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The Dangers of Falling for Seniors

 

A fall is dangerous as it can lead to physical immobility or, in the worst cases, death. The risk is greater with people who are aged 65 years or older, but assisted living facilities have the staff available to help prevent serious falls.

 

 

This article will discuss the specifics on dangers related to falling and the statistics for them. It will also examine the role that assisted living facilities play in creating an environment for the elderly where accidents and injuries resulting from falls are greatly minimized, if not eliminated entirely.

 

 

The Perils of a Fall

A bad fall can leave someone with broken bones and cause fractures that may not be able to heal completely. When this happens, there is a greater risk for physical immobility.

 

Statistically speaking, about one out of three senior citizens fall every year. Two-thirds of those who fall, will fall again within six months. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for last year indicate that 2.8 million seniors are being treated in emergency rooms in the United States due to fall-related injuries.

 

Statistics have also found that men are more likely to die from a fall than women. But women are more likely to be injured from it. Hip fracture rates for women are more than twice what they are for men.

 

 

Seniors at Greater Risk

It is riskier for seniors to have a fall because of diminished bone density. The bones are more fragile at this stage in life, making them much more susceptible to breakage.

 

In medical terms, the conditions related to diminished bone density can be osteoporosis or osteoarthritis.

 

Osteoporosis is a condition that can cause bones to become fragile, making them prone to fracture. On the other hand, osteoarthritis is defined as a disease that causes damage to the joints.

 

 

Apart from fragile bones, there are other consequences to aging that increase the possibility of a fall. Gait and balance are not as they once were in people over 65. Sensory perception won’t be as sharp either. Some forms of medication can be contributory to this.

 

 

Fall Prevention

There are a number of ways to mitigate the risk for an elderly member of the family from suffering an injury due to a fall. Some specific tips are listed below.

 

  • Exercise regularly. This increases leg strength as well as improves balance and increases flexibility.
  • Review medications with a doctor in order to reduce or eliminate those that cause drowsiness or dizziness.
  • Get an annual eye check-up.
  • Get daily-recommended levels of calcium and vitamin D.
  • Avoid getting up too fast when lying down or sitting.
  • Buy an alarm that can be activated in case of a fall.

 

Those aged 75 and older have a greater probability of falling over constantly. In this regard, they will greatly benefit from becoming admitted into assisted living facilities.

 

 

Assisted living facilities are equipped with facilities that allow seniors with limited mobility to live as much of an independent life as possible. Facilities like Fallbrook Assisted Living are staffed by a range of professionals. Some assisted living facilities do have doctors and geriatric nurses on-hand to provide support and care that can help prevent falls or deal with them in a way that minimize painful injury.

 

 

It’s important to research and call direct to ensure the facility you’re considering has everything you need. Contact Fallbrook Assisted Living today for more information.

 

 

 

 


Fallbrook Assisted Living is proud to offer its services to Fremont, NE and surrounding areas and cities: Arlington, Cedar Bluffs, Ames Nickerson, Fontanelle, Arlington, Leshara, Colon, and Hooper

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Stress and its Effects on Memory and the Brain

The human body is an excellent living organism. It can grow and develop. However, it is also quite volatile and susceptible to external influences.

 

 

The demands of this modern world mean that we are subjecting our minds and bodies to all sorts of pressures. The kind that would have been completely alien to our ancestors whose feelings of pressure and tension drew from stressors of a more primal nature.

 

 

Today we’re confronted with living life in the fast lane, having preservatives in our food, as well as a polluted and congested environment. All of these things take a toll and often result in stress.

 

 

In this article, we take a look at both the good and bad sides of stress. How it affects our bodies and minds. We’ll also dive into how assisted living facilities can help people with memory loss resulting from stress and other health factors.

 

 

 

The Problem with Stress

 

Stress is the body’s normal reaction to change. It’s how our body copes and is able to deal with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Even the positive events in our lives can be a cause of stress – a promotion, buying that first home, experiencing childbirth.

 

 

Stress does have some positives. It keeps us alert and motivated. It also serves as an effective mechanism to help us avoid getting into dangerous situations.

 

 

However, there is obviously a dark side to stress. As is often said, too much of something is bad for the body. An excessive amount of stress can be problematic. It can affect both physical and mental health. Chronic stress can affect a person’s sleep patterns, libido, and appetite. It can also exacerbate a range of health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, and gastrointestinal problems.

