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4 Steps to Preventing Infection in Nursing Homes

The United States is expecting its highest senior population rate as more than 76 million baby boomers enter into retirement. This also means that nursing homes will have to accommodate more residents and that could have a huge impact on the quality of care being given in these facilities, especially in preventing infections.

In the effort to keep the home-like environment in nursing homes, four practices should be implemented to make sure that residents are safe from infections and given the best quality of life possible:

 

Proper Hand Hygiene

Although healthcare workers in nursing homes want to be seen more like friends, they still need to implement strict measures, especially in terms of maintaining good hygiene within themselves and the residents.

Hand hygiene is particularly important for residents before meals and healthcare workers should also practice hand hygiene and wear appropriate gloves when taking care of residents since they’re more vulnerable to infections.

Protective gowns and gloves should also be kept in the rooms of high-risk residents to keep healthcare workers safe while taking care of them.

 

Proper Wound Care

If residents have any open sores or wounds, they need to be cared for properly to avoid infections. Healthcare workers have the responsibility to make sure that their residents don’t incur any injuries or sores, but if they do, they need to be cleaned and covered with a bandage.

Wounds also need to be checked regularly and proper medications should be given for pain and to prevent infection.

 

Proper Isolation

In a regular hospital setting, anyone with an infected wound or uncontrolled secretions would instantly be isolated in a private room and kept from away from other patients.

But in nursing homes, isolating residents could lead to anxiety, depression, and social stigma. This is why healthcare workers need to implement measures that keep residents with infections separated from other residents without fully isolating them or making them feel like they’re in a hospital.

Personal protective equipment like gloves, masks, and gowns should also be readily available for healthcare workers to use in caring for residents.

In the case of an outbreak, however, strict policies need to be implemented to protect the entire community even if it means isolating residents temporarily.

 

Proper Preventive Measures

The most common mode of transmission for infection in nursing homes is through the hands of healthcare workers who spread pathogens as they transfer from one resident to the other.

This is why it’s very important for these facilities to have proper preventive measures among healthcare workers, especially in caring for vulnerable residents who have wounds, infections, and antibiotic-resistance.

As more Americans enter their retirement years, the need to improve the quality of service in nursing homes also becomes more important.

Aside from these four important practices, other measures specific to every institution should be implemented to make sure that all residents are not only safe from infections but also other health conditions that could affect their quality of life.

 


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Memory Care Assisted Living: Low-Income Options for Seniors

The baby booming generation is already growing old, so it’s no surprise that the demand for memory care assisted living is set to grow rapidly over the next few years. But there’s also the reality that memory care can be very expensive.

In fact, some data from Genworth’s eldercare cost figures revealed that the median cost of memory care was about $5,000 to $5,250 in 2019. That’s at least $1,000 per month, which is quite pricey even for high-income individuals.

Since there are many low-income seniors in the country, there are already several options in terms of memory care assisted living to give these individuals the best quality of life as they deal with Alzheimer’s and dementia:

 

Mild to moderate memory loss

Seniors with mild to moderate memory loss are usually cared for in an apartment-style assisted living facility where there are trained nurses and health aides to help them with activities of daily living.

Meal programs are also offered for residents so they don’t have to worry about cooking their own food. This type of memory care has the goal of giving residents a safe environment where they can be as independent as possible.

These facilities also offer assistance for residents who may tend to wander or those with maintenance medications.

 

Mid to late-stage dementia

For individuals who are already in the mid to late stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a skilled nursing facility would be the best option. This is also true for seniors who have other health problems that require skilled nursing care.

Skilled nursing facilities or more commonly known as nursing homes offer more supervisory care for residents as compared to assisted living facilities and the living arrangement is also different.

Residents in this type of memory care assisted living can either stay in a shared or private room, but they will have access to lounge areas, dining rooms and activity areas where they can socialize with other people in a safe environment. A skilled nursing facility also has on-site staff 24/7 to attend to the needs of residents.

Aside from doctors and nurses, some facilities may also have psychiatrists who are trained in working with Alzheimer’s patients to help them with therapies and adherence to medication so they can have a better quality of life.

Since these options still require payment, low-income seniors who can’t afford to stay in these types of memory care assisted living to have the option to remain in their home and just hire a part-time or full-time caregiver.

Seniors may also apply for Medicare and Medicaid assistance in some assisted living facilities to help them with expenses. Although expenses will not be fully covered, they can help ease the financial burden to the family of low-income seniors while still giving them the best quality of life possible as they go through their journey.

