Exploring The Benefits Of Assisted Living Communities

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Hello, I’m Jeff Blake. After a scary fall incident, everyone in my family tried to help my grandfather move into a safer place. He resisted all of the offers to live with the kids or grandkids. We decided to visit an assisted living community to see if he would like it. He was instantly impressed with the entertainment options offered there, including all of the awesome social events. We all liked that the community was such a safe place for seniors to live. I want to explore the benefits of moving elderly loved ones into an assisted living community. I will share information about the amenities and events available there as well. Thank you for visiting my website.

Caregiving for Aging Parents with Alzheimer’s? Know When it’s Time to Call a Nursing Home

If you are among the four in 10 adults providing in-home care to an elderly relative, you may worry about what to do if your healthcare responsibilities become too much too handle. For those who take care of a parent with Alzheimer’s disease, the prospect of contending with an out-of-control health situation can be a constant source of anxiety. At some point, you may have to make the hard decision to move your parent into a nursing home when home care becomes too difficult to manage. When you experience the following situations, it is time to make plans for nursing home care. Wandering Off Alzheimer’s gradually destroys brain cells that control behavior and memory. This can result in associated conditions such as dementia that can cause patients lose the ability think rationally, communicate or even perform simple tasks. If you have a parent that suffers from Alzheimer’s-related dementia, chances are high they will wander off into unfamiliar situations and end up helpless in unfamiliar surroundings. Once you get a call when you are at work or away from home that a parent is missing because they wandered off, it is time to consider nursing home care. In addition to the stress it causes you, the behavior can put your parent in grave, physical danger if they end up in a location near heavy traffic, in bad weather or in a crime-ridden area. Up to half of Alzheimer’s patients who go missing for 24 hours die or suffer serious injuries. One wandering off episode should be enough to spur you into action to get your parent into an assisted care...

Stroke Patients Benefit From Viewing & Interacting With Animals

Watching and interacting with animals can be helpful for patients recovering from a stroke. If your loved one will need short-term rehabilitation in the quest for a full recovery, consider a facility that has animals at the site or has them brought to the facility occasionally. Types of Animals at Nursing & Rehab Facilities It may be surprising to learn the variety of animals that can be helpful for rehab patients. Dogs are probably the most well-known example of therapy animals, and some nursing centers have canine and feline residents to provide companionship and affection. Many facilities are branching out and welcoming horses, llamas, goats, rabbits and hens to their acreage. Of course, not all rehab centers have the resources for these types of animals. However, even a facility that encourages squirrels, chipmunks and birds to visit the yard, or that has an aviary or aquarium inside, is beneficial. Benefits of Animals for Stroke Rehab Patients Taking an Interest in Watching Animals People who have experienced a stroke and need to spend some time in long or short term rehabilitation may feel depressed, anxious and frustrated. They may find their surroundings less stimulating than what they are normally accustomed to. Watching hens peck around in the dirt, squirrels frolicking in the grass or small birds in an aviary sparks interest.  Being Motivated to Get Outdoors Rehab facilities can use the prospect of seeing outdoor animals up close as motivation to go outside. Patients also may look forward to moving along a sidewalk with a dog, whether the individual is in a wheelchair or able to walk with assistance. Physical therapy assistants...