 

 

 

The Connection between Stress and Memory Loss

 

Research was done by Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts linking stress and memory loss. According to their published findings in the journal of Neurology, “people with high levels of blood cortisol had much poorer memory when compared with peers with normal cortisol levels. Importantly, impaired memory was present in these individuals even before obvious symptoms of memory loss set in.”

 

 

Cortisol is the main stress hormone and is produced by the adrenal glands. Specifically, it works with certain parts of the brain to control a person’s mood, motivation, and fear.

 

 

In this study, it’s also interesting to note that participants with high cortisol levels tended to have lower total brain volumes, which could be indicative of memory loss.

 

 

A total of 2,018 participants agreed to undergo MRI scans so the volume of their brains could be measured. Those classified as belonging to the high-cortisol group “had an average total cerebral brain volume of 88.5 percent of total cranial volume versus 88.7 percent of total cranial volume in people with regular cortisol levels.”

 

 

 

Assisted Living and Dementia

The decline in mental ability to the point that it interferes with daily life is called dementia. In the study above, those individuals who are often stressed have a higher tendency of experiencing dementia.

 

 

 

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common examples of dementia. People with this type of memory loss are admitted into an assisted living facility that can help them deal with their condition and retain as much of a normal life as possible.

 

 

 


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Learning the Difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Many people make the mistake of using the terms Alzheimer’s and Dementia. However, these two medical terms are linked to one another. For one thing, both are debilitating conditions. People who have been diagnosed with either of these will quickly lose their sense of independence, resulting in the need to be confined to an assisted living facility.

 

Understanding both Alzheimer’s and Dementia requires being able to identify the distinct characteristics of each. With that, let’s proceed to discussing them.

 

Dementia

Dementia is not a disease, but a syndrome. A syndrome is a group of symptoms with no definitive diagnosis. It affects mental cognitive tasks like memory and reasoning. According to the World Health Organization, dementia affects 47.5 million people around the world.

 

It can be easy to overlook the symptoms of dementia because they are often mild. It usually starts with simple episodes of forgetfulness that may continue to get worse.

 

Dementia has many causes. Some of the most common are:

  • Degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s
  • Infections, such as HIV
  • Vascular diseases
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Chronic drug use

 

Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • People with dementia have trouble keeping track of time and tend to lose their way in familiar settings.
  • As dementia progresses, it becomes harder to recall names and faces. Personal care becomes a problem.
  • Obvious signs of dementia include repetitive questioning, inadequate hygiene, and poor decision-making.
  • In the most advanced stage, people with dementia become unable to care for themselves. They will struggle even more with remembering people and places they are familiar with. Behavior can turn into depression and aggression.

 

Analyzing Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a disease that falls within the dementia spectrum. It’s a form of brain disease that impairs both memory and cognitive function.

 

It is possible to tell if a person has the disease if he or she exhibits any of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty remembering recent events or conversations
  • Apathy
  • Depression
  • Impaired judgment
  • Disorientation
  • Changes in behavior
  • Difficulty speaking, swallowing, or walking in advanced stages of the disease

 

 

There are over 5 million people in the United States who have Alzheimer’s. The disease also accounts for about 50 to 70 percent of all cases of dementia. Sadly, the exact cause for it remains unknown and a cure for it has yet to be discovered.

 

Still, there are ways to effectively manage the disease:

  • Medications for behavioral changes, such as antipsychotics
  • Medications for memory loss including cholinesterase inhibitors donepezil (Aricept) and rivastigmine (Exelon) and memantine (Namenda)
  • Alternative remedies that aim to boost brain function or overall health, such as coconut oil or fish oil
  • Medications for sleep changes and depression

 

 

Expert care for patients

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are a major cause of disability for older adults. They can have a huge impact on the patient and the people that surround him or her. Patients can become an emotional and financial burden on families and caregivers. But this can be overcome by moving the patient to an assisted living facility specializing in care and management for people with these medical conditions.

 

It would be wise to do your research and compare services before deciding on which facility to choose.

 

 

 


Fallbrook Assisted Living is proud to offer its services to Fremont, NE and surrounding areas and cities: Arlington, Cedar Bluffs, Ames Nickerson, Fontanelle, Arlington, Leshara, Colon, and Hooper

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Options like Financing for Senior Care

There are a lot of considerations for people who opt for senior care and housing. But whether you’re planning it for yourself or an aged loved one, costs are always high up that list.