 


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Getting Screened for Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Why it’s Necessary

The numbers say it all. Every 65 seconds, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease that by 2050, it is expected that there will be more than 14 million people in the United States with this condition, most of which will be living in facilities for Alzheimer’s.

It is also the 6th leading cause of death in the country with 1 in 3 seniors dying from Alzheimer’s or dementia.

With Alzheimer’s disease having no clear cause or any known treatments yet, getting screened will allow for early detection of the disease so that lifestyle changes could and other modalities can be implemented to maintain your quality of life.

 

Why should you get Screened for Alzheimer’s?

Many people living in facilities for Alzheimer’s knew about their condition when it was already in its advanced stages. Some would also say that there’s no point in early screening when Alzheimer’s is untreatable. But getting an early diagnosis can actually be beneficial in a lot of ways.

For one, you’ll be able to change the way you live so you can preserve cognitive function and slow down the progress of the disease.

By eliminating many of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s, you’ll be able to keep yourself healthy for a longer time than not knowing that you’re already aggravating your condition with bad lifestyle choices.

Early screening also gives you a better chance at benefiting from different treatment options for Alzheimer’s and you can even participate in clinical trials. This means that you’ll be able to try medications, interventions, and modalities that could help you get a better prognosis from the disease.

 

When should you get Screened for Alzheimer’s?

Loss of memory is usually the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease, but it can also be a symptom of other medical conditions that need to be ruled out. So if you begin to notice that you’re becoming forgetful, it’s best to get screened to see if your memory loss is related to Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia.

You should also get yourself screened if you have family members with Alzheimer’s or dementia, especially your grandparents, parents, or siblings who got diagnosed with the disease in their 30s or 40s.

Also, remember that women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than men, so you should considering screening if you’re a woman in your 60s.

 

Why go through Screening when Alzheimer’s is not Curable?

Finally, some people would disagree about early screening saying that it’s useless since Alzheimer’s is not curable, after all. But if you think about it, getting screened will give you more time to come to terms with having the condition and prepare yourself and your family for the journey ahead.

While you’re still able, you can make all the necessary changes to keep yourself healthy for a longer time and slow down the disease process. You’ll also be able to increase your quality of life and be as independent as possible while you’re at it.

 


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Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease: When Symptoms Appear Before 65

Alzheimer’s disease is known to affect the elderly population. But in some rare instances, early-onset Alzheimer’s can occur in some people and it could mean a lifetime of a burden on the individual, his family, and of course, the finances.

At some point, the need for memory assisted living also becomes inevitable. But what exactly is early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and how can one cope from it?

 

Understanding early-onset Alzheimer’s and its causes

Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a rare form of dementia that affects people under the age of 65. It is very uncommon that only 5% of people diagnosed with the disease develop symptoms in middle age or between 30 and 60 years old.

Individuals affected with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease usually have its most common form, which is called sporadic Alzheimer’s. According to experts, this type of Alzheimer’s is caused by genetics, although still yet to find out why it affects people at a younger age.

Some patients are also diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease, which means that they have a parent or grandparent that was diagnosed with the same type of early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Studies suggest that familial Alzheimer’s is linked to three types of genes: APP, PSEN 1, and PSEN 2. They are different from APOE, which is a gene that is said to increase your risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

These three genes together can only be found in less than 1% of Alzheimer’s patients but they are present in 11% of those with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

This is why some people choose to undergo genetic testing to see if there are any mutations of these genes, but genetic counseling should also be done first to make sure that the patient knows about the pros and cons of genetic testing.

 

Coping with early-onset Alzheimer’s

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at an early age can be a huge blow to anyone, especially with the possibility of discrimination because some people won’t believe that they have the disease. This is why it’s very important to give these individuals all the care and support they need to get through.

For instance, an individual may still be able to work, but he may need to switch to a position that will allow him to function with his growing limitations.

Some employers may even reduce the number of hours that the individual needs to work or even allow him to take time off to adjust more to his new condition and seek the treatments that he needs.

Finally, financial challenges should be discussed between the family, especially when the time comes that the individual would be required to go to memory assisted living.

Exploring benefits provided by Medicare or Medicaid, organizing financial documents ahead, discussing the possibility of early retirement, and talking with a financial planner will help ease the financial burden of the disease while making sure that the patient is given the best quality of life possible.

 


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What Happens to Your Body When You Have Alzheimer’s Disease?

The growing number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease is becoming a cause for concern in a lot of countries. In fact, more than 44 million people around the world already live with the condition with at least 5.5 million Americans being affected by it.

Alzheimer’s disease is even the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more patients than prostate and breast cancer combined.

