Dementia Care Assisted Living Community
A Dementia Care Facility That is Dedicated the Physical & Mental Health Of Your Family Member
Innovative Dementia Care
Our resident-centered approach to dementia nursing care is proof that our staff is invested in going the extra mile to help residents with their Alzheimer’s and dementia symptoms. Our team supervises or directly looks after your parent’s living area, eating habits, food allergies, and medication routine. Your loved one’s medical needs are always the primary focus of our staff at our dementia care community and facility. Rest assured that we have a professional nursing staff on-site that offer medical services for residents with Alzheimer’s and Dementia 24 hours a day to address daily care needs. If you need assistance caring for a family member with dementia, give the staff at our dementia community in Oakbrook Terrace a call by phone at (630) 534-0886 to discuss our dementia and Alzheimer’s care options.
Apartment and Living Area Cleaning
We’ll help your mom or dad maintain a clean living environment so they can better focus on easing the progression of their dementia. Our staff will routinely monitor your family member’s apartment for cleanliness and make the bed each morning to help prevent injuries and falling. In addition, our team will provide services to your loved one such as performing the laundry, emptying the trash, and vacuuming.
In addition, each member in our community receives weekly and as needed housekeeping and flat linen services. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for your family member by providing a safe environment with innovative dementia care options. The apartments in our community feature intuitive and simplified layouts to help decrease confusion and accidents.
Healthy Eating Habits
Terra Vista takes a lot of food precautions in light of our community’s health conditions and allergies. We offer personalized food plans for every member’s well-being. We offer liberalized diets for our residents who are diabetic that include decreased sugar and sugar-free sweeteners, as well as no-added salt in our house-prepared meals. In fact, there is no salt added to any of the meals our chefs create to aid your family member in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
We are fully prepared to do our best to accommodate the progression of your loved one’s Alzheimer’s or dementia by modifying food and beverage options for your family member. Diet adjustments may be implemented by physicians, caregivers, or a licensed dietician on our team. Families may also bring in special menu items for their family member. Sufficient liquid intake is encouraged by the staff members at our dementia care home as part of our hydration program. Our living room features hydration stations in every corner to ensure your loved one is consuming a sufficient amount of water.
Prescription Medication Management
Our fully-dedicated and licensed nurses handle all of your loved ones’ routine medication administration under physician orders following the Nurse Practice Act. They also carry out blood glucose monitoring, insulin administration, medical documentation, and medication coordination with resident physicians and pharmacies.
Beautiful Dining Areas
As your mother or father reach the advanced stages of dementia, it can become hard to eat a sufficient amount of protein, vegetables, grains, and dairy. The dining room at our dementia nursing care community features special dishware that is designed to offset a loss in sensory skills. In addition, our team of culinary artists prepare finger foods to accommodate individuals that have difficulty utilizing silverware.
You may not see this with competing dementia care homes, but Terra Vista incorporates features into its culinary program to engage your loved one’s current capabilities to enhance their meal experience. Our team will modify food preparation methods and ingredients to accommodate diet adjustments that are recommended by your loved one’s doctor. Residents can have a small refrigerator in their living area for snacks, but we also offer snacks and drinks 24/7 in our dementia friendly kitchen areas.
Learn why more than 40% of our residents come to us from other facilities
Terra Vista is a dementia care assisted living facility in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois that aims to promote the long-term memory and physical health of our community. To give your family member the best possible Alzheimer’s and dementia care, we employ many proven memory-related psychosocial and physical activities for them to participate in.
4 Memory-Related Activities We Perform With Our Residents to Help Slow the Progression of Dementia
We keep your family member engaged during their dementia journey through art therapy, music therapy, light therapy, and life enrichment initiatives. Art therapy allows the community members at our dementia care facility to freely express themselves through artistic mediums.
In addition, songwriting, lyrical analysis, and musical performances are utilized to promote sensory and intellectual stimulation. The staff at Terra Vista can host light therapy sessions to indirectly realign your parent’s circadian rhythm to improve their overall disposition, sleeping patterns, and cognitive abilities.
If you want to become familiar with the benefits of transitioning your parent to our community, give the team at Terra Vista a call by phone at (630) 534-0886 to discuss our dementia programs and innovative music and art therapy classes. Our staff is dedicated to slowing the advancement of dementia by providing stimulating activities such as bell choir, garden club yoga, drama courses, and aromatherapy.
