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Enjoying Holidays: Tips for Caregivers of Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 6:54:10 PM
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Keep celebrating the holidays, even as your loved one’s situation changes

The holiday season is often a time for family parties, shared meals, and gift giving. As we get older, we all look back on favorite holiday memories, remembering special outings, events, and presents. If you have a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, celebrating these memories may seem bittersweet. Holidays can become filled with stress, frustration, and sometimes sadness. Understanding that holidays may be different now and preparing you and your loved one accordingly can help keep joy during the holidays.

Try these 3 tips to celebrating the holidays with loved ones with Alzheimer’s or dementia:

1. Find balance

Many family members feel overwhelmed by caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, and this can be exacerbated during the busy holiday season. Finding a balance between caring for others and caring for yourself is key. Consider simplifying your holiday celebrations to cut back on planning, shopping, or cooking tasks that can become time-consuming.

While you want to spend quality time with your loved one during the holiday, don’t feel like you have to miss out on other traditions. If you receive invitations to celebrations your loved one with Alzheimer’s cannot attend, go without them. Knowing you have a support system of family, friends, or professionals to keep your loved one company will help you enjoy other activities and free time.

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2. Prepare Loved One With Alzheimer’s

Sometimes extra help may be needed to provide adequate Alzheimer’s care. If your loved one is in a memory care facility and unable to go to holiday events, bring the party to them. Visiting in smaller groups for shorter periods of time may be beneficial to loved ones with dementia who become overwhelmed.

Sticking to your loved one’s schedule during holiday festivities is essential. Making sure they get enough rest, drink plenty of water, and take medications on time will impact their comfort and mood. Having a quiet place for them to rest away from loud, crowded events can help ease their discomfort.

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3. Involve the Whole Family

Family members and friends who have not seen your loved one in a while may be surprised by their change in behavior or abilities. When planning holiday activities, make it clear to these guests that the situation has changed. Instead of elaborate gifts or complex games, try making favorite foods and listening to music. Guests can take turns visiting with their loved one in a comfortable, non-threatening environment.

Being patient and flexible can go a long way when celebrating the holidays with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s or dementia. If you remain positive and take each day as it comes, you and your loved one will have a more enjoyable time.

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The holiday season should be a time for family, friends, and celebration. While your loved one may not be able to recall all of your favorite memories with them, they can still enjoy the atmosphere and companionship that comes with the holidays. Taking the extra time and effort to consider their wants, needs, and abilities when planning holiday events can help ensure comfort and joy for all.

If you and your family see that a loved one with Alzheimer’s could use some extra assistance, consider ComfortCare Homes in Wichita, KS. Our residential memory care facilities provide the loving, personal care needed by seniors with dementia. We are happy to help you start the conversation about memory care with family members or your senior loved one. Please visit our website to learn more.

For more information about memory care services provided by Comfort Care Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532 or visit our website: http://comfortcarehomeswichita.com/

Why I Walk – Maurita Hassler

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 6:17:13 PM
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Maurita is a Professional CareGiver who works with Residents and their families. Here’s her story:

For seven years I have worked and given care with people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. It is such a sad disease, not only for those going through it, but for the family members who care for them as well.

I have seen what they all go through not only on good days, but on bad as well. My heart is with them ALWAYS.

Every year we walk! Every year we can only pray that this will be the year to end Alzheimer’s!

Help Maurita by making a donation to the Comfort Crusaders Team – Click here to make a donation. Help us make sure no one walks alone.

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

Support ComfortCare Homes in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s this October

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 5:13:20 PM
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2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Wichita, KS

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is a nationwide event. Held in more than 600 communities across the United States, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises funds and awareness to support research, Alzheimer’s care, and family resources. This year, Wichita is hosting its own Walk on October 21, 2017.

About the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Wichita, KS

This year’s event is on Saturday, October 21st. The 2.4 mile route is along the scenic Water Walk in the heart of Wichita. Participants of all ages are encouraged to come to the walk to join the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. You can register as a participant, make a monetary donation, or sign up as a volunteer. Visit the ComfortCare Homes team page by clicking here to learn more about how to contribute.

When you participate in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Wichita, KS, you’re helping to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in our community. The money raised will go directly to the national fund, which supports care and research for those suffering from the disease.

Raising Alzheimer’s Awareness

Many people in our community have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, whether a family member or friends suffers from the disease or they provide care for senior with dementia. If you want to learn more about why our team at ComfortCare Homes is walking to end Alzheimer’s read our weekly “Why I Walk” blog. Each Wednesday until our event, our staff, families, and friends will share personal experiences of how Alzheimer’s has impacted their lives.

Fast Facts

Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading care of death in the United States? More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease and every 66 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s.

Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women.

In 2016, 15.9 caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of unpaid care. This means that family caregivers, often times adult children with families of their own to raise, are providing dementia care for a parent with Alzheimer’s.