But while memory loss is the biggest symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, the body actually goes through a lot of other changes as the disease progresses.

 

Memory gaps

Medical experts are still baffled by what exactly causes Alzheimer’s disease, but they believe that the disease begins with the buildup of tau and amyloid proteins in the brain.

As these proteins accumulate, they begin to form clumps called plaques and tangles, which kill healthy cells and affect normal brain function.

When this happens, the part of the brain that forms memories start to get damaged, which is why the memory gap is one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease, although most individuals will still not opt to go to Alzheimer’s care facilities just because they can’t remember things.

 

Physical changes

As the disease continues to progress, the plaques and clusters will begin to affect parts of the brain responsible for bodily functions. This is why daily activities like eating, walking, taking a bath, and even talking will start to become harder to do.

Some of the most common physical changes that individuals with Alzheimer’s disease may experience include:

  • Muscle stiffness
  • Loss of balance and coordination
  • Difficulty standing up or sitting on a chair
  • Muscle weakness and fatigue
  • Shuffling or dragging feet when walking
  • Difficulty controlling the bladder and bowel
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Uncontrollable twitches and seizures

According to a study, individuals who had a poor balance or those who walked slowly were most likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease within the next six years.

These symptoms can also vary from person to person and their severity could also be different. For instance, some patients will manifest physical changes first before they experience memory loss. Others will also experience only a few of these symptoms in their lifetime.

The average life expectancy of a person with Alzheimer’s disease is about 4 to 8 years, but some have lived for up to 20 years after they were diagnosed with the disease.

 

The bottom line

There are still a lot of challenges in offering patients the best Alzheimer’s care possible. Good thing, Alzheimer’s care facilities are doing their best to make sure that patients suffering from the disease are given the care and guidance that they need while still providing them with as much independence as possible.

With the growing elderly population in the coming years, the need for these Alzheimer’s care facilities will surely grow even more to make sure that these patients are given the best quality of life possible even if their condition can’t be cured.

 


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What Can You Expect from Assisted Living Facilities?

With more people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, there has been a growing need for assisted living facilities that will provide proper care for patients suffering from such a debilitating condition.

Also known as residential care, congregate house, or domiciliary care, an assisted living facility is essentially a place where patients suffering from Alzheimer’s dementia can live as independently as possible but with easy access to support in their day-to-day needs.

 

Here are some of the things that you can expect from these assisted living facilities:

 

All Residents have Rights

The primary goal of an assisted living facility is to allow a patient to live an independent life despite his condition by providing an environment that promotes his dignity, autonomy, privacy, and safety among other things.

 

All residents of assisted living facilities have the right to:

  • Be treated with utmost dignity and respect
  • Freedom to interact with other residents in the facility and individuals outside the facility
  • Practice his or her religion or faith
  • Privacy at all times
  • Proper treatment plans including access to all medical and health-related services
  • Enjoy personal possessions during his stay in the facility
  • Be protected from neglect or abuse
  • Independent control of decisions and personal finances

Most assisted living facilities also allow the consumption of alcohol and tobacco as long as it’s done in moderation. Patients can also accept visitors at any time of the day and decide if they should allow guests to stay overnight as long as they follow the rules of the facility. Most of these facilities also allow patients to keep small pets or interact with the pets of others.

 

Some of the Services offered by Assisted Living Facilities Include:

  • Assistance with activities of daily living including bathing, eating, dressing up, and going to the toilet.
  • The provision of three complete meals every day
  • Emergency call systems in both private residences and common areas to alert the staff in case something happens
  • Educational and exercise activities that help promote total wellbeing
  • Proper administration of medication with the help of qualified healthcare personnel
  • Regular housekeeping and maintenance
  • Social and recreational activities to keep residents happy
  • 24-hour security services to protect the welfare of the patient
  • Wellness programs that focus on the different aspects of wellbeing
  • Transportation arrangements for when a patient needs to go to the grocery or pharmacy

When it comes to payments, the average monthly cost of living in an assisted living facility is about $2,000, but that number can range between $500 and $3,500 depending on the facility’s location, size, availability, and services.

Most residents who live in assisted living facilities are paying for these costs without assistance. This is why it’s very important to learn if assisted living is covered by your insurance and if not, where you can get public assistance to help shoulder these costs.

There are many assisted living facilities out there that can provide you or a loved one with the best dementia or memory care possible. You just have to look at what facility can cater to all your needs best.

 


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Choosing a Doctor for Memory Care: What Are Your Options?

