Decorating for the Memory Impaired

Decorating for the Memory Impaired

In the U.S., it is traditional to decorate your home for Christmas. Many Americans adorn their homes with countless lights and trees, making the holiday season shine brighter. It is a festive time for many, but it can be a stressful time for mentally impaired seniors. Individuals who suffer from cognitive disabilities can become disoriented and scared of the sudden change in scenery. The disruption of a routine can be unsettling and cause fear. Tips for safe decorating: Do not use blinking lights Use flameless fireplaces or candles Tape down wires and extension cords Keep the home free of clutter Avoid motion-detecting decor Use plastic decorations The holiday season should be fun for everyone. If you are living with a mentally impaired senior, keep these tips in mind. When decorating, plan to avoid triggering your loved one. Maintain routines during the season and keep your senior’s environment as stable as possible. Happy Holidays! For information about any senior-related need, you may contact an...
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Grace Manor of Port Orange provides senior assisted living and memory care living

Grace Manor of Port Orange provides senior assisted living and memory care living

Grace Manor of Port Orange offers both senior assisted living and memory care living at the same beautiful location. Grace Manor’s staff members are dementia care experts, certified by the National Institute of Dementia Education (the only community in the state). Find out more on the Ourseniors.net website by clicking Grace Manor on OurSeniors.net website or check out Grace Manor on OurSeniors.NET Magazine....
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Grace Manor of Port Orange for Residential Living

Grace Manor of Port Orange for Residential Living

It’s one of the hardest decisions seniors and their loved ones may have to face—deciding to consider assisted living. Whether you are considering that decision for yourself or for a loved one, it can be difficult to decide where to begin, much less where to end. OurSeniors.net understands this, and that is why we carefully vet assisted and residential living properties. And one of the tops on our list is Grace Manor Port Orange. Grace Manor is about more than just “care.” Focusing on that and forgetting about all the other aspects of life was a mistake made by the “old folks’ homes” of the past. Now, assisted and residential living is about just that—living! Grace Manor believes that senior living can be a new beginning, “simply a new chapter of life, filled with exciting opportunities to keep growing, learning, and making new friends.” The friends start with the staff, the Grace Manor Team members who are there to be far more...
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Who Oversees Assisted Living Facilities?

Who Oversees Assisted Living Facilities?

Last February, the New York Times published the results of a two-year study of assisted living facilities requested by a bipartisan group of four senators. That report took a detailed look at the role of assisted living in the Medicaid system. The conclusion was that the federal government spends billions of dollars on this program but has virtually no information about the quality of care that is delivered. The report titled, “Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare” pointed out that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shares oversight responsibility with the states. That responsibility includes protecting residents in senior assisted living facilities, but there is no clear guidance about reporting and correcting care deficiencies. Most operators of senior assisted living facilities and memory care living facilities are hard working professionals, providing high-quality care for their residents. Unfortunately, senior assisted living facilities and memory care living facilities are not immune to occasional cases of neglect or abuse. (See “Adult Care...
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OurSeniors.net can help find the right care for you

OurSeniors.net can help find the right care for you

OurSeniors.net never forgets its original mission – helping seniors and their families to find the best available senior assisted living, memory care living or in-home senior care. That is why we are so proud to be associated with Grace Manor Assisted Living and Market Street Memory Care Residences in the Port Orange and Palm Coast areas, respectively. Click on their links to discover the possibilities....
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Alzheimer’s Disease vs. Sudden Memory Loss

Forgetting where you put your keys, the name of a song you just cannot get out of your head, or who was in your favorite movie, is a familiar experience for people of all ages. This type of minor memory loss becomes more common with age, but a sudden and extensive loss of important memory is a symptom that something is wrong. The public today is much more aware of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia than in the past, and most people know that Alzheimer’s disease does not cause a sudden and profound memory loss. It shows up slowly at first and progresses over a period of years. The sudden loss of important memory (like forgetting the name of your spouse or children) is almost certainly not due to Alzheimer’s disease, no matter the age of the victim. Transient Global Amnesia (TGA) is a condition in which the person is not able to form new memories or remember the recent...
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Wandering and How to Prevent It

“Wandering” is a major concern for caregivers involved in senior home care and for the professional staff in senior assisted living facilities. Wandering is an event associated with conditions that produce impairment of memory or mental capacity. This can include people who suffer from autism or Down’s syndrome, as well as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The seniors in senior home care, senior assisted living and memory care living are one of our special concerns at OurSeniors.net. Last July, a resident of a memory care living facility in the Daytona area wandered away from the facility and died before he could be located. Most wandering episodes do not result in a fatality, but the possibility is a concern to the family and to professionals providing in-home senior care. Among loved ones providing in-home senior care, the fear of wandering can become a major problem, so it is wise to take some precautions. Here are a few simple suggestions. Make your home...
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