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  • Dementia Wandering: Professional Caregivers and Memory Care Facilities Can Help

    Sixty percent of people with dementia will wander. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for recognizing when outside help is needed to keep a wandering senior safe.

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  • Questions to Ask When Choosing a Memory Care Facility

    Memory care facilities provide increased levels of care and safety for individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia. This list of core concerns can help you efficiently evaluate each facility you consider.

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  • Memory Care: The Greatest Gift We Could Give Mom

    Mom's progression of Alzheimer's disease over the last eight years had been pretty much textbook. But nothing would prepare us for the challenge of placing her in memory care.

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  • Why Size Matters When Choosing the Right Memory Care Community

    Choosing the right memory care community for a loved one with dementia can be daunting. There are many things to consider, but here's why you should always take size into account when making your decision.

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  • Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility: Tips from a Certified Nursing Assistant

    On senior living tours, guides often direct your attention to the shiny features they’re proudest of. These offerings may be great, but it is crucial to use an evidence-based method to determine the quality of care your loved one will receive.

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  • When Is It Time to Place a Loved One with Dementia in a Long-Term Care Facility?

    Family members often struggle with decisions regarding memory care. There is no downside to placing a senior with dementia in a facility too soon, however there are many consequences of waiting too long.

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  • Seniors Behaving Badly in Long-Term Care Facilities

    It’s impossible to anticipate how a senior may interact with other residents and staff in settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes, but staff should be prepared to handle difficult interpersonal issues and defuse tensions.

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  • Needs Assessment: The First Step When Moving to Senior Housing

    Senior living communities of all kinds should conduct a needs assessment that measures potential residents’ physical and cognitive abilities. This evaluation ensures that a senior’s needs match the services the community is able to provide.

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  • Understanding Senior Housing Options

    Understanding senior housing options will help you assess your elderly parent’s needs and make the best senior living choice. Learn about assisted living, skilled nursing, independent living, continuing care retirement communities and home care.

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  • Can Couples Live Together in Senior Housing?

    Many independent living communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities and memory care centers can accommodate senior couples who wish to live together, even if each spouse has different care needs.

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  • Senior Housing Options for Dementia Patients

    Deciding what type of long-term care an aging loved one needs is far more complex when dementia is a factor. Explore senior housing options and the limitations of each when considering the appropriate level of care for a senior with dementia.

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  • Our family can't agree on whether or not mom should move to assisted living. What's the solution?

    My elderly mother has dementia. How do I get my siblings to stop fighting me about moving mom to assisted living? We are at a standstill.

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  • Questions & Answers About Continuing Care Retirement Communities

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer independent living, assisted living, nursing care, rehabilitative services on a single campus to accomodate seniors as they age and their housing and health care needs change.

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  • Dementia Care Settings Can Enrich Patients' Lives

    Although family members are hesitant and even resistant to placing their loved one with dementia in adult day care or an assisted living facility, these settings offer plenty of engaging and useful activities that can enhance their quality of life.

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  • How Different Countries Infuse Dignity into Dementia Care

    Different countries take different approaches to making dementia care dignified. Here are four examples of what dignified dementia care looks like in different places around the world.

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  • Good Times at the Memory Café

    The Memory Café sounds like the name of a 1950s diner, but this term is the official moniker of a new breed of social gathering for seniors and their caregivers that has begun cropping up around the country. ‘Support group' is a tidy, if slightly imprecise, way of explaining the true function of a Memory Cafe. The difference between a Memory Café and a support group is that a Café gathering is more about the camaraderie and less about the disease.

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  • An In-Depth Look at Using Cameras to Monitor Professional Caregivers

    There are personal, professional, ethical and legal aspects to consider when deciding whether to use so-called “granny cams” to monitor the care seniors receive in their own homes and in long-term care facilities.

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  • Memory Care Tricks from an Unlikely Literary Source

    I recently found a few interesting memory care tricks from an unlikely literary source: "And The Mountains Echoed," by Khaled Hosseini.

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  • Next Generation of Long-Term Care: Personable and Person-Focused

    The next generation of long term care options are transforming the way nursing homes and assisted living communities approach the issue of long-term care for the elderly.

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  • A Kids-Eye View of Alzheimer's

    Adults can learn valuable lessons by listening to what kids have to say about coping with their grandparent's Alzheimer's Disease.

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