 

According to Genworth’s latest Cost of Care Survey, monthly fees for assisted living across the United States now average at $4000/month. Specific figures will be higher or lower depending on where you live and what sort of care is needed, but it’s clear that this is something you have to prepare for financially.

 

On that note, let’s take a look at the different ways you can fund a stay at a senior housing community.

 

 

Quick buy programs

Seniors who don’t want to go through all the hassle of selling property can partner with companies that have a quick buy program. This provides a stress-free way to sell a home in as little as 30 days. These companies assist seniors with the challenges of moving and offers a comfortable transition while you or your loved ones settle into a new lifestyle.

 

 

Renting out the home

Aren’t you willing to let go of the big house yet?  Rent it out instead. Those monthly payments can cover the cost of a senior living facility and ensure that the property remains in the family for years to come.

 

 

Bridge Loans

These are short-term loans that can help pay for the cost of an assisted living facility.

 

 

Veterans’ Programs

Former military personnel or war veterans who are eligible to receive a VA pension may also get benefits that can help them pay for senior housing.

 

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers eligible war veterans and their spouses nearly $2,000 per month to help defray the cost of assisted living or other non-reimbursed medical care through the Aid and Attendance Program.

For more information about financing senior care through veterans’ benefits, contact the Veterans Regional Office nearest you.

 

 

Long-Term Care Insurance (LTC)

LTC insurance policies may help pay for care in an assisted living community.

 

There are pros and cons to consider when using LTC to finance senior living. The benefits may be used in a home setting, assisted living or a long-term care center, making care more affordable. On the other hand, most policies have limits on how long and how much they’ll pay. Premiums can also increase and you could lose your investment if you are unable to pay. Coverage is based on strict requirements for the assisted living community.

 

 

Tax Benefits

The International Revenue Service offers tax deductions on some senior care related costs that can potentially benefit both the resident and the family. Reach out to your tax adviser or accountant for guidance on how to apply for these tax deductions.

 

These are just some of the options you can have when it comes to paying for senior housing. It would be wise to do your research and compare with each one first before making a decision. That way you can ensure that you or your senior family member can relocate to a wonderful senior care community at costs that you can afford.

 

 

 


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Ways to Improve Quality of Life in Nursing Homes

 

The task of caring for seniors in nursing homes is no small feat. While rewarding, the job can be quite challenging. As a provider of care, it’s important to strike a balance between caring and being a professional. This often involves changes in how duties are carried out, and it doesn’t have to involve significant investment in training and acquiring equipment.

 

 

It is the goal of every person at our facility to improve the quality of life of the seniors in our care. Here are ways to do that:

 

 

Always treat patients with courtesy and respect

 

The practice of extending courtesy and respect shouldn’t just stay within the realm of family and friends. This practice should be carried into the caring of senior patients in nursing homes. In other words, they may initially be strangers to you, but they still deserve to be treated with kindness.

 

 

While it’s true that the elderly can be grumpy, and you might find yourself being frustrated with the treatment you’re receiving. Even in such trying cases, it’s important to still treat patients with kindness. Even an action as simple as speaking to them in a polite tone goes a long way.

 

 

Act with confidence

 

Residents can make judgments about your abilities by the way you act. They base how they respond to you on their assessments. Taking this into account, it’s important to show that you’re confident in doing your job. If they see that you know what you are doing, they are more likely to respond favorably to what you ask of them.

 

 

Make sure to practice hygiene and sanitation

 

The last thing you want is for a senior patient to mistrust you. They know they are fragile and can’t help being distrustful of those who don’t seem to care about health and sanitation. As such, it’s important that you do your part in assuring them that you adhere to good hygiene and sanitation practices. For instance, you can cover your cough to show to them that you care about not contaminating them.

 

 

Take note of your activities with senior patients

 

You become the point person of your superiors, as well as the patient’s family members, and even the patient’s doctor with regards to the their well-being. It’s important that you be able to answer any pertinent questions they might have about the patient. To ensure that you remember, write down everything that you did with that patient. Doing so gives medical professionals a picture of what your patient is able to do and how they can further help them.

