Your 10 Concerns About Retirement Living Home Answered Here| Village Green Alzheimer’s Care
Your 10 Concerns about Retirement Living Home Answered Here| Village Green Alzheimer’s Care
The decision to move a loved one to a retirement living facility is like choosing a college for your child. Many questions and concerns go through your minds and finding the right college is of utmost importance. We tend to look for colleges that best suit our child similarly, we must look for a retirement living community that best suits our loved ones.
Retirement living communities and care for your loved ones’ needs can inspire your loved ones with a new sense of purpose and a plan for their lives. We have many good choices, but the key lies in choosing the right community for our mom or dad. Read our blog on how to choose an ideal retirement facility here.
Deciding what facility to choose is a big decision and they deserve the best care possible. The right facility opens new doors to their growth. It will also allow them to connect with other people while providing a safe community to live out their retirement years. Your questions and queries deserve as much importance as you need to make a decision. There is no small or big question. You can ask better questions to get the information you need to make the best possible decision.
1. What are the Accommodations Like?
Most facilities offer options of living arrangements in various sizes, layouts, and locations. From apartments located in the center of a community that offers quieter homes on upper floors or ends of hallways. Consider where your loved ones will be happiest and in what kind of floor plan. Do they offer the smoothest transition from their current residence to the one that offers assistance with the activities of daily living?
One important thing as well, ask which utilities are included in the rent. Cable, Internet, Emergency call systems, etc.?
2. What Activities are Available?
Most often we choose senior living communities for our loved ones is because they feel increasingly isolated in their own homes or when they are unable to take care of themselves or are in need of assistance in day-to-day life. Do they allow their residents to bring personal belongings that are familiar to them to help with the transition? Do they provide familiar surroundings that reassure the resident’s sense of safety and promote purposeful meaning to each day? It is important to know if there will be compassionate interaction with residents that reinforces socialization and may help reduce depression which can result from fear of isolation and loneliness.
3. What Do You Do to Keep Residents Safe?
We all know that safety issues figure prominently. Ask what the facility does to ensure your safety. Think about questions like:
Do they have access to alert buttons for emergency assistance?
Does the facility have pull cords?
What about bathing safety? Are there grab bars and non-slip surfaces installed?
How do they handle medical emergencies?
Are the staff available 24/7?
Do they perform fire or safety drills?
Is there backup power?
Do they do background checks with their staff?
Remember, Their primary purpose isn’t reduced to one role. They are responsible for overall care, regardless of the function.
4. What Training and Qualifications Do Staff Have?
Excellent staff is the heart of an excellent facility. Ask about the specific training and qualifications of the staff at every level. What experience and training do they have? What medical providers are available for them? Who will be interacting and caring for your loved ones on a daily basis? How many hours of training do staff receive, and what sort of continuing training and education must they complete?
5. What Are the Food Options Like?
Seniors require delicious and healthy food. The more meal options that are available, the more likely it is they’ll find something delicious and healthy that they will enjoy. Good nutrition is important in the recipe for good health, and that means healthy food options should be available for them. Also, ask how the community accommodates special dietary needs such as vegetarian or low sodium.
6. How Does This Facility Collaborate and Communicate with Families and Residents?
Ask what the facility does to ensure you and your family know about upcoming changes in the facility. A weekly or monthly newsletter? An email list? A facility message or discussion board? It’s a big red flag if communication runs only one way.
7. Can We Talk to References?
Any good facility has a long list of positive reviews. Ask if you can talk to some existing residents or their families to get a feel or feedback for what life at the facility is really like.
8. How Much Will it Cost?
Prices and costs are a major factor in your decision. After you’ve taken a look and decided that a facility is on your list of choices, get a clear cost breakdown and what’s included.
What is the base price per month or year?
How are costs paid, and will they change over time?
What is the cost for the amenities and living arrangements I saw on my tour?
What specific amenities are included in the base price? Regular visits with staff? Laundry? Meals? What add-ons do I have to pay for and at what cost?
9. When can I come for a visit?
A reputable assisted living community should never object to allowing you to spend time there evaluating whether it is a good fit for your loved ones. Whether it is stopping in for a meal or attending a class or activity time at the facility, you should expect welcome and transparency at every stage.
10. What happens when I need additional service?
It is important to know what your long-term plan is in case you find your loved ones with memory issues or increasing physical problems in the future. Find out whether the facility offers memory care services or is connected to a skilled nursing facility, and how that can benefit you if need be.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Tough Questions
People who ask lots of questions get better information. The same principle extends to the search for senior living communities and facilities for your loved ones. By asserting their needs and asking whether a community is equipped to meet them, you can steadily narrow down the list of options for them. There’s no perfect senior living community; however, there is a perfect senior living community for them that can provide more personalized and unique care for their unique needs. We at Village Green offer home environment care in a loving family atmosphere for your loved ones. Village Green allows residents to continue living with dignity, respect, freedom, and choice. Our home enables seniors with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and other memory impairments to maintain the highest quality of life while providing peace of mind to their family and friends.