Physical Activities We Offer to Support a Healthy Lifestyle & Movement
Unlike traditional dementia care homes, we take a holistic approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care so our exercise options improve our residents’ physical and mental health. Our horticultural therapy will have your loved one learning brand new skills that gently exercise aging joints, retrain muscles, and work motor balance, coordination, and strength. These skills also promote social growth, memory retention, positive sentiment, and problem-solving.
The walking club provided by the staff at our dementia care assisted living community is a stress-reducing and refreshing way to get your parent outside for light exercise that improves their mood and movement. To become familiar with the physical exercises we offer to residents with dementia, give our team of nurses and memory care experts a call at (630) 534-0886. Our barrier-free circular paths are easy to navigate and help our residents continue to get that community feeling through this healthy lifestyle approach.
Communication With Residents
We have numerous communication resources at our dementia assisted living community facility in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. We help you work through the proper ways to speak to your loved one with dementia and assist with handling their anxiety and frustration during a difficult time.
Ways to Communicate With a Family Member With Dementia
When you visit a family member at our facility, our staff members will collaborate with you on ways to recognize forms of nonverbal communication such as facial expressions or vocal sounds. Our team will help improve your style of communication to help you enhance your relationship with your loved one that has dementia. The easiest way to ensure your mother or father is comprehending your message is to speak at a regular tone and conversational rate and maintain good eye contact.
Please be patient as your family member formulates a response so they can effectively tell you how they feel. Are you struggling to care for a family member with Alzheimeros or dementia? Give our team a call by phone at (630) 534-0886 to discuss the benefits of transitioning into our community. The staff at our dementia care facility in Oakbrook Terrace is dedicated to helping you stay connected to your mother or father as their dementia progresses.
How We Promote Communication Between Residents With Alzheimer's & Other Forms of Dementia
Our Staff is Trained to Alleviate Moments of Anxiety & Frustration With Residents
When Is the Right Time To Transition to a Dementia Care Community?
It can be challenging to determine when to move a family member to a memory care community. To help you enhance the quality of care for your mother or father, we have created a list of signs that it may be time to transition your loved one into the dementia program at our facility.
Loss of Independence
You should help your parent or other family member transition into our dementia nursing care community when they are no longer able to live safely and independently at home. If they’re living with you, it could also be when their required level of dementia care goes beyond what your family and caregivers can effectively provide.
Neglecting Bills, Personal Care, & Safety
If they have begun wandering out of the house, getting lost, forgetting to turn off hazardous kitchen appliances, neglecting to take their medication, missing bill payments, or are undergoing a physical or cognitive decline, it’s time to give us a call. We encourage families to be proactive and focus on preventative measures to help ensure your loved one’s safety and well-being.
Steps We Take to Make An Apartment Safe For Wandering Residents
It’s not uncommon for those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to get lost or wander around—even in the middle of the night. To stay on top of this and oversee the safety of your loved one, we will eliminate tripping hazards such as rugs. We also have motion-sensor bathroom lighting, and our nurses regularly make their rounds through our premises for monitoring purposes.
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Understanding the Symptoms of Dementia
Prior to determining it may be time to move your family member to a dementia nursing care facility, it’s important to become familiar with various behavioral issues that could indicate your mother or father is developing dementia. If you have a question about your loved one’s behaviors, give our team a call at (630) 534-0886. Our staff can help you determine if the source of certain actions or behaviors is due to dementia. On the other hand, the easiest way to determine if your mother or father has dementia is to visit a neurologist to perform a variety of tests.
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Difficulty With Everyday Tasks
Difficulty Understanding Visual Information
Pay attention to the way your family member interacts with their friends and acquaintances. If you notice your loved one is struggling to communicate and recognize their environment, it may be time to consider transitioning them to a memory care community.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care Community in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Once a family member starts to develop dementia, transitioning to our dementia care community is the safest choice to make. Our community features a beautiful multi-sensory courtyard with safe seating, music or art therapy programs, lounges, and social clubs.
If you decide to move a family member to our community, our staff will perform various physical and mental assessments and customize our dementia care services to your mother or father. In addition, our team will have a meeting with you to learn about your family member. We may ask you to share memories from your mother or father’s childhood to help build a relationship between our caregivers and your family member. In addition, our staff may ask you various questions to become familiar with your family member’s hobbies, musical preferences, and personality. If you’re struggling to care for a family member with dementia, give our staff a call by phone at (630) 534-0886 to become familiar with our memory care services.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What is Frontotemporal Dementia?
