services into your mom or dad’s dementia care plan for a better quality of life for you both.


To learn more about adult day care in Wichita, KS, please call ComfortCare Homes of Wichita at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website by clicking here.


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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A New Breed of Dementia Care: Benefits of Pets in Alzheimer’s Facilities

Thursday, July 20th, 2017 7:21:44 PM
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Alzheimer’s facilities with therapy pets may be more beneficial for seniors

You are probably aware of service dogs being used to assist humans with disabilities ranging from deafness and blindness to social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.  But did you know that the mental, emotional, and physical benefits of service dogs apply to seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? Companion and service pets have become integrated into the care plans of Alzheimer’s facilities as a result.

Companion pets and service dogs can be beneficial for dementia and Alzheimer’s facilities residents because interacting with the animals is cognitively and tactile stimulating. This means that petting, walking, or simply being around animals engages a senior’s mental and physical abilities. For seniors with dementia, continuing to work with as many senses as they can is incredibly important. Interacting with a therapy pet is a natural, comfortable way to exercise a variety of senses.

Benefits of Pets for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients

According to independent Alzheimer’s disease research, therapy pets can reignite the interest of a patient in the world around them [Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation]. Many seniors in Alzheimer’s facilities may become withdrawn, disinterested, and even depressed. While human interaction may seem intimidating or overwhelming, the unconditional love of an animal is welcoming to seniors with dementia.

A pet is a natural companion and always a good listener – they are unconcerned with memory loss and hearing the same story over and over. Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease may feel compelled to talk to pets, which is healthy and encouraged.

Therapy pets or service dogs may invoke happy familiar memories for seniors who feel as if their entire world is changing. Similar to music therapy, which uses sounds to bring back feelings of happiness, therapy pets can remind them of pets they once had. For seniors in Alzheimer’s facilities, residents often seek the comfort of familiar places, objects, and people they once knew. A pet becomes a new familiar friend of sorts, one that provides companionship and joy.

In addition to the numerous mental benefits of service pets, trained pets can also offer physical assistance. A therapy dog can physically support an owner that has trouble balancing while walking, going up stairs, or sitting down.

Alzheimer’s facilities with resident therapy pets, such as cats, dogs, or birds, can be a meaningful way for senior residents to interact with one another. The behavioral issues that come with dementia, including aggressiveness and anger, may be eased by caring for a creature with other residents. While favorite movies and hobbies are no longer daily conversations for seniors with dementia, the daily presence of a resident therapy pet becomes a communal joy.

Finding the Right Pet

Determining what type of pet will be a good therapy or service animal for a senior with dementia can be tricky. An ideal therapy pet enjoys being petted and can adapt to the mood changes of seniors with dementia. For active pets, such as dogs, it is important that they are well-trained to follow commands. Cats and birds that are more independent can offer companionship and mental benefits without the training a dog may require.

Alzheimer’s facilities that keep resident pets offer the dementia care benefits pet therapy provides without the responsibility of caring for a pet independently. Moving into a long-term memory care facility can be a difficult transition for seniors with Alzheimer’s. The familiarity and comfort that only a companion pet can provide may ease this transition.

To learn more about how pets can benefit Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, please call ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS at (316) 444-0532 or visit our site by clicking here.


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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Holistic Dementia Treatment: Professionals, Seniors and Relatives Improve Care Together

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 4:18:00 PM
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How dementia treatment is enhanced through holistic care

Alzheimer’s disease care and dementia treatment plans are created to meet the unique needs of every senior. The causes, symptoms, and long-term care plan for seniors with dementia varies greatly from case to case. As medical researchers and doctors continue to learn about dementia and perform studies to determine the best dementia treatment methods, new approaches have become common.

Holistic care is a method of treatment that focuses on the whole person, not the only internal workings of the disease itself. This technique focuses on the senior’s emotions, strengths, and remaining abilities to provide comprehensive care. Holistic dementia treatment incorporates the medical advice of your senior’s doctors with emotional support to provide a nurturing environment for seniors with memory illnesses.

How Holistic Care Works

Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia often feel confused, anxious, or frustrated. The person-centered approach to dementia treatment uses positive reinforcement to meet the emotional needs of seniors and helps them rediscover their identity [Source].

Implementing person-centered holistic dementia treatment into your loved one’s care plan requires communication between professionals, seniors, and you! A doctor can explain the severity a senior’s dementia, identifying their limitations and remaining abilities. They can also make prescribe medications and approve any integration of holistic care into the medical care plan. This allows caregivers and family members to create a plan for implementing successful person-centered care.

4 Pillars of Holistic Dementia Treatment

Environment, language, nutrition, and activity are the four corners of holistic, person-centered care. [Source] Creating a comfortable, safe, and nonjudgmental is necessary for this type of treatment to be successful. Caregivers can create a welcoming environment by organizing family gatherings.

Using language that is simple and comfortable lessens agitation and frustration for seniors with dementia. Remember that language includes verbal and non-verbal communication; seniors with dementia are often very susceptible to negative body language and will become upset if they feel as though they are a burden.

While a well-balanced diet is important for all aging adults, receiving the proper nutrients is an essential part of a holistic dementia treatment plan. Hunger and dehydration can exacerbate discomfort and agitation. Maintaining a regular eating schedule and encouraging social interaction during mealtime can enhance your loved one’s well-being.

Finally, activities can be a great way to implement person-centered care into your senior loved one’s dementia treatment plan. Holistic care is based on the belief that those with dementia can still live meaningful and fulfilling lives. Keeping your loved one active in gardening, drawing, music, or other hobbies that once enjoyed promotes a meaningful lifestyle and discourages depression, loneliness, and boredom.

A holistic approach to dementia treatment involves the professionals, family members, and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Together, an effective care plan can be developed and carried out.

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.

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.

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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.

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