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Entire Process from Retirement Home Shopping to Moving In
Tips From Retirement Home Shopping to Moving In| Rockwall, TX
We all shop for items every day, but it’s not too often that we shop for a retirement home. So what are the tips you should keep in mind when you start
shopping for your loved one’s forever home? Here are a number of things to keep in mind:
Tips for scouting out a forever home for your aging loved one:
Location. Location. Location. Choose a location that’s close to everything your loved one likes. It’s key to find a desirable location. As you get older, it’s going to be more challenging to get around. Eventually, driving will not be an option. So you want to choose a location that offers you easy access to the places you care about. For instance, if a grocery store or a pharmacy or a hair salon or barbershop is top on your list, make sure there’s one within walking distance. Memory Care patients are not allowed to leave the facility on their own for their safety but if you are in the area where you usually shop, seeing your mom and dad in between your shopping will become a routine for you.
Single-story homes are ideal. Regardless of whether you’re looking at single-storied homes or furnished retirement homes, seniors are better off if they don’t have to navigate stairs. Even if you’re physically fit, there will come a time when going up and down stairs proves to be a falling hazard. Also, if you have a walker or wheelchair then your situation becomes dire where stairs are concerned. Yes, you could get a stairlift but why not take stairs out of the equation for good and only consider one-story dwellings.
Handicap code approved. If you’re looking at group retirement homes too, always look at those that are handicap code approved with wider doorways and walk-in showers.
Consider who your frequent visitors are. If your kids and grandkids will be visiting you often then make sure the place you choose has a room available for your regular visitors.
Research the retirement communities. Your loved one will not know if they like a retirement community until they visit in person. Meeting and having conversations with the residents and the staff will help your loved one decide if he or she would like to live there. Find retirement communities that have hobbies your loved one likes. Plenty of communities offer arts and crafts, card games, bingo, exercise, yoga, meditation, and even golf.
Find retirement homes that offer large hallways, entryways, bathrooms, etc. These features are essential especially if your relative has a walker or wheelchair or it’s clear they might need one in the near future.
Know Your Relative’s Budget. Your loved one’s finances are key to knowing what they can afford monthly. Once you know how much he or she can spend, find a retirement home that’s within their budget.
Maintenance-free is best: More than likely, your relative isn’t interested in taking care of a lawn, garden or pool. Keeping your relative’s backyard clear of maintenance is likely most appreciated. If they end up in a group home then you won’t have to worry about back, front or side lawns, trees or bushes.
Next, you’ll have to plan your loved one’s move. First, if they are still living in a house or apartment, you’ll either have to list their home or make sure your relative has paid their apartment in full. Listing their house will take some time as you’ll need a realtor to stage your loved one’s house. Likely, your loved one’s realtor will suggest moving some of their furniture out to create a more open floor plan. If your relative is in an apartment, he or she would have signed a lease and their apartment’s manager will want to make sure they have paid for their lease term in full before he or she moves out.
Prior to Move Day
Make sure you find out what furniture and items are permitted in your relative’s new place. If he or she is going to a retirement home aka an independent living home or an assisted living home, then the apartments, suites or rooms are likely furnished. Ask the staff what your relative is allowed to bring. Likely this will include clothes, framed photos and other small sentimental items including favorite personal care items.
On Move Day
Moving is a stressor for just about anyone who’s involved in the move. Your relative is no different. Think of ways to make your aging loved one feel upbeat and confident about their move. Some aging seniors will feel depressed at the thought that this is their final destination. It’s on you to make them feel more upbeat about the move.
Some ideas include taking your relative out to his or her favorite breakfast or lunch restaurant. This way you can reassure your loved one that they are loved very much and you and other relatives and friends will visit them regularly. You might even invite other close relatives or friends who can help you make their transition more comfortable. It’s a good idea to stay with them for an hour or two until he or she is feeling less stressed and more relaxed in their new digs.
You might even help your relative meet a friend or two and a staff member or two before you leave. Remember, leaving their last residence might just flood them with memories of all things past. Sometimes this includes relatives or friends who have passed and it may just bring up their own mortality so anything you can do to relieve their stress like get them involved in a favorite hobby or activity that might relieve any anxiety that this move created.
Once you can tell your relative has let his or her guard down and is adjusting to the new surroundings, this is the time to let them know you’re leaving but you will be back to visit. Additionally, give them your number and the numbers of other relatives and friends so your relative knows that family and friends are only a text or phone call away,.
