Dementia Care

A DEMENTIA CARE ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY AND COMMUNITY THAT IS 100% DEDICATED TO THOSE LIVING WITH ALZHEIMER’S AND OTHER TYPES OF DEMENTIA

Dementia does not define our residents, our residents define our community.

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Alzheimer’s & Dementia Nursing Care: Medical Services

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. The medical services at our dementia care assisted living facility in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois include assisting residents with medication management, monitoring blood glucose and administering insulin.

Senior Respire Care Services at Terra Vista in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

When someone you care about is diagnosed with dementia we understand that it affects the entire family.

Suddenly you’re faced with questions:

  • How do I find a quality dementia care facility near me?
  • How will I ever be able to afford the best dementia care community?
  • How do I measure one dementia assisted living facility against another?

At Terra Vista of Oakbrook Terrace—an innovative and secure dementia nursing care assisted living facility, our team is here for your loved one. 100% of the staff members at our dementia assisted living facility are trained in the best practices of caring for residents with dementia. Our community promotes barrier-free paths instead of stress-inducing segregated units and offers brain-stimulating programming. Our dementia care living facility offers an all-inclusive rate. Let us help you.

Come tour our dementia care community and view our dementia care focused amenities: individual apartments for each resident, multi-sensory way-finding markers, full-service dining, Utopia Lounge, 24/7 wellness management, outdoor courtyard, innovative security, and much more.

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Physicians who are affiliated with top area hospitals can make visits to your loved one’s apartment or hold office hours in the wellness center at our dementia care facility. These dedicated doctors oversee complex health requirements for residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The staff of physicians also manage treatment and issue prescriptions without the need to transport your family member to a doctor’s office or healthcare facility.

In addition, to ensure continuity of care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, we welcome visits by your own primary care physician, podiatrist, optometrist, geriatric psychiatrist, lab service or home health therapist. Our medical services are customizable to meet the needs of residents.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

What is Frontotemporal Dementia?

Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is a group of brian disorders that affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.  FTD can be referred to as Pick’s disease or Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD).  FTD is typically seen in younger individuals between the ages of 45 and 64.  Symptoms that your loved one may experience include movement disorders (muscle weakness, muscle spasms, or tremors),  speech and language issues (difficulty with sentence construction and finding the right word to use in speech), and  behavioral changes (loss of inhibitions, compulsive behavior, and lack of judgment).    

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?

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus is a type of dementia that occurs due to a large buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain. Once the quantity of cerebrospinal fluid in these chambers becomes too severe, the tissue in various areas of the brain may begin to deteriorate. The damage to the brain caused by Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus may produce symptoms such as interpretation problems, insufficient bladder control, and movement issues.  Normal pressure hydrocephalus typically affects those in their 60’s and 70s and is typically caused by brain disorders such as head injury, infection or tumors.  Since symptoms are similar to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases it is typically misdiagnosed.  

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?

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a disease associated with Lewy Bodies, a form of protein deposits that begin to form in nerve cells and affect the brain. This is the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. LBD has two related diagnoses.  One diagnosis is Parkinson’s disease dementia. Individuals with this type of diagnosis typically display symptoms such as movement disorders, stiffness, slowness or tremors.  

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 dementia is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes damage to an area of the brain that is associated with posture, muscle movement and walking. Four main symptoms include impaired coordination, stiffness, tremors, and slow movements.  As this form of dementia becomes worse, a family member may have trouble moving muscles in their face, arms, or legs. 

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?

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible progressive form of dementia accounting for 60% – 80% of dementia cases.  Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans age 65 and older.  The most prevalent signs of Alzheimer’s disease include short-term memory loss, behavioral variations, spacial issues, and confusion.  There are multiple stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  Individuals with mild Alzheimer’s experience greater memory loss and your loved one may have difficulty paying bills or may get lost and wander.  

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 is a term that refers to an individual that has multiple forms of dementia. For example, the most common forms of mixed dementia is Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body dementia.  The total number of people in the United States with mixed dementia is not known as it is infrequently diagnosed during life. 

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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