 

 

While Fallbrook is an assisted living facility and not a nursing home, we understand the levels of care that seniors need. Senior patients are people with feelings, and it’s important to ensure they have a good quality of life while living in nursing homes. Yes, the task may be challenging but the knowledge of having made someone’s life better is quite rewarding.

 

 


Fallbrook Assisted Living is proud to offer its services to Fremont, NE and surrounding areas and cities: Arlington, Cedar Bluffs, Ames Nickerson, Fontanelle, Arlington, Leshara, Colon, and Hooper

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Helping to Improve Memory in Assisted Living

An assisted living (AL) facility separates itself from a nursing home by giving residents freedom to go about their daily lives. However, many of its elderly seem to exhibit the same issues found in those under nursing care, including the frequent need to be reminded about taking medication. Thus, memory assisted living is important.

 

 

Memory decline is one of the major reasons AL residents are moved to nursing homes where they will receive constant medical care and personal assistance. At the same time, there is also a demand from residents themselves and their family to allow them to “age in place.”

 

 

What can assisted living facilities do knowing that residents fear being moved because of decreasing cognitive ability?

 

 

Addressing the fear of memory loss

 

Many older adults fear losing their ability to remember. Several studies support this fear, citing memory decline as one of the top complaints with regards to aging. This fear is not unfounded since there is a common belief that memory declines as a person ages. What AL facilities can do to help is find ways to address the fear of memory loss.

 

 

In an effort to improve, memory assisted living facilities can conduct memory training programs. However, studies have shown that such a program is most effective in the high functioning elderly. Meaning, frail elders who are at risk for cognitive decline don’t stand to benefit from memory intervention programs.

 

 

Where AL facilities can focus on is improving everyday memory, which includes being able to remember faces and names, recent and past events, information and facts, and directions – just to name a few. Since studies show that older adults use external memory strategies (making lists or notes), AL facilities can also turn their attention towards using internal memory strategies like association.

 

Improving memory in the elderly

 

To improve memory assisted living communities can teach cognitive-behavioral skills to their elderly residents. In particular, older adults are taught how to use mnemonic techniques to improve their memory. The techniques make use of both external and internal memory strategies to help residents be better at remembering.

 

 

Some level of freedom is a benefit afforded to assisted living residents, and just how much of it is provided greatly depends on the memory capabilities of a person. For instance, someone who constantly forgets names raises red flags about their memory ability. To continue living in an AL facility, older adults should be able to demonstrate that they can remember. Remembering here involves important information, not just trivial ones.

 

 

AL communities should also not stop at just teaching older adults cognitive-behaviorial skills. They also need to make sure residents are able to apply the techniques they learned. A simple test could be to see whether or not an elderly person can remember to complete an action without any assistance.

 

 

Memory is definitely tricky, but sometimes the key to improving it is to shift traditional beliefs about declining memory. Many older adults believe that memory decline comes with age, but assisted living facilities can show them that isn’t always the case; with memory care a person can still be in good shape even in old age.

 

 


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Assisted Living: What to Expect

There are different living options for seniors, and with shared characteristics between them, making a decision can be quite difficult. When it comes to assisted living, it is important to understand exactly what it is if you are choosing this option or doing so for a loved one.

 

What assisted living entails

Independent living is another senior living option and just like assisted living, it stresses senior independence. However, the latter is for those who really need help with daily activities, be it remembering medication, keeping up with doctor’s appointments, bathing and grooming.

 

Assisted living is an option for those who can no longer live alone, but don’t need intensive nursing care yet. Facilities are for seniors who can’t tend to their basic needs, need help in making decisions, and can’t function without assistance.

 

Although you will be moving into a different space, you are free to treat it as your own. This means you can bring personal possessions and entertain friends and family. And of course even go on trips outside the facility as well.

 

There is still a level of independence provided in a living facility, but with an added layer of support.

 

You have your own place and are afforded privacy. If you are an introvert, you can go on living the quiet life. On the other hand, if you like mixing and mingling, there will be lots of opportunities for that as well.

 

In terms of cost, you can expect assisted living to be more expensive than independent living. Assisted living requires more services to be rendered to ensure the comfort of senior residents.

 

Is it the right option?

Choosing a senior living option is difficult, whether you’re deciding for yourself or for a family member. Whichever the case, it’s important to consider all the factors before committing to a certain kind of living option.

 

You can start by asking a few questions.

 

Is living alone going to be a health risk? If so, assisted living may be the option for you since medical support will be provided by trained staff.