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Village Green is an award-winning assisted living and memory care community that offers many housing options tailored to meet your loved one’s needs. Both independent, assisted living and memory care communities offer seniors the opportunity to form social relationships, pursue hobbies and interests, and remain active. View our campus floor plans including studio, one and two-bedroom apartments.
For the convenience of families living in and around Houston, Texas, Village Green offers assisted living and memory care communities in in The Woodlands, Cypress, Champions, Conroe, Kingwood, Tomball, Rockwall, Mckinney, and Highland Village. All our locations are state-of-art, purpose-built with our residents’ needs in mind. We invite you to visit, tour, and see for yourself how our assisted living and memory care campuses exceed your relative’s needs.
To contact us online, visit our site or to inquire by phone, call 281.208.5876. At Village Green, we are here to help you and your loved one find a new, loving forever home.
What to Know about Aducanumab / Aduhelm - the New FDA Approved Drug to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease
What to Know about Aducanumab / Aduhelm - the New FDA Approved Drug to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease
At Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home, we are thrilled to learn about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug Aducanumab as it’s the first drug to target an underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Biogen accomplished a milestone as it unveiled the first drug to treat Alzheimer’s in 20 years and the first of its kind to treat brain damage observed in patients diagnosed with the mind-robbing disease.
Currently, there are over six million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer’s so there are millions of families interested in learning more about Aducanumab - marketed as Aduhelm - to see if their mother, father, or loved one is a candidate for the new drug.
Who is a Candidate?
Families all over the U.S are trying to determine if their loved one is a candidate for this highly anticipated new medicine.
Unfortunately, the FDA decision to approve Aduhelm for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease did not specify the patient population who could benefit from this new drug. Aduhelm was tested on patients in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s before the disease had a chance to rob most of the memories from this test group. The drug was not tested on those diagnosed with moderate dementia, a stage in the disease where patients begin losing the ability to provide self-care and feed themselves.
One top US health insurer, Cigna Corp., stated it is likely that payers, including the federal government’s Medicare program for seniors, will cover the use of the drug only in the patient population it was tested on. This means patients with a moderate or advanced diagnosis of the disease are not candidates only those with the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s. Biogen has estimated that around 1.5 million affected Americans are eligible for treatment with Aduhelm.
Alzheimer’s is estimated to account for at least 60% of those with dementia, which involves a decline in memory, reasoning or thinking skills, and a basic ability to function, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Patients who take Aduhelm will likely need both cognitive testing and confirmation that their dementia is due to Alzheimer’s. This is confirmed via a lumbar puncture to examine spinal fluid or through a special brain, scan to verify the presence of amyloid in the brain. Aduhelm targets amyloid-beta, which is a type of plaque that forms in the brain and causes brain functioning decline and memory loss in patients diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimers.
How Does it Work?
Aduhelm is designed to reduce amyloid-beta, a protein that forms sticky deposits or plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. It binds to the beta-amyloid plaques – and slows down the process that would eventually lead to widespread destruction of brain cells. Amyloid is thought to begin forming years before any signs of memory loss appear, making treatment to those diagnosed early as the most likely benefit from the breakthrough drug. The drug is designed to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, allowing patients to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. It is not a cure for the disease, it’s a medical drug treatment.
Is Aduhlem a Pill?
No. Aduhelm is given as a monthly intravenous infusion. Most patients will likely need to travel to specialty infusion centers to receive the treatment. Biogen reported in April of 2021 that it was working with 600 US centers to prepare for the pending launch of the drug. Check with your loved one’s Alzheimer’s doctor to see if your relative qualifies to receive Aduhelm treatments.
How Long is the Treatment?
Aduhelm is different from other drugs on the market as it’s the only one that treats symptoms. In clinical trials, this drug delayed the progression of the disease by about 20 to 40 percent depending on the outcome measure in patients who had success with the treatment. Aduhelm is administered intravenously through a monthly infusion, starting with a low dose that increases over the first six months of treatment. It is extremely important that a patient continues these infusions through the highest dose to confirm the potential benefits, which are generally not seen during the first year of treatment. As it stands, this is a long-term treatment with no recommended end.
Our mission at Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home is to enrich the lives of our residents and bring dignity and respect to their golden years. We will nurture the unique needs of our seniors and promote purposeful meaning to each day in a warm and loving home.
Unlike many memory care operations, we offer convenient facilities in and around Houston, Texas, Village Green offers assisted living and memory care communities in The Woodlands, Cypress, Champions, Conroe, Kingwood, Tomball, Rockwall, Mckinney, and Highland Village. All our locations are state-of-art, purpose-built with our residents’ needs in mind. We invite you to visit, tour, and see for yourself how our assisted living and memory care campuses exceed your relative’s needs.
Contact one of our specialists today to make an appointment to discuss your relative’s unique memory care needs at one of our convenient campuses.
Items Your Mom Needs to Bring to an Assisted Living & Memory Care
What Does Your Mom Need to Bring to an Assisted Living Community?