There are 3 forms of Frontotemporal Dementia. The first type of FTD is called Non-fluent/agrammatic Variant Primary Progressive Aphasia (nfvPPA). Symptoms of this condition include issues with perception, writing, and talking. This type of Progressive Aphasia is relatively common among middle aged adults. However, some people do not begin to notice symptoms of this disorder until they are in their 60’s.
A second type of dementia is called Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD). Frequent indicators of this disorder include variations in personality, perception, and compassion. The third type of this form of dementia is referred to as Semantic Variant Primary Progressive Aphasia (svPPA). People diagnosed with this type have difficulty in finding words, naming people, and may even have a difficult time in navigating conversations with others. If you have questions or concerns regarding Frontotemporal Dementia, give our team a call by phone at (630) 534-0886. Terra Vista is a dementia care community that specializes at caring for individuals with various forms of memory disorders.
What is Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus?
In some cases, this type of brain disorder can be treated by embedding a shunt in the brain. This is a large, narrow tube that is designed to flush cerebrospinal fluid from the brain. Although surgery may be a beneficial way of remediating walking or movement issues, other types of symptoms may not improve. If you have a family member that is displaying signs of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, give our staff a call by phone at (630) 534-0886. Our staff will provide you with detailed information about our Alzheimer’s and dementia care living options in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
What is Lewy Body Dementia?
Changes in mood and behavior may occur as the disease progresses. The second diagnosis, dementia with Lewy bodies’ (DLB), is a memory/cognitive disorder that is usually misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease. Common symptoms of this condition include REM sleep disorders, difficulties with problem solving, slowness, and fluctuations in cognitive abilities. Additionally visual hallucinations occur as well as movement issues such as rigidity and tremors.
Risk factors for developing LBD include family history of Parkinson’s disease or Lewy body dementia, age, and sex. LBD affects men more than women. Currently there is no known cure for LBD however some of the symptoms associated with the disease may respond to treatments such as counseling, therapy, and medications. It is important to note that individuals diagnosed with this disease may have side effects or severe reactions to antipsychotics.
As always, consult a knowledgeable health care professional. If you need help taking care of a family member with Lewy Body Dementia, contact our team at (630) 534-0886. Terra Vista is a dementia care assisted living community and facility that cares for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
What is Parkinson’s Disease & Related Dementia?
Parkinson’s disease also negatively impacts the mental capacity of an individual. If you have a loved one with a diagnosis, you may begin to notice changes to a family member’s personality, attention span, and short-term memory. Your loved one may experience symptoms such as anxiety, visual perception issues, hallucinations, intrusive thoughts, and irritability
Age is one of the main risk factors for Parkinson’s. Most individuals who develop this disease are 60 and over; however, there is “early-onset” Parkinson’s which typically begins before the age of 50. Typically early-onset is inherited or linked to gene mutations. Another risk factor is sex. Parkinson’s affects men more than women, typically by 50%. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s but there are therapies, medicines, and surgical treatments that may help to relieve some symptoms of the disease.
Talk to your health care professional to determine the best treatment options for your loved one. Is your family member showing signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s dementia? The medical experts and specialists at Terra Vista are trained to provide care to individuals with this form of dementia. Give the team at our dementia care assisted living community and facility a call by phone at (630) 534-0886 to learn more about care options.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
During the moderate Alzheimer’s stages your loved one may be more confused and begin to have issues recognizing friends and family. Some may struggle with getting dressed or coping in new situations. Others may experience paranoia and have hallucinations. During the severe or late Alzheimer’s stage your loved one will become dependent upon others for their care. Alzhiemer’s risk factors include age, family, genetics, lifestyle choices and wellness choices.
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s or a way to slow the progression there are some treatment options available that may help your loved one with their symptoms. As always, talk to your medical professional to determine the options for your loved one. If you need help supporting a loved one with Alzheimer’s, give our team a call by phone at (630) 534-0886. We will discuss our Alzheimer’s care programs, options, and amenities with you.
What is Mixed Dementia?
Mixed dementia symptoms vary depending upon the brain regions affected. However, it is not uncommon for an individual that has been diagnosed with a single form of dementia to display signs and symptoms of various types of dementia. Research has suggested that the presence of multiple types of dementia may increase the likelihood that the person will develop symptoms of dementia due to the greater impact and changes on the brain caused by two or more types of dementia.
If you need help caring for a loved one with a memory care diagnosis, give our team a call by phone at (630) 534-0886 to become familiar with the memory care options at our dementia nursing care community in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
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