Want to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease? Check out these and more facts from the Alzheimer’s association: http://www.alz.org

Finding a Cure: How You Can Help

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease – yet. With the help of events like the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Wichita, KS, we can work to fund research that may lead to lifesaving treatment. The funds raised from our event also go towards support and care. This means that we can provide better care for those living with Alzheimer’s now while fighting for a future freed of the disease.

Every dollar we raise benefits those affected by Alzheimer’s in our community. See how our Team Comfort Crusaders has lead the way in local fundraising: http://www.kwch.com/video/?vid=441396293

If you would like to make a donation to our team, register as a participant, or sign up as a volunteer, please visit our event page here. You can also call our office with any questions about how to get involved.

Together we can end Alzheimer’s disease. Join the fight today!

Why I Walk – Brooke Bowlin

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 10:00:40 AM
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I can vividly remember the amazing breakfast my great grandma Oakley would make me when I spent the night. Eggs, bacon, juice, and sugary cereal, that I only got when we stayed at our grandparents. No matter what I asked for she would be delighted to make it. I was always overly stuffed when I ate at great grandmas house.

The Easters with our family where everyone was searching for their special plastic Easter egg, that would surely have a one dollar bill, were some of my earliest Easter memories. As my grandma’s Alzheimer’s progressed I would spend my weekends with my grandpa visiting my great grandma. Mowing the lawn, sweeping the grass off the sidewalk, and chasing the crows from the bird bath are memories I hold dear.

At the time I didn’t understand why my grandma thought I was my mom, but it didn’t matter, I loved spending time with her. Now, almost 20 years later, the impact my great-grandma Oakley had on me is still evident in my everyday life.

Each year as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s is in full swing we are all reminded that no one should ever walk alone. I am comforted to know my grandma and our family didn’t have to walk this journey alone. The love, compassion, and dedication my family had for my grandma were always evident.

Through this journey, I got to learn what unconditional love and support was all about. That love has helped turned me into the daughter, wife, mother, aunt, granddaughter, and person I am today.

My grandmother, and my families love for her, continue to inspire me throughout my adult life. It has given me a passion to help others as they walk through this journey.

So this year I walk to honor great-grandma Oakley and our family. I walk for all those that I meet, on a daily basis, who are on this journey. I hope for a cure to be found, but until that day comes, I walk to remind each person on this journey that they are not alone. I walk to share the love and support with them that I learned from my own families experiences.

Help Brooke 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.

Residential Caregivers Help Patients with Alzheimer’s Get the Sleep They Need

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 7:48:21 PM
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Did you know that one of the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s is a loss of sleep? Individuals that have this dementia-related disorder often find that their sleep patterns are interrupted in the early stages of the disease and as it progresses, patterns of healthy sleep can be more difficult to attain. This symptom ultimately plays back into the disease itself as cognitive functions decline and memory becomes weaker when tired. The sleep disturbances in the early stages of Alzheimer’s become an inconvenience without causing intense memory lapses, but as the disease progresses on, maintaining a healthy sleep cycle can become an important aspect of care because it can also contribute to increased symptoms. As you may already know, especially if you’re dealing with a friend or family member that is going through the transitions, the cyclic effect of loss of sleep is a tough cross to bear.

Unfortunately, while scientists know that there is a link between sleeplessness and memory-related conditions, they don’t entirely understand why. Sleep patterns are disrupted for seniors for a number of reasons including complications with the heart or lungs, chronic pain, mood disorders or medication side-effects. Alzheimer’s patients are known to take naps during the day as well, a problem that can cause for being restless in the later hours.

How Can Home Care Aides Help with Sleep?

Many of the contributing factors to sleeplessness can be controlled through monitoring and being mindful of time. Because memory loss patients often have difficulties managing their time, having a person around to encourage following doctor’s directions, maintaining healthy habits, to serve meals at routine hours and to engage them mentally during the evening hours when sundowning and confusion are common are just some of the ways that seniors can benefit.

Additionally, one of the biggest ways that seniors can benefit from working with a professional health aide is by being active during the daytime hours. Consider the times that you have seen your beloved elder napping in the middle of the day. It’s hard to wake them because you know how little sleep that they get. Skilled aides are familiar with activities that can help to keep their clients engaged, planning out the time to go on errands and watching for signs of fatigue that may indicate a change in schedule is needed. When you are with someone much of the time, you also get a feel for moods. Having someone on hand can make the difference between getting out in the afternoon or falling asleep.

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.

Testimonials

We are extremely pleased with the care that my uncle has received at ComfortCare Homes. We feel that the small environment is easier for him to navigate, provides individualized care, and doesn’t have an “institutional” feel while providing all the services that the larger memory care facilities provide. During the past year, my uncle has had ups and downs. At one point he needed additional care and was moved to Founder’s Crest, but upon regaining his strength, was able to move back to his original ComfortCare Home. Everyone from the nursing staff, to the office staff, to the maintenance man was helpful during that time. I am so happy that we chose ComfortCare Homes!

- Marilyn Hugon

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