Many daughters want to know what their moms should pack as they prepare to move to either an independent or assisted living community? Packing for a move to a senior living community can be hard and emotional since it signals that this is the last and final move your parents will make. This is why it’s important for daughters, family members, and friends to help out with packing clothes and personal items so that parents feel loved and supported.
Packing is also an opportunity to organize and declutter. Think of it as a downsizing event as you can help your mom make a donations pile of items she decides she doesn’t want to bring to her retirement home. Any clothes that are ill-fitting, out of style, have stains, broken zippers or missing buttons are better off in a discard pile. So at this point, you have a stack of clothes that are going with your mom to the retirement home, and two piles, one is a donation pile and the other is a discard pile. The discard pile contains clothes that even Goodwill will say no to.
Pack Your Mom’s Favorites
You’ll want your mom to be relaxed and comfortable prior to, during, and after her move so you’ll want to make sure her favorite clothing items are packed to move with her. Clothing items that are important to pack include shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, leisurewear, swimsuits, robes, nightshirts, pajamas and any accessories they like to wear like scarves, belts, and. She will also need a two-week supply of socks, panties, and bras. Keep in mind that her new residence will likely have less wardrobe space than her current home, so choose wisely when selecting which belongings make the move.
What’s the Right Amount of Clothing to Pack?
It's a good idea to have enough clothing to last your mom for two full weeks. That way when it's laundry day each week your mom will have a full week's worth of clothes to wash and never have a day where she doesn't have something to wear.
Never Have to Wash Your Clothes Again
Imagine having someone wash your clothes each week. This is one of the pluses of moving into a retirement community. Your mom will never have to wash her clothes anymore. This means that all the clothes you help your mom pack must be machine washable. You also don’t want to pack any items that will shrink or fade in hot water or in the dryer. You’ll also want to avoid taking any delicate items that need to be hand-washed unless your mom insists and she’s willing to wash them herself. There’s also a good possibility she may not have a rack to hang hand-washed clothes on. Any items that need dry cleaning should be donated unless your mom's retirement home has a dry cleaning facility or you or another family member are willing to dry clean some of her favorite clothes.
Shoes, Sandals, Slippers, and Sneakers
Don’t forget to pack shoes, sandals, slippers, and sneakers. Make sure the slippers are non-skid so wearing them won’t cause a slip or fall. Winter boots and rain boots are items that should make the move too.
Consider Adding Name Tags
You’ll want to consider adding name tags to your mom’s clothes so they don’t get lost or accidentally get delivered to her neighbor. Misplacing clothes is the downside of having someone do your mom's laundry. If your mom frowns on the idea of having name tags on all her clothes and accessories, then she should compile a list of her entire wardrobe and have a staff member sign off it. This list can be brought up in case she ever has a clothing item missing.
Personal Care Items to Pack:
There are numerous personal care items that your mom will want and need. Here’s a list of must-haves for her bathroom cabinet, closet or dresser drawer if there’s not enough space:
Hand soap and bath gel
Shampoo and conditioner
Hairbrush, comb, hairdryer, rollers
Deodorant, razor, and shaving cream
Face and body lotion
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Makeup and makeup remover
Tissues, cotton swabs, and cotton pads
Eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids
Vitamins and medications
Pantyhose, knee-highs, leggings
Walking cane, walker
Laundry bag and hangers
Where to Store Out-of-Season Clothing
Store your mom’s out-of-season clothing, shoes, or boots in her closet. You can also store some on a dedicated shelf in her dresser. If there still isn’t enough room in her bathroom or bedroom, consider getting some plastic drawer shelving to store her out-of-season clothing.
Safeguarding Valuable Jewelry
Your mom is better off wearing costume jewelry rather than her valuable pieces though she still may opt to wear some expensive jewelry like her wedding ring or diamond studs as they have sentimental value. Leave the remainder of pricey jewelry with a trusted family member or friend and add the valuable jewelry to your mom’s wardrobe list. If she doesn't already have insurance on her jewelry, this is a good time to consider opening a policy that covers lost or stolen jewelry. You can also consider purchasing a small safe to keep in your mom’s bedroom or opening a safety deposit box at her bank.
Consider Village Green
Village Green is an award-winning assisted living and memory care community that offers many housing options tailored to meet your relative's needs. Both independent, assisted living and memory care communities offer seniors the opportunity to form social relationships, pursue hobbies and interests, and remain active. View our campus floor plans including studio, one and two-bedroom apartments along with our cottages here.
You’ll quickly see we have impressive private suites, each featuring peaceful surroundings in a calm home setting designed to recreate what your relative has enjoyed his or her entire life. Interior spaces are decorated similar to tasteful private homes. Enclosed walking areas provide residents the opportunity to safely enjoy and explore their campus surroundings.