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Major Differences Between Assisted Living And Respite Care Facilities

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When your senior loved ones reach the golden years, you will need to accept the reality of residential care, like assisted living, respite care, or memory care. Just like it can be confusing for your senior loved one, it can also be confusing for you when you have such wide levels of unfamiliar care options. Which type of care facility is best for your senior loved one? It will be difficult for you to find out when you do not know what you are looking for.   Here, we will share some of the common differences between respite care and assisted living for your knowledge, so that you will be able to choose the suitable nursing care option for your elderly parent or any other senior loved one.   Assisted Living Facilities  It is natural for seniors to need little help with personal care. Your senior loved one may be very independent, but they may need help with housekeeping, cooking, and laundry. An assisted living facility can be the best option if your senior loved one values their independence a lot but could use some help with activities of daily living. Most of the best programs will start with a full assessment of the person to find out the level of care necessary for the person.   Private apartments in assisted living communities can provide your parent with the necessary privacy and they can have medical assistance round the clock. If your senior loved one likes to keep to themselves, […]

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Finding Senior Living Facilities For Elderly Couples

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The number of seniors who are married has increased in the past few decades, as per the US Census Bureau. Increased life expectancy, remarriage, and a decrease in the age gap between men and women are all reasons for this increase. This means that more and more families are now searching for senior living facilities that support the need of both parents. Senior living options for couples can vary depending on the requirements for care and the design of the community. Some of the most common scenarios that elderly couples face while looking for senior living options and a few possible solutions for the same are shared below.   Both Of Your Senior Parents Care Needs Differ One of your elderly parents may require assistance with their daily living activities, while the other may be independent. Or one of the partners might be experiencing symptoms of dementia or other cognitive problems while the other may not have any cognitive problems. You are required to hunt for a community that can cater to the needs of both your parents.   Many assisted facilities also have memory care facilities attached to them. If one of your senior parents shows signs of dementia, or if there is a family history of dementia, this can be a very good option. Some of the assisted living communities let the couples move to a memory care apartment together. However, as memory care and assisted living are not the same, a partner diagnosed with cognitive issues like dementia […]

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Respectful Caregiving For Seniors With Dementia 

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When your senior loved one suffers from dementia and spends much time in a state of confusion, it can be difficult for you to remember the person they were before the onset of the disease. However, you always need to remember that the person is an adult and needs to be treated as one. Respecting and honoring the wishes of your senior loved ones and helping them maintain a lifestyle similar to the one that they had before being diagnosed with dementia, can offer them much reassurance and comfort. Shared below are some useful points from experienced staff members of senior care and assisted living facilities on how you can help your senior loved ones with dementia maintain a sense of dignity.   Never Condescend  When you are caring for a senior loved one, it can feel like it is impossible not to take a parental tone, which can come across as disrespectful and can make the senior loved one you are caring for feel like a child. Therefore, you need to watch your tone and make choices of words. Avoid using the following words:   Diaper: Regardless of the form they have, refer to undergarments as underwear.   Potty: Never use the word potty for toileting. Make use of the word your senior loved one used before the onset of dementia to refer to toileting.   Plan Outings  When you care for people with dementia, it can be easy to be isolated from social settings due to fear that social gatherings […]

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