This year, at least 5.8 million Americans aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia and that number is projected to reach nearly 14 million by 2050. This is why memory care assisted living is becoming a more important part of the country’s healthcare system and doctors are playing a very crucial role in helping the elderly suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease live the best life possible.

Doctors perform full evaluations for patients who are experiencing the symptoms of dementia and these are some of the professionals that you can rely on to help you make the right decisions regarding memory care assisted living:

 

Primary Care Physician

Also known as a generalist, a primary care physician is usually the first person that a patient consults with when he starts experiencing the symptoms of dementia. This professional is trained in general internal medicine along with some specializations, so he can diagnose and treat common medical conditions.

A primary care physician usually makes an initial assessment and determine if the patient has dementia or not, after which the patient will most likely be referred to a specialist.

 

Neurologist

A neurologist is one of the first specialists that primary care physicians refer to after doing an initial assessment of a patient. This doctor specializes in diseases of the nervous system including problems with the spinal cord, brain, and peripheral nerves.

It’s very important to remember, however, that not all neurologists cater to Alzheimer’s patients even if they are formally trained for it. Some neurologists choose to focus on other areas like Parkinson’s disease or seizures.

 

Geriatrician

A geriatrician is essentially a primary care physician with training in geriatrics or the field of medicine that focuses on the medical care of older adults, especially those who are aged 65 and older.

A geriatrician can diagnose and treat different medical conditions concerning the elderly including Alzheimer’s dementia.

 

Neuropsychologist

A neuropsychologist specializes in assessing different thinking abilities like memory, language, attention, problem-solving, and reading.

Most neuropsychologists today have degrees in clinical psychology and advanced training in neuropsychology, and they work closely with other specialists in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s dementia, especially in memory care assisted living.

 

To fully evaluate the condition of the patient to be able to make a proper diagnosis, these healthcare professionals use the following assessment tools:

  • Medical history. This means assessing the patient’s past and current medical problems including an extensive evaluation of medications, family history, and lifestyle to rule out other neurological problems and properly diagnose Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Mental cognitive status test. This allows for a proper evaluation of memory, thinking, and problem-solving capabilities. Mental cognitive status tests can either be short or extensive depending on the condition of the patient.

Finally, there are laboratory tests such as blood and urine samples that will help doctors rule out other medical conditions and give a definitive diagnosis.

If there are any suspicions for other diseases, a healthcare team can use laboratory tests to properly recommend the right treatment options for patients suffering from memory problems.

 


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Getting to Know the Best Doctors for Memory Care

The world is aging and so are its people. But while aging is all but a part of life, the effect the illness has on memory that afflicts millions of aging individuals is anything but normal.

 

According to the World Health Organization, at least 50 million people around the world are suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease takes up about 70% of that number. WHO further clarifies: “Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of aging.”

 

Dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases have baffled experts for many years. But while the cure for these progressive conditions is still underway, memory care assisted living has helped patients function independently while dealing with memory loss and the other effects of these conditions. But for people who are just starting to experience the symptoms of dementia, here are the best doctors to go to for memory care:

 

A primary care physician

 

In most cases, the first person you’d like to see is your primary care physician, and this is no different from dementia. Once you start to notice any changes in cognition, it’s very important to seek consultation from your primary care physician right away so he can guide you through the rest of the treatment process.

 

A neurologist

 

Once you visit your PCP, several tests will be performed to make sure that what you’re experiencing are signs and symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s. At the end of these tests will be results that could lead to a diagnosis.

 

But in a lot of instances, a primary care physician would refer you to a neurologist or cognitive specialist for further testing and proper diagnosis, especially when test results are not that clear cut.

 

A psychologist

 

More than the physical symptoms, it is the psychological and emotional symptoms that will put more weight into your diagnosis. This is when it counts to have a social worker or psychologist to help you with counseling and support as you settle in to this new normal in your life.

 

If you need to move to memory care assisted living, the adjustment may seem difficult. But with the help of these professionals, you will be able to cope with the changes while keeping a positive mindset.

A physical therapist and nutritionist

 

A healthy lifestyle is one of the most important factors in memory care assisted living. Studies have shown that lifestyle changes could contribute to slowing the progression of the disease, so this is when having a nutritionist and physical therapist becomes beneficial.

 

These professionals will be able to help you make the right changes in your habits while making sure that you are safe.

 

At the end of the day, being diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s and moving to a memory care assisted living facility is no easy journey. But with the right team by your side, you can guarantee the best outcomes from your disease.

 

After all, it’s about making the most out of your life and not letting dementia or any other health condition stop you from enjoying what life has to offer.