 

Are you increasingly becoming reliant on others for errands? Are you doing the same for regular needs? Afacility can provide the support you need so you no longer have to wait until your spouse or child is free to help you out.

 

Are you concerned about performing daily activities? If the thought of walking up a flight of stairs scares you because of the consequences of a fall, then Fallbrook Assisted Living not only provides help but also peace of mind.

 

If your doctor has expressed concern about you living alone, then it might be best to consider assisted living.

 

Choosing to live in an assisted living facility doesn’t mean you’re giving up your independence. You are given both the freedom and privacy to live your best life, along with the confidence that there will always be someone there should you need help with daily activities.

 

 


Fallbrook Assisted Living is proud to offer its services to Fremont, NE and surrounding areas and cities: Arlington, Cedar Bluffs, Ames Nickerson, Fontanelle, Arlington, Leshara, Colon, and Hooper

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Independent Living: What to Expect

Independent living is a senior living option available for many seniors. An emphasis on independence is what separates it from assisted living, an option for seniors who need help with basic life tasks. It’s essentially a living preference rather than a form of care.

 

An independent living community provides for the needs of seniors by:

  • allowing seniors to live in a community that provides them with much needed privacy
  • providing assistance to seniors but making sure they maintain independence
  • providing an alternative to costly home maintenance
  • offering access to amenities

 

What is staying in an independent living community like?

Independent living communities aren’t places where seniors go to “grow old.” Loneliness is a battle many seniors face, but that shouldn’t be the case. Human contact and intellectual stimulation is as important to elders as it is to young children. Committing to an independent living community ensures that you will never have to feel alone again.

 

You can expect a wide range of activities in living facilities. Activities can be in the form of classes, outings, social events, or informal gatherings. You can always expect an active community life.

 

Meeting new people and finding others who share the same interests is just as important in old age as it is when you were younger. This can be a challenge for seniors who choose to live alone, but that is not the case when opting to live in an independent living community.

 

Your health is of utmost importance as you grow old. Many seniors who have chosen to live alone tend to be unhappy and become unhealthy as a result. Getting to interact with like-minded people and attending social gatherings are just two ways to keep the blues away and remain healthy.

 

While independent living communities emphasize senior independence, help is always provided when you need it. Whether you require assistance with your medication or just need a ride to go shopping, you will find such support in an independent living facility.

 

Choosing a Facility

Choosing independent living also means putting an end to troubles over the costs of maintaining a home. You no longer have to be burdened about the leaking roof, the faulty plumbing, or the trimming of the grass. Everything is taken care of. All you have to do is relax and have fun.

 

Independent living also doesn’t mean being confined within the borders of the community. You are free to explore outside and transportation to your destination can be provided.

 

Your privacy is also valued in living facilities. You can continue to live the quiet life if you’re an introvert. On the other hand, extroverts can take part in many social events.

 

Independent living is just like living at home, but can be made a whole lot better. It’s a living option that addresses many of the issues seniors face when living alone.

 

You should enjoy your retirement. You worked so hard to get to this point. If living alone makes you lonely, independent living can be a cure for that.

 

 


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Learn To Communicate With a Memory Care Resident

If you think that it is quite challenging to communicate with a memory care resident, then you have come to the right place. This is because memory assisted living is not only a place where you put your elderly loved ones, but also a place where communication is one of the priorities.

 

When it comes to caring for your loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, communication is key to make your caregiving journey less stressful. Thus, you must take a few notes on how to communicate effectively without getting frustrated or upset.

 

Establish a Positive Mood

 

Be aware that even your non-verbal communication can be used to express your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes this is even more expressive than words. So it is best to set up a comfortable atmosphere when making conversation by speaking to your loved one respectfully and nicely. Not only will you be able to show that you care, but you can also reinforce and convey your message by using a positive mood, proper tone of voice, and physical touch.

 

Ensure To Get Your Loved One’s Attention

 

Upon having a conversation, try to avoid noise and distractions. If possible, address them by their name and try to use your name to identify yourself. Moreover, you can use nonverbal cues or physical touch so that you can help them stay involved and focused on the conversation. Remember that memory assisted living also requires interesting conversations to get the attention of your loved one.

 

State Your Message Clearly

 

Try to speak slowly when talking to your loved one via a reassuring tone. Make use of simple sentences and words that everyone can understand. Do not raise your voice, even when frustration occurs during conversation.

