September 2015

28
Sep

I feel so overwhelmed in thinking about Alzheimer expenses. How do I know I can afford Terra Vista?

You may be reluctant to broach the topic of costs, but rest assured that much of our staff has been down the same road as you with their own family members and understand your fears. To ease your mind, we offer a guaranteed rate lock: your family member’s rates are secure for a full 12 months. Also, we do not

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28
Sep

I promised mom years ago I would never “send her away.” How do I deal with the guilt?

Many families of those with Alzheimer’s have struggled with the same feelings. At some point on the Alzheimer’s journey, it becomes nearly impossible to keep your mom safe and active. It requires training and experience to give someone with Alzheimer’s everything they need – a safe environment, brain-stimulating activities, caring experts who know just what to do in virtually any

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28
Sep

The assisted living facility down the street has an Alzheimer’s wing. Why should I consider Terra Vista?

You should consider Terra Vista for one key reason: we redefine what Alzheimer’s care should be. Our entire memory care community is dedicated exclusively to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Every single person is trained in the latest safety measures and protocols.

25
Sep

Caring at Home

In the previous blog, we discussed the issues of long distance caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. Because Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, your loved one will more than likely get to the point where they need more care than you can provide from a distance. Once you realize this, there are several options to consider. You and your

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25
Sep

How do I know when it’s time for my loved one to move into a memory care community?

Moving a family member into a memory care community is rarely easy. There are, however, a few telltale signs that you can look for to recognize when you might start seriously considering residential care. Home safety issues: Is your family member becoming increasingly unsafe in his or her own home? An honest answer to this question might give you clues

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14
Sep

America’s Love Affair

Baseball, apple pie and mom…oh, and cars! These are quintessential symbols of America and our culture. Cars, especially, represent the American spirit on several levels, including ingenuity, invention, hard work and, of course, freedom. The vast majority of us own automobiles and if not, at the least, have a license to operate one. The auto industry is a large part

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14
Sep

Long Distance Caregiving and Alzheimer’s

For many adults with aging parents, the realization that mom and dad are going to need extra care can be difficult. It not only forces you to face their mortality, but yours as well. Then things become more complicated when family dynamics change and children become the caregivers to their parents. Denial can occur on both sides. Most adult children

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14
Sep

Choosing an Alzheimer’s Care Community

In the last two entries, we discussed long-distance caregiving and in-home caregiving, respectively. First we covered the steps to take when caring for a loved one in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s from long-distance. Secondly we included deciding if/when you should move the loved one into your home for more constant care. Odds are; there will come a time when

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14
Sep

Dementia and Con Artists

Older adults have long been the target of fraud and scams. There are several reasons for this and the most common being impaired judgment and loss of cognitive ability.  The onset of Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia may make your loved one a target for scammers and con artists.   Let’s face it, we have all come across someone

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14
Sep

Live Their Reality

As a longtime professional caregiver to people with dementia, I learned many years ago, from a dear friend at the Alzheimer’s Association, three very simple but powerful words; Live Their Reality. Research and experience has taught us that the mind of a person with Alzheimer’s tends to regress over time as the disease progresses.  Unlike the approach for certain psychiatric

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