Clayton Oaks Senior Living honors and supports those living with the disease
Richmond, TX (November 2015) Alzheimer's disease is readily becoming an all too familiar term to millions of Americans. Over 5 million people in this country alone have been diagnosed with the disease, and this number is expected to triple by mid-century. When health trends such as these are rising, often so do the resources. Today there is more information and support, providing better understanding about Alzheimer's and how to live with it. One area in particular that has benefited from greater understanding is the development of residential care programs often called memory care. Clayton Oaks, a local senior living community, offers memory care residences that specialize in the care of those with Alzheimer's, dementia and other memory loss afflictions.
With specially designed and dedicated Alzheimer's and memory care accommodations, memory care communities ensure the comfort and security of residents. Memory care staff are dedicated to caring for each resident as an individual and often take the time to learn about residents past life experiences, favorite activities, and daily routine. This enables caregivers to encourage independence, support the resident's strengths and capabilities, and assist them with their needs in a loving and dignified manner.
Alzheimer's is not a disease that affects just the individual but one that can drastically make an impact on the entire family. As a community that specializes in working with memory impaired residents and their families, Clayton Oaks offers some helpful tips.
Look to the Positive
While the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is devastating, it can be helpful to realize that a worldwide movement is underway to find new treatments and ways to prevent or stop the disease.
Learn about it
Families should visit reputable websites, join support groups, speak with healthcare professionals, read books and literature to learn as much about the can situation at hand. There are in fact "right ways and a wrong ways" to deliver good care.
Common tips include: 1) don't argue 2) encourage independence as long as possible 3) establish a daily routine 4) review your home for safety and 5) keep the person busy with productive activities such as folding laundry or gardening.
Check out community and local based services
Families often wait and wait to utilize important community based services such as the
Alzheimer's Association, support groups and day centers. Utilize these services early and often, noting that they not only can be therapeutic for the person but also provide needed respite for the caregiver.
Learn about care options
While most of the care is provided at home by friends and family, many people do end up requiring more care as time and the disease progress. What for example would happen if the well caregiver got sick or died? Families should make a plan for the future; investigating In-home services and memory care residences. Involve the person with Alzheimer's disease when possible. Be as open with the person about his or her situation as possible (showing common sense). It is okay to make a decision for their family member if it is in his or her best interest. In a case where the person is resistant, get help from a doctor and/or emphasize the service or placement isn't a final decision.
Acknowledge family differences
Conflict among siblings or relatives is not uncommon. When conflict occurs, seek a
trusted mediator and work to resolve differences as best as possible. Note that denial is
also common but eventually fades in most cases. One tip - focus on what is best for the
person now vs. past wishes and promises. Another tip - ask what the person would have wanted the family to do if asked before he or she became ill (many times, families agree that mom would have not wanted to be a burden or would have wanted the family to look at the big picture).
For more information on memory care and other senior living options contact Chessa Rapp, community marketing director at Clayton Oaks 281-341-6200.
About Clayton Oaks Living
Clayton Oaks Living will provide the finest in assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Richmond, Texas the expert trained staff will assist residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information call 281-341-6200 or visit www.claytonoaksliving.com.
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Community Marketing Director, Clayton Oaks Living