 

If your loved one didn’t understand the first time you said something, try to repeat your message with the same wording. You also have to use specific names of places or people when conversing instead of using pronouns or abbreviations. This will all help promote memories and make the communication flow more easily.

 

Go For Simple or Answerable Questions

 

Instead of asking too many questions in a row, ensure that you only ask one question at a time and give them time to think and answer. For people with memory issues, it is best to establish questions that would require yes or no answers only. It would also help if you use specific words, making things clearer, easier, and simpler to understand.

 

Provide Direct and Simplistic Instructions

 

Try to break down tasks into single steps so that you can make things simple. You may use visual clues and instructions to ensure that he or she understands it.

 

Make Realistic Expectations

 

Try to answer with affection and reassurance, but avoid using the word “remember”. At the same time, try not to test their memory too hard at a memory assisted living facility. This could possibly upset them, especially if they are in denial about their condition. You may touch or hold their hands to help them respond if they may not be able to do so.

 

Use Humor to Neutralize Tension

 

It has been proven many times that laughter can defuse tense conditions almost instantaneously. Take note that people suffering from dementia tend to retain their social skills even if their memory has been diminished. They may even enjoy laughing along with you when you crack a joke or two.

 

 


Fallbrook Assisted Living is proud to offer its services to Fremont, NE and surrounding areas and cities: Arlington, Cedar Bluffs, Ames Nickerson, Fontanelle, Arlington, Leshara, Colon, and Hooper

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When Is It Time To Move To An Assisted Living Facility?

It is important to spot the signs as to when it is necessary to send a loved one to a nursing homes near me. Not only will this be beneficial to the person you want to be cared for, but also to the caregiver and the family in general.

 

Over 15 million Americans have been investing endless amount of time into caring for their loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The problem with this condition is that sometimes the cost of caregiving becomes too high when the symptoms get progressively worse. Caregivers often bear the burden of providing healthcare at home and also trying to maintain their job. This can be very stressful for caregivers and patients.

 

Psychologists are here to help you recognize and understand the signs that tell you it may be time to move to an assisted living facility. Thus, it will be useful if you think that your love one needs proper medical attention.

 

Aggression

 

When you see your loved one frequently being into physical, sexual, or violent aggression, then he or she may be showing signs of dementia. In this case, caregivers or family members might suffer or begin to feel annoyed.

 

Caregiver Stress

 

Caregiver symptoms such as increased stress could justify the sign of dementia. Thus, it is good to be aware of all of your options as family members. When you are educated and aware, you will be better able to assess when you are ready to send your loved one to an assisted living facility.

 

Escalating Care Needs

 

You might consider a couple of conditions that would help you decide when it is time to seek help from professionals. This would include the following:

 

  • The person’s care needs might go beyond your physical abilities
  • The health risks that might come to the person with dementia or to the caregiver

 

Home Safety

 

It is important to the health of your senior family member and to your own health to make sure the home where you are living is safe for them. You must check to see if the person suffering from dementia no longer feels safe in his or her current home. If they do not feel safe, it is the time when you seek nursing homes near me.

 

Sundowning

 

People with Alzheimer’s disease often get very agitated, which becomes more obvious later in the day. This condition is considered the Sundowners syndrome. Experts believe that this could put a burden on caregivers, because it could severely disrupt family routines. At this point, care giving burden can be too hard to handle.

 

Wandering

 

There is a greater risk in the latter stages of dementia in which wandering becomes a lot worse. At this point, they can wander even if it was just time to go to the bathroom. Thus, there is a possibility for injuries or falls during these instances.

 

When there is stress involved in the current condition, then it is time to discuss assisted living options. This is important for everyone involved because caregivers and family members can experience bad symptoms, such as the following.

 

  • Avoidance behaviors
  • Disabling anxiety
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • Hyper-vigilance

 

These symptoms are attributed not only to pressures of caring for a loved one with dementia, but also to conditions like disrupted eating and sleeping patterns when someone spends much time on caregiving. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities like Fallbrook Assisted Living may be an option for you.

 

 


Fallbrook Assisted Living is proud to offer its services to Fremont, NE and surrounding areas and cities: Arlington, Cedar Bluffs, Ames Nickerson, Fontanelle, Arlington, Leshara, Colon, and Hooper