 


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A Different Perspective: What It’s Like to Work in Facilities for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is slowly and surely taking away the memories and eventually, the lives of millions of people around the world. In America alone, more than 5 million people are already living with progressive disease and that number is set to reach 14 million by 2050. But while there has been a lot of discussion about the disease and its patients, little has been said about the people who work in an Alzheimer’s facility.

 

From a nurse’s perspective, caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s disease is more than just a 9 to 5 job. In fact, money comes second because working in facilities for Alzheimer’s means that you need to be truly committed to caring for your patients and giving them the best quality of life while they deal with this debilitating and progressive disease.

 

What does a day in the job look like?

 

The job of a nurse caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is unique in the sense that it’s not just about making sure medications are taken on time and vital signs are monitored.

 

It is your goal to make sure that your patient has a safe and caring environment where they can live a good life even as their disease progresses. You assist your patients with their needs and make sure healthcare requirements are met while still giving them as much independence as possible.

 

What are the biggest challenges of the job?

 

Facilities for Alzheimer’s are unique and challenging at the same time. Patients with Alzheimer’s deal with changes in their daily life skills and behaviors, and you also need to consider their age, which makes everything a challenging process.

 

But with the right techniques and skills, you can always provide person-centered care that allows the patient to live a normal life despite battling with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

What are the biggest benefits of the job?

 

As tiring as being a nurse in an Alzheimer’s care facility is, nothing is more rewarding than knowing that your patient is happy. A lot of nurses feel so much joy seeing a patient who hasn’t smiled or talked to anyone open up to them and feel that connection with them.

 

While taking care of the elderly demands more patience, hard work, and perseverance, they are also some of the most caring people you’ll know and they always make sure to let you know that your efforts are highly appreciated.

 

The takeaway

 

Nurses who work in facilities for Alzheimer’s are not just your regular professionals. Caring for a special group of individuals who are dealing with such a huge and debilitating disease is not an easy task. In fact, only a few committed professionals can last the job.

 

But more than the specialized training and set of skills, it’s the passion for the job that will keep nurses motivated to make sure that their patients get the best quality of life as they go through the unique journey with Alzheimer’s disease.

 


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5 Stimulating Activities for Seniors With Alzheimer’s in Assisted Living

Alzheimer’s disease is undeniably one of the most dreaded medical conditions in the world today, especially because it affects mostly the elderly. In 2019, more than 5.8 million Americans had Alzheimer’s, 5.6 million of which are individuals aged 65 and older.

 

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the country, killing more people than prostate and breast cancer combined.  

 

Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease usually stay in memory assisted living facilities where they are given the chance to enjoy an excellent quality of life even as their disease progresses.

 

One of the most important parts of any memory care plan is to offer these five stimulating activities that help reduce the effects of memory loss, so seniors can still express themselves and build emotional connections with others, especially their loved ones.

 

 

Cleaning

 

Being a progressive disease, Alzheimer’s slowly takes away an individual’s memory causing him to forget even the most mundane tasks that he used to do back when he was younger. This is why memory assisted living facilities to allow residents to do basic chores like wiping the table, folding the laundry and sweeping the floor to promote independence and give them the happiness of being able to accomplish something every day.

 

 

Baking or cooking

 

Aside from cleaning, cooking is one of those simple tasks that could stir up a lot of great memories for seniors. Making meals together with loved ones helps bring back those times when they would cook their recipes at home and this activity is also a great way to foster independence, so seniors can still enjoy cooking or baking while they are in a relatively safe environment.

 

 

Reading

 

Reading books or magazines is such a great way to keep the brain active by feeding them with information. Alzheimer’s disease progresses faster when the brain is stagnant, so reading is encouraged for seniors in memory assisted living to not only keep them informed of the world around them but also stimulate brain activity.

 

 

Playing music or doing arts and crafts

 

There’s always something magical about playing music or doing arts and crafts that make even those who don’t have Alzheimer’s disease happy.

 

For seniors in memory assisted living facilities, these activities are not only a great way to pass the time but they also keep their brains active to reduce memory impairment, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Music and art are also great activities to help foster engagement and interaction among residents in these facilities, so they can still build meaningful relationships at this stage in their lives.

 

 

Watching family videos

 

Finally, nothing beats the joy of watching family videos together with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Since memory loss is one of the most devastating effects of the disease, it’s very important for seniors to recall the most important times of their lives by watching videos that help stimulate their brain.

 

This is also a great bonding activity for residents and their loved ones, as these memories stir emotions that help them maintain their relationship even when their loved one already has severe